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HHS Alumni News — Posted 2006 August 28

HHS Scholarships and Awards Recognized

The Class of '50 Reminisces


Virginia Williams Osborn, 1942, died December 7, 2004, in Chandler, Arizona. She had been diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was married to CMSGT James D. Osborn for 59 years and served with him for some 10 years in overseas locations. She was a housewife and mother of two children.

Paul Douglas Frey, 1957, died December 15, 2005, at his home at Buffalo after a short bout with cancer. After two years at SMS, he enlisted in the Army and spent three years in Germany. In 1965, he completed a degree in agriculture at SMS. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service in New Madrid, Kennett, Mount Vernon, Princeton, and Buffalo where he retired in 1999.

Courtney Casebeer, 1956, died December 28, 2005, at his home at Van Buren. He spent most of his life at Van Buren where he worked on his farm. He retired as a mechanic with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Mary Alice Beller Haithcock, 1945, died December 28, 2005, at Payson, Arizona. She was a Navy wife and Gray Lady of the Charleston, S.C., Naval Hospital. While living in Payson, she was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary.

Linda May Stilley, 1968, died December 31, 2005, at her home at Bucyrus. She was a CMT and worked at Licking Park Manor for more than 25 years.

Marvin Yarnell, 1956, died December 31, 2005. He built and operated the Stockton State Park Marine for 13 years. He served for 14 years as the Cedar County Southern Commissioner. He devoted a great deal of his time to the Masonic Lodge and Abou Ben Adam Shrine Club.

Ray Wallace, 1947, died January 5, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He lived in the White Rock/Bucyrus community for 45 years before moving to Mtn. Grove. He retired after 28 years with the Missouri Conservation Commission.

Pearline Coats Dallinga, 1952, died January 6, 2006, at Mercy Hospital. She lived in Independence, Kansas. She lived in California for about 20 years and worked at Emerson's Manufacturing and Caruthers School System.

Carol Elmore Pipkin, 1948, died January 18, 2006, at her home in Mission Hills, California. She attended Southwest Baptist College. She then moved to Southern California where she married George Pipkin, an HHS graduate who died in 2001.

Audrey Bandy, 1936, died January 23, 2006 at Houston House Care Center. She graduated from Springfield Teachers College in 1947 and earned her master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1969. She taught at many Texas County rural schools and taught 42 years in the Houston Schools. She ended her 50-year teaching career as high school art teacher. She was a member of AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Texas County Retired Teachers.

Ladena Kay Hebblethwaite Pasakarnis, 1962, died February 18, 2006, from a massive heart attack. She worked at Texas County Memorial Hospital before moving to Chicago where she was a deputy for an insurance company. She and her husband loved to travel and they visited Seoul, Korea, Japan, and various area of the U.S.

Clifford A. Hutcheson, 1930, died February 21, 2006, at Mercy Villa in Springfield. He was a Greyhound bus driver for many years.

James Henry Clark, 1953, died February 27, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He graduated from the School of the Ozarks at Point Lookout. He lived in Elgin, Illinois, and in California before returning to Texas County where he worked for many years at the Houston Mill and the Hamilton Seed Company.

Ralph Edward “Sam” Shryock, 1939, died February 27, 2006, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. During World War II, he was a fighter pilot in the Army Air Force. He was an engineer for several companies before returning to his farm in Texas County.

Robert Gibson, 1951, died March 6, 2006 at his home in Tama, Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Korean War. He was a supervisor for 21 years for KIOWA and worked 20 years at Tama Pack.

Marshall A. Mires, 1938, died March 10, 2005, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in agriculture in 1946. He worked as Oregon County extension agent, veterans-on-the-farm instructor and dairy farmer, managed the Missouri Poultry Experiment Station in Mountain Grove, and with the Agricultural Division of Chevron Corp. He retired in St. Louis as a district manager in 1979, and returned to Houston.

Vera Alzada Fisher Hume, 1939, died March 11, 2006, at Hendersonville, N.C. She retired from Rawlings Sporting Goods after more than 30 years. She worked at the Licking and Newburg facilities. She and her husband started the Willow Springs facility before moving to Puerto Rico where she assisted in the starting three facilities in addition to plants in Haiti.

Una Hutcheson Lowry Hibbs, 1932, died April 17, 2006, in Kansas City. She lived in Houston for many years and was one of the founding members of the Houston chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Donald J. Douglas, 1950, died April 20, 2006, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He returned to the White Rock/Bucyrus area where he farmed for many years.

Irene McKinney Crowley, 1939, died May 9, 2006, at her home in the Ozark Community southeast of Houston. She taught two years at Yukon school. During the war she worked at the Remmington Arms Company near Kansas City and served in the United States Coast Guard. She later worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company and became one of the first women supervisors. After the war, she returned to the Ozark Community with her husband where they farmed. She later worked for the Missouri Division of Welfare as a caseworker, retiring in 1984.

Clara Ragain Flowers, 1947, died May 24, 2006, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She lived in the Bado community and worked at the International Shoe Company in Houston and Brown Shoe Company in Cabool.

