July 24, 2003

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

After spending all of last weekend being referred to as "Fairytale Feeney" by the 100 or so golfers at the two-day calcutta golf tournament at Timber Ridge, I felt it best that I refrain from writing for a while. A lesser person may have given in to the urge to get a little payback after our guest editorial two weeks ago painted less than a perfect picture of our normal writer - me.

I don't think any of us gave it much thought when the idea was first proposed about a month ago. My wife's family has a huge get together over the Fourth of July holiday every year. Lots of emails were flying back and forth about plans for golfing, fishing, pool volleyball and the works. I chimed in that I would be glad to participate in all these events but because of work and the fair I would be limited in time. That's when Karri's cousin Michael volunteered to "help".

I subscribe to the school that you never want to look a gift horse in the mouth, so he didn't have to offer twice to help me lessen my workload. Of course I'm not naive, I knew Michael might take advantage of the opportunity to get back at me after one or two of my past editorials. Michael was referred to as the One Fish Wonder when I described our groups trip to Michigan for salmon fishing after he caught a fish in his first 10 minutes in the water and not another one in the next two days.

Fortunately for Michael, there are not a lot of subscribers to the Memphis Democrat out in Colorado Springs, CO, which he calls home. So when he went into work at the office of Ford Motors Credit Services, he didn't face the wrath of his co-workers. No one left him a solitary goldfish on his desk to serve as his mascot. They didn't use the intercom to call for the One Fish Wonder each time he had a phone call nor did they send him one piece of sushi for lunch.

On the other hand, you have poor Fairytale Feeney here who lives in a small community of less than 5,000 where needless to say the bulk of them either read the paper or have someone in their inner circle who does that will pass on any good tidbits of information.

So Thursday after the paper came out (and every day since then) the welcomes have gotten better from each passerby. There was a magic wand stuck to the front door of the office waiting for me that morning. The first caller asked for the storyteller. The next at least offered me a little respect by asking for Mr. Fairytale. After answering all kinds of questions about the Big Bad Wolf and Sleeping Beauty I was ready to lock the door and take the phone off the hook. Then the UPS man arrived with a package for me. Sure enough it was a book to teach me better volleyball skills by Mother Goose.

Okay so maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but lets just say I am sure that I took a little more grief in the first hour after the paper came out than all of my poor, defenseless family members have taken, all combined, since I editorialized about our shared sporting outings.

I guess I haven't learned my lesson yet because we are going to Michigan to attend a family member's wedding and I've already put out the word that any other former victim that would like to take their turn at me is welcome to start writing next week's Outdoor Corner. Either I have thick skin or I just like getting someone else to do my work for me.

High Price Tag Sinks Plan to Remove Pool Ramp for Swim Meets

A proposal to renovate the Memphis swimming pool to offer the opportunity to host local swim meets is proving more costly than first expected, likely putting the move on hold.

The Memphis City Council on January 5th discussed bid estimates for the proposed removal and replacement of the ramp at the north end of the municipal swimming pool.

The project had been proposed by the local swim team, since the walk-in entrance to the pool runs nearly the entire length of the north end of the swim area, in essence, shortening the length of the pool while also not providing a solid, consistent wall area for start and finish areas for races.

The council, while open to the concept of making changes to accommodate the swim team, balked at the initial price tag of $18,000 for demolition of the concrete ramp. Estimates were much more reasonable for replacing the ramp with a battery-power lift chair, which could be done for less than $2,000.

Superintendent Roy Monroe discussed the cost estimates, suggesting the work would likely need to be performed with a hydraulic arm on a backhoe, which would produce significant pressure and impact on the pool’s walls and bottom, since the existing ramp is all one piece of poured concrete, which was pinned to both the side and bottom of the pool.

Alderman Lucas Remley echoed Monroe’s concerns regarding the dangers such a project would pose for the pool’s structural integrity.

He also  suggested the high price tag likely was indicative of such concerns on the contractor’s part, as in order to insure as little damage as possible to the pool walls and floor, the demolition likely would require a multitude of drill points to be made into the ramp, to allow breaking points for the concrete to follow when the impact tools were implemented, in essence creating fault patterns in the concrete ramp that would hopefully break before the non-drilled walls and floor.

