January 10, 2002

(11/17/1909 - 1/09/2002)

Frances E. George, 92, of Downing, MO, passed away at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, MO, January 9, 2002.

The daughter of Aaron and Sarah Margaret (Johnson) Eason, she was born in the Jimtown community of Schuyler County, MO on November 17, 1909.

She graduated from the Lancaster High School and attended one year of business school. She was always active in the Democrat Party, serving on the Democratic Committee as a member for several years. She was a charter member of the Lancaster Garden Club and a (lifetime) member of the Schuyler County Historical Society. She was a past 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Lancaster Christian Church, but after moving to Downing, attended the Community Christian Church there. Frances also worked for many years as a secretary to the high school in Lancaster, MO.

She was united in marriage to Frank Reid George on November 18, 1933 in Oskaloosa, IA. To this union one daughter was born.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on October 19, 1978; five sisters, Eileen Graves, Iona Ogan, Lavanchia Eason, Alvesta Collins and Mary Eason; also three brothers, Reverdy Eason, Nulty Eason and Lee Eason.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and William E. (Bill) Mobley of Downing, MO; three grandchildren, Robert Bruce and wife, Jean Mobley of Macon, MO, Robin and husband, Donald Jackson of Downing, MO and Pamela and husband, Tony Stice of Downing, MO; seven great-grandchildren, Ronald Jackson, Kade Jackson, Kala Jackson, Riley Jackson, Kara Jackson, Vernonica Mauler and Melanie Stice.

Funeral services were held on January 12, 2002, at the Norman Funeral Home in Downing, MO, with Harold Marshall, pastor of the Community Christian Church officiating. Music was provided by organist, Linda Ketchum and members of the Community Christian Church congregation sang. Pallbearers were Bruce Mobley, Tony Stice, Donald Jackson, Kade Jackson, Ronald Jackson, and Kala Jackson. Interment was in the Downing City Cemetery, Downing, MO. Memorials have been established for the Jimtown Cemetery or Downing City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home.

Putnam County Pulls Away Late for 69-43 Win Over SCR-I

Jared Dunn

Coach Kyle Ellison has been doing his best to keep his young Tigers basketball team upright as it tries to navigate the opening of basketball season on a unicycle. The first year coach is working to develop a consistent second and even a third scoring option to go with senior Will Fromm.

The task has been made more difficult with Matthew Woods leaving the program. The talented senior had been sidelined with a leg injury that had carried over from football season, before ultimately calling it quits this week on his final campaign.

Senior point guard Jared Dunn has shouldered some of the scoring load, and on Friday night in Unionville, SCR-I got fellow senior Jace Morrow back, who showed glimpses of the needed scoring punch in his first game action of 2018 after suffering a broken leg in football.

Morrow came off the bench and drilled his first field goal attempt of the year, a three-pointer, in the first period versus Putnam County. Parker Triplett and Fromm also connected from behind the arc and sophomore Kaden Anders had four points in the paint, before Putnam County scored at the buzzer to pull ahead 16-15.

Morrow connected from behind the arc again to start the second period, but points were hard to come by as Putnam County went on a 9-0 run to lead 29-20. Despite a concerted defensive effort against Fromm, the senior still managed to score on a drive to the hoop before Dunn hit a three-pointer that pulled SCR-I to within 33-27 at the half.

SCR-I saw the game start to slip away in the third period, in part due to struggles at the free throw line, where the Tigers shot just 50% in the period. The Tigers managed just a pair of field goals by Fromm in the third quarter as Putnam County extended the lead to 47-35.

The Tigers were never able to get the lead back below double digits in the fourth period. Despite field goals by Fromm, Anders and Triplett, the Midgets closed the game on a 15-2 run to post the 69-43 victory.

Scotland County dropped to 1-3 with the loss. Fromm led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. Anders finished with eight points and Triplett had seven.

Highland Humbles Lady Tigers in 60-28 Defeat

Kaylyn Anders puts up the shot in the paint over the Highland defenders. The Cougars held SCR-I’s leading scorer to just two points.

Riding high off a big victory Friday night in Unionville, Scotland County was humbled three nights later in Highland as the Lady Cougars crushed SCR-I 60-28.

The Lady Tigers were never able to get on track offensively in a night that no player scored over five points.

Early on the SCR-I full-court press caused the Cougars plenty of concern. Even that wasn’t enough to overcome a frigid shooting performance, as SCR-I managed just a single field goal in the contest’s opening eight minutes as Highland built a 14-2 lead.

