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.
Memorial service for Roger Adams III, 32 was met at the gates of heaven on February 4, 2021. He was born on September 26, 1988 to parents Roger Adams Jr and Amy Adams.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 6, 2021 at Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel starting at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers a love offering to the family for help with final expenses is requested.
A full obituary will posted later.
Violet June Dodson, 82, entered this life July 18, 1938, at Dora, Mo to parents Benjamin Harrison and Jean Opal (Murdy) Collins. She departed this life on January 30, 2021, at Springfield Villa Care Center, Springfield, MO.
On July 17, 1954, she married Boyd Bertrum Dodson and they raised their three children in the Dora, MO area. She was devoted to her family and their care, She was a wonderful cook, who could make a feast out of wild game, like squirrel, venison, and especially quail. She may have been small of stature but she had a big, loving heart. She loved to quilt knowing that when she made quilts for the family it would be like wrapping her loving arms around them. She passed on the value of hard work to her children as she worked at factories and as a cook at school. She enjoyed attending church services as long as her health allowed. She will be remembered as a quiet, gentle, lady by her friends and many relatives
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one-half brother, and three half-sisters.
She is survived by one son David (Donna) Dodson and two daughters, Kathy (Jeff) Thompson and Wanda (William) Strausbaugh. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Michael Dodson, Melanie Breeding, Amanda Smith, Wendy Blount, and Cody Freeman. Sixteen great-grandchildren: Chase, Bryse, Reece, Megan, Quin, Macee, Darren, Tristan, Legend, Tyler, Gracelynn, Kody, Karter, Caydence, Emma, and Hailey are left with the memory of her kind nature. A great-great child will arrive too late to be held and rocked in her arms. She is fondly remembered by one brother, Terry (Pete) Collins, as well as two sisters Fern Trail and Colleen Epley. She will be remembered by many other friends and relatives for many years.
The body will lie in state in the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, February 3, 2021, from 10:00 until 4:00 and Thursday from 10:00-12:00. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 2:00 at Smith Chapel Cemetery. All services are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Walter Jessen Jr., a long-time resident of Ava, passed away on January 10th, 2021 at 93 years old.
Wally was born in River Grove Illinois in 1927 and moved to Ava in 1976. He was a Carpenter by Trade and helped build housing all around the Chicago area. Here he built his wife, Ethel her “Dream House” in Ava View Heights. Wally worked on numerous construction projects, building homes barns, remodeling places and built the Medical Office Building on Hwy 5. He was well known by many in the Ava community and loved being involved in many civic projects. Some of which included SB40 Board, DOCO Sheltered Workshop, American Cancer Society, Love Lights a Tree, co-founded a Bereavement Support Group who met in his home, and co-founded Neighbor Helping Neighbor. Wally was also a Member of the Masons and the Lions Club and many other charitable causes. He was also very involved with his church family and tried to live his faith as best as he knew how. Wally also greatly enjoyed audio books, music and dancing. His home was always open for holiday gatherings as well as a go to stop for kid’s yearly trick or treating.
He served in the Navy as a Seabee in 1945/46 and was in Tsingtao China, now known as Qingdao, when the war ended. He was a member of the American Legion Post 335 (River Grove IL) and was honored by them for Continuous Membership for 60 years. Wally was also very involved serving as a volunteer with his local fire department there.
He moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 2016 with his then wife Shirley to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Jessen Sr., and Gladys (Daniels) his first wife Ethel (Lyon), second wife Faye (Robertson) and third wife Shirley (Nielsen) and brother Ronald Jessen.
He is survived by his brothers Donald (Delores) Jessen of Illinois and Jack Jessen of California; his children David Jessen (Doreen) of Michigan, Timothy Jessen (Rosie) of Washington, and Daniel Jessen (Krista) of Montana; stepchildren Ric Buchanan of Ava and Robin Buchanan of Ava and several grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. He fervently loved his family and was proud of all of them. And… It didn’t take long when having a conversation with him, before he would share their accomplishments and updates. Wally will be greatly missed by those he loved and who knew him well.
He will be cremated and laid to rest with a small service to be held at the Ava Cemetery in Ava, MO at a later date.
Florida arrangements are under the care of Johnson-Taylor Funeral home. Local arrangements are under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.