The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

June 4, 2011

LIST: Tornado fatality victims (as of June 4)

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Globe has confirmed the names of the following fatality victims of the May 22 tornado either through information provided by their families or through funeral homes. The Globe added five names to the newspaper’s list on Saturday, pushing it to 110. The Globe will feature profiles of the fatality victims in its Sunday, June 12, edition.

BARBARA ANN ANDERSON, 76, was a resident of the Greenbriar nursing home and a former licensed practical nurse. She is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

GRACE L. AQUINO, 46, of Joplin, worked as a hostess for the China Pantry, and was the married mother of two daughters and a son.

CYRUS EDWARD ASH, 87, of Joplin, was a Navy veteran of World War II who formerly worked at the receiving department of Lozier. He was a married father with two daughters, a grandfather of four and a great-grandfather of five.

Bruce Baillie, 56, of Joplin, was a page designer for The Joplin Globe and the father of a college-age daughter.

Robert W. Baker, 54, of Joplin, was a married father with two daughters and five grandchildren. He worked at Cycle Connection.

ROBERT E. BATESON JR., 47, of Joplin, was a licensed master plumber and an employee of Modine Manufacturing Co. He was a father of three and grandfather of three.

DORTHEY C. BELL, 88, of Joplin, had taught school and been a farm woman. Her survivors include three sons and five grandchildren.  

LATHE E. BRADFIELD, 84, was the married father of two daughters and one son, and grandfather of two. He was World War II Army veteran, an auto mechanic and a member of the Teamsters union.

RAMONA BRIDGEFORD, 77, of Seneca, formerly taught preschool in California and was a member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church. She was a mother and a grandmother.

Leo E. Brown, 86, of Joplin, was a retired clergyman of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who was a patient at St. John’s Regional Medical Center when the tornado struck. His survivors include a wife, a son and a daughter.

HUGH ODELL BUTTRAM, 85, of Joplin, was a veteran of World War II and a salesman for more than 50 years in the insurance business. He was married to Evelyn Buttram.

ARRIYINNAH CARMONA, 8, of Joplin, was the daughter of Moises Carmona and a student at Royal Heights Elementary School.

MOISES CARMONA, 42, of Joplin, was born in Mexico and moved here from New Mexico in 2001. He was a heavy equipment operator for Anchor Stone Co. and the father of three daughters, one of whom died with him in the storm.

SHANTE CATON, 10, of Joplin, was a pupil at Eastmorland Elementary School. She is survived by her parents, Moses Caton and Crystal Whitely.

TRENTAN MAURICE STEVEN CATON, 6, of Joplin, was pupil at Eastmorland Elementary School. He is survived by his parents, Moses Caton and Crystal Whitely.

Raymond L. Chew Sr., 66, of Joplin, was a married father with two sons, a daughter, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a heavy equipment operator who had worked for the Webb City Special Road District.

Clyde Coleman, 72, of Galena, Kan., was the former owner and operator of Coleman’s Upholstery Shop in Galena. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.

LOIS A. COMFORT, 66, of Webb City, was a married mother of two sons and a daughter, and a longtime employee of EaglePicher.

KEENAN K. CONGER, 49, of Carl Junction, gave his life trying to protect his two dogs that survived the storm. He was disabled but still worked on motorbikes.

TEDDY RAY COPHER, 71, of Joplin, was an employee of TAMKO Building Products for 31 years. He is survived by one son and six grandchildren.

MALISA ANN CROSLEY, 36, of Joplin, was an employee of a Wal-Mart store. She is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Adam Dwayne Darnaby, 27, of Joplin, was an electrician for Jasper Products who is survived by his wife, parents and two brothers.

Nancy E. Douthitt, 94, of Joplin, was the owner of Douthitt Grocery, widow of Curtis W. Douthitt and mother of two. She is survived by one son, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

ELLEN J. DOYLE, 75, of Joplin, was a widow and mother of two daughters with five grandchildren who was a homemaker all her life.