A steal and a fast break score by Katie Feeney followed by a free throw by Micah Cooley momentarily cu the deficit to single digits to start the first period.  Highland answered with a 10-0 run before Madie Bondurant sank a three-pointer to make the score 24-8 at the half.

Highland got things rolling offensively in the third period, pouring in 23 points. Cooley had a pair of field goals and Khloe Hamlin made a three-pointer but SCR-I saw the lead grow to 47-19.

Coach Cory Shultz turned the game over to his reserves in the final period as Highland coasted to the 60-28 win with a  running clock.

Scotland County fell to 3-3 on the season. Cooley led SCR-I in scoring with five points.

Cougars Cage Tigers 63-29 Despite 20 Points by Fromm

Will Fromm is surrounded by Highland defenders as he puts up the shot in the Tigers’ Monday night loss.

Midway through the second period Monday night, fans were mindfully glancing at the rim on the east end of the Highland gym, wondering if someone has sneaked a lid on the basket.

After watching the girls struggle to get the ball through the hoop in the first half, The Tigers had eerily similar results, managing just a single field goal in the game’s first 10 minutes, falling behind Highland 17-2 in the process.

A fast break layup by Will Fromm was the only time a ball passed through those nets in the first quarter.

Jace Morrow finally broke the drought with a free throw with 5:43 left in the second period. Kaden Anders sank a pair of free throws before Will Fromm knocked down a three-pointer. The senior added a pair of free throws and then hit a deep three-pointer just before the buzzer to pull SCR-I within 27-13 at the half.

Playing without senior point guard Jared Dunn due to illness, SCR-I leaned heavily of Fromm, who scored 20 of his team’s 29 points on the night despite regular double teams from Highland.

The Cougars outscored Scotland County 36-16 in the second half.

SCR-I dropped to 1-4 on the year. Fromm led all scorers with 20 points.


Kiel and Brook Eudaley of Memphis are the parents of a son, Darby Beau Eudaley, born December 3, 2018 at 8:40 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Darby weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and was 22 inches long. Siblings are Kamryn and Sullivan. Grandparents are Mike and Brenda Roe of Rutledge and Eric and Sandra Lundell of Washburn, IL.

Nothing Can Be Perfect

Prairie and her view from Woodhenge

On Wednesday, exhausted from an eight-hour drive, my mom (Ange), little sister (Karina) and I arrived home after spending three weeks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where my grandparents live and where I was born and raised up until last year. When we arrived, our home was warm and toasty thanks to Aurelia (one of our best friends) lighting a fire earlier in the day. The space we live in, like the other buildings here at Dancing Rabbit, doesn’t use a furnace but instead utilizes south-facing windows, to allow in heat from the sun, and a wood burning stove. I love sitting around a warm fireplace in the winter! Prairie here, with an update from Dancing Rabbit ecovillage.

Speaking of winter, there is no snow now! I heard about all these epic sledding parties happening at the village while I was away only to arrive to a few melting mounds and gentle sunshine. Even South Dakota, known for its biting winds and drowning snow this time of year, gifted me with hardly a sparkle. So much for sledding!

Though I missed the snow, winter is poking its head out at me in subtler ways. Every morning there is a fine layer of frost covering the landscape. The trees are standing tall and bare, and outside, like a cloud, my breath puffs, frozen and white into the atmosphere. I say that I got cheated now but wait till it doesn’t stop snowing. I’ll be having some different words with Mother Nature then.

As the temperature drops, so does the number of people milling about on-farm. Most are keeping snug and warm by their fires. Many are visiting family in various parts of the world. Still others use the off-season for business adventures, such as harvesting and preparing cacao in Ecuador or selling Christmas trees in New York City. This all amounts to smaller community gatherings in general and currently only half as many people eating at the Thistledown kitchen co-op dinner table compared to last month. My family has eaten with this co-op for just over a year now, and it will be different cooking for eight people instead of sixteen.

But I am noticing that this decrease in people numbers is paradoxically seeming to bring an increase in abundance of exciting indoor activities. In fact, I had the pleasure to attend not one but two dance events in the few days since we’ve been back: one was a wacky party hosted by twelve-year-old Emma, the other a Five Rhythms Dance hosted by Alyssa! My sister joined a group that braved the cold to watch a meteor shower. There are meditation groups I am considering attending. A weekly art evening has been set in motion. The Non-Violent Communication discussion circle I have been a part of is in the process of selecting new reading material for the winter. And the Holiday Craft Fair is approaching. All of this, on top of the regular weekly potlucks, Writer’s Group, Women’s Circle, Open-Co Group and various other meet-ups too numerous for me to keep track of! I am enjoying how the cold weather somehow inspires the current village occupants to come closer together.