The council agreed to seek additional opinions on the scope and nature of the concrete work required to make the changes to the pool, noting the project would have to be tabled if less costly alternatives are not identified.

Hospital Board Votes to Move Forward With ‘Tiger Cub Care’ Daycare Program for Employees’ Children

The governing board of the Scotland County Hospital met on Thursday, December 28th at 5:30 p.m. Present were Curtis Ebeling-Chairman, (arriving 6:00 pm), Joe Doubet- Vice Chairman, Judy Wilson-Secretary, Robert Neese-Treasurer, Members Dwight DeRosear, Lori Fulk (arriving 5:40 pm.) Others present were Dr. Randy Tobler; CEO, Dr.  Jeff Davis, CMO, Michael Brandon, Controller, Elizabeth Guffey, RN, CON, Heather Ayer, RN, QI/Risk Management, Alisa Kigar, Ashley Harvey, RN, Lacey Snyder RN, Missy Smith, HR and Brenda Prather, recording secretary.

Financial Report – Michael Brandon, MBA

The finance report showed Patient Revenue – Gross Patient Revenue November 30, 2017 – $3,311,760


Contractual and SCH discount percentage YTD is 53.22%

Net Patient Revenue November 30, 2017 – $1,666,590

Net Patient Revenue per day $52,895

Expenses November 30, 2017 – $1,773,555; Expense per day – $58,005

Net loss (after Depreciation) November 30, 2017 – ($113,100)

Net Profit (before Depreciation) November 30, 2017 – $17,020

Net Loss YTD (after Depreciation) November 30, 2017-($937,026)

Net Loss YTD (before Depreciation) November 30, 2017-($291,792)

Approval of December A/P.  Motion by Neese to approve.   Wilson offered second. Motion approved by majority vote.

Mr. Ebeling arrives at 6:00 pm and resumes lead of the meeting.

Administrative Report – Randy Tobler, MD, CEO


Hospital License renewed for CY 2018

$15,383 professional liability refund from MLA for SCH Physician Group (clinic based physicians)

$22,500 payable to Medicaid for PY 2015 adjustment to HER incentive payment, notice received, reviewed and approved by our auditor.

HIDI (MHA’s Healthcare Industry Data Institute) senior staff member was on site and led SCH leadership and marketing specialist in a webinar 11/29, to instruct on building reports to track utilization/market trends.

Senior Life Solutions (SLS) (mental health care for the elderly) kickoff meeting 11/29 with SLS leadership, regional manager and all involved SCH staff.

Memphis Community Pharmacy staff hosted an informational meeting 12/6 for SCH clinical staff to update them on 340B operations and hear suggestions for improvement in products/services

Townhall meetings AM and PM 12/18 for employees discussing recent employee survey, committees to address 4 areas of concern, FY 2017 clinical and financial summary and overview of Strategic Planning process

Tour and visit of SCH by Rep. Craig Redmon 12/19, listening to leaderships concerns for patient care and our expectations from Missouri healthcare policy, including overregulation, Managed Medicaid introduction into our area, Anthem’s policy of retroactive denial of unilaterally determined “unnecessary” E.D. visits, the growing disparity between cost/reimbursement of healthcare threatening our long term sustainability, duplication of services, sponsored by the state, and unfair competition as a result.

Digital Radiology equipment (cassettes and software) contract in final negotiations.  Charge master review vendor review in process.  Recommendation will be brought for January meeting consideration

Board invited to attend meeting with Blessing Administration, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2 pm.    Curtis Bob and Wilson Affiliation Committee

Medical Staff/Allied Health

Pain Management (Dr. Wolkowitz-monthly) and Urology (Dr. Schneider-2 x monthly) practices growing rapidly with patient comments uniformly favorable.

Dr. Eldon Frazier (Family Practice) clinic started 12/1.  Seeing walk-ins, same day and scheduled appointments, daily census growing as anticipated.  Reports from receptionists are very positive.


Staffing shortages aside from Nursing have led to our recommendation to the Board for generalizing the just approved Critical Nursing Shortage Compensation Policy.


I recently completed the annual American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology annual recertification and safety requirements

Plan on pursuing Certified Physician Executive or MBA through American Association of Physician Leaders

CMO ReportDr. Davis

Quality Assurance and Safety

Attended QA Committee Meeting and discussed quality results, progress on employee focus groups, and strategic planning status.

