The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 16, 2013

Velva D. Spoon

WYANDOTTE, Okla. — Velva Dean Spoon, 96, Wyandotte, Okla., formerly of Neosho, died July 14, 2013, at Wyandotte, following a two month illness.

Velva was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Miami, Okla., the daughter, of Wm Henry Wright, Sr. and Julie Anna Lamar Wright. She moved to Neosho at the age of 3 and had worked as a dental assistant eighteen years for Dr. Sale. She moved to Wyandotte in 2011 and was a member of the Church of Christ, Seneca and was the oldest member of the Wyandotte Tribe.

Velva and William O. Spoon were married on July 1, 1937, in Miami, Okla. and he preceded her in death in 1979.

She is survived by three children, Jimmy Spoon, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Larry Spoon and wife, Peggy, Grove, Okla.; Ilene Caywood, Wyandotte and Faye Kraft, Calif.; a brother, Eugene Wright, Wyandotte; a sister, Helen Harper, Neosho; 14 grandchildren, Lesa, William, Leslie, Rhonda, David, Julie, Lori, Pami, Jimmy, Jr., Dennis Bill, Patricia, Mary and Donna; 45 great grandchildren; 81 great great-grandchildren; and 77 great-great-great grandchildren. Bill and Velvas legacy lives on. In addition to her husband and parents; she is preceded in death by brothers, William, Loren and Bobby Wright; and sisters, Opal, Eva Jo, Harriett, June, Zella Bird, Fern and Dorothy.

Services will be Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Church of Christ, Danny Boggs will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until service time. Interment will be in the Gibson Cemetery and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho on Wed. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Contributions in memory of Velva may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home Neosho, MO.

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