The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 3, 2014

Mary L. Wallace

JOPLIN, Mo. — Mary Lou Wells Wallace, age 86, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo.

She was born on April 8, 1927, at Montana Switch, Kan., the daughter of John Henry and Dora Dell "Caldwell" Wells.  She married LeRoy Albert "Fluffy" Wallace on March 31, 1946, in Miami, Okla., who preceded her in death after 56 years of marriage in 2003.

She worked as a supervisor for Digital Electronics in Westfield, Mass. and as a housewife raising her children. She enjoyed league bowling, gardening and her grandchildren.

Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Leona Wells, Quanita Wells, George Wells, Thomas F. Wells, Neta Bell Joy and William F. Wells.

She is survived by daughters, Linda Buswell and husband, H Stephen, of Marengo, Iowa., Judith A. Shimandle and husband, Russ, of La Grange, Ga. and A. LeRae Scroggins and husband, Randy, of Joplin, Mo.; a son, LeRoy A. Wallace II, of Joplin, Mo.; nine grandchildren, M. Christopher Buswell and wife, Angela, of Marengo, Iowa, A. Rion Buswell and wife, Angela, of Parker, Colo., Tara Shimandle, of Atlanta, Ga., Blair Shimandle, La Grange, Ga., Austin Miller and Hannah Miller both, of Joplin, Mo., Mary Miller. of St Louis, Mo., Lee and Chelsey Wallace, of Westfield, Mass; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary Chapel with Wallace E. Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Oswego County Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

The family suggests contributions to St. Judes Childrens Hospital or Mercy Hospice in care of the Mortuary.

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