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Obituaries Published in September 28 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in September 28 California Democrat

September 27th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Mr. Edward R. Hartman, age 57 years, of Greenbriar, Arkansas, a former Jefferson City resident, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, after a traffic accident.

Eddie was born June 16, 1954, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of John R. Sr. and Irmalene Crocker Hartman. His mother and step father, Irmalene and Allen Rudroff survive in California, Mo. He was married on March 28, 2009 in Conway, Arkansas to Evelyn McNeely.

A resident of the Jefferson City area until 1980, Eddie attended Jefferson City Public Schools.

He served in the United States Navy.

Eddie was a lifelong truck driver, most recently with the E.T.W. Enterprises in Morrilton, Arkansas, for the last several years.

He was a member of the Christian Church and enjoyed camping and the outdoors. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include: his wife, Evelyn Hartman of Greenbriar, Arkansas; one son, Travis Hartman and his wife Christy of Sparta, Mo.; one granddaughter, McCayla Hartman of Centertown, Mo.; five stepsons, Allen Frederick, William McNeely, Lewis McNeely, Michael McNeely and D.J. Davis; two brothers, Bobby Hartman, and his special companion, Vickie Miller of Russellville, Mo., and Lonnie W. Hartman and his wife Mary Ann of Russellville, Mo.; his special buddy, Heath Amick of Centertown, Mo.; five stepgrandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John R. Hartman, Sr., and one daughter, Alicia Marie Hartman on March 13, 1980.

Funeral services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2011 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Murl Nash officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors were conducted at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to American Heart Assn. or the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.


George T. O'Connor, 94, California, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at California Care Center.

He was born Feb. 27, 1917 in Chicago, Ill., the son of George Thomas and Pauline (Dirgincie) O'Connor. He was married on Sept. 1, 1941 to Alice Marie Singer, who preceded him in death on April 14, 1997.

He worked as an ironworker for Chicago Bridge and Iron, as well as the railroad.

He is survived by one niece, Merle Slaninka of Chicago; one nephew, Glenn Singer of Seattle; and one sister-in-law, Rose Pastick of Florida.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.


Clara Marie Taylor, 93, of Doniphan, Mo., passed away on Monday, September 19, 2011, at Westwood Hills Healthcare in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

She was born on August 10, 1918, in Ripley County, Mo., to Lemuel Hulet and Edna Pearl (Bowers) Thompson, both of whom preceded her in death.

She is survived by four stepsons, Everett, JD, David and Gerald Taylor (of California, Mo.); three stepdaughters, Lorell Scott, Shelby Stearns, and Leatha Sanford; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister. She was also preceded in death by three brothers; one sister; and a grandson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 23, 2011 at Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan, with burial at Macedonia Cemetery near Grandin, Mo.


Clara "Betsy" Wordelman passed away peacefully at the University of Utah Medical Center on September 21, 2011 at the age of 88.

Betsy was born in St. Louis Missouri and lived most of her life in Missouri and Utah. She married Fred A. Wordelman in 1940 and spent more than 50 years with him prior to his death.

Betsy worked at Univac in Salt Lake City for many years and also served as a caregiver for many older adults keeping them independent in their own homes. She was a member of the Bountiful Eastern Star and served as Chaplin for several terms. Betsy was an avid stock car racing fan cheering her grandson Brian in to many victories.

Betsy is survived by her children William, Joyce Dews, James and Donald; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice Beam.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Officiating will be Pastor Louie Moyer. Burial will be in California Masonic Cemetery.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.