Reviewed dashboard details and discussed HCAHPS scores.

Senior Management

Met with Senior Management following November Board Meeting to work further development of the strategic plan.  Reviewed board recommendations for strategic plan.  Discussed current hospital management strategies.

Meetings with Dr. Tobler regarding recruitment, retention, employee satisfaction and personnel management.

Meetings with Lori Nelson, RN, Clinic Manager regarding clinics personnel/staffing, scheduling and physician relations.

Attended Medical Executive Committee meeting.

Attended Webinar from HIDI/MHA on data extraction and current results.

Clinician Relations

Meetings with Dr. Tobler regarding clinician contract development.

Clinician job performance reviews and contract discussions conducted this month.

Service Line Development

Onsite collaboration with Haley Shrum, NP in the ER, Stephanie Henley, NP and Teresa Kirchner, NP at MMS and SCCC, and Lois Quenneville, PA at MMS and SCH.  Jessica Christen, NP on pediatric issues in the clinic.

Dr. Daniel Schneider continues with Urology services at MMS.

Dr. Wolkowitz continues with pain management services at Surgery Center.

Dr. Jost has replaced Dr. Garriga for Rheumatology services and continues seeing patients.

Dr. Eldon Frazier began at MMS for Family Medicine services December 1.  Seeing several patients.  Not many scheduled patients yet.  Overflow/walk-in.

Dr. Senthil Krishnasamy will be providing cataract surgery and ophthalmology services in January.

Old Business

Child Care Project Update.  Ashley Harvey and Lacie Snyder outlined the Business Plan, Balance Sheet and description of start-up costs for “Tiger Cub Care” pilot day care for employees’ children. Discussion followed; resulting in Motion by Fulk to approve and move forward. Motion approved by majority vote. Discussed options for additional employee and/or community capital funding events.

Patient Financial Responsibility Policy had revisions to section III- Financial Assistance.    Motion by Neese to approve revisions.  Second to motion given by Doubet.  Motion approved by majority vote.

Approve Annual Report Amendments with audited financials.  Motion by DeRosear to approve with updates. Fulk seconds and motion approved by majority vote.

Amend and Rename Critical Nursing Shortage Compensation Policy changes to reflect areas of the facility that may be affected by staffing shortages.  Motion by Fulk to approve Critical Staffing Shortage Compensation policy. Second offered by DeRosear with approval by majority vote.

New Business

Board Education Series, Module I, II and III–Review and attestation forms completed for year.

Strategic Plan Update.  Ongoing; upon completion, draft will be present for final approval.

Approve MHA Membership Dues.  Motion by DeRosear to approve, Neese seconds. Approves by majority vote.

National Health Service Corp-.  Due to changes in application criteria and following discussion and recommendation by CEO Tobler, Motion by Fulk to suspend program participation.  DeRosear seconds.  Approved by majority.

Approval of Medical Staff Appointments- Motion by Fulk to accept the list of reappointments per medical staff approval.        DeRosear seconds and motion approved by majority vote.

Executive Session

Motion by DeRosear to enter Executive Session pursuant to Sunshine Law Sections 610.021 to discuss matters that pertain to: (1) Legal Matters, (3) Hiring, firing and discipline of employees (13) individually identifiable personnel information. Neese offered second to the motion.  Motion approved by roll call vote:  Fulk yes, DeRosear yes, Doubet yes, Neese yes, Wilson yes.  Time is 8:30 pm.

Those Present:    Ebeling, Fulk, DeRosear, Doubet, Neese and Wilson, Dr. Tobler, Dr. Davis, and Brenda Prather.

Approval of Executive Session minutes of 11/27/17. Motion by DeRosear and second by Neese to approve.  Motion approved by roll call vote: Fulk-yes, DeRosear-yes, Doubet yes, Neese-yes, Wilson-yes.


Discussion of physician employment contracts.

Legal.   Discussed affiliations and upcoming discussion with current affiliate Blessing Health System.

Motion to exit executive session by Doubet.  Second by Fulk.  Motion approved by roll call vote:  Fulk yes, DeRosear yes, Doubet yes, Neese yes, Wilson yes.  Time is 9:45 pm.


Motion by Doubet to adjourn, with second by Fulk.  Motion approved by majority vote.  Time is 9:45 pm.

Weathering Winter

It’s 2018. Wow. Already it has managed to become January 10. Before you know it, it will be February, and spring will soon be here. These past few days it has been too cold to do much outside.  I stay in and watch the birds. I have went through a lot of sunflower seed. I have two heated waterers set up, and the birds are enjoying those for sure.

Those birds that I have been watching at the feeders are:  Eurasian Tree Sparrow, White-crowned sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark Eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and a few house sparrows.  These are fun to watch.  Some are ground feeders, so there is plenty of food on the ground.

My grandson and I made some homemade suet last week, and so far I have had several different birds taking a sample. We used hamburger fat, peanut butter, mixed bird feed, crushed egg shells, leftover food, and molded them in a cookie container I had saved.  Now we have perfect feeder food.  I put one on the ground and put some in a suet feeder. I am always anxious to see if the birds will actually eat this. I found several recipes like this on the internet, and even some with raw hamburger.

You want to keep an eye on your feeders, migrants can empty a feeder quickly.  Many books say you want to have a separate feeder for grit. I save all of my eggs shells and crush them very finely. They need calcium to grow good bones, just like we do. I incorporate my egg shell with suet or place it directly on the ground.  Sand will even work. Of course, with this weather coming on at such a quick pace, it was hard to prepare for it.  I was loving the 50 degree weather around Christmas time, and then whew.

I moved one of my heated waterers on a cold morning, and it was a cold job, but got it done, and plugged in. It is working great.

I have to admit I hate this weather, but I love to watch the birds. Of course, there are many more birds at the feeders when it is cold. However, that does not make me like this weather. I think it has been a few years since we have had such a drastic cold snap. I really enjoyed putting up the Christmas decorations in the warm weather, but I think I will be leaving some of them up until we have a warm up.

If you get to town, make sure you stock up on the black oil sunflower seed, and keep fresh water out for the feathered ones.

I hope you are working to make 2018 the greatest with friends, family and doing something to remember.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

Winter Warm Up Offers Some Relief Until Cold Replaced by Ice

Mother Nature helped ring in the New year with plenty of Brrrrrrrrs as temperatures well below zero wreaked havoc on plumbing and livestock and made battling an early morning fire even more difficult for the Memphis Fire Department.

Temperatures on New Year’s day were reported as low as 15 below zero in Scotland County.

Those frigid conditions resulted in plenty of overtime for local plumbers as dozens of homes and businesses battle with frozen water and sewer pipes.

“It started Saturday night (December 30th) and didn’t quit,” said marlin Oberholtzer of Oberholtzer Plumbing. “It was extremely cold, combined with some pretty good wind that dropped the wind chill even further. Plus it didn’t help that the ground is pretty dry, which seems to let the cold travel through to the plumbing even better.”

Memphis City Utilities Superintendent Stacy Alexander stated municipal crews weathered the spell fairly well, dealing with just a single frozen water meter and no major service interruptions.

There was plenty of water for the Memphis Fire Department, but keeping it flowing was an issue on Wednesday morning, January 3rd, as the department battled a structure fire at 122 W. Mety Street where a blaze destroyed a garage. The fire department was able to work through the frigid conditions to insure the flames didn’t reach the adjacent home.

Despite the hazardous conditions, local medical professionals indicated there were no issues with hypothermia or other related injuries as a result of the cold spell, which lasted all week before breaking this weekend.

Dr. Jeff Davis stated “No cold weather-related injuries thus far have been seen in the Emergency Room, Urgent Care or in the clinics at Scotland County Hospital.”

While temperatures are expected to rise well above freezing this week, hospital representatives offered some warning signs to watch for, if and when the frigid temperatures return to northeast Missouri.

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and pale or waxy white appearance of extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose.  Other signs may include numbness, a tingling or stinging sensation in the affected body part, and reduced blood flow. If any of these symptoms are detected, please seek help immediately.

The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. In infants, the skin will turn bright red and cold, and they may present with a very low energy level. If any of these signs appear get the victim to a warm location immediately and call 911 for immediate medical assistance.

