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Ruth Lewene (Atchley) McVicker was born on October 7, 1943 in Dexter, New Mexico. Lewene was the sixth and last child born to Tom and Maggie Atchley. Maggie, was later remarried to Bill McConnell whom Lewene considered as her dad. Lewene married Thomas (Tom) McVicker on April 5, 1961 at Mountain View, Mo. They called Mountain View home for 55 of their 56 years of marriage. To this union was born their two sons Paul and Dave. Lewene accepted Christ as her LORD and savior at an early age and loved her LORD greatly. Lewene left her mortal body on November 18th to claim her heavenly reward at Mercy Health Center in Springfield, MO following a severe stroke.

Lewene is survived by her husband Tom and their sons Paul & Dave, five grandchildren, one great grandson, a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends she dearly loved. Her son Paul of Hannibal Missouri, his son Wesley & wife Sheila McVicker of Topeka, Kansas and his daughter Elizabeth of St. James, Missouri. Her son Dave & wife Tracy McVicker of Mountain View and sons, Dave Jr. & Melisssa McVicker and their son Aiden of Cote D' Ivoire Africa, Ben & Kayla McVicker of Springfield, Missouri and Jacob & Amanda McVicker of Springfield Missouri. Lewene was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings Donald Atchley, Norman "Derwood" Atchley, Tommy Atchley, Leallen Atchley, and Alta Bales.

Lewene's life was a wonderful story of love, compassion and wisdom that has blessed so many people in a variety of ways. Lewene became a registered nurse which was a dream fulfilled for her. She gave care as a nurse in various roles for over 40 years. She worked at all of the local hospitals, Dr. Coffee's office in Willow Springs, Cox Health ER in Springfield and was a traveling ER nurse throughout the country for the latter part of her career. She ministered to many people and their families through her compassionate, patient and loving care. She was described as an "angel" by many patients and family members. Tom and Lewene had a successful greenhouse business for almost 40 years located at their home and farm in Shannon county. People came from miles around to visit with Tom and Lewene. The customers enjoyed their expertise with growing beautiful shrubs, plants and flowers. Many a Mother's Day was blessed as a result of their love for flowers and baskets they prepared. Lewene had flower shop businesses in Mountain View and Willow Springs where she touched the lives of many people.

Lewene was the central figure for all things healthcare related for her family and the go-to expert for cooking, gardening, counseling and anything a family member or friend would have questions about. She was the family matriarch. Lewene never met a stranger. She loved all and always had a wonderful smile to greet everyone she met. Her words touched and comforted countless lives through the years. She was the best of moms and a wonderful "me-ma" to her grandchildren. She adored them abundantly and they, in turn, adored her with much love. Lewene loved to laugh, sing, dance, cook and visit with her family & friends. She took great pleasure in preparing food for the Sunday family meals, family events and church activities. Her many family members and friends took great pleasure in enjoying her cooking!

Lewene was a beautiful wonderful lady, mom, grandmother, aunt and friend who impacted many through her love, generosity, compassion, wisdom, mercy and kindness. She will be missed by all who knew her. Oh what great memories we have!

A memorial service will be held on November 22nd beginning 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mountain View with a dinner to follow. All are invited to come and share memories with the family. In lieu of flowers please make donations online at www.give.cru.org/0621320 or checks for CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) via Yaber Funeral Home to support Lewene's favorite charity, Davy and Melissa McVicker's missionary work in Africa to help share the Gospel.


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