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Beth Snow

Oct. 13, 1970 –June 14, 2024

Beth Ann Snow, 53, died of ovarian cancer on June 14, 2024. She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Snow, and her brother, Brice Snow. Beth was born on Oct. 13, 1970, in Joplin, the child of Harlan Snow and Carolyn Breeden Snow.

Beth graduated with honors from Joplin High School. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from (Southwest) Missouri State University. She attended the master’s program in history at Indiana University-Bloomington. She received a master’s degree in English from Missouri State University. She graduated with a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Beth was employed by the Springfield-Greene County History Museum (1999-2002) and the Springfield-Greene County Library District (2002-2015). Beth was employed as teen librarian by the Joplin Public Library (2015-2024), where she created engaging programming and fostered a safe, respectful, and supportive environment for teens.

She enjoyed language, travel, reading, knitting, crafting, the cello and “shenanigans.” Beth lightened the burdens of life for those around her with her quirky sense of humor, quick wit, fun-loving spirit and sincere concern for others. She was a generous and thoughtful family member and friend and a passionate and inspiring librarian. Beth’s marvelous presence will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church in Joplin. A brief reception will be held at the church immediately following the ceremony before proceeding to Osborne Cemetery for a graveside service and interment.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin Public Library or the American Cancer Society.



Mary Ann Stone

Feb. 8, 1953 – June 12, 2024

Mary Ann Stone, age 71, of Webb City, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday evening, June 12, 2024, at Mercy Hospital Joplin.

Born on Feb. 8, 1953, in Mineral Wells, Texas, Mary Ann’s early years were spent in various locations around the world, a reflection of her parents’ service in the military. Eventually, the family settled in Springfield, where Mary Ann graduated from Glendale High School in 1971. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Southwest Missouri State University, followed by a master’s degree in library science from Pittsburg State University. She began her teaching career at Webb City Junior High School and then devoted over 30 years to the Carthage School District before retiring in 2010. Her passion for learning and her commitment to her students left an indelible mark on the community she served. Mary Ann was also a member of Central United Methodist Church in Webb City.

Mary Ann was an avid volunteer at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, where she joyfully worked in the kitchen. Her love for the outdoors was evident in her beautifully tended garden. She enjoyed creating floral arrangements and cooking family meals, always enough to feed an army. Mary Ann’s sense of humor was a source of joy for all who knew her, and her innate ability to help others made her a sister in spirit to many.

Mary Ann is survived by her two children, Mariam Watson and her husband Christopher, of Indianapolis, Ind., and James Stone, of Webb City; two grandchildren, Rose and Benjamin Watson; two brothers, John Schultz and his wife Vera Jane, Springfield, and Edward Schultz, Springfield; her former husband, Jim Stone, Joplin; and a host of other family and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marion (Uyeda) Schultz.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2024, at Central United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Jackson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Girlsinc, a charity focused on inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.