Born in rural Douglas County near Ava to Warren Springs and Agnes (Huffman) Springs on a warm July day in 1937, Doris Virginia (Springs French) Liniger, 84, departed this life on August 31, 2021, at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, Missouri.
The second of nine children, Doris often commented she had to do everything her big brother Clifford did. When he was old enough to go to school, so did she. When she was old enough, Doris went to work at the Ozark Hotel for Larkin and Hazel Barnes after school and on weekends.
Fresh out of high school in 1955, Doris soon left the Ozarks for Long Beach, California. She attended Long Beach City College and car hopped at Grisingers Drive-In. She met famous celebrities like Fats Domino and John Wayne at the drive-in. She also learned to fly a plane.
It was at Grisingers that she met her first husband, Don French, when he worked there as well, as a cook. The two traveled in Europe while he was stationed in Germany during his service in the Army. After returning to the States, Doris had the first of four children, a boy named Rodney. A girl, Cynthia, soon followed, and the family moved back to Missouri.
In the early 1960s, Doris and Don bought the Highway House Café in Ava. She had two more children, another girl, Rebecca, and another boy, Cody. After divorcing in the early ‘80s, Doris remarried in 1987 to a high school friend, James (J.L.) Liniger.
Doris would go on to run the café for more than 50 years, and not many who grew up in the area are strangers to her biscuits and gravy, the Jumbo burger, the chicken basket or her homemade pies and cobblers. More than the comfort food she served, though, Doris will be remembered for her “hello!” and smile for every person who came through the door.
She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren without question. She also loved a hot cup of coffee and good conversation in the coffee shop with family and friends; customers at her café were often included as she saw them as family as well. After J.L. died in 2004, it was the familiar faces at the counter who kept her company and kept her going every day.
Doris attended the United Methodist Church in Ava and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Clements of Ozark, Missouri; Rebecca (David) French Smith of Georgetown, Texas; Cody (Liz) French of Katy, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.
She is preceded in death by her husband J.L. Liniger, her son Rodney French, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Services for Doris Virginia Liniger will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Ava Family Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Doris will be buried at Ava Cemetery alongside her husband, J.L. Liniger. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to express condolences make a donation in her name to the Heart of the Hills Food Harvest food pantry to help continue feeding the community she loved.
Doris (Springs French) Liniger, passed from this life on August 31, 2021 at Heart of the Ozarks Health Care Center, Ava Mo, at the age of 84. She was born on July 18, 1937 in Ava, Mo.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava MO. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until service time. Burial will be follow the funeral service at Ava City Cemetery, Ava, MO.
A full obituary will follow
Charlotte Elaine Higgins, 93 years, 11 months, 30 days old, passed away on August 9, 2021, at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center, Ava, MO.
Charlotte was born on August 10, 1927, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Leland John Kaudy and Lettie (Ebbe) Kaudy. She was the fourth of five children, raised during The Great Depression.
On May 3, 1947, Charlotte and Leroy Higgins were married in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and were blessed with three daughters.
In 1954 the family packed up their belonging, including a gaggle of geese and a collie named Laddie, on their farm wagon and pulled it from Wisconsin to Lincoln, Nebraska. There they left Sandra and Susanne with Leroy’s sister Pearl and her family so that they could attend school, while Leroy, Charlotte, and Diana explored the farmlands in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Northern Arkansas. They were searching for the perfect farm which they found on Hunter Creek in Douglas County, Missouri. There they raised their daughters and milked Holstein cos. With the girls grown up, they eventually sold the milk cows and did some traveling. They journeyed north to Wisconsin and west to Arizona and California to visit family and friends. They also visited Yellowstone National Park.
They could not stop farming and soon had a sizeable beef cattle herd. This all required long hours of labor, raising and putting up hay for the winter.
Meanwhile in 1983 Charlotte began to go to the Ava Community Center. She volunteered in the kitchen and dining area and was soon hired to be the assistant cook. This job she enjoyed so much that she resisted retirement. When she did retire she continued to help with Meals on Wheels. By this time she was in her 80’s.
Charlotte and Leroy had many friends but Ray and Vi Fritz were extra special. Their daughter Darlene was a playmate of Charlotte and Leroy’s first granddaughter, Angela Epps. They truly thought they were family.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, all three brothers, Robert, John, and Russell Kaudy, and her sister Helen Jensen.