Now, for my nerve-wracking experience writing this article. Deep honesty alert! I put off writing this article until the deadline was less than twelve hours away, and I have concluded that this was because I am afraid of something. This is my second article and I knew I could do it, at least some part of me did. But then I’d hear this other part of me that was somehow able to bypass my logical reasoning. It kept whispering little things about how the solar panels on the Common House are in full sun right now—it’s a perfect opportunity to do that laundry; and a few random dishes are laying around that I could do; and what about sweeping up the kitchen and getting extra firewood?

I have pinned perfectionism as the culprit. To this perfectionist, nothing can end until it is perfect. In other words, nothing can even begin unless it is perfect. And to say it plainly, I gave up. I moped around the village until I mentioned how I was feeling to Freddi, one of the newest residents at Dancing Rabbit and someone I already consider a dear friend. I wanted to overcome this fear, and I was curious about her perspective on the topic. She shared her thoughts and support with me, and I felt connected and cared for. I love living in a place where support is just around the corner!

We all have a little perfectionist within us somewhere that shows up for something. But if there is one thing that is deeply sinking in after the decade-and-a-half I have been on this Earth, it’s that nothing can be perfect. It’s just not possible.

There is no perfect beginning or end or in-between. There’s no “right place” to start. Just start. This village is a great example of how things don’t have to be perfect in the beginning in order to begin something. If the founders of Dancing Rabbit had waited until things were perfect to get this project moving, I don’t think it would exist today. Neither would this article. So, thank you for taking the time to read it.

I will practice remembering there is no “perfect”in anything, no way to perfectly please the perfectionist within, no”safe” place to get moving. If some yogis can stand on their hands knowing they could fall I can extend my definition of safe to beginning even when it does not at first appear perfect.

[Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage, sustainability demonstration project,and robust and growing intentional community in rural northeast Missouri. We welcome visitors to come and see us for a public tour on the second and fourth Saturdays, April through October. For more information,please see our website at www.dancingrabbit.org.]

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Mary Ann Hoover.  Sympathy also to family and friends of Marjorie Peterson.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Palmyra.

Reva Hustead and Dorothy Hunolt went to Kirksville.

Kevin, Kathy, Missy, and Aspen Hyatt, from Macon, came and visited with Larry and Tamara Tague.

The Colony Church will host its annual Christmas program and gift exchange on Sunday, December 16th. Bring a $5 gift and enjoy the oyster soup and chili soup and snacks.

Some of those in this week were Otho and Dorva Harbur, Neta Phillips, Don Tague, Larry and Tamara Tague, Don Tague, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Mona Tague, Roger Ogg, Thomas Kortkamp, and Katherine Hanson.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, Dec. 13 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, “Buttered Peas, Slice Bread, Pudding/Fruit

Friday, December 14 – Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy/Dressing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Hot Roll, Cherry Dessert

Monday, December 17 – Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Hot Roll, Cookie

Tuesday, December 18 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Buttered Beets, Bread, Cake

Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruited Jell-O

Thursday, Dec. 20 – Turkey Tetrazzini, Tomatoes and Zucchini Blend, Lettuce Salad, Bread, Fruit Salad


Thursday, December 13 – Card party today at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 14 – Please join us for our Christmas meal here at the Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Board and Business meeting at 1:00 p.m.  Volunteer and Board Christmas Party at 1:30 p.m.; all are welcome.

Thursday, December 20 – Card party today at 5:00 p.m.

TONYA SUE LYMAN (4/9/1974 – 12/6/2018)

Tonya Sue Lyman, 44, of Memphis died Thursday, December 6, 2018 at her home following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born the daughter of John Walter and Dorothy (Claireday) Logan in St. Louis on April 9, 1974.

Tonya completed her GED before attending Berkshire Community College in Berkshire County, MA.   She graduated from the East Missouri Law Enforcement Academy in 1988.  

She met Dale Lyman on September 18, 1988 while attending the academy, and they married on September 23, 2000.  He survives.  

Dale and Tonya are parents of a son, John Hunter Lyman. She loved her family and was deeply committed to her husband and son. She was in fellowship with the First Baptist Church in Memphis.

Tonya served in law enforcement for ten years and was awarded a Letter of Appreciation from the Chief of Campus Police at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO, for her tireless and dedicated service following the Joplin tornado in 2011. The Lymans opened up their home to two young girls from Joplin – Karly and Kaity Davidson – who lived with them during a difficult period in their lives.

