The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Obits

January 30, 2013

Minnie Cleo Spiva Speak

NEOSHO, MO —

Minnie Cleo Spiva Speak, 104, Neosho, Mo., died Jan. 28, 2013, at Medicalodge in Neosho.

Minnie was born Oct. 6, 1908, near Longview, Mo., the youngest of seven children born to John Wesley and Martha (Mattie) Ellen Edmondson Spiva. After completing school at Stella, Mo., Minnie taught school at Cartmell, Lone Star, Diamond Hall, Wanda, Silver Moon and Granby. Minnie furthered her education and graduated from SMSU, Springfield, with a teaching degree. Minnie taught at Central School and Benton School, retiring with 42 years of teaching. Following her retirement, Minnie was asked to start and teach a quilting class at Crowder College, Minnie loved teaching others so she gladly accepted and many benefited from her teaching. She was a member of TOPS and Eastern Star and the oldest member of the Neosho United Methodist Church where she faithfully served for many years.

On June 4, 1930, Minnie married Fred Speak, of Stella, and two children were born, Norma Joann and James Wesley.

Those left behind to cherish the memories of Minnie include her daughter, Joann Dale and husband, Carol, Neosho; daughter-in-law, Mary Speak Williams and husband, Reed, Commerce, Okla.; five grandchildren, Ron Dale, Joplin, Don Dale, Houston, Texas, Ted Dale and wife, Tammy, Lees Summit, Mo., Jamie Speak Wooten and husband, Don, Olathe, Kan., and Sheri Speak, Leawood, Kan.; seven great-grandchildren, Megan and Rachel Dale, Chloe and Hanna Dale, James, Jordan and Jenna Wooten; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Minnie is preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Speak; two brothers; and four sisters.

A celebration of life for Minnie will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Dr. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery, Stella. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Contributions in memory of Minnie may be made to the Neosho United Methodist Church in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Services under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com

1
Text Only
Obits
  • Albert Lee Greenlee

    Albert Lee Greenlee, of Galena, Kan., went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ralph Andy Slaughter

    Ralph Andy Slaughter, 75, Grove, Okla., formerly of Neosho, died July 30, 2014, at the Grove Nursing Center in Grove.

    August 1, 2014

  • Pendergraft, Carolyn Carolyn B. Pendergraft

    Carolyn Rial Pendergraft, age 78, of Joplin, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2014, at Joplin Health and Rehabilitation with family at her side.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • Cindy Showers

    Cindy Showers lost her battle with cancer July 14, 2014, at 10:08 a.m. at the home she shared with her sister. Her family surrounded her with love. Her attitude since she was diagnosed was one of strength and calmness. Her soul was caring and giving.

    July 31, 2014

  • Jim Gilliam

    Jan. 28, 1937 - July 30, 2011

    July 30, 2014

  • Etta Toney Etta Toney

    Etta Ionie Toney, age 87, formerly of Joplin, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Choctaw Memorial Hospital, Hugo, Okla.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Military Jay Samuel Rodney

    Jay Samuel Rodney, 91, died Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burgis Taber Burgis Taber

    Burgis Maynard Taber, 94, born March 14, 1920, entered Glory on July 27, 2014.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elizabeth A. Ford Elizabeth Ann Ford

    Elizabeth Ann Ford, age 59, of Joplin, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her home, following an illness.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don Pargen

    Donald Ray Pargen, 76, of Joplin, Mo., died at the Spring River Christian Village, Saturday morning, July 26, 2014.

    July 29, 2014