FAITH C. DUNN, 71, of Joplin, was a graduate of the former Ozark Bible College, where she then worked for almost 20 years in the music department. She also taught sign language.

AMONDA SUE (BRASHEAR) EASTWOOD, 49, of Joplin, was a registered nurse and was employed at Freeman Health System for several years. She was the mother of one son and two daughters, and had three grandchildren.

RICHARD A. ELMORE, 70, of Joplin, was a resident of the Greenbriar nursing home and the husband of Velta Elmore. He was a retired foreman of a Tulsa, Okla., steel company.

RANDY ENGLAND, 34, of Granby, was a married father of two children and an employee of La-Z-Boy in Neosho.

IDA M. FINLEY, 88, of Joplin, was a warehouse worker for years in Ohio before moving to Joplin in 2009. She was a widow and the mother of one son, with three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren.

Betty Jo Burrington Fisher, 86, of Joplin, was the owner of Betty’s Beauty Shop.

ROBERT S. FITZGERALD, 61, of Joplin, was Army veteran, St. Louis Cardinals fan and 10-year cancer survivor. He is survived by his wife, Marti (Cupps) Fitzgerald.

RICK E. FOX, 56, of Joplin, was an employee of Joplin Workshops and an accomplished bowler who was a member of the Special Olympics bowling team.

Marsha Ann Frost, 32, of Joplin, was a member of the Christian Life Center in Joplin who had been employed by Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark. Survivors include a son.

Sebastian Charles Frost, 10, of Joplin, was a member of the Christian Life Center.

CHARLES K. GAUDSMITH, 21, of Carthage, was a cook at the McDonald’s restaurant on the south side of Carthage, and a former Carthage High School football player and wrestler.

BILLIE JO GIDEON, 77, of Joplin, was previously married to Delbert Gideon, and was the mother of three sons and two daughters. She worked for 32 years at the Pentecostal Church of God headquarters and Messenger Publishing.

PAUL E. HADDOCK SR., 62, of Joplin, worked as a welder for Lozier. He was the husband of Karen Haddock, and had three sons and two grandchildren.

LANTZ HARE, 16, of Joplin, had lived in Joplin since 1998 and was a straight-A student in the junior class at Joplin High School. He was an avid BMX bike rider, and volunteered at The Bridge and Autumn Ramp Park.

DOROTHY VIOLA HARTMAN, 91, of Joplin, was the wife of G.W. Hartman and a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

DEE ANN HAYWARD, 47, of Galena, Kan., worked for Hallmark Cards and loved music. She was married to Jim Hayward. They had two sons and a daughter.

Glenn Holland, 59, of Joplin, was a retired veteran of the Air Force.

Lorie Holland, 48, of Joplin, was the wife of Glenn Holland.

Harli J. Howard, 5, of Joplin, was the daughter of Russell Howard.

Hayze C. Howard, 1, of Joplin, was the son of Russell Howard.

Russell T. “Rusty” Howard, 29, of Joplin, was an electrician for PCS Phosphates and the married father of two children.

IONA LEE HULL, 70, of Carthage, was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

WENDY ANN ISTAS, 58, of Joplin, was co-owner and operator of J-W Solutions with her husband, Jason Istas. She is survived by four children.

JANE E. “GRANDMA MCGEE” JAYNES, 86, of Joplin, owned and operated Gene’s Dairy Jane at 26th and Main streets in Joplin with her husband, Eugene, who preceded her in death in 1998.

MELISSA RENEE JOHNSON, 50, of Carthage, was a homemaker, mother of two sons and a daughter, and grandmother of three. She was preceded in death by both sons, including one, Charles Gaudsmith, who also died in the tornado.

KATHY KELING, 53, of Joplin, had a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren.

DAVID KENDRICK, 63, of Joplin, was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from what formerly was Atlas Powder Co. He had one daughter and a grandson.