Because of the cold conditions, Scotland County R-I School District resumed classes on January 4th under a two-hour delay.

Warmer temperatures brought some relief late in the week, but Mother Nature kept things interesting with an ice storm on Sunday, January 7th that was made trickier by the cold ground temperatures holding over from earlier in the week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a Travel Advisory on Sunday and carried it over into Monday morning.

“A major concern is icing,” said MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough. “Because of the extreme cold the past two weeks, it will take longer for the ground temperatures to rise, and as a result, rain on the pavement could freeze even if temperatures are above freezing. There is significant concern for black ice on roads and bridges.”

SCR-I took heed of the warnings and after initially planning a two-hour delay on Monday, January 8th, canceled classes all together.

Area motorists also were aware of the conditions. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office reported just a single call regarding a weather-related traffic incident, with a vehicle sustaining damage after it ran off a slick roadway and went through a fence.

The lone injury-accident reported by the Missouri Highway Patrol in Scotland County occurred on Monday afternoon and was not weather-related.

Ministerial Alliance Hoping to Help Promote Area Church Events

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met December 13 at the Lutheran Church in Memphis. A good representation of churches attended including Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Mark Drummond, Marie Ebeling, Pamela Glasgow, Dan Hite and Jack Sumption.

The service attendance and offering was down this year at the SCMA Thanksgiving service. Suggestions were made as to more advertising and encouraging congregations to participate.

The February meeting was discussed and will be held February 19 at 6 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.  It is the intention that possibly more can attend the night meeting.

The alliance would like to know about area churches events so that it can assist in advertising and promoting those events. Contact the SCMA via You can do this by email. Jack Sumption will be happy to pass along your information and get the word out there.  Jack’s cell number is 660-216-0242.

The Good Friday Service this year will be March 30 at the Methodist Church in. Memphis.. Please listen to the local radio station and watch for flyers relative to the details on this.

Peanut butter and saltine crackers are needed for the Tiger Packs. Tiger Pack contact person is Dan Hite.  They are always welcoming to contributions of money and food items.

Food Distribution Days are always the first Friday after the first Wednesday of the month.  Hours are 8 am to 1 pm.  Food pantry contact person is Carol Dryden.  Please also always remember the clothing needs of the Clothes Closet. Nice clean reusable clothing and shoes are always accepted.  Mary Baldwin is contact person for the clothes closet.

Please remember February meeting date is February 19, at 6 pm at the Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by Sandra Ebeling

Downing City Board Addresses Water, Sewer Issues at January Meeting

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6:00 p.m. on January 8, 2018 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Ray Bange, Bill Anderson, Gene Bruner, and Hannah Poe, City Clerk Carol Dryden and Water/Waste Water operator Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, monthly water report, deposits and disbursements, and account balances were given to all present.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Ray Bange and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting was made by Gene Bruner and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Hannah Poe and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Jim Moore came to discuss a problem he is having with his sewer. He has a lot of sewer smell coming into his house. The Board told Larry Smith to get the camera and run it through the pipes to see if there is a blockage or broken pipes. This is to be done immediately as this is a serious problem.

Water/Waste Water Report; Water tower is froze so the pressure is not as it should be. Larry is to contact DNR and see if we can get an air compressor to put bubbles in the tower to prevent this in the future. The Board also wants it to be known that if water meters get damaged by being run over, it will be the responsibility of the person at that residence to pay for the repair or replacement of the meter.

Street Maintenance: The roads are not in the best shape. The new gravel we got was put on late and did not have a chance to settle in. So snow removal will be a little harder to do but hopefully by spring we can get the roads in shape. The board discussed whether the dead end roads should have snow removal or not. Bill Anderson made a motion to start snow removal on the dead end streets to help the residents. Ray Bange seconded it and it was carried unanimously.

Cemetery: A donation was received from Jeri and Roger Baker of $200. Also it was decided that we would leave the ordinance as is, in regard to flowers in the cemetery. All hanging baskets and saddle arrangements and anything attached to the stone will not be taken down unless it is unsightly. All flowers or other ornaments that are stuck in the ground must be removed by July as to not cause a problem with mowing.

