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Connie Grimes

Jan. 20, 1951 – March 1, 2023

Connie L. Grimes, age 72, of Webb City, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, at Mercy Hospital Joplin surrounded by her family. 

She was born in Webb City to William and Virginia (Sloan) Powell on Jan. 20, 1951. Connie was a lifetime resident of Webb City.  She worked at the N & Out Convenience Store for many years and was an active member at the Webb City Senior Center. She loved listening to music, attending gatherings at the Senior Center, and watching movies. 

Connie is survived by her sons, Robert Powell, Webb City, and Ray Grimes and wife Dianna, Alba; her daughter, Rebecca Randolph and husband Joseph, Florida; sister, Rose Puckett, Webb City; brothers, Steve Powell, Virginia, and David Powell, Arkansas; grandchildren, Baylen Derrick and Tyler Derrick, Springfield, Alexis Randolph, Florida, Levi Grimes, Arkansas, Lena Grimes, Joplin, Lael Grimes, Webb City, Karissa Kyger, Webb City, and Sadie Grimes, Webb City; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Tommy, George, William, Robert, Don, and Doug Powell.

No services will be scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.


Donna Morton

Sept. 4, 1944 – March 6, 2023

– Lovingly Written by the Family –

Donna Sue (Mitchell) Morton peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, March 6.

Donna was born in Joplin on Sept. 04, 1944, to James Arthur Mitchell and Mildred Marie Casada. She grew up and attended school in Joplin, later living in Kansas and Texas, and finally settling in Carthage with her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Norvan Running Deer Morton, with whom she has been married for the past 14 years. Donna had survived two prior husbands, Michael Verna Kenney from Joplin, and Johnny Ray Livingston from Riverton, Kan.

Aside from loving her family, she loved having girls luncheons out with her friends and was a great cook in her own right. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Donna is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James A Mitchell, Jr. and James E Mitchell; sisters, Marie (Mitchell) Wise and Marcia (Mitchell) Hooten; two prior husbands; and twin sons Johnny Ray Livingston, Jr. and Donald Forrest Livingston.

She is survived by her husband Ken; brother Sterling Mitchell; sons Michael V Kenney II and Joey Kenney; daughter Gina (Livingston) Reeves and son-in-law Jason Reeves; stepson David Morton and daughter-in-law Susan Morton; former daughter-in-law, Cindy Kenney Bannert; grandson, Michael V Kenney III; grandson and his wife, Trevor and Myleah Morton; and granddaughter, Tianna Morton.

Funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Webb City at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, with Father Rahab Isidor officiating. Interment will follow at Osborne cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.


Jack Woody Sr.

Feb. 21, 1936 – Feb. 27, 2023

Jackie “Jack” E. Woody Sr., age 87, of Purcell, passed away Monday, Feb. 27, at his home, surrounded by his family. Jack was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Joplin to the late William E. and Euna Oklahoma Morgan Woody and has lived in the area most of his life.  He graduated in 1955 from Joplin Senior High and then enlisted into the Navy where he served from 1955-1959, he then came back and enlisted into the Navy Reserves for another four years. It was his time in the Navy that gave him the skills to be an engineer in the aircraft industry, specifically working for both Boeing and Beach Aircraft. Jack later retired from LaBarge Electronics in Joplin. It wasn’t just serving in the Navy that was important, Jack also served Purcell as a City Councilman for two years. He was a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and Freewill Baptist Church of Carthage.

On June 15, 1959, Jack married Ona Mae Stinson in Miami, Okla., and she survives of the home. Additional survivors include his children, Jackie Earl Jr, Pamela Sue and husband Jay, Christopher James and wife Rebecca, and Donald Wayne and wife Michelle; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Jody, Sandy and Sharon.

Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings, Bill, Charles, Bob, David, Dorothy and Ellen.

A memorial visitation was held March 2 at Parker Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the mortuary.