The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 18, 2014

Kathleen Lenora Amber

JOPLIN, Mo. — Mrs. Kathleen Lenora Simmons Amber, 85, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Cassville, Mo., after a recent decline in health.

Kathleen entered this life on April 7, 1928, in Macon, Ill., to the union of the late Harry and Beulah (Renfro) Stevens. Her formative years were spent in Detroit, Mich. She moved to Jasper County Missouri in 1944 and has resided in Joplin since 1980. Besides being a devoted homemaker, she drove a school bus for the Carl Junction School District and was employed by the former Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin for 10 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was a wonderful cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark Simmons; two grandsons, Rick Simmons and Forrest Fisher; and three sisters, Betty, Harriett and Alice.

Kathleen is survived by two sons, Max Simmons and wife, Karen, of Lamar, Mo. and Michael Simmons, of Mount Pleasant, Texas; three daughters, Rita Fisher, of Joplin, Mo., Barbara Haynes and husband, Jim, also of Joplin and Peggy Carrozzo and husband, Marty, of Cassville, Mo.; eight grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; three brothers, Bill and Walter Stevens, of Pawnee, Ill. and Jim Stevens, of Casper, Wyo.; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Fasken Cemetery east of Carthage with Pastor Mark Turnbough officiating. Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 12 noon until 7 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website

A service of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Mo.  

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