Old/Unfinished Business: We have a grant approval to do a PER report. The board discussed whether to move ahead with this. Gene Bruner made a motion to go ahead and get the engineer to do the report. It was seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Memphis City Council Discusses Snow removal at January Meeting

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Memphis City Hall.  Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order.  Aldermen present were:  Andrea Brassfield, Chris Feeney, and Lucas Remley; Alderman Tom Glass was absent.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; City Marshal Bill Holland; citizen Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2017 council meeting.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Remley seconded to approve payment of the monthly bills as presented.  Vote:  Remley, Feeney, and Brassfield, all aye.


Municipal Advisory Services Agreement

Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to postpone action on the Municipal Advisory Services Agreement from D.A. Davidson to the February 1, 2018 council meeting.  Council would like to meet with a representative from D.A. Davidson regarding the agreement.


City Supt. Monroe reported the crews have been cutting brush and are preparing to start trimming and cutting trees in the near future.  Monroe also presented an estimated cost in the amount of $18,350.00 from Sparks Constructors to remove the ramp at the pool.  No action was taken.

Utility Supt. Alexander reported a Fairbanks Morse representative will be here in the near future to look at our generators.  Alexander stated the Midland GIS Mapping software offers support packages or an hourly rate.  Alexander suggested the City utilize the hourly rate of $125 when support is needed.  Alexander is also awaiting a bid proposal from Visu-Sewer.  An inspection of the water plant was conducted by Department of Natural Resources at the end of December.

The Aldermen discussed with the Superintendents their desire to see a written list of projects and goals for the year with specific start dates and an approximate completion date.

City Clerk Newman requested a work session with the council to review the manuscript for the City Code recodification project and discuss a demolition program for the City.  Council set Wednesday, January 17th at 4:00 p.m. for the work session.


Aldermen Feeney requested council permission to have City Clerk Newman contact the insurance company, MoPERM, in regards to an unpaid claim for storage fees.

Alderman Feeney also discussed the City snow removal policy for the City square.

Alderman Remley reported on the proposed Missouri House Bill 1398 which would ban cities from enacting breed specific legislation.


Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Remley seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

NORA LOU (BEELER) TONEY (4/26/1941 – 1//7/2018)

Nora Lou (Beeler) Toney, 76, of Kirksville, Missouri formerly of Glenwood, Missouri passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.

The daughter of Raymond Roy and Edra Byrel (Sleeth) Beeler, she was born on April 26, 1941 in rural Downing, Missouri.    On March 14, 1957, at the United Methodist parsonage in Lancaster, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Oren Toney and to this union has been blessed with four children, Keith Oren, Loutrisha Ann, Sally Jo and Melissa Joann.

Survivors include her children, Keith Toney and wife, Diane of Kirksville, Missouri, Loutrisha Toney of Downing, Missouri, Sally Ayer and Brad Hill of Glenwood, Missouri and Melissa VanDyke and Tracy Homer of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, Karen (Brad) Kramer of Kansas City, Missouri, Keith Ryan (Rachael) Toney of Kansas City, Missouri, Vanessa (Matt) Whitaker of Downing, Missouri, Jason (Irene) Comstock of Jackson, Missouri, Janson (Heather) Ayer of Minnesota, Amanda (Jay) Dysart of Kirksville, Missouri, Kristin (David) Rouner of Kirksville, Missouri, Logan Welte, Hanna VanDyke, Kendra VanDyke, Justin VanDyke and Monika Toney all of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; 21 great-grandchildren;  one sister, Hilma Miller of Columbia, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Wynona Burnett of Lancaster, Missouri; nieces and nephews; other family members and many good friends.

Nora Lou is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenny Toney on February 24, 2015; one sister-in-law, Sherry Constance Toney in 1962; one aunt, Ruth Beeler and two brothers-in-law, Donnie Miller and Walter J. Burnett.

Nora Lou was a faithful member of the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri.

Nora Lou was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends.

Nora Lou owned and operated a day care in her home for fourteen years and opened her home and heart to many.  She also owned and operated the grocery and antique store in Glenwood, Missouri for ten years and loved to spend Kenny’s money!!!

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating.  Music will be special CD selections of “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Memories”.  Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters and great-grandchildren.   Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 a.m..

