Margaret Francis Packham
Margaret Smith Packham died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, August 26, 2014. Margaret was born in 1919, to Sam and Maggie Smith on a fruit and vegetable farm in Columbia, Missouri. One sister, Molly, had died in the flu epidemic of 1918, at the age of 17. Ten months later Margaret was born.
Another sister, Sally, was nearly 17 the day Margaret was born. So she was raised mostly as an only child, cherished and “spoiled”, her word.
After high school in Columbia she attended Business College there, describing herself as a “crackerjack secretary”. Over the years she worked for two insurance companies, an attorney and, after raising kids, went back to work as Secretary to the Security Manager of the Kansas City Safeway Stores Division. “Boy that job was fun. I just loved it.”
She married Walter Packham in 1941. The couple had three children: Robert D. Packham (wife Linda McCance Packham) of Hanover Park, IL; Margaret Lynn Packham Larson (husband Albert Larson) of Eureka Springs, AR; J. Stuart Packham (wife Tina Turner Packham) of Shawnee, KS.
The family settled in Kansas City, MO, in 1954. Margaret and Walter lived there until November, 1998, when they moved to live next door to their daughter in Eureka Springs. Walter died in January, 1999.
Margaret lived on alone in the house for fourteen years, happily crocheting, baking, puttering. She moved to Green Acre Lodge, at Holiday Island, AR, in August, 2013, where the caring staff did the daily tasks and she was free to crochet uninterrupted.
Margaret enjoyed the company of her seven grandchildren: Chris Packham of Astoria, NY; Jill Packham Edwards of Naperville, IL; Sandra Amoako-Packham of Cape Coast, Ghana; Sarah Larson McGettrick of Brunswick, GA; Jeffrey Larson of Fayetteville, AR; Cody Packham of Shawnee, KS; Julia Packham of Atlanta, GA; and one great granddaughter, Sydney McGettrick, of Brunswick, GA.
Margaret was a member of the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and a memorial service in her honor will be held there, 17 Elk Street, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30.
When asked, once, what she would like in her obituary, Margaret said, “She spent her declining years surrounded by yarn and with a crochet hook in her hand.”
Memorial donations may be made to the Kansas City Rescue Mission, 1520 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 or the charity of your choice. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com
Garry Lee Alderson
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Gary Lewis Brooks
GARY LEWIS BROOKS, a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was born April 20, 1954 in Astoria, Oregon, a son of Clyde and Bernice (Jordon) Brooks. He departed this life Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 60 years.
Gary worked in the food service industry and owned a restaurant. He loved to garden.
Gary is survived by his partner, Chris Lund of the home in Eureka Springs, AR; two sisters, Patty White of Eureka Springs, AR and Beverly Brooks of Springfield, OR; one niece, Heidi Brooks; four nephews, Tony Brooks, Scotty Brooks, Dustin Brooks and Jeremy Brooks; and a host of other family and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Bernice Brooks.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com
John Matthew Summers
JOHN MATTHEW SUMMERS, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas, was born April 19, 1932 in Berryville, Arkansas, a son of James Robert and James Nora Francis (Weirick) Summers. He departed this life Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the age of 82 years.
John was a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church. He loved to go bowling with his grandchildren. He worked as general manager of the Carroll Boone Water District. John proudly served his country in the United States National Guard.
On June 09, 1951, John was united in marriage with Mary Sue (Collins) Summers who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Susan Summers and husband Kevin Wolfinbarger; one son, John Stephen Summers and wife Dana Lou of Santa Clarita, CA; four grandchildren, Courtney Dupree of Houma, LA, Nathan Carrico, James McEnaney and Christopher John McEnany all of Fayetteville, AR; two great-grandchildren, Bryan Dupree and Amy Elizabeth Dupree both of Houma, LA; one sister, Jessie Smith and husband Carroll of Harrison, AR; one brother, Tim Summers of Holiday Island, AR; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of other family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert and James Nora Francis Summers; two brothers; and two sisters.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1st National Bank of Green Forest, Attn: Tiffany Ball, P.O. Box 272, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com
Cletis Emery Reeves
Cletis Emery Reeves, (84) passed away August 20, 2014 at his home in Green Forest, AR.
Cletis was born March 28, 1930 Langdon, KS to Emery and Elsie (Caldwell) Reeves. Cletis was the oldest in a family of nine. Cletis graduated in 1948 from El Dorado Springs, MO. He was drafted in to the Marine Corp, and served during the Korean War. On January 10, 1952 he married Nita Mae Smith in Huntsville, AR. In 1954, Cletis and Nita, packed up their two young children and everything they owned in one car, and moved to the White Salmon, Washington area. There they raised all five of their children. Cletis worked as a millwright for S.D.S. and W.K.O. mills. In 1994, after forty years he retired. Cletis and Nita moved to Green Forest, AR. Cletis was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed doing Jehovah’s will be witnessing to others Jehovah’s message found in the Bible.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerle and Kenneth Reeves. He is survived by his wife Nita Mae and their children, Clesa (Joe) Mahaffey, Aaron (Wendy) Reeves, Darrell (Becky) Reeves all of Green Forest, AR; Dawain (Laura) Reeves of Gaston, OR; Teresa (Ben) Meeks of Walla Walla, WA; four brothers, Merle Reeves of Husum, WA; Donald Reeves of Richland, KS; James Reeves of Bella Vista, AR; Curtis Reeves of Ottawa, KS and two sisters, Janet Bouse of Wellsville, KS; Juanita Shay of La Cygne, KS; twelve grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren.
Cletis endured to the end will be in Jehovah’s memory. (Matthew 24:13) The family especially wants to acknowledge those who cared for Cletis and kept him comfortable in his last days as he battled Alzheimer’s, Clesa Mahaffey, Wendy Reeves and Laura Reeves.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Mercy Hospice Berryville, 804 W. Freeman Ave., Suite #4, Berryville, AR 72616. Service arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to the family at nelsonfuneral.com