The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 31, 2013

Mary M. Voorhees

LAMAR, Mo. — Mary Maxine Voorhees, 74, passed away March 28, 2013, at Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Mo.

Maxine was born Aug. 25, 1938, to John Towner and Pearl (Brown) Towner in Van Buren, Mo. She was a homemaker. Maxine attended First Christian Church in Carthage.

Maxine was married to Ivan Voorhees Jr. He survives.

Other survivors include one son, Keith Reed and wife, Donna, of Neosho, Mo.; three daughters, Kay Courtright, of Joplin, Karen Ford, of Carthage and Kayle Reed, of Pittsburg, Kan.; two step-sons, Kevin Voorhees, of Joplin and Steven Voorhees and wife, Joy, of Portland, Ore.; one step-daughter, Angela Wasel and husband,Steve, of Joplin; one brother, Paul Towner, of Farmington, Mo.; two sisters, Shirley Sansone and Sally Hieke both, of St. Louis, Mo; four grandchildren, David Reed, Nick Reed, Travis Jackson and Michelle Chaney; three step-grandchildren, Maggie Wasel, David and Molly Voorhees; 14 great-grandchildren; four sister-in-laws; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; three brothers, John Towner, James Towner, and Jimmy Towner; three sisters, Evelyn Sickringer, Edna Steel, and Ella Scott.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Ulmer Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Ulmer Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

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