C.M. Letsinger departed this life on November 9, 2020 at the Autumn Oaks Care Center, Mountain Grove, Missouri, where he had resided a short time. He began this earthly life on January 4, 1930 to parents Cecil and Rosa (Miller) Letsinger. On July 22, 1950, he married the love of his life, Nadine Welton with whom he shared almost 67 years before her passing.
During his lifetime C.M. could stand on the hill of his farm and see the fruits of his many years of labor. He saw lush green pastures with contented cows grazing there. It took long hours, hard work, and a lot of sweat to have a farm considered by many people a model farm. He built his life around the principles of family, love, faith in god, and love of farming. With Nadine by his side, they carved out a place of beauty, from its neatly manicured lawn with beautiful flowers to the large garden to provide food for the family, to the pristine fence rows.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Florence and Selma.
C.M. leaves a legacy of honest, hard work to his children Chris and Nita Puchta (Ken); two grandchildren Chad Puchta and Amy Post. His six grandchildren will miss his giving and sharing personality. He will be deeply missed by sister Rosalee, and brothers Hershell and Norman. His many other relatives, friends, and neighbors will miss his willingness to help others and share in “farm talk.”
Funeral services for C.M. will be conducted at 11:00 Saturday, November 14, 2020, in the Ava Family Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation being hosted from 10:00 until service time also in the Funeral Home Chapel
C.M.’s life will come to a full circle as he is laid tor rest on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in the Prairie Hollow Cemetery north of Ava, near where he was born.
Family requests donations to be made to Gideon’s in lieu of flowers.
All arrangements are under the care and direction of Ava Family Funeral Home.
Linda Dianne Lyons was born on November 6, 1953 at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, to parents Walter and Elsie (Burns) Peck. She departed this life on November 7, 2020, at her home near Vanzant, MO.
Linda was a truly compassionate health care professional, having worked as a nurse in numerous hospitals from New Jersey to Nevada. She was a compassionate nurse who placed her patient’s care as the foremost thing in her life. She achieved many Nursing degrees to advance the care she provided for her patients. This earned her the respect and admiration of her co-workers and patients, including the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in 1993, after being runner-up for many years. She went on to share her knowledge with other nurses as she taught nursing at several nursing schools.
Linda also extended her compassion to her family showing them great love. She was deeply devoted to her family; there was another side to Linda that her family and friends loved as well. She had a great sense of humor and was a little bit of a prankster. They described her as a “person who never put on airs, she was just what you saw.” Her presence will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons Timothy and Avery, and sister Carolyn.
She is survived by her beloved husband of over 40 years Roy; two daughters Patricia and Jennifer as well as one son Walter. Six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren will miss her unique personality and love. She also leaves behind a sister, Sharon and a brother David.
A memorial service to remember her life will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of Ava Family Funeral Home.