ABRAHAM H. “ABE” KHOURY, 26, of Joplin, was a 2004 graduate of Joplin High School and was attending Missouri Southern State University. He worked as a server at Outback Steakhouse in Joplin. Survivors include his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Stanley D. Kirk, 62, of Joplin, was an aircraft engine technician.

Don Lansaw, 31, of Joplin, was a married owner of a machine shop and a licensed Realtor with Charles Burt.

Bruce Allen Lievens, 48, of Joplin, was an avid sports fan and lover of antiques. He worked for Circle L Auction Service for more than 30 years.

BILLIE SUE HUFF LITTLE, 65, of Joplin, a waitress, is survived by her adult daughter and a grandson.

SKYULAR IGNATIUS LOGSDON, 16 months, of Joplin, was the son of Corderro I. Logsdon and Carol J. Tate.

MARY LOIS LOVELL, 65, of Joplin, was the married mother of two sons and a daughter, grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of one. She worked for the Carl Junction School District as a cafeteria cook for many years before retiring.

CHRISTOPHER DON LUCAS, 27, a former resident of Vinita, Okla., was the assistant manager of the Range Line Pizza Hut in Joplin. He was the father of two daughters.

Nancy Ann Martin, 52, of Neosho, was a caregiver at the New Vision Group Home.

Jesse Len McKee, 44, of Neosho, was an Air Force veteran, a self-employed master electrician and a member of Set Free Ministries in Wyandotte, Okla.

JAMES E. MCKEEL, 69, of Joplin, was a baker for more than 30 years for several companies in the Joplin area.

Randall Elvin Mell, 49, of Webb City, was a Lionbacker and a custodian at the Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage.

ANGELINA ANN MENAPACE, 52, of Joplin, worked as an office manager for Behavior Management Associates for 12 years. She was a mother and grandmother.

RONALD D. MEYER, 64, of Joplin, was a former night auditor for hotels before becoming a full-time care provider for his brother. He was an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

LORNA “KAY” MILLER, 72, of Joplin, had one daughter and two grandchildren.

Ray Donald Miller III, 49, of Joplin, was a resident of a home for the developmentally disabled on Iowa Avenue who was affectionately known to his family and friends as “Tripp.”

Marie Menhusen Montgomery, 83, of Joplin, was a former teacher in Kansas. She is survived by three daughters, a son, some stepchildren and nine grandchildren.

EDITH “EDIE” MOORE, 48, of Joplin, was a dedicated mother of a son and daughter, and loved her adopted cats.

ESTRELITA M. MOORE, 64, of Joplin, was a hairdresser at J.C. Penney.

SALLY ANN MOULTON, 58, of Joplin, was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and had worked for the Veterans Service Office and the Health and Housing Department, both of Belleville, Ill. Survivors include a daughter.

GEORGIA “NADINE” MULKEY, 91, of Joplin, was a lifetime area resident. She had worked in school food service and at Sale Memorial Hospital, now Freeman Neosho Hospital. She had four children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Sharyl Anyssa Nelsen, 34, of Webb City, was working as a sales representative for the AT&T store on Range Line Road and helped guide a family out of danger before the tornado struck.

WILLIAM “WILL” NORTON, 18, of Joplin, became known across the world on his personal Facebook page. People looked for him after the storm through the Help Find Will Norton Facebook community page. He graduated from Joplin High School just before being killed in the tornado.

DENNIS M. OSBORN, 34, of Seneca, was a married father of two children who worked for Jasper Products.

CHARLES E. OSTER, 77, of Joplin, was a veteran of the Korean War and a semi-retired salesman for Share Corp. of Milwaukee, Wis. He was the husband of Janet Hansen, and had two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

SHIRLEY ANN PARKER, 68, of Joplin, was the mother of a son and daughter, and had six grandchildren. She was a retired mammography technician.

MARY JOYCE PERRY, 76, of Joplin, was a lifetime resident. She was working for C.J.’s Uniforms in Joplin at the time of her death, and was a former secretary for Prudential Insurance and KODE-TV. She was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

JAMES “BEN” PETERSON, 27, of Joplin, was a graduate of Joplin High School and an employee of the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street.

