The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 4, 2013

Shirley "Tina" Carpenter

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shirley C. "Tina" Carpenter, age 65, Joplin, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Freeman West Emergency Room.

Tina was born Feb. 25, 1947, in Joplin, daughter of the late Jack George England and Leona Mae Smith England. She attended Oak Grove Schools before graduating from Neosho High School in 1965.

She married Frank Carpenter on June 11, 1965, and worked several jobs throughout her life, most recently with Border Town Casino where she worked for over 15 years. She was an active member of TOPS in Seneca where she was serving as secretary. She also attended the Cowboy Church located in the stockyards west of Joplin.

Tina was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted her life to taking care of her family. She was very generous, and her door was always open to help family and friends.  Many people looked to her as their "mother" figure because she loved them unconditionally. She enjoyed spending time with all her family, and she especially enjoyed her "Doodle Days".

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, who died July 14, 2005. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Bill England; a sister, Mary England; and a daughter-in-law, Vicky Carpenter.

Survivors include her children, Nina Fry Bock, of Joplin, John Carpenter, of Seneca, Linda Harris Fisher and husband, Todd, of Branson, Mo., and Tara Mills, of Joplin; grandchildren, Brittany Fry, Rusty Fry, Chyanne, Austin, and Dakota Carpenter, Shayla and Mason Harris, Madison Fisher, and Allison, David and Jonathan Mills; great-grandchildren, Halli Divine, Weston Fry, John Hadin Barteck, Leteycia, Victoria, Veronica, and Samuel Gonzales, and Blake Carpenter; two sisters, Pat Harvel and Louise Cook;, and a brother, Kenny England all, of Joplin; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 5, at 2 p.m. in Parker Mortuary with Rev. Jim Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be made at

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