She is survived by her husband Leroy, her three daughters: Sandra (husband Verl Smith of Ava, MO), Susanne (husband Larry Hester of Blue Springs, MO), Diana Parks of Ava, MO, Also seven grandchildren: Angela Wright (husband Darren Wright), Karri Gutierrez (husband Steven), AdriAnn Rode (husband John Rode), Jason Smith (wife Jennifer Smith), Joseph Parks (wife Mary Parks), Jennifer Parks (and Andrew Jones), and Franklin Parks (wife Kylie Parks, and one step-grandson Richard Hester(and wife Rebecca). Sixteen Great-grandchildren: (listed chronologically) Gregory Pope, Courtney Pope (and Jon Byrne), Chloe McKee (and Alex Salgado), Bailey Smith, Troy Smith, Elijah Smith, Matthew Gutierrez, John (Jack) Rode, Michael Gutierrez, Jayse Smith, Macaleb Gutierrez, Hailey Jones, Cohen Smith, Cameron Jones, Penelope Parks, Kennedy Parks. Four step-great-grandchildren: Spencer Rode, Dean Hester, R.J. Hester, and Tristan Hester. Two great-great-grandchildren: Gunner Burns and Maisy Byrne. She loved each of her family dearly. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and one dear high school friend that became her sister-in-law, Joyce Higgins, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
The family sincerely thanks Three Rivers Hospice for their care of Charlotte.
There will be several memorial services planned later this year.
Cremation services are provided by Ava Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Ava Community Center and the Douglas County Council on Aging. These contributions can be made at Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava Community Center, or the gofundme page at https://gofund.me/97fa679c .
Betty Tatalajski, born June 1, 1933, passed away on June 10th, 2021. Betty wanted us all to love one another - that was her life's message, even in death (even in her last breaths), she did her best to impress this upon others - it's all she asked of any of us.
Betty was a frequent visitor to Ava over the past 19 years, where she made many friends whom she regarded as, “Her Family.” Ava reminded her of her childhood home in Kentucky. Betty loved our townsfolk, caring deeply about them. She and her elder sister took keen interest in our rural youth, helping many with educational endeavors, and touching their lives in diverse ways. She enjoyed purchasing new custom tailored- suits for local youth upon graduation of high school - she believed, "every young man must look his best". She knew our youth had far to go after High School, and many went on to college or other careers, including ministry both local and abroad. She referred to all her Ava Boys and Girls as, "Hers". Betty, with the help of her brother (who preceded her in death), provided many trips for local youth, and encouraged travel. A few of the youth she touched, are still traveling to this day or working abroad. Betty also was supportive of the international students attending MSU, who also held a dear place in her heart.
Betty accomplished much in her life. She was a minister, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, co-founded the public relations dept for Mountain Bell where she retired, and was an active world traveler visiting more than 120 countries. She was also active in many Social Service Organizations.
Betty was preceded in death by one sister and one brother; she has six remaining siblings living in various parts of the country. Betty has two children, four grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
We would like to thank our town's folks for their support, and extend our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the kind and beautiful folks at 3 River's Hospice, as well to Ava Family Funeral Home, and a shout-out of acknowledgement to the Douglas County Herald. Thank you all, for having our backs and Mama's, one of the qualities about this area she admired in our fine Folks!
In the spirit of Mom, please reach out and support our local youth and our Veterans! She would approve :)
If a book were written about the life of Hulda Pearl Tipton the title would be "A Woman of Adventure". Her adventure began April 15, 1930, in Doss, TX when she was born to parents John Jacob and Hulda (Kroll) Dittmar. Another chapter in her adventure began on November 28, 1952, when she married Fredrick Arnold Tipton.
She was always ready for another adventure, even while working on their farm near Ava, MO. She was a very caring person who worked and volunteered many hours at the Ava Senior Citizens Center and Trinity Lutheran Church. Even as she was playing cards at the Center she was planning her next great adventure.
She was not afraid of a challenge. She and Fred took their 2 kids and a cat on a canoe float trip on the Moose River in Alaska. When going around a bend they met a moose and while backing up the canoe a leak was ripped in the canvas canoe. Hulda merely put medical tape and wood on the hole and continued on the journey. She enjoyed the vast views as she hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and back up. For her 70th birthday, she spent 5 weeks hiking the Appalachian Trail alone. On her birthday a group of fellow hikers from another country helped with her water for the day and sang her happy birthday in their native language. She was also introduced to "white lightin'" while on the trip. In Australia, one of her highlights was to watch the sunset from a hot air balloon while sipping champagne on her birthday. She toured countries from East to West, including Ireland, Israel, China, New Zealand, and Laos. She met many new friends on these adventures.
She began her biggest adventure on June 6, 2021, at Roaring River Rehab Center, Cassville, MO when she departed this life.
Hulda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and several siblings.