Dearl Daugherty, 1955, died May 30, 2006, at Cox Walnut Lawn in Springfield following a long battle with cancer. He was an ordained Assemblies of God minister and served at Manes, Puxico, Independence, Mountain Grove, and Rogersville. In 1992, he began working at the Assemblies of God Gospel Publishing House in Springfield, where he retired in 2001.

Howard R. Creason, 1945, died June 14, 2006, in Springfield, Missouri. He retired after 30 years from Royal Typewriter Company and McBee Systems where he was a supervisor.

Short Tales




Gladine Bishop Liner, 1939, was honored by the Mehlville School District with the naming of the entry drive to the Early Childhood Center as Gladine Liner Way. She served as the first elementary counselor for five years, kindergarten teacher for 16 years, and director of the Early Childhood Center for nine years. She was also featured in the Call Newspapers' annual tribute to women. At 83, She remains an active member of the community, volunterring at Feed My People and teaching community college classes.


Dave Impey, 1944, and his wife Rose were honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” given by the Houston Chamber of Commerce at the annual chamber dinner.


Clay, class of 1951, and Leta Smith Forbes, class of 1952, were the grand marshals for the Houston Christmas parade. They are long-time local business owners.

Carroll "Moe" Miller, class of 1957, became the first full-time mechanic for Intercounty Electric in 1988. He has filled this job for 16 years until his recent retirement. He also ran his own garage in Houston.

Imogene Garrett Sutton, class of 1951, has been retired for 17 years from AT&T. She now spends her time traveling last winter going from Phoenix to Florida and five weeks in Belgium in the spring.



Carol Ann Ragsdale Freeman, 1970, director of Wri-Tex 911, was honored with a plaque and a dinner at El Imperial Restaurant in Cabool following her retirement.

Vicki Moger Hutcheson, 1974, was named as one of the top 10 agents for the Springfield office of Carol Jones Realtors. She specializes in residential property, and this is her second appearance on the top 10 list with CJR.

Mary Boster Barnes, 1975, works as ER nurse manager at Texas County Memorial Hospital.


Terry Sanders, 1980, was awarded a 20-year service citation in a ceremony at the Missouri State Water Patrol general headquarters in Jefferson City. He has worked the Stone/Taney county area for 20 years.

Lease Howerton Evans, 1980, has received her Masters Degree in Nursing from UMKC. She and her husband Dennis, 1979, and family live at Neosho. She has a teaching position at Crowder College.

Terri Barton Driesel, 1981, works as a physical therapist at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Brad Gentry, 1981, was elected to the Ozark Press Association's board of directors during a meeting at Branson.

Jeff Shelton, 1981, was featured in a recent issue of Big Sports, a regional publication based in Springfield. His business at Ellis Prairie is 3-D Bow Hunts. The archery business, which is about 2 years old, features targets of animals, including a dinosaur.

Tim Ceplina, 1986, is currently teaching criminology classes at the Drury University Cabool campus. He earned his master's degree in criminology in 2004 from Drury. He has been in the law enforcement field for 14 years and has taught Drury classes for the past three years. He is also a former Marine and veteran of Desert Storm.

Rachel L. Ward Buosard, 1988, graduated from MSU with a B.S. degree in Education and is a math and science teacher at Nixa Schools.


Tpr. Logan Elliott, 1994, has been assigned to northern Howell and Shannon counties in Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Don Miller, 1996, has resigned from his position as superintendent of the Success School District to accept a position as elementary principal at Plato.

Amanda Walser, 1999, was promoted to staff sergeant on February 1. She joined the U.S. Air Force in November 2000 and is now stationed at Scott AFB, Illinois. She works for the Defense Information Agency as an information systems specialist in the intelligence directorate.



Scott, 1974, and Angie Joens Gettys, 1980, celebrated their 25th anniversary on August 31, 2005.

Doyle, 1962, and Sharon Hayes Sillyman, 1966, celebrated their 25th anniversary with a reception on February 4, 2006.

Elvin, 1953, and Lillie Tate Campbell, 1956, celebrated their 50th anniversary March 17, 2006, with an open house at their home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Richard, 1953, and Bonnie Collins Odle, 1954, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception on April 23, 2006, at the Lions Park in Green Mountain, Iowa.

Jim, 1952, and Ruth Johnson Roberts, 1950, celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 31, 2006.

Kenneth, 1936, and Mary Goode Ross, 1939, celebrated their 67th anniversary on June 4, 2006. They live in Springfield where their two daughters, Kennie Goff and Karlyn Holder, also reside.

Friday Night Gala

The Alumni Association will again present the Friday night Gala event. Proceeds from the event go to the Scholarship Fund. Last year's performance by alumni and friends raised $462.

The evening is a time for alumni to share their musical talents. Your participation is needed. A love of music is all that is required — you do not have to be a professional.

Theme for the evening's program is "Don't It Make you Wanta' Go Home".

Any ideas you might have would also be appreciated.

Contact Bonnie Harmon McElroy at P. O. Box 304, Houston, MO 65483 or call 417-967-3188 or email bmc@centurytel.net