Ruth A. Malcolm 6/20/2015

June 22, 2015

Ruth A. Malcolm, 74, formerly of Des Arc, MO, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Forsyth Nursing and Rehab Center in Forsyth, MO. Ruth was born on December 4, 1940 in Vulcan MO to Rudy Perry and Ida Gray Perry who preceded her in death.

On December 5, 1964 Ruth was united in marriage to Gene R. Malcolm and to this union three children were born. Gene preceded Ruth in death on July 18, 2009.

Ruth loved her family and spent her life as a homemaker. She will me greatly missed by her friends and family that survive including one son, Christopher Malcolm and his wife Sonja of Bradleyville, MO; one daughter Deborah L. Hinkle of Cherokee Pass, MO; one sister, Ada Mae Carpenter; six grandchildren, September Hinkle, Clayton Hinkle, Tori Malcolm, Aubrey Malcolm, Rudy Malcolm, and Lacey Malcolm; and four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, James Robert Malcolm; two brothers, William and Oliver Perry; two step-brothers, Donald Huff and Chris Wright; and one sister, Dorothy Dillinger.
Visitation for Ruth was held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26th also in the chapel with Pastor Wayne Street ministering to the family. Burial followed in the John Ruble Cemetery in Vulcan, MO, with Eddie Fisk, James Gray, Larry Lee, Robbie Sutton, Billy Lee, Bear Ruble, Christopher Malcolm and Josh Gray serving as pallbearers and Glen Ruble and Willie Gray as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Glenda Pauline Sullivan 6/16/2015

June 17, 2015

Glenda P. “Granny” Sullivan, 93, of Des Arc, MO, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO. Glenda was born on July 29, 1921 in Coldwater, MO, to Samuel Barber and Rose Lee (Wilmour) Barber who preceded her in death.

On January 1, 1938 she was united in marriage to Noah Edward Sullivan and to this union three children were born.

She loved to quilt, garden, shop and cook for other people. Her main focus was her family, she loved and enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.

She had been converted at as a youth and was a member of the Des Arc Assembly of God Church.

Glenda grew up in the Coldwater, Brunot, and Des Arc area. She attended school in Coldwater. She had various jobs that included, Piedmont Hat Factory, Nursing Home Aide, Sam A. Baker Park and Shy’s Lake.

Surviving Glenda are two sons, Elzie Sullivan and his wife Diane of Des Arc, MO, and Thomas “Tommy” Sullivan and his wife Sue of Piedmont, MO; one daughter, Clara Walton and her husband Clinton of Greenville, MO; three sisters, Freda Marler and Edith Spain both of St. Louis, MO, and Arbetta Parson and her husband Danny of Lodi, MO; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband; one grandchild; her parents; four brothers, Vernon, Guy, Clarence, and Lawrence Barber; two sisters, Ethel Barber and Irene that died as an infant.
The visitation was held on Thursday, June 18th at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The funeral was held on Friday, the 19th at 11:00 A.M. also in the chapel, with Pastor Zachary Hindman ministering to the family. Matt Davis provided a eulogy for his grandmother. Burial followed at Beulah Cemetery in Brunot, MO, with Matthew Davis, Travis Davis, Shane Sullivan, John Schneider, Jeff Sullivan, and Robert Sullivan serving as pallbearers with Scott Davis as honorary pallbearer. Online condolences can be made at

Kay Skaggs 6/16/2015

June 17, 2015

Kay Annette Skaggs, 58, of Silva, MO, passed away Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born on May 25, 1957 the daughter of Leonard and Lois Gramlich nee’ Daves in St. Louis, MO.

On December 19, 1998 she was united in marriage to Raymond Skaggs in Greenville, MO.

Kay enjoyed fishing, knitting, and loved her cat “Snowball”.

Kay had worked at the Shelter Workshop in Piedmont and Life Skills in St. Louis.

In 1993 Pastor Louie Robinson baptized Kay and she lived her life believing in the Christian faith.

She is survived by her husband Raymond; her mother Lois of Greenville, MO; three brothers, Greg Gramlich and his wife Bernadette of Wentzville, MO, Gary Gramlich of Greenville, MO, and Ronnie Gramlich and his wife Nonie of Chesterfield, MO; two sisters, Sandra Chase and her husband Jim of St. Louis, MO, and twin sister Fay McLaughlin and her husband Les of St. Louis, MO; and many uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father Leonard Gramlich.

