Maxine Steele

Maxine Steele, age 84, of Laclede, died Monday, November 26, 2018, at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center in Marceline.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Steve Cardwell officiating.  Burial will be in Laclede Cemetery in Laclede.  The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials to Laclede First Baptist Church may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

Maxine, daughter of Raymond and Lois (Harper) Wilson, was born December 10, 1933, in St. Catharine.  On April 29, 1955, she married Donald Steele who preceded her in death on May 28, 2014.

Maxine was a homemaker and enjoyed babysitting.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Laclede.

Survivors include her sister, Janice Ek of Independence; two nieces, Kathy Libby and husband, Ernie of Brookfield, and Kristin Rumsey and husband, Shane of Kansas City; one nephew, Tom Mayhew and wife, Leilani of Independence; close friends, Stephanie Craig of Sedalia, and Tracy Bruner of Chesapeake, Virginia; several great,  and great great-nieces and nephews; one cousin, Eudora Lowther of Brookfield; and one aunt, Shirley Swanson and husband, Bill of Kirkwood.

Her parents; one daughter, Donna and son, Terry Wayne also preceded her in death.

Virginia “Ginny” Hutchinson

Heaven gained an amazing soul, and our world lost one of the sweetest persons to ever grace the earth.Virginia “Ginny” Hutchinson, 100, of Chillicothe, Missouri, joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 1:06 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Ginny was born July 25, 1918, to Dr. John Hodgen and Florence Ann (Squire) Lucas in Brookfield, Missouri. She had three older sisters: Betty Lucas, Pearl McCue, and Gertrude “Peggy” Stauber.

Ginny and her sweetheart, Evan Wendell Hutchinson, married May 9, 1937, and were blessed with four children: Ann, who died of leukemia at the age of two; Nancy Hutchinson, Findlay, Ohio; John Hutchinson, Chillicothe; and Page (Jim) Malone, Springfield, Missouri. Grandchildren are Evan (Beth) McNish and great-grandson David, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Scott (Crista) McNish, Battle Ground, Washington; Luke Malone and Rachel Malone, Springfield; and Jay (Corrie) Hutchinson, Columbia, Missouri. Evan passed on October 25, 1999; he and Ginny were married 62 years.

Ginny was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church Chillicothe. Her love for Jesus filled her to overflowing with love for all those around her. A homemaker on their farm northeast of Chillicothe, Ginny catered beautifully decorated cakes, enjoyed gardening and crafting, and blessed many with her hand-crocheted red “scrubbies.” She and Evan were actively involved with Lay Witness Mission and prison ministry. Ginny was presented an award for 25 years of community service in 2009. Her favorite Bible verse was Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

A celebration of Ginny’s life will be at First Baptist Church Chillicothe on Monday, November 26, at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church Chillicothe and/or The Baptist Home, 500 Baptist Home Lane, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wright Funeral Home, Brookfield.

Joyce E. Bailey

Joyce E. Bailey, age 73, of Bevier, died Monday, November 26, 2018, at her home.

There will be a private family service.

Joyce Elaine, daughter of Harvey and Opal (Bibee) May, was born October 15, 1945, in Kirksville.  On September 8, 1963, she married Larry E. Bailey who preceded her in death on August 12, 2006.

Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed babysitting and cooking.  She was a member of Tower View Baptist Church in Kansas City.

Survivors include three daughters, Rita Olson and husband, Mike of Smithville, Phyllis Clubine and husband, Randy of Liberty, and Sharon Bailey of Independence; eight grandchildren, Jocelyn Ewald and husband, Matt of Blue Springs, Jennifer Blevins and husband, Jeffrey of Smithville, Dakota Olson of Lawrence, Kansas, Shelby Olson of Kansas City, Amelia Olson of Lee’s Summit, Courtney Inacio of Kansas City, Collin Inacio of Columbia, and Caylen Whorten of Independence; three great-grandchildren, Mayson Hazel of Kansas City, Maddyx Hitch of Independence, and Makenzie Ewald of Blue Springs.

Her parents; three brothers, Dean May, Clifford May, and Richard May; and two sisters, Helen Gosser and Dorothy Teater also preceded her in death.