John Henry “Jay” Petty Jr., 37, of Joplin, was a former Army Ranger who spent the past five years working at Jasper Products.

HALLIE “MARIE” COOK PIQUARD, 78, of Joplin, was a former deputy collector for Jasper County and a former employee of Contract Freighters Inc. She was the married mother of two sons and three daughters, and had 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Natalia Puebla, 17, of Carthage.

Shelly Marie Ramsey, 42, of Neosho, was the mother of one son and one daughter. She worked at Jay Hatfield Mobility in Joplin.

LORETTA LEA RANDALL, 54, of Webb City, taught at the SEK Learning Center in Girard, Kan. She was the wife of Kyle Randall, and had one daughter and two grandchildren.

CHERYL E. RANTZ, 62, of Carl Junction, was a lifetime area resident and worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

Virgil “Tom” Reid, 77, of Columbus, Kan., was the retired owner of SEK Construction and the father of five children. He had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Johnnie R. Richey, 52, of Joplin, was with Allgeier, Martin & Associates for more than 30 years, most recently as a project engineer. He was a member of Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501 and did volunteer work.

VICKI P. ROBERTSON, 66, of Joplin.

KEITH DEREK ROBINSON, 50, of Joplin, was a certified nursing assistant at the Greenbriar nursing home and a former employee of Freeman Hospital West.

Virginia Mae Salmon, 80, of Duquesne, was a fan of country and gospel music who loved spending time with her family. Her survivors include one daughter and four sons.

FRANCES ANN SCATES, 71, of Joplin, was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Freistatt. She is survived by two sons, three daughters, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

GLADYS SEAY, 83, of Welch, Okla.

DANIEL WAYNE SHIRLEY, 48, of Joplin, traveled all over the United States and Canada as a salesman with a carnival. He moved to Goodman one year ago and had been living at the Greenbriar nursing home in Joplin since February.

GENE SMITH, 71, of Joplin, was a Navy veteran who loved Webb City football and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was married to Donna Smith.

SHYRELL LEE SMITH, 68, of Pittsburg, Kan., was a registered nurse at Freeman Hospital East. She leaves behind a husband, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

LOIS L. SPARKS, 92, of Joplin, was the widow of Wallace Sparks, mother of Ralph Sparks, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of eight.

Steven J. Haack Stephens, 28, of Joplin, was a construction worker.

KAYLEIGH S. TEAL, 16, of Seneca and Pittsburg, Kan., was a student at Seneca High School. She was employed as a waitress at a Pizza Hut in Joplin.

Heather Leigh Terry, 36, of Joplin, worked at LaBarge in Joplin. She is survived by her husband, Michael.

JOHN L. THOMAS JR., 40, of Joplin, was an employee of Jasper Products and the father of four sons.

Sandra Thomas, 55, of Carthage, was an employee of Justin Boots.

ZACHARY D. TREADWELL, 9, of Joplin, was a third-grade student at Emerson Elementary School.

Margaret A. TuTT, 92, of Joplin, is survived by her daughter and two grandchildren.

Michael Eugene Tyndall, 33, of Joplin, was a construction equipment operator and a graduate of Joplin High School.

Darian “Dee” Vanderhoofven, 44, of Joplin, Joshua’s mother, was the Joplin regional manager for the Heartland Lions Eye Bank. She is survived by her husband, David.

Joshua Dean Vanderhoofven, 14 months, loved to watch “SpongeBob” with his father, David.

M. “Dean” Wells, 59, of Webb City, was a department head at the Home Depot store on Range Line Road, and the married father of two adult daughters and grandfather of four children.

REGINA MAE BLOXHAM WILLIAMS, 55, of Joplin, was a customer service representative for AT&T, and the married mother of three daughters and two sons.

Zachary Allen Williams, 12, of Joplin, was a student at East Middle School who attended Calvary Baptist Church.

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