Visitation was held Friday, June 19, 2015, at 12 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Pastor Phillip Jordan and Pastor Louie Robinson ministered to the family and Phillip Lee Skaggs, Reggie Skaggs, Darrell Skaggs, Ben Duncan, Billy Parson, Charlie Skaggs, Joe Skaggs, and Tony Duncan served as pallbearers. Music was provided by the Skaggs family. Interment was in New Prospect Cemetery, Silva, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Gene Allen Ward 6/14/2015

June 15, 2015

Gene Allen Ward, 58, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away at his residence on Sunday, June 14, 2015. He was born in Poplar Bluff, MO on February 25, 1957 to Herschel L. Ward and Vivian K. (Duckett) Ward.

Gene had been a farm hand for Henson Farm Supply. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his father Herschel L. Ward and his wife Ruby of Wappapello, MO; one son, Jake Ward and his wife Roxann of Ellsinore, MO; and one sister Yvonne Kay York and her husband Mike of Williamsville, MO.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Henson; and one sister, Diana L. Luckett.
There was a public visitation held Friday, June 19, 2015, from 5:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Mr. Ward was cremated. Online condolences can be made at

Ellie C. Elder Berry 6/14/2015

June 15, 2015

Ellie Cathryn Elder Berry, 81, of Greenville, Mo, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born July 6, 1933, daughter of Homer and Lorine Price nee’ Goforth at Evening Shade, AR.

Ellie grew up in Evening Shade and Fifer, AR, and attended schools there. She later moved to Wayne County, MO, and spent the greatest part of her adult life there. She was baptized by Pastor Leslie Burchard in the 1950’s. The baptism occurred on a day in which it was so cold that the ice had to be broken at Bear Creek. Throughout the years her Christian journey had taken her to membership at Kime General Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Greenville, and New Liberty “Jacktown” General Baptist Church. She was proud of her faith and projected it to everyone.

She worked tirelessly as a wife and mother first assisting her husband in the log woods and sawmill and also as a devoted mother to the over thirty-two children she helped to raise. She regarded every child as her own and did not care to use any terms like “step” or “half.”

Ellie’s hobbies included horseback riding in her youth, hunting (especially fox hunting), embroidery, sewing, quilting, spending time with and making special quilts for grandchildren, tea parties with granddaughters Rylee and Alexis, crosswords with grandsons, singing, and, perhaps her favorite, spinning yarns with her grandchildren while teaching them history. Throughout the years Ellie had served Wayne County Sheriff’s Department as a special deputy when there was a need to transport female prisoners. In her later years she enjoyed singing with the Greenville Community Choir and helping out at the Greenville Nursing Center as an advocate for the elderly.

On September 2, 1950 she married Rollie Elder near Evening Shade, AR. He passed away December 4, 1986 and Ellie later married James Berry on April 9, 1991 and he also passed away August 5, 2003.

She is survived by children, Robert Elder and Carolyn, Virginia Crane and Mark, Mollie Cathryn Davis and Bobby Joe, all of Greenville, a grandson Randy Haynes of Greenville, MO, Steve Price, a grandchild that she raised as a son from Washington, MO; a special son-in-law, Roy “Cotton” Haynes of Greenville, MO; Helen Mae Gilliam of Canton, OH, Polly Crutchfield and Jesse of Fenton, MO, Donita Haynes Burchard and Jr, of Greenville, MO; one daughter in law, Joann Elder of Greenville, MO; Rhett Elder and Joey Elder were grandsons but were raised as sons, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; four brothers, Jack O’Dell Price and Anne, John Wesley Price and Jeannie of Festus, MO, Kerney Mac Price and Gloria of Gine, AR, Jerry Lee Price and Lori of McRae, AR; one sister, Barbara Smith and husband Cecil of AR.

In addition to her husbands she was preceded in death by three sons, William “Jack” Elder, Dellas T. Elder, Louis Dewayne Elder; one daughter, Verna Haynes; two brothers, James Homer Price, Earl Lewan Price; one sister Anna Lea Buckingham.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., also at the chapel in Greenville. Pastors Leslie Burchard, Louie Robinson, and Johnny Meese ministered to the family. Linsey Elder read a poem and Roy Garner and the New Liberty Jacktown Choir provided music. Richard Crane, Jason Crane, Marc Crane Jr, Rhett Elder, Jamie Vest, Joey Elder, served as pallbearers and Caleb Elder, Jack Elder, and Larry Burchard served as honorary pallbearers. Burial followed in Center Ridge Cemetery, rural Greenville, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Sandra “Sandy” Shope 6/8/2015

June 9, 2015

Sandra Ann “Sandy” Shope, 50, of Greenville, MO, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015 at her residence. She was born on June 28, 1964 in St. Louis, MO daughter of James and Helen Carden.