Hulda shared her adventures with one son Guy Tipton and his wife, Janice of League City, TX, and one daughter, Deborah, and husband Richard Flattem of Monet, MO. Her three grandchildren: Tonya Tipton, Cassandra Tipton, and Rebecca Tipton get to share her adventures through memories as will two great-grandchildren; Ian and Guy Chrismon. She is also survived by a sister Anna. She was a special lady to all those who knew her, especially her church friends and Senior Citizens friends.
A memorial service will be hosted Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 1:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church Ava MO. Following the service, she will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Ava City Cemetery.
Hulda would have liked for any donation to be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in her memory
Cremation and all arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Hulda Tipton, 91, passed from this Earth on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Roaring River Rehabilitation Center, Cassville, MO. She was born on April 16, 1930 in Fredericksburg, TX.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday June 27, 2021 at 1:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Ava, MO. Burial will follow in the Ava City Cemetery.
A full obituary will follow.
Russell "Russ" Otis Evans Jr., was born on October 5, 1937, in Champion, Missouri to Freda Mae (Hicks) Rowe and Russell Otis Evans, Sr. Russ passed away at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, after a 2-year battle with glioblastoma on May 7, 2021.
Russ was enlisted in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958. The Army is where Russ learned to make his biscuits and gravy everyone loved and he enjoyed making “enough food to feed an Army” In 1959, Russ married Emma “Jean” aaaa9Percifield) in Douglas County, MO. She passed away in 1999. They will shortly be together again.
Russ worked at Oscar Mayer for 37 years, retiring to care for his wife. When Russ went “Down Home” to Missouri he would always find time to fish with his brothers and friends at Haskins Ford which runs into Bull Shoals Lake. For many years, he went to the races, standing in the pit watching.” Russ lived in Blue Grass for 54 years and was a great asset to his community.
He was a volunteer fireman for 25 years. With the years he put in he became an “Honorary” fireman. Up to the end, he attended the Firemen’s Dinner, and enjoyed time with many of his best friends. Russ was also a volunteer policeman in Blue Grass for about 10 years. He was proud to wear the uniform, making sure it looked just right, shined his boots, and used Aqua Velva aftershave. It’s been told he delivered a baby in the back of his squad car. Russ loved his family dearly. He loved his garden, proud of the tomatoes he grew, giving most away. His past times included playing cards, especially with his “Moselle Street” friends.
He loved his Yorkies, Squeaker, and Buttercup. They sit on the back of the couch, looking out the window for Russ to get home. All his other Yorkies have passed; they will run and greet him when he gets to Heaven. Yes, “All Dogs Go to Heaven.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, mother, and father, granddaughter Billie Sue Evans; maternal grandparents Golda Mae Stout Hicks and John Harrison Hicks; brothers Bobby Rowe, Tracy Lynn Evans; sisters: Florence Stutts, Donna Osborn, Helen Breeding; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews and cousins.
Survivors include his children, John Russell and Carol Evans of Ava, MO, Wilda and Tom Smith of Bettendorf, IA, Wanda Evans of Blue Grass, IA, Lora and Robert Picolet of Blue Grass, IA, forever daughter Debbie and Martin Hamilton of Lebanon, MO; grandchildren: Matthew Russell Evans of Blue Grass, IA, Kayla Mae Evans of Springfield, MO, Bradley (B.J.) Smith of Ocala, FL, Evan Smith of Bettendorf, IA, Kyle Smith of Davenport, IA, Kendra and Tim Atkins of Davenport, IA, Keith Picolet of Blue Grass, IA; great-grandchildren: Emma Sue Evans, Leland Trujillo, Maeson Trujillo, all of Swedborg, MO; great-great-grandchildren: Kyzen Ray Evans; brothers: Billy Rowe of Ava, MO, J.D. and Debbie Rowe of Charlotte, AR, Jimmy and Barbara Rowe of Ava, MO, Leonard Rowe of Los Angeles, CA; sisters: Becky Stutts of Kansas City, MO, Sue and Bill Downs of Ava, MO, Katy and Robert Downs of Ava, MO, Ellen (Oppie) and Terry Austin of Ava, MO, Irma Jean Ward of Ava, MO, Sharon and Gary Norell of Mansfield, MO; aunts: Elsie Curtis of Mountain Grove, MO, Sharon Smith of Jefferson City, MO; and Uncle and life-time friend Ray and Donna Hicks of Blue Grass, IA.
Russ’ Special friends and old neighbors (Moselle Street Blue Grass.) Janice and Buck Seddon, Nancy and Al Ripperger, Gary and Vickie Cole, Ray and Donna Hicks, Terry and Annie Peterson will also miss him as well as numerous other family and friends.
