The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 11, 2014

Elsie "Irene" Niles

JOPLIN, Mo. — Elsie "Irene" Niles, age 91, passed away at 3:33 a.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Quaker Hill Nursing Center, Lowell, Kan., following an illness.

Irene was born May 14, 1922, in Mexico, Mo. Her parents were Euell James and Lillie Mae (Sweeten) Oliver.  She had lived in Joplin the past 30 years, moving from Baxter Springs, Kan.

She graduated from Riverton (Kan.) High School with the Class of 1940. She was a homemaker. At one time, she was an executive board member with the Cherokee County 4-H Club. She enjoyed traveling with her camper trailer and fishing.

Irene was married to Charles W. Niles on March 6, 1942, in Claremore, Okla.  He passed away April 3, 1997. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Oliver and Sam Oliver.

Surviving is two daughters, Charlene Marie Warrick (husband, Michael) Riverside, Calif., and Sue Eckhardt (husband, Dennis) Columbus, Kan.; one sister, Lyla Lea (husband, Leroy) Getchell, Joplin, Mo.; four grandchildren, James Barkley, Charles Barkley, Jeremy Niles Eckhardt and Amanda Sue DePratt; and five great-grandsons, Wesley DePratt, Austin DePratt, Orin Eckhardt, Maddox DePratt and Arlo Eckhardt.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15,   at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus. Pastor Tom Goettel will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Columbus. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 14, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Christian Church, Columbus KS in care of the funeral home.

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