Sandy married Brad Shope in 1985 and to this union one daughter was born, Alissah Renee Shope.

Sandy grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1982. Sandy and Brad made their home in Oak Island, NC before Sandy moved back to Greenville. Sandy proudly served her country in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne from 1982 -1985. Later she worked at Carolina Power and Light and at Brunswick NC Hospital as a medical transcriptionist.

Sandy loved her family and friends and enjoyed making things beautiful for them.

She is survived by her husband; her mother; one daughter, Alissah Renee Shope of Boone, N.C.; two sisters, Susan Tibbs and her husband Jerry of Silva, MO, and Amanda Allen and her husband Josh of Greenville, MO; and many nieces’ nephews, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her biological father; Carl F. Johnson; James D. Carden, and one brother, Carl Edward Carden.
Visitation was held Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Friday, June 12, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Pastor Kenny Burchard ministered to the family and Kermit Creason, Bobby Creason, Michael Nail, Josh Allen, Kenny Wood, Ron Schilling, Jerry Tibbs, and Chris Allen served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with full military honors by Missouri National Guard and Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Janice Helm 6/4/2015

June 7, 2015

Janice Helm, 70, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Cherokee Pass, MO. She was born February 25, 1945, at Poor Bottom, KY, to parents Alfred M. and Hazel Webb nee’ Belcher. Janice grew up in Kentucky and spent most of her adulthood in Burbank and Greenville, MO. On October 7, 1961, she married Willie Helm, who preceded her in death on February 8, 2006. She had worked at a sawmill for about twenty years, owned and operated a motel for fourteen years, made crafts for twenty-two years, and lastly, had helped establish a gold-buying business in 2008. She was a God-fearing woman and was a member of the Golden Meadow First Baptist Church since 2004. She loved to fish and was proud of her 4.5 lb speckled trout. She had it mounted and told her children if anyone caught a bigger one she would cut their fishtail off. She also enjoyed sewing and decorating cakes. After her two children passed away she took in twelve foster girls and adopted a baby girl.

She leaves to mourn her memory three daughters, Julleen Helm of Poplar Bluff, MO, Sharren Nacio and husband Jerry of Galliano, LA, Janet Wimbery of Springfield, MO; one grandson, Derick Helm; her father Alfred M. Webb and his wife Mary; and one brother, David Webb, all of Poplar Bluff, MO; and long time friend Mike Paolillo.

She was preceded in death by one son Douglas Helm; four daughters, Willeen Helm, Nancy Wells, Becky Morgan, Terry Patterson; and two brothers, Mike and Mitchel Webb.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 5:00 pm, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 2:00 pm also at the chapel with Bro. Louie Robinson ministering to the family. Burial followed at Crossroads Cemetery near Greenville with Billy Helm, Wayne Helm, Tommy Hopkins, Donnie Helm, Jerry Nacio and Mike Paolillo serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Marguerite Guess 5/31/2015

June 1, 2015

Marguerite Guess, 95, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, Mo. Marguerite was born on August 10, 1919 in St. Louis, MO, to Sylvester Montgomery and Ella Campbell Montgomery who preceded her in death.
Marguerite married Arthur Leonard Guess on December 2, 1939 and to this union six children were born.
Marguerite grew up in the Patterson area and attended Cherry Grove School.
Marguerite loved to garden and to cook for her family and friends. She was of the Baptist faith and a Charter member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church for a number of years. Marguerite was a past member of Eastern Star.
She loved her family and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be missed by all those that survive, including four daughters, Judith Ann Bass and her husband Willard of DeSoto, MO, Shirley Kay Huskey and her husband Alfred of DeSoto, MO, Alice Marguerite Shelton and her husband Keith of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Mary Fay Reed and her husband Clyde of Piedmont, MO; one son-in-law, Michael Giacomo of Houston, TX; one sister, Virginia Ruth Bell of Richland, Washington and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Arthur Glen Guess; one daughter, Iris Lee Giacomo; and siblings, George Montgomery, Marie Anderson, Irene Reid, Ralph Montgomery, Russell Montgomery, Roy Montgomery, Baby Montgomery and Mary Lee McCann. Visitation was held Friday, June 5, 2015, at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., also at the Piedmont chapel. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Brent Reed ministered to the family and Kyle Mickey, Matthew Reed, James Harrison, Brian Harrison, Zachary Harrison, and Cody Harrison served as pallbearers. Recorded music was provided. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Associated Services for the Blind at in remembrance of Marguerite. Online condolences can be made at

