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Inez Katherine (Brown) Hankey, 100, of Mountain View, MO, was taken home by her Heavenly Father, Friday, June 9, 2017, at the home of daughter Frances Lee (Hankey) and husband Wesley Alvin Ledbetter with daughter Ina Gene (Hankey) Gill also at her bedside.

Inez Katherine (Brown) Hankey was born February 15, 1917, to parents Frank Monroe and Viola Ellen (Weaver) Brown at their home near Bartlett, MO, in Shannon County. She was married to Eugene Edward Hankey (World War II veteran) on January 30, 1947, at Salem, AR, in Fulton County. Two daughters were born to this union. Eugene and Inez made their home on their farm near Mountain View, MO, raising their daughters and working together 44 years until his death in 1991, when she moved to Crestview Senior Housing in Mountain View, MO. She attended Oak Grove Baptist Church, Birch Tree, MO, with her family until moving to Mountain View, MO, in 1945. She attended Bartlett and Birch Tree schools, graduating from Birch Tree High School, among the oldest alumni until her death. During World War II she traveled to Kansas City, MO, and Burlington, IA, with family to work in the defense plants as a munitions inspector. After moving to Mountain View, MO, she worked for Garrett's grocery store until she married and moved to their farm. At the time of her death she was the oldest known descendent of the Browns of state historic site Falling Springs Mill. Quoting her, "The most important things in life are God, family, and friends" and Eugene and Inez instilled in their family love of country and honor of veterans.

She is survived by daughters Ina Gene(Hankey) Gill and husband Lester Burl Gill, Jr. of Ash Flat, AR; and Frances Lee (Hankey) Ledbetter and husband Wesley Alvin Ledbetter; grandson Wesley Eugene Ledbetter and wife Shalita Kay (Horst) Ledbetter; granddaughter Regena Lee (Ledbetter) Radford and husband Derrick Allen Radford; great granddaughters Christian Taylor, Haley Elizabeth, Sydney Hope, and Grace Marie Radford, all of Mountain View, MO; and dear friends Wilda Weaver and family of Mountain View, MO; and Alice (Brown) (Waggoner) Grogan and family of Willow Springs, MO. Also surviving are nephews Jerry Glenn and wife Shirleen (Wolf) Brown and family, and Vernon Max and wife Julie (Hall) Brown; nieces Beverly (Hankey) Nicholson, Darlene (Hankey) Brooks, Marilyn (Hankey) Brown and families, nephew Paul F. (Bub) Hankey and family, niece Janella (Hankey) Burks and family, and the family of the late nephew Rodney Ray Hankey; the family of the late nephew Charles Eugene Kinney, nephew Franklin Elwood (Short) Kinney and family, nieces Sharon (Kinney ) Baxter and Cheryl (Shirley) (Kinney) Etheridge and families, and nephew Edward Lynn Kinney and family.

Preceding her in death were her parents Frank Monroe and Viola Ellen (Weaver) Brown; husband Eugene Edward Hankey; brother and sister-in-law Glenn Oliver and Alma Pearl (Brown) Brown; father-in-law and mother-in-law Edward Louis and Ada Leora (Spear) Hankey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Paul Joseph and Hazel Marie (Buckley) Hankey; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Clara Lucille (Hankey) and Charles Clinton Kinney; sisters-in-law Luella Adelia Hankey and Leora Marie Hankey; nephews Rodney Ray Hankey, Charles Eugene Kinney, and Gerald (Gary) Wayne Kinney.

The family wishes to thank Mike Gaddy, P. A., and staff of Mercy Clinic, the Hospice Compassus staff, and Alice Grogan for her excellent care.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with celebration of life following at 10:00 AM at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View; burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.


Lawrence Edward Ross

Lawrence Edward Ross, the son of Henry Alvis Ross and Etta May Summers, was born February 20, 1928 at Summersville, Missouri and passed away at the Mountain View Health Care in Mountain View, Missouri on Thursday, June 1, 2017 making his age 89 years 4 months and 1 day.

Lawrence was united in marriage to Palmer Asplin on October 31, 1947 in Eminence, MO. To their union they were blessed with three children, Eugene Ross, Pauletta Gibson and Kelly Maria Berry.