Memorials have been established for Schuyler County Cancer Relief Fund or to the Glenwood Cemetery.  Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Missouri.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to the normanfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

TERESA LYNN “TERRI” MILLER (1/31/1949-1/1/2018)

Teresa Lynn “Terri” Miller, 68, Blythedale, MO was called home to be with Jesus at 1:32 p.m. on January 1, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Teresa was born to Otis Martin Pickens and Delores Maxine Gage Pickens on January 31, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent her childhood in Claremore, Oklahoma where she graduated from Claremore High School in 1967.

Following her high school graduation, she moved back to the Kansas City, Missouri area where she took a job as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell.  She soon met the love of her life and was united in marriage at the United Methodist Church in Richmond, Missouri on October 29, 1969 to Dennis E. Miller.

To this union three children were born, Gary Robert, Marlena Renee’ and Melanie Dawn.

Teresa was known locally as “Terri”.  Terri was a member of the Blythedale Christian Church.  She invested all she had into her family.  She loved Jesus and was instrumental in leading her children to a relationship with their Lord and Savior.

Terri was gifted in many areas. She was a seamstress, and enjoyed making stuffed animals and items for others in hopes of brightening their day. She was also a very talented poet and had dreams of having her poems published someday.  Terri even owned her own ceramic business called “Terri’s Ceramicove” for a few years, teaching others the art of ceramics.

Teresa is survived by her husband Dennis, of Blythedale, Missouri; her three children, Gary (Melissa) Miller of Memphis, Missouri; Marlena (Jeff) Hewlett, of Murray, Iowa; Melanie (John) Lynch, of Warrensburg, Missouri; six grandchildren, Drew Miller, of Platte City, Missouri; Natalie Miller, of Memphis, Missouri; Kendra Miller, of Des Moines, Iowa; Kaden Hewlett, of Murray, Iowa; Collin and Keaten Lynch, of Warrensburg, Missouri; three brothers, Ronald (Jean) Pickens, of Bedford, Texas, Randall (Alice) Pickens, of Union, Missouri, Otis Mark Pickens, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her special dog “Teddy Roo”.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 6 at the Eagleville Christian Church, Eagleville, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery, Eagleville, MO.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and/or Mosaic Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442.

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

More Than 70 Years Later, WWII Letter Finds Its Way to Family of Fallen Soldier

Vernon B. Priebe is one of the names remembered on the World War II stone at the center of the war memorial at the Scotland County Courthouse.

More than a year ago, a California man came across a letter addressed to Memphis, Missouri in some of his father’s keepsakes from World War II.

Alan Minster immediately knew the correspondence needed to find its way home, as it was a response to a letter requesting details about the passing of a fellow soldier.

Alan believed the letter, which was written by his father Donald, was returned to him by the post office as undeliverable, possibly because the hand-written addressing was partially illegible.

In January of 2017, Alan wrote to the Memphis Democrat, asking for help from readers to locate Mrs. Vernon Priche, noting the name could be misspelled. He noted that the correspondence was from the wife of one of his father’s WWII comrades who had died in Germany during the war, seeking details of Vernon’s death.

A newspaper reader, Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, read the letter to the editor and recalled having a teacher in school, named Vernon Priebe, who had been called to serve in the war.

“Vernon Priebe was my math teacher at the East School,” she recalled. “I remember when he was called away. There may be several others around  this area who also were students of Vernon.”

According to the Fields of Honor database, Vernon Priebe, was a private, first call with the 115 Infantry Division, 3rd battalion. He enlisted on December 30, 1943, joining his unit in September 1944. He was seriously injured on February 25, 1945, near Spiel-Ameln, Germany,  succumbing to his wounds the following day.

He was laid to rest in the American War Cemetery at Margraten in the Netherlands.

Preiebe’s name is among the fallen WWII  soldiers memorialized on the columns of the War Memorial on the lawn of the Scotland County courthouse.

Following up on her belief that the correspondences were meant for Vernon’s wife, Eva (Bleything) Priebe, Kirkpatrick reached out to Memphis resident Tom Priebe, asking if he was related to Vernon, who in fact was Tom’s uncle.

Tom Priebe was able to contact Vernon’s son, who now resides in Iowa, and the family was able to make contact with Minster and retrieve the long lost letters.

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