She had a great love for animals. Tonya enjoyed raising,breeding and selling tropical birds in addition to her great love for dogs and cats. She was known for rescuing injured and neglected tropical birds and nursing them back to health.   Tonya rescued a cat while serving in Joplin that still lives with them today, which she and Dale named “Baby J”.  

Tonya had a creative side also. She enjoyed painting and sculpting, making jewelry, fairy houses and other crafts.   She used her love and keen eye for crafts to create a small family business of buying local curios and selling them on the internet.  

She was a person who was filled with life and a joy to be around. She was creative, resourceful and passionate about the things she enjoyed.  Tonya will always be remembered for her compassion toward others because she was one of the rare people whose compassion was met with action, making her an inspiration to those who knew her.  She is deeply loved by her family and friends who will dearly miss her.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, Dale, son, John, and mother, Dorothy Claireday Logan, all of Memphis; and a brother James Logan of St. Louis.

A celebration of life in Tonya’s honor will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

MARY ANN HOOVER (7/1/1940 – 12/4/2018)

Mary Ann Hoover, age 78, of Tunas, Missouri, formerly of Barnett, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  She was born in Churchtown, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1940 to Christian and Elizabeth “Betsy” Kilmer.

On November 24, 1960, in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, she married Lloyd S. Hoover, and to this union six children were born.  He preceded her in death on May 4, 2011.

Mary Ann was also preceded in death by her parents; a son,Earl K. Hoover; one sister, Naomi Martin; two brothers, Maynard Kilmer and John Kilmer; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Survivors include two sons, Mervin and wife Ruth Hoover of Rutledge, Missouri and Michael “Mike” Hoover of Latham, Missouri; three daughters, Marion I. June of Newark, New York, Emma Mae, wife of David Hoehler of Shobonier, Illinois and Ruth Elaine “Ruthe”, wife of Dean Zimmerman of Tunas, Missouri; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one brother,Aaron Kilmer of Neillsville, Wisconsin; eight sisters, Katherine, wife of Menno Ramer of High Point, Missouri, Florence Nolt of New Holland, Pennsylvania, Ada,wife of Phares Zimmerman of Millmont, Pennsylvania, Barbara, wife of Walter Zimmerman of Barnett, Missouri, Betty, wife of Eli Shirk of Withee, Wisconsin,Bertha, wife of Samuel Shirk of Spencer, Tennessee, Annette, wife of Roy Martin of Latham, Missouri and Esther, wife of Aaron Shirk of Granton, Wisconsin.

On March 1, 1974, Lloyd and Mary Ann moved with their family onto a farm near Barnett, Missouri.  Mary Ann was employed at Fasco Industries in Eldon, Missouri until her retirement.  She was a member of Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church in Latham, Missouri. In 2015, she moved to Tunas, Missouri to be near her daughter.

Services were held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church. Officiating ministers include Luke Fox, Abner Oberholtzer, Marlin Kilmer, Irvin Weaver, Ivan Sloan and Nelson Hoover.  Burial was in Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery.  Visitation was from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday at the Pleasant Hill Community Center in Latham, Missouri.

Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

MARJORIE IRENE PETERSON (3/31/1924-12/7/2018)

Marjorie Irene Peterson, 94, of Memphis died Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of James Raymond and Mary Mae“Molly” (Shelton) Ware on March 31, 1924 in Parma, Idaho in Canyon County – the eighth of nine children.

Marjorie attended the Island School in Parma. She moved to Memphis in February of 1948 to make her life and married Malcolm Earl Peterson on July 25, 1948 at the First Christian Church. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1989.

The Petersons had a farm south of Memphis where they farmed and raised crops, hogs and cattle until his death.   Marjorie stayed on the farm as long as she was able.

She was baptized into Christ in the early 1950s, and served many things for the church including teaching Sunday School for 25 years.    Marjorie worked in extension for a number of years as a food leader and with 4H for many things.   She also served as an election delegate for the Rutledge area and was a member of the Red Hat Society in Rutledge.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by her sister, Marie Henley, of Caldwell,Idaho; a number of nieces and nephews including Mike (Jeanie) Drummond of Memphis; great nieces and great nephews; cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were held December 12, 2018 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Jack Sumption, pastor of the Memphis First Christian Church, officiating.  Matthew Rankin, Jared Drummond, Mark Drummond, Corvin Drummond, Rob Miller and Doug Boyer served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Memphis First Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St.,Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the family of Mrs. Peterson by signing the online guest book at www.gerthfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.

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