Fern W. Presley

moms-obit-pic073Fern W. Presley, 90 of Branson, Missouri passed away February 19, 2017 at The Oaks Retirement Community in Branson.  Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Prairie Center Church of God, 105 S. Montclaire Dr, Olathe, Kansas 66061.  Visitation will be held prior to services from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday, also at the church.  Burial will follow in Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Overland Park, Kansas.  Contributions may be made to the Prairie Center Church of God.   Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Fern was born in Rosebud, Arkansas on Nov. 11, 1926, the daughter of Criss and Annie(Taylor) Webb. She worked at the Jacksonville, Arkansas Ammunition Plant and Sealright Container Co.  It was her love of God that she will forever be remembered for.   Fern and her husband Dale were church pastors for 33 years and preached the gospel for over 51 years.  Fern was a very devoted  wife and mother to her five children and had a great love for life, other people, and especially her cat Ricky.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband Dale of 64 years, her parents, and one brother. She is survived by five children, Jim Presley of Kansas City, KS., Beverly Hughey(Barry) of Edwardsville, KS., Rita Gravatt of Springfield, MO., Jerry Presley (Joanna) of Branson, MO., and Terry Presley of Olathe, KS.  She also leaves 12 grand children, 25 great-grand children, 15 great-great-grand children and two nephews.





Trista L. Vail



Trista L. Vail, 33 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 18, 2017 in an automobile accident in Linn County, Kansas. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler with Rev. Marla Kash officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trista L. Vail Love Fund in care of Community First Bank in Butler. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Trista was born June 15, 1983 in Kansas City, Missouri – a miracle baby, being born at only 28 weeks with a low birth weight of 2 lbs, 14 oz. She was the daughter of Curtis L. and Tammy L. (Silver) Vail.

Trista attended school in Butler and graduated from Butler High School, and then attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Trista had worked for County Mart, Wal-Mart, Bates County Memorial Hospital and later as a teacher’s aide at Butler Elementary and several other schools throughout the area. It was during this time Trista realized elementary education wasn’t necessarily her passion and caring for older people then became very important in her life. This led her to work for several nursing and medical facilities throughout the area, which she loved. She had most recently worked at a kennel for exotic dogs, an occupation she particularly enjoyed as dogs were precious to her.

At one point in her life, Trista had been told she would likely not be able to have children. For the years that followed, Trista became a mother to her nieces and cousins. She loved Johnny Mack Stephens, Jr., with all her heart, and felt they both had found their soulmate. She dearly loved her brother, father, and family; and she truly missed her mother.

Trista’s family is proud she was finally able to enjoy motherhood, if only for two months’ time. Trista had said that she now had “her happy little family.”

Trista was preceded in death by an infant sister, Candis L. Vail; her mother Tammy L. Vail; grandparents Herschel L. Vail and Nancy A. Vail; and an uncle, Chris W. Vail. She is survived by her fiancé Johnny Mack Stephens, Jr., and her two month-old daughter, Keylynn Mack Stephens; her father Curtis L. Vail and stepmother Vicki J. Vail; one brother, Curtis L. Vail II (Ida Joliff); nieces Macie and Mylynn Vail; one uncle, Kenneth Vail and wife Corrie; two aunts, Ruth Vail Quirk and Vicky Vail and fiancé Anthony Lunde; special cousins Travis Ackerman, Tabatha Vunovich, Krystal Telfer, Andrew Vail, and Trevor Vail; as well as many other family and friends. Trista also leaves behind two beloved dogs, Ladybug and Buddy.


Charyl E. Saunier

In Loving Memory


Charyl E. Saunier, 77 of Nevada, Missouri passed away February 15, 2017 at her home in Nevada.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009) and are pending at this time.


Charyl is survived by her husband Louis Saunier of the home and by her daughter Suzanne Frits and husband Larry of Nevada, Missouri.  Full obituary information will be published as it becomes available.




Karen Kennedy


Karen S. Kennedy, 75 of Butler, Missouri passed away February 2, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital-East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Karen’s wishes were to be cremated and a Memorial Service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon until 1 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Double Branch Christian Church, and messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Karen Sue (Fitzpatrick) Kennedy was born January 9, 1942 in Butler, Missouri, daughter of Edward and Maxine (Shedrick) Fitzpatrick. She was raised by her grandparents Blueford and Hannah Howard.

Karen was baptized at the Presbyterian church in Rich Hill, Missouri and later changed her membership to the Adrian Christian Church. She later became and remained a longtime member of the Double Branch Christian Church. She was a den mother for her sons and a leader for her daughters in Girl Scouts, and worked in the Adrian PTA and as a room mother in St. Elizabeth, Missouri for her grandchildren. She loved to bowl when she was living in Adrian, and loved to play Bingo. Karen was a member of the Ladies’ Aid at Double Branch church, and had also worked for Helping Hands in St. Elizabeth. She loved to crochet and made every one of her grandchildren their own blanket. While being raised by her grandparents, she visited her dad in Michigan in the summers.

Karen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Blueford and Hannah Howard; her father Edward Fitzpatrick and step-mother Eula Fitzpatrick; her mother Maxine Richardson and step-father Gomer Richardson; a brother-in-law Alfred Kennedy, and two step-brothers and one step-sister.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Kennedy of the home; three sons: Chuck Kennedy (Rita) of Rich Hill; Tom Kennedy (Julie) of Butler; Billy Joe Kennedy (Monica) of Ballard, Missouri; two daughters: Connie VanKirk (Willis) of Butler; and Jeanie Stephens (Jerry) of Adrian; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one on the way; nine step-great-grandchildren; one sister Nanette Dahmer (George) of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; one brother-in-law Gary Kennedy (Peggy) of Adrian; three sisters-in-law: Ruth Shook (David) of Indiana; Estella Baker of Rich Hill; and Lois Kennedy of Nevada, Missouri; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Patrick “Pat” Bowden

In Loving Memory

Patrick “Pat” Donald Bowden, 83 of Adrian, Missouri peacefully passed away January 30, 2017 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am Monday, February 6, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Butler, Missouri with Father Thomas Hermes officiating.  The Rosary will be recited at 9:00 am and visitation will follow until Mass begins at 10:00 am.  Burial will follow in Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas. Services under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler(660-679-0009).  In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to Serenity Hospice or VFW Post 1935.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com

Pat was born August 23, 1933 in Hannibal, Missouri to Raymond and Elma Rader Bowden, where he was one of 10 children. In Kirksville, Missouri on May 28, 1960, he was united in marriage to Jane Thomas.

Pat entered the Marine Corp in 1953 where he received a USAFI Certificate and served overseas in the Korean War.  He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in Education.  He taught in several school districts in Northeast Missouri (New Cambria, Knox County, Lewis County and Macon). Pat drove many school busses as well as an 18-wheeler truck for a portion of his life. Before retiring, he worked for Tan-Tara Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Survivors include his wife, Jane,  one daughter, Jacqueline K. (Jackie) Coop and her husband, Jeff, of Peculiar, Missouri and one son, David Patrick Bowden and his wife, Raelene of Spring Hill, Kansas; four grandchildren: Ryan Coop, Lemoore, California, Austin Coop, Kansas City, Missouri, Haley Bowden and Libby Bowden both of Spring Hill, Kansas; and one step grandchild, Ramzy Harb and his wife, Susie, of Shawnee, Kansas. One sister, Marilyn Doty, of Hannibal, three great step grandchildren & many nieces and nephews survive.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph, Anthony, William and Michael Bowden; and sisters, Madeline Monical, Margaret McGee, Alma Mae Jacobs and Barbara Hodgson.

Pat was a private pilot for many years and enjoyed hours of flying his own single engine plane. Also he helped to organize two flying clubs in Northeast Missouri and served as president of the Missouri Flying Farmers. Pat was a strong supporter of all athletics in the schools that he taught and was honored by the Macon Tiger Football Team in 1988. Among other things, Pat enjoyed country music, camping, hunting, and fishing. Probably one of his happiest moments in life was a tug on his fishing line, tramping through the woods hunting game, or when Mizzou won a game, as he was an avid Mizzou fan.

In October 2015, Pat was among the first Veterans to participate in the Flightless Honor Flight sponsored by the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City. On this day this special group of Veterans were honored for their service to our country.

He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church of Butler and was a member at the VFW Post 1935 of Adrian. He and his wife owned & operated Vision Housing Rentals in Garden City for 12 years.

We celebrate his life, his many accomplishments and will cherish the loving memories that he created for his family and friends.






Marvin Wilke

In Loving MemoryMarvin C. Wilke, 81, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, formerly of the Drexel, Missouri and rural Louisburg, Kansas area passed away January 31, 2017 at the Earlene Howard Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Arkansas. Graveside services will be held 12:30 pm Friday, February 3, 2017 at Rockville Cemetery, Louisburg, Kansas. Visitation will be held prior to services from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Friday at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Earlene Howard Circle of Life Hospice Home. Messages of Condolence may be left for the family at http://www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Marvin was born October 2, 1935 in rural Miami County Kansas to Herman F. and Margaret Toncray Wilke. He was a direct descendent of one of Miami County’s earliest settlers. Although, he enjoyed retirement from his farm there, his heart never truly left it.

Marvin is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Nickie Applegate Wilke, his children, Alisa Kettler, Donna Belt, Charise (Jim) Meeks, and Jeff (Vicky) Wilke, five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.






Alice Hood


Alice (Hansen) Hood, 85 of Overland Park, Kansas passed away January 25, 2017 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  Cremation, with memorial services 10:30 am Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, Overland Park, Kansas.  Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler (660-679-0009).  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Alice was born June 20, 1931 in Exira, Iowa to Charles and Clara (Petersen) Hansen.  She graduated from high school in Atlantic, Iowa and attended beauty school in Des Moines, Iowa. Alice returned to Atlantic and worked there in a salon until she met Clyde B “CB” Hood, Jr.  They married November 29, 1953 in Atlantic and moved to Kansas City, Missouri and then later Overland Park.  Besides raising four children, Alice worked a variety of retail positions including at Suzee’s, Dahl’s and Walmart.  After CB’s death in 2012, Alice continued living in their Overland Park home until 2016 when she moved to Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation in Olathe, Kansas.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters Mildred (Hansen) Larsen, Virginia Hansen, Charlene (Hansen) Davis and Mary Ann (Hansen) Hood and her brother Charles Hansen.  She is survived by her son Clyde B Hood, III (wife, Jerri), daughters Celeste (Hood) McBride (husband, Jamie), Sarah (Hood) Mannering (husband, Mike), Rebecca (Hood) Allison (husband, Frank), grandchildren Justin Hall (wife, Morgan), Tyler McBride, Hannah McBride, Garrett McBride, Allison Mannering, George Mannering, great grandchildren Oliver Mannering, Pearl Hall, Eleanor Hall, Hazel Hall and a host of nieces and nephews.