Tarry J. McElwee

In Loving MemoryTarry J. McElwee, 62, of Butler, Missouri passed away January 27, 2015 at Heartland Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler.  Cremation, no public services are scheduled at this time.  Cremation under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home (660)679-0009 in Butler.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Tarry was born February 11, 1952 in Polo, Missouri.  He is survived by his wife Terry (Stark) McElwee.



Rhonda R. Mowell

In Loving MemoryRhonda Rae (Gardner) Mowell, 51, of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away January 25, 2015 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 29th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Pleasant Hill, MO.  A memorial service will follow at 4:30 pm also at the church.  Contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be left at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com (660)679-0009

Rhonda was born June 30, 1963 in Randolph County, Missouri to Cliff and Darlene (Johnson) Gardner. She married Craig Adams in 1982 and from that union two daughters were born. She later married Alan Mowell, the love of her life, on September 9, 1995.  He survives her of the home.  An avid reader who loved the color purple, Rhonda was well known for collecting cows. She had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. A kind soul who would help anyone out if she could. Rhonda was known as “Mom” to scores of kids over the years; but her greatest joy was being “Nana” to her grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Rita Mae Gardner Morris; her father, Cliff Arthur Gardner; 2 older brothers, Leroy Dale Gardner and William Lee (Bo) Gardner; her step-father, Ray Alton Johnson. She is survived by her husband, Alan Mowell of Pleasant Hill, MO; two daughters, Stephanie Adams and partner Dustin Agcopra of Holden, MO and Courtney Calvert and husband Michael of Pleasant Hill, MO; step-son Justin Mowell and wife Traci of Kingsville, MO; and seven grandchildren: Alex, Ayden, and Attea Agcopra, Brooklyn and Kelton Harrison, Gianna Calvert, and Casen Mowell.  Rhonda is also survived by her sister Rebecca Wrenn and partner Jerry Barton of Kalispell, MT; brother David Wayne Gardner and wife Jean of Breckenridge, MO, and brother Phillip Gardner and wife Belma of Kansas City, KS and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed by countless friends and neighbors, especially her dearest friend, Viki Whistle who she loved like a sister.

Vena “Maxine” Ours

Ours,Maxine-picVena Maxine Ours, 93 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 24, 2015 at Medicalodge in Butler. Graveside services will be 11:00 am Tuesday January 27th at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. No visitation scheduled. Contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice or charity of donor’s choice. Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660)679-0009.

Vena “Maxine” (Smithey) Ours was born July 5, 1921 in Hume, Missouri. She was the daughter of James E. and Allie (Sylvester) Smithey. Maxine was united in marriage to Lester Ours on June 13, 1941. Together they owned and operated the Ours Oil Company.   Maxine and Lester both had a passion for ballroom dancing and big band music. Entertaining family and friends during holidays or class reunions brought Maxine great enjoyment. She was a proud, longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a son Gary Ours, and a brother Kenneth Smithey. Maxine is survived by her son Jerry Ours and his wife Marcia, Grandchildren; Kyle Ours and wife Tonya, Mark Ours and wife Jennifer, Kerry Dudley, Kacey Chandler and husband Wade, Steve Craigmiles and wife Julie, great-grandchildren; Jordan, and Regan Ours, Mason, and Rhett Dudley, Allie, Kalee, and Jake Chandler, Zack, and Conner Ours, Grant, Haylea, and Garrett Craigmiles and by brothers Homer and James Smithey. Maxine will be forever missed by her family and many friends.

Ruth Anne Grizzell

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Ruth Anne Grizzell, 80 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 17, 2015 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler with Pastor Sandy Schaller and Rev. Ron Dunlap officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Contributions are suggested to the Ohio Street United Methodist Church, or Happy Hill Church of God, and are being received at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. The family requests that in celebration of Ruth Anne’s life, guests wear purple to the funeral services.

Ruth “Ruthie” Anne (Rippee) Grizzell was born October 24, 1934 in Wright County, Missouri in “a little log cabin across the creek from Grandma’s house.” She was the daughter of Marion Virgil and Lois Marjorie (Pyatt) Rippee.

Ruth Anne was raised and went to school in Southwest Missouri before marrying her husband David; starting in Niangua, Mo. to Independence, Mo., and settling in Butler in 1953. They had five children: David, Jess, Cynthia, Carol and Lisa. Ruth was a mother and business partner; Ruth and David had started a small business and purchased the first Bass Pro Shop franchise, and added a variety of cheese, liquor and gifts.

