The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 26, 2014

Mary Jane Landreth

JOPLIN, Mo. — Ms. Mary Jane Landreth, 88, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2014, in the comfort of her home, after a recent decline in health.

Mary entered this life on May 3, 1925, in Joplin, to the union of the late Harry and Pearl (Huffman) Landreth.  She was a lifelong resident of Joplin. She graduated co-valedictorian from Joplin High School class of 1943 and the Washington University School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo. She worked as an RN during World War II at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo.

Mary never had any children of her own, but was a matriarchal figure to her family and was loving and caring to her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews. She valued education and helped many members of her family attend college. She was a shrewd businesswoman who gave solid financial advice.  She shared her love of traveling with her family, taking her great-nieces to Alaska and her great-nephews to the Bahamas. For the last several decades she has wintered in Stuart, Fla.

Mary possessed a profound love of golf. She was a member and former board member of Twin Hills Country Club, former board member of Freeman Hospital where she hosted the annual nursing conference and was an active member of the Missouri Southern Nursing Scholarship Program.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ed and George Landreth.

Mary is survived by one brother, Harry Landreth, of the state of Kentucky; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, Mo., with Chaplain Danny Mullins officiating and additional remarks by Gerald "Dink" Sommer.  Those honoring her life by serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Snyder, Steve Thomas, Fred Landreth, Freddie Landreth, Dink Sommer and Justin Tubb.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

In lieu of flowers, memorials are being directed to the Freeman Foundation and contributions may be left at the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.

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