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Jean Burrow

March 17, 1923 – Aug. 17, 2023

Betty “Jean” King Burrow was born at her grandmother’s home in Galena, Mo., in a round room to parents Susie May Craig and Clarence Otto King on March 17, 1923, and passed away five months after her 100th birthday on August 17, 2023.

She graduated from Carl Junction High School in 1941 and had fond memories of growing up and living in southern Missouri, where she loved to take walks along the creek and pick wildflowers. She and her first husband, Bill Albott, raised their three children in Carl Junction. In 1962 she moved to Lee’s Summit. In 1968 she married Leo Burrow, and they would remain lifelong residents of Lee’s Summit.

Jean retired from Western Electric in 1982 but stayed connected as a proud member of the retirement group known as The Pioneers. She loved to travel and went on many trips with friends including, “mystery bus trips” around the country. She loved traveling internationally to places like England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Canada.

Sewing was a life-long passion of Jean’s, a skill she learned from her mother. She expertly sewed her children’s clothes and would continue to sew throughout her life on her beloved Bernina making things for herself, her children and grandchildren. She also created several beautiful pieces of art using a Japanese embroidery technique, many that proudly adorned her walls. Jean loved to crochet and joined the Prayer Shawl club at John Knox Village, a group that donates shawls to people in need of their comforting warmth. She had a passion for gardening and was especially proud of her roses and African violets. A pink violet from her home was with her during her stay at the John Knox Village Care Center. She was a member of Westridge Christian Church in Raytown for many years.

Jean was preceded in death by her infant brother Teddy; her brother Robert, at age 26; her mother and father; her son, Phillip Wayne Albott, age 11; her husband, Leo Burrow, age 84; and her sister, Kathryn McCoy, age 95.

She leaves two surviving daughters, Gwen Wright and son-in-law Danny, and Janice Baird; four loving grandchildren, Stephen Wright, Sarah Tobaben and husband Aaron, Shawn Wright and wife Julie, and Kristen Schmuck and husband Bryan; seven great-grandchildren, Austin Wright, August Tobaben, Paisley, Paxton, Hayley, Hannah and Brennyn Schmuck; her cousin, Kerry Gentry, of Connecticut, whom she remained close to throughout her life; and cherished family in and around Joplin, including three nieces, Marsha Ansley, Marilyn Smith, Patty Ogden; two nephews, Roger McCoy and Curtis McCoy.

Jean said the most memorable day of her life was her 100th birthday, a milestone she was able to celebrate with family and friends. Her own father lived to be 106, and she attributed her longevity to “good living and genetics.” In the weeks leading up to Jean’s passing, she was surrounded by three generations of family who kept vigil at her bedside. Our mother, grandmother and friend will be greatly missed.

Services for Jean will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest in the adjacent cemetery immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made to Village Hospice at John Knox Village.


Don Chapman

Dec. 14, 1951 – Aug. 14, 2023

Don Chapman, age 71, of Webb City, passed away Monday, Aug. 14.

He was born Dec. 14, 1951, in Nevada, Mo., the son of Dorothy Defreese (Chapman) and Don Chapman. He grew up and attended school in Sheldon, where he resided until his relocation to Webb City. He drove for United Parcel Service of Joplin for over 30 years until his retirement, where he made many lifelong friends with coworkers and patrons on his route. He was an avid sports fan who followed many of the local area teams, including Webb City and Missouri Southern State University, where his sons had played. His greatest passion was that for his family and friends.

Don is survived by his sons, Josh Chapman and his wife Katie with daughters Kelsey and Addie, of Green Bay, Wisc.; and Jordan Chapman and his wife Amy and children Tinley, Crew, and Dylan, of Carl Junction; as well as his wife Geri Chapman and her three children, Jeremy Sargent, Jennifer Rousselot, and Jenae White. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Don was a member of Milford Christian Church and enjoyed getting involved with various church activities. He also enjoyed frequenting all forms of bargain hunting opportunities to supplement his numerous projects he had going at any given time. Spending time on, or around the water with family over the years was another passion he had.

“Papa Don” will be greatly missed.

A memorial visitation was held Friday, Aug. 18, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 19, at Milford Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Milford Christian Church.


Bettina DeBerry

Feb. 14, 1982 – Aug. 21, 2023

Bettina Laurel DeBerry, 41, of Webb City, departed this life on Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

Bettina entered this life on Feb. 14, 1982, in Joplin, daughter of Teddy and Felicia Kay (Jordan) Harre. She was a lifelong area resident and a 2000 graduate of Webb City High School. She was employed by Missouri Southern State University as a custodian and chef for a few years. She had a beautiful singing voice and played in the band while in high school.

He mother, Felicia Kay Johnson, preceded her in death.

Bettina is survived by her two children, Cydney DeBerry, Carthage, and Jordan DeBerry, Joplin; a grandson, Owen Korn; her father, Teddy Harre, state of Virginia; her stepfather, Mike Johnson of Webb City; maternal grandparents, Jacqualyn Jordan, Webb City, and Robert Jordan, Carthage; paternal grandmother, Mary Harre, Webb City; and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation for Bettina will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug., 25, 2023, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Private burial will take place at a later date in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.


Betty McAfee

July 1, 1935 – Aug. 18, 2023

Betty J. McAfee, age 88, of Webb City, passed away at 11:47 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Solace House of the Ozarks in Joplin. Betty was born July 1, 1935, in Webb City, the daughter of Ernest and Dorothy Richey. She was a 1953 graduate of Webb City High School.

Betty was a homemaker but was also involved in child care, both in her home and through her church. She was a member of the North Main Street Baptist Church of Carl Junction, and worked in the church office.

Betty was married to Bill McAfee on Jan. 9, 1954, in Carl Junction, and he survives. Additional survivors include one son, Bob McAfee and wife Sarah, Carl Junction; two daughters, Barbara Maxwell and husband Tom, Webb City, and Brenda Haynes and husband Kenny, Carl Junction; three sisters, Kathy Birchfield and husband Roy, Granby, Pat Gamble and husband Tom, Oronogo, and Debbie Heckart, and husband Marvin, Webb City; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill Richey, Ernest (Corky) Richey and his wife Joyce, and Gary Richey and his wife Dot; and two infant great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at North Main Street Baptist Church, 7061 Highway 43, Carl Junction, Mo. 64834, with the Rev. Walter Hammond officiating. Burial was in the Carl Junction Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Maxwell, Brant Maxwell, Brad McAfee, Seth Haynes, Sam Haynes, Jason Ramirez and Justin Boyes. Memorial contributions may be made to Solace House of the Ozarks, in care of the mortuary. Arrangements were under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary.