July 15, 2010


Phoebe K. Yaple, 74, of Ozark died Thursday, May 27, 2010 in a Fort Smith hospital.

She was a homemaker, a member of First Christian Church in Ozark, taught Sunday School classes for 50 years, served as an elder of the Disciples of Christ Church, a member of the Foothills Little Theater Board, a charter member of the Rolling River Chapter of the Red Hat Society of Ozark-Altus, a former chairman of “Christmas Spirit” and an active volunteer in Ozark youth activities.

Phoebe was born September 12, 1935, in Luray, MO to George and Ellen Adams Roberts. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Larry and Richard Roberts.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Dr. Richard “Curly” Yaple; two daughters, Roberta Joan Symuleski of Elizabeth City, NC and Lola Kay Turner of Okmulgee, OK, three sons Gary Lynn Yaple of Paris, TX, Richard P. Yaple II of Gaylord, MI, and James Riley Yaple of Ozark; two sisters Ann Freeman of Cleveland OK, and Roberta Beckert of Memphis, MO; one brother Jack Roberts of Mendon, IL; six grandchildren, Daniel Symuleski II, Robert Symuleski Jr., Michele Bergman, Luke Yaple Jr., Richard P. Yaple III, and Kira Yaple.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark with Dr. Jim Mattson officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Outlaw, Paul Post, Steve Helmert, Robin McNutt, Robert Symuleski, and Byron Lasater. Honorary Pallbearers were James and Laura Ricketts, Mike and Toryn Komp, Shelly Wilson, and Terry Ward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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