Ruth was very active in the United Methodist Church and choir. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and served on various committees of the Bates County Fair, Dairy Women (Dairy Day), Bates County Career Women, United Methodist Women, and she also coached softball and bowling. She loved music and enjoyed the Lyle Norman Players. She also loved the Sunday evening Happy Hill church services. Her hobbies included golf, bridge, flowers, and crocheting. Ruth also enjoyed opening her home to her kids and their friends as a place to hang out, and later received much joy from her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a true fighter to the end and will be missed by her family and friends.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents; husband David Luther Grizzell, Sr.; son David Luther Grizzell, Jr.; and great-granddaughter Hannah Nicole Saulsbury. She is survived by a sister, Sarah Freeman of Springfield, Missouri; daughter-in-law Barbara Grizzell of Raintree with grandchildren Jennifer and Curt Talley of Lake Winnebago, Mo., (parents of great-grandchildren Isabella Talley and Brooks Talley); grandchildren Abby Grizzell of Lee’s Summit and Taylor Grizzell of Greenwood; son Jess Grizzell and wife Cindy of Waynesville with grandchildren Valerie Saulsbury-Effertz (mother of great-grandchildren Hunter Saulsbury, Macy Saulsbury and Chase Effertz); granddaughter Tracey Grizzell Rapp and husband Jeff of Butler (parents of great-granddaughter Sophie Cummings); grandson Matthew Grizzell and fiancé Megan Ramsey of Olathe, Kansas; and grandson Trevor Grizzell of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Cynthia Grizzell Breon and husband Steve of Kansas City, Missouri, with grandson Bobby Breon and wife Leslie of Overland Park, Kansas and granddaughter Andrea Breon Daniels and husband Billy of Overland Park; daughter Carol Grizzell of Peculiar, Missouri with granddaughter Magan Schmidt of Madison, Wisconsin; daughter Lisa Grizzell Tenholder and husband Jim of Butler, with grandchildren Liz Tenholder of Butler, Brian Tenholder and wife Nikki (parents of great-grandchildren Brunson, Kayden and Reagan); granddaughter Delaina Tenholder Newsome and husband Shawn of Harrisonville (and great-grandchildren Chloe and Gabriella “Gabby”); and grandson David Tenholder of Butler.

Connie Hayes

In Loving MemoryConstance R. “Connie” Hayes, 66, of Pleasant Hill, MO passed away January 16, 2015 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Her wishes were to be cremated, with a memorial service scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, January 24th at the Kingdom Hall in Pleasant Hill, MO. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

A full obituary will be published when it becomes available.

Sue E. Coffel

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Sue E. Coffel, 76 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 14, 2015 at her home in Butler. A graveside funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 19, 2015 at Sharon Cemetery near Drexel, Missouri. There is no visitation. Contributions in her memory are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital, and are being received at the funeral home. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Sue Ellen (Zimmerlee) Coffel was born August 2, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter of Kelsey Kern and Charlene Lucille (Heidenreich) Zimmerlee.

On December 6, 1955 she was united in marriage to Donald Coffel and to this union, three children were born. Sue enjoyed playing cards and knitting; in particular, she enjoyed making blankets for her family, which they will always cherish. She enjoyed going to the casinos and spent time watching Jeopardy and tennis.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roy Zimmerlee; sister, Carolyn Richardson; a great-grandson, Kyler Kelso; and a sister-in-law, Linda Zimmerlee. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Massey and husband Curry of Butler, and Terry Rae McGuire and husband Jim of Harrisonville, Missouri; a son, Donald Eugene Coffel and wife Kelly of Archie, Missouri; grandchildren Brad McGuire, Joseph Massey, Jason McGuire, Leslie Hedrick, Ashley Kelso, Jennie McGuire, Bracole Coffel, Doug Coffel, Jessica Coffel, Mary Margaret Massey; and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters Kathryn Schwartz of Drexel, Missouri, Betsy Thomas and husband Herby of Drexel, Sybil Mills of Florida, Jackie Smith of Grandview, Missouri, and Lora Vanderpool of Arkansas; and a brother, John Zimmerlee of Lenexa, Kansas.


Nina Long

In Loving MemoryNina R. Long, 81 of O’Fallon, Missouri passed away January 13, 2015 at St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Her wishes were to be cremated, with a memorial service scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. There is no visitation. Inurnment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Nina Rose (Bitner) Estes Long was born April 25, 1933, daughter of Herald and Ethel (Robinson) Bitner. She grew up in the Piper area, attending church at White Oak Methodist Church and graduating from Clinton High School.   A gifted vocalist, Nina majored in music at Central Methodist College, where she met her husband, Russell Estes, a United Methodist minister.   Together they had three sons, Andrew, Jeff, and Steve. They lived in smaller communities across western Missouri where Russell pastored and Nina taught music in public schools.

Russell passed away in 1974 while serving at the Drexel United Methodist Church.   Years later, Nina reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Dale Long, and they married in 1989.   Together, they lived in Springfield, Missouri, attended Schweitzer United Methodist Church, and enjoyed RV camping and the companionship of their beloved dogs.

In recent years, Dale moved into a senior living facility in Ozark, Missouri while Nina moved to the St. Louis area to be closer to her family.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents; as well as two sisters, Virginia McElwain and Helen McElwain; and her first husband, Rev. Russell Estes. She is survived by her husband, Dale Long, sons Andrew Estes (Debbie) of Gladstone, Missouri, Jeff Estes (Kathy) of Kirkwood, Missouri, and Steve Estes (Karen) of O’Fallon, Missouri; and one brother, Joe Bitner of Wichita, Kansas. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.