As of Wednesday, July 7, 2021


Bryann Baird

July 13, 1988 – June 29, 2021

Loving Written by Bryann’s Family

Susan Bryann Outt Baird, of Joplin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, June 29. She was 32 years old and the wife of Jacob Baird, and the mother of two precious sons, Emmett, 4 years old, and Everett, 2 years old. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, JoAnn Ross and Betty Esacallier; and her grandfather, Buck Murray. Surviving loved ones in addition to her husband and two sons include her parents, Dennis and Davette Outt; brothers, Damon Outt, and his wife, Kellie, and Daren Outt; grandfather, David Ross, and his wife, Wilma; father-in-law, Joe Baird; mother-in-law, Becky Baird; sister-in-law, Kellie Fransisco; her nieces and nephews, Payton Mashall, Tynnley Outt, Braxton Outt, Macie Outt, and Kytn and Weston Fransisco; plus many aunts, uncles, and cousins that she loved dearly. 

Bryann loved her students and loved being a teacher. She always put 100% into everything she did, whether it be a holiday, a birthday party, or teaching children’s church and Sunday school, which she did for 14 years.

Her husband and her boys were her whole world. She was such a wonderful wife and mother. She and Jake were raising their boys to love and serve the Lord. 

She loved her parents so much and she was so caring and giving with them. Bryann and her mom had a very special bond. They spent much time together and they loved to shop and watch Christmas movies, and bake millions of pies for family dinners.

Bryann loved her nieces, nephews, and extended family. She loved it when everyone got together for holidays. She loved her church and her church family.

This precious girl leaves a huge hole in our family, and we will never be the same without her. We will miss her spunky attitude, her bright smile, and her huge dimples. We know she is in heaven with Jesus and we will see her again, but for now our hearts are broken and our lives forever changed. We love you Bryann, more than you will ever know. 

Psalms 56:8

“You have taken not of my journey through life…. Even when we can’t see God’s Plan, he sees our pain. He knows when our path grows bumpy; He notices when our feet stumble and not only does God see, more importantly, He refuses to flee. You have caught each of my tears in your bottle…”

A celebration of her life was Wednesday, July 7, at the Frisco Church in Webb City. Burial was in Carl Junction Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Dean Burpo

Aug. 14, 1944 – July 3, 2021

Roy Dean Burpo, 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 3, at his home in Oronogo.

Dean was born Aug. 14, 1944, in Dover, Okla., to Frank and Wanda (Brooks) Burpo, both preceded him in death. After graduating from Dover High School in 1962, he joined the National Guard and went to work in the aviation industry. In August 1966, he joined the Army and served his country until August 1968, when he was honorably discharged. After the Army he went to work burying phone cables and during this time he met and married the love of his life, Myrtle Bendure, on Nov. 26, 1971. She survives, as do their two children, Stephanie and spouse Rick Agan, and Ryan and spouse Hailey Burpo. Dean is also survived by six grandchildren, Skyler Reed (Mason), Jordan Jones (Levi), Brianna Nichols, Joseph Agan, Isabella and Everleigh Burpo; and five great-grandchildren, Oakley, Blakely and Finley Reed and Ameri and Silas Jones; two sisters, Judy Emmrick and Gayla Brooks; one brother, Steve Burpo; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Tresa Stephens; and a brother, Brendan “BJ” Burpo. 

Dean shepherded Waco Christian Church for many years. His love for the Lord and his family and country was evident in all he did. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and cheering them on. He also enjoyed traveling to the mountains and vacationing with family. He was a man who would do anything for those he loved. His greatest joy was seeing his family members accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Waco Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park.


Marilyn Grieb

June 9, 1937 – June 30, 2021

Marilyn Sue “Gana” Grieb was a caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She left this world on Wednesday, June 30, at age 84, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Marilyn was born to Gerald and Lucille Breeden on June 9, 1937. She is preceded in death by her husband, H.D. Grieb. She is survived by her three daughters, Duana Jennings (Steve), Dona Grieb (Linda), and DeLynne Fordyce (Michael); her three granddaughters, Machaela Cantu (Jeremy), Meghan Fordyce, and Callie Jennings; and her two great-grandchildren, Ethan Cantu and Maelynn Fordyce.

The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Marilyn. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting, shopping, and she loved all animals. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Marilyn’s pets gave her unconditional love and enriched her life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin Humane Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.

A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. Marilyn loved margaritas. Honor her memory with a margarita today.


Dale Johnson

Feb. 7, 1931 – July 5, 2021

Dale Johnson, age 90, of Oronogo, passed away on Monday at National Health Care in Joplin. 

He was born on Feb. 7, 1931, in Powell to Otis Johnson and Mayme (Bell) Johnson. Dale proudly served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Korean War and then finished his time in the Army Reserves. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, loving to crappie fish, and hunt turkey and deer. 

Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Gervais (Jerry) Johnson, in 2006. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Johnson and significant other Dennis Miller; and two grandchildren, Garrett Cleaver and Ashley Cleaver.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at Simpson Funeral Home. The family will have a private committal service in Nashville Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.