He spent many years attending the First Christian Church in Summersville. He was in the United States Army and started his basic training May 22, 1946 in Fort Bliss Texas and then departed for Soul Korea on the General MM Patrick and serving in the Army until October 19, 1947. He spent his working career in the Timber industry.

He enjoyed horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, trapping and digging herbs. He had a vast knowledge of all types of plants and animals. Lawrence love to garden and grew a variety of vegetables and flowers. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his father Henry Ross, mother Etta May (Summers) Ross, wife Palmer (Asplin) Ross, brother Ray Ross and sister-in-law Ruth (Brawley) Ross, sister Eunice (Ross) Medlock and brother-in-law Jimmy Medlock and brother-in-law Wallace Demery.

Lawrence is survived by his children Eugene Ross of Summersville, MO, Paulette Gibson and husband Bill of Houston, MO and Kelly Berry and husband Steve of Poplar Bluff, MO; three grandchildren, Billy Gibson, Coletta (Gibson) Ipock and husband Wes, Andrea Berry and boyfriend Nick McNamee; one sister Pauline Demery of Rolla, MO; two sister-in-laws Geraldine Barton and Edith Asplin, both of Mountain View, Missouri. He is also survived by a host of nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 12:00 at Bradford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Interment and Military Honors will be at Summersville City Cemetery under the care of Bradford Funeral Home.

Obituaries

Laura Elizabeth (Betty) Hicock

Laura Elizabeth (Betty) Hicock, age 99, passed into the Lord's care on February 24, 2017. She passed away in Stover, MO at the Golden Age Living Center nursing home. Elizabeth was born July 30, 1917 in St. Louis, MO the only child of Walter Glen and Maud Anna (Wentworth) Gross.

She spent her youth in Maplewood (St. Louis), MO with her parents. Elizabeth attended the Maplewood, MO school system. Her father, who worked for United States Steel Corporation, was transferred to Philadelphia, PA her senior year of high school where she graduated. After high school Elizabeth took an office secretarial course and worked for an insurance company.

While in Philadelphia Elizabeth was introduced to Ernest Hicock by a friend of hers who was one of Ernest's fraternity brothers. After moving to Tulsa, OK with her parents she returned to Philadelphia to visit and worked at Camp Hilltop, a summer camp for kids where Ernest worked while attending college. They were wed on September 27, 1940 in the historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA. After living in Southbury, CT and Hotchkissville, CT and having 4 children in 5 years, Elizabeth, Ernest, and family moved to Oklahoma City, OK in 1949. They enjoyed 72 years of marriage.

Beginning when she was 8 years old her most favorite thing to do was to go camping with her parents at Alley Spring State Park near Eminence, MO. After two weeks her parents would go home and Elizabeth would spend the rest of the summer with the park superintendent's family. She stayed with Alan and Delie Drewell and their two daughters Hattie and Ethel for many summers. In the 1950's Elizabeth and family began spending many summers at Alley Spring State Park and continued the relationship with Hattie's and Ethel's families.

Elizabeth raised four children and worked part time in Ernies' CPA firm. A favorite past time was bird watching. She gave presentations on birds and their nests to the local grade school and was active in the Oklahoma Audubon Society. Elizabeth volunteered to host out of town speakers for the Audubon Society. She was active in the Girl Scouts as an Assistant Troop leader, patrol leader and a member of the Girl Scout's Redlands Council Camp committee. She was selected to attend the Girl Scout's National Roundup in Idaho where she gave presentations on birds. Elizabeth was a recipient of the Thanks Badge which is the highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts to an adult leader. Elizabeth volunteered at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City and was active in the Christian church.

A very special activity that Ernest and Betty participated in was to go ballroom dancing at the Moose Lodge in Yukon, OK. They would dress up in their formal best of choice for the evening. We are talking fancy and handsome! They loved dancing with each other and other members of the club.

In 1981 after Ernest retired and sold his CPA firm they moved to their newly constructed home with a beautiful view of the Missouri Ozarks in Eminence, MO. She continued feeding and watching birds and loved floating the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. Ernie and Betty loved to travel the United States and Canada with their Airstream travel trailer. She attended the West Eminence Christian Church and was active in the Eminence, MO and Houston, MO Senior Centers. Having outlived their retirement home in Eminence, MO they moved to Houston, MO and eventually to Columbia, MO.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Maud Anna Gross, her husband Ernest, and her son-in-law Jimmie Dale Gray, husband of her daughter Nancy Gray.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Gray, Allen, Texas, daughter Linda Nagy and husband Bill, Portland, Oregon, son Terry Hicock and wife Anita, Midlothian, Texas, and son Bill Hicock and wife Joyce, Jefferson City, Missouri. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Elizabeth's interment of ashes will be June 18, 2017 with a graveside service at 3:00pm at the Munsell Chapel Cemetery, Eminence, MO officiated by Jerald Conway of Eminence, MO.

Obituaries

Ernest Atwood Hicock

Ernest Atwood Hicock, age 93, passed into the Lord's care on December 9, 2012. He passed away in Columbia, Missouri at the Lenoir Woods Lutheran Senior Services nursing home. Ernest was born February 1, 1919 in Southbury, Connecticut the son of Nathan and Editha (Atwood) Hicock.

He spent his youth in Southbury, CT with his parents and two sisters. Ernest attended the historic one room Bullet Hill School in Southbury, CT where he graduated high school at the age of 16. Ernest immediately enrolled in and attended the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA.

Ernest was a very intelligent young man on his own who knew when to be serious and accomplish tasks needed and when to have fun. He was a member of Alpha Pi Lambda fraternity and a member of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. At the age of 21 he graduated summa cum laude with a Commerce degree in 1940.

While attending college he met Laura Elizabeth (Betty) Gross. They were wed on September 27, 1940 in the historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA. They enjoyed 72 years of marriage and had 4 children.

He worked for Scovill Manufacturing Company in Waterbury, CT which was a critical supplier of war materiel during WWII. Ernest passed the Certified Public Accountants exam in Connecticut on the first attempt. Ernest and family moved to Oklahoma City, OK in 1949 where he worked for SOHIO (Standard Oil of Ohio) and passed the Certified Public Accountants exam in Oklahoma, again on the first attempt.

In 1963 he purchased and operated his Certified Public Accounting firm in Bethany, OK until retiring in 1981. At this time Ernie and Betty moved to their newly constructed home with a beautiful view of the Missouri Ozarks in Eminence, MO.

While in Oklahoma City, OK Ernest actively participated in Kiwanis International, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Oklahoma Association of Accountants, National Association of Accountants, Audubon Society of Oklahoma City, and the Christian church. He served as president with the National Association of Accountants, Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, Camp Committee member with the Girl Scouts and a deacon in the Christian church.

A very special activity that Ernest and Betty participated in was to go ballroom dancing at the Moose Lodge in Yukon, OK. They would dress up in their formal best of choice for the evening. We are talking fancy and handsome! They loved dancing with each other and other members of the club.

While in Eminence and Houston, MO he loved feeding the birds, vegetable gardening and growing flowers. He especially loved fishing the Jacks Fork and Current rivers and stalking the stubborn trout at Montauk State Park.

Ernie and Betty loved to travel the United States and Canada with their Airstream travel trailer. He was active with the Eminence and Houston Senior Centers and the Eminence Arts Council. He continued working doing tax returns for clients back in Oklahoma and many local Eminence residents and provided accounting services for the Current Wave newspaper in Eminence.

Having outlived their retirement home in Eminence, MO they moved to Houston, MO and eventually to Columbia, MO.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Editha Hicock, his sister Alice Moeller, and his sister Marjorie Hicock all of Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife Laura Elizabeth (Betty) Hicock, Columbia, Missouri, daughter Nancy Gray and husband Jimmie, Allen, Texas, daughter Linda Nagy and husband Bill, Portland, Oregon, son Terry Hicock and wife Anita, Midlothian, Texas, and son Bill Hicock and wife Joyce, Jefferson City, Missouri. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

The memorial service for Ernest was held June 20, 2013 at The Epple Chapel, LSS Lenoir Woods, Columbia, Missouri officiated by Minister Rodney Brown formerly of the West Eminence Christian Church. His interment of ashes was on June 22, 2013 at Munsell Chapel Cemetery, Eminence, Missouri officiated by Jerald Conway.

 
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