Debra Sue Wilfong 5/27/2015

May 29, 2015

Debra Sue Wilfong, 60, of Silva, MO, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was born February 14, 1955 at Poplar Bluff, MO to Thomas and Vivian Leach nee’ Johnson. Debbie had past attended Greenville High School. She loved to fish and crochet and she was of the Baptist faith. Debbie is survived by her special companion Joey Atkins of Silva, MO; one son, Charlie Smith and wife Christina of Williamsville, MO; one daughter Cheryl Moore and her husband Terry of Marquand, MO; several grandchildren; one brother, Tommy Leach and wife Tammy of Silva, MO; three sisters, Thelma Marler of Williamsville, MO, Glenda Whitaker of Poplar Bluff, MO, Brenda Barker of Silva, MO; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Willis Leach and Ricky Leach; five sisters, Joyce Johnson, Phyllis Leach, Barbara Leach, Rita Leach, and Becky Leach.
Friends gathered at Old Shiloh Cemetery, Shook, MO, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. Services followed at 2:00 p.m. at the cemetery with Pastor Leslie Burchard ministering to the family and Charlie Smith, Frankie Chaffin Sr, Frankie Chaffin Jr., Terry Moore, Keith Arnold, and Joey Adkins serving as pallbearers. Ministry of music was provided by Edith Eads. Online condolences can be made at

Patricia “Trish” Eldridge 5/23/2015

May 25, 2015

Patricia “Trish” Eldridge, 56, of Des Arc, Mo, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her residence. She was born September 25, 1958, daughter of Bill Rohlfing and Margie Rohlfing nee’ Stark.

Trish had grown up in the Lemay area of St. Louis where she helped raise her brothers and sisters and enjoyed getting into trouble with Sister Cindy. In her adulthood she found home in Des Arc and met the love of her life Kenny. They happily raised their family. Trish had worked for Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center for many years in the housekeeping department and enjoyed bringing smiles to resident’s faces.

She was an amazing woman. She could make the best lasagna around, but she really enjoyed when others cooked for her. Her life rotated around her kids and grandkids. She never missed their ballgames and the kids could always hear her cheer them on. She was a brilliant artist, always making murals on the kid’s walls and décor for their rooms. She was a sweet daughter, sister, mother, and wife. But most of all she was an amazing nana.

Trish was a member of the Pro Carp Association and she was of the Christian faith.

Trish would understand that we all need to cry at this time, but she would want everyone to remember the good times, the shopping trips, the family vacations, the days out at the lake just floating. She loved the dragonflies, with a passion. She always said that was her good luck sign when she saw them. Last but not least she always told her girls to remember the song 26 cents when she’s gone, these were words from her. However he kids always called it the nickel song.

Trish is survived by her mother, Margie Rohlfing, of St. Louis, MO; companion of thirty years, Kenneth “Kenny” Deboard, of Des Arc, MO, seven children, Tasha Eldridge and Brittaney, Nicole Ruble and Kenneth, all of Piedmont, Kenny Deboard and Jessica, Brandy Peoples and Ellis, all of Iron Mt. Lake, MO, Christopher Deboard of Des Arc, MO, Dennis Eldridge and Jessica, and Jacob Eldridge, all of St. Louis; twenty grandchildren, Hannah Cole, Tristin Cole, Kaydance Eldridge, Brittany LaShay, CJ Elliot, Kalyn Ruble, Blake Ruble, Brenden Ruble, Braden Ruble, Kristin Peoples, Luke Peoples, Caleb Peoples, Austin Deboard, Haley Deboard, Elizabeth Deboard, John Deboard, Cheyenne Deboard, Dennis Eugene Eldridge Jr., Jaxon Lloyd Eldridge, Isabella Eldridge; one brother, Johny Rohlfing of Council Bluffs, IA; three sisters, Cindy Abarca, Sandy Siffier, and Marjorie Rohlfing, all of St. Louis, MO.

She was preceded in death by her father Bill Rohlfing; two brothers, Bill Rohlfing and Larry Rohlfing; and one sister, Annetie Rohlfing.

Memorial visitation was held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Memorial service followed at 3:00 P.M., also at the chapel with Pastor Howard Casteel ministering to the family and eulogies by daughters Tasha Eldridge and Nicole Ruble. Online condolences can be made at

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