A special thanks to Dr. Varun Monga, his oncologist, and the staff at the University of Iowa Hospital.
Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Weerts Funeral Home Davenport, IA. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, at Ava Family Funeral Home Ava, MO with full military honors by the Troy Herd American Legion Post #112 and the VFW Post # 5993. Burial will follow in the Murray Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family to defray expenses.
Glen McClain, 72, passed away on April 22, 2021, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO. He was born on October 24, 1948, in Cabool, MO to parents Glen and Jessie (Smallwood) McClain.
Glen graduate from Willow Springs High School in 1967. On June 10, 1967, he married Katie (Turnbull). The couple enjoyed 53 years of marriage raising their boys and working side-by-side.
Glen was a second-generation logger who first worked with his dad using mules and horses. He was proud to upgrade to tractors and then to skidders that “wouldn’t run off, bite him, or kick him!” He loved to tell stories, look for equipment, and trade.
Glen and Katie were proud to be foster parents until his wife suffered a stroke in 2012. Glen then became her full-time caregiver. Family was important to Glen as well as his wife. He was a large force in his family’s life and will be missed.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, son Nova McClain and infant daughter Cindy McClain.
Glen is survived by his wife Katie McClain, Niangua, MO; son Charles McClain and wife Marcy, and Jamie McClain and wife Robin all of Niangua, MO. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Howard Johnson, James Johnson, Donald McClain, and sisters Virginia McClain and Helen Shores.
Graveside service will be on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 2:00 at Willow Springs Cemetery, Willow Springs, MO.
In lieu of flowers, love offerings are requested for the family to help with final expenses.
All arrangements under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Velena "Bea" (Duckworth) Christy passed from this earth on February 14, 2021, at Gainesville Healthcare Center, Gainesville, MO. She was born on September 26, 1924, in Indianapolis, IN to parents George and Thelma (Young) Erickson.
On February 5, 1944, Bea would marry James Duckworth and they had 4 children. While raising her children Bea spent many hours making beautiful dresses for her daughters. She was often known to stay up late into the night to make sure one of her daughters' had a dress for an occasion. Later in life, she would share the love of sewing by teaching her granddaughter to sew.
Bea also liked to bake and could make beautiful cakes from wedding cakes to cakes shaped like your favorite doll. These were a hit for her family on special occasions. Most of all Bea loved her family and would spend many hours showing her love to them.
Bea is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands JamesDuckworth and Ed Christy, a son Steve Duckworth, 2 daughters Sally Petro and Connie Duckworth; as well as a brother Wesley.
Her loving influence will be missed by her daughter Randie Schmucker, 8 grandchildren, as well as numerous great-grandchildren. Bea will also be missed by many other friends and family.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021, starting at 2:00 PM in the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until the start of service time. Burial will follow in the Goodhope Cemetery at a later date.
Due to COVID-19 face masks are requested as well as social distancing as possible.
Roger C. Adams III, 32, entered into this world on September 26, 1988, in Mansfield, Missouri, to his parents, Roger Jr. and Amy Yeary Adams. He departed this life on February 4, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Roger was surrounded with the love of his family.
Roger was a “collector” of people and never met a stranger. If a person were to describe Rogers life in one word, it would be love. He loved to be with his family and friends. He loved to make other people laugh and kept all who knew him entertained. Roger always seemed to find the lighter side of things and had an incredible laugh, one that was infectious to all who were lucky enough to be close by. He loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar. He loved to play jokes on his family. Roger was an incredible and accomplished salesman because of his genuine ability to connect with the needs of others. Above all else, he loved to spend time with his girls, Heather, Kylie, Jaila, and Neveah. They were the center of his every thought and action, and the memories made will be carried in their hearts forever.
Roger was met at the gates of Heaven by his Grandparents, Roger Adams, Wayne Yeary, and Evelyn Akers, Aunt June Brazeal, Uncle Larry Lent, and Brother Richard Dean Wylie.
Roger will be missed by Heather Dias, his Fiance and love of his life, his daughters, Kylie, Naveah and Jaila. He will also be missed by a daughter of his heart, Sienna, his brothers, Cody Harley and Dillon Adams, his sisters Tafi Buege, Kayla Adams, and Meribella Adams, his mother and father, Amy Adams and Roger Adams Jr. Roger leaves behind several other nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends who will greatly miss his happy and big-hearted spirit.
A memorial celebration of his life will be conducted on Saturday, February 5, 2021, at 11:00am in the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate love offerings to help with final expenses. All services are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.