As of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Cities without a state are in Missouri 


George Garza

Dec. 9, 1956 – Nov. 22, 2022

Lovingly written by George’s Family…

George Garza, 65 years of age, of Webb City, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, unexpectedly from a heart attack. George was born on Dec. 9, 1956 in Bryan, Texas. 

George was retired. George loved hiking, being active, music, and loved to go “for a cruse” in the car. He enjoyed having good food with family. He also enjoyed watching football with his sons, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, especially his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

George was survived by his brother, Lupe Garza and his sisters, Janie Ortiz and Susie Hernandez. His twin daughters and their spouses, Shanna and Emory Mitchell, Ariel Ryan Lewis and his sons, Derek Garza and Brandon Garza; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other family and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nabor and Francias Garza, his niece Tina Ortiz and daughter Misty Dawn Garza.

The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The family will conduct a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Christ’s Church of Oronogo.


Sharon Veach

Dec. 11, 1952 – Nov. 23, 2022

Sharon L. Veach, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Joplin. She was born in Kirksville on Dec. 11, 1952, and was the daughter of Dr. Henry Stoker and Erma Collins Stoker.

Sharon lived the first 10 years of her life in Lancaster, Mo., moving to Kirksville in 1963. She graduated from Kirksville Senior High School in May 1970. She attended and graduated from Northeast Missouri State College, now known as Truman University, in 1974 with a bachelor’s of science in English in secondary education. She taught one semester at LaPlata High School in the fall semester of 1974; she resigned due to health reasons. 

Sharon married Dennis R. Veach on Sept. 3, 1971. He preceded her in death on June 17, 2021. They moved to Columbia, and lived there for over 20 years. They next moved to Carthage, where they stayed 10 years before moving to Sachse, Texas. After Dennis’ death in 2021, Sharon moved to Joplin and resided at The Communities of Wildwood Ranch retirement home.

In addition to her husband, Sharon was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Veach, on Aug. 4, 2014, her parents, Henry Stoker and Erma Stoker, and a niece, Gabrielle Grace Langerot.

Survivors include sisters Debra (Daniel) Whitworth, Joplin, and Karen (Michael) Langerot, Columbus, Kan.; a nephew Andrew (Micah) Whitworth, Tipp City, Ohio; a niece, Caitlin Whitworth, Denver, Colo.; a great-niece Ellie Bentley; and a great-nephew, Wade Bentley; and a great-nephew Bram Whitworth; a brother-in-law, Kim Veach, Greentop, Mo.; and several cousins, in-laws, and friends.

A visitation and funeral service were held Monday, Nov. 28, at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery.