Funeral Services for Anna Virginia Birkhead of Old Monroe, were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Winfield near Winfield. Rev. Mike Ryan, church pastor, officiated with burial in New Salem Cemetery near Winfield. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Wheeler, Matthew Linhardt, Dan Brightwell, Mark Sowers, Matthew Staley and Chris Earl.
Mrs. Birkhead, 98, died in her sleep early Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013 at her home. She had much anticipated going to heaven to be with Jesus and her family and friends who had preceded her. Born July 8, 1915 in Kansas City, she was the daughter of Lanson and Maude Emmert Mayes. Virginia attended Kansas City public schools. She studied teaching for two years at Kansas City Teachers College, one year at Hannibal LaGrange Baptist College and two years at Missouri University in Columbia, MO, graduating in 1942 with Bachelors in Education. She later received her Masters in Education from the University of Missouri.
She was united in marriage on May 28, 1939 in Kansas City to Bailey Elston Birkhead. This union was blessed with two daughters: Clarinda Ann and Alice Lee. Virginia began teaching in rural Missouri schools and Kansas City schools. She spent most of her career teaching at University City elementary schools, retiring in 1976 after 25 years. She also taught Sunday School for many years. She was member of Fee Fee Baptist Church in Bridgeton for fifty years and for sixteen years at First Baptist Church of Winfield.
Virginia and Bailey lived on the Birkhead family farm near Winfield after retiring. They spent most of their retired years volunteering. She volunteered at Winco for 25 years, was active in the Lincoln County Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary for 25 years and served as secretary for the Board of Directors of Winfield Senior Housing for 27 years. She was also a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Lincoln County Retired Teachers Association.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lanson and Maude Mayes; two brothers: Robert and Joseph Mayes; three younger sisters: Clarinda Seay, Ruth Ray Moreland and Letty Jane Moreland; and her beloved husband of 57 years, Bailey Birkhead who passed away on Dec. 31, 1996.
Survivors include two daughters: Clarinda Wheeler and her husband, Gary, of Old Monroe and Alice Robins-Shofner and her husband, Terry, of Bridgeton; her grandchildren: Janie Staley and her husband, Matthew, of Winfield, Mark Wheeler and his wife, Shelia, of St. Paul, Donna Earl and her husband, Chris, of Winfield, Michelle Linhardt and her husband, Matthew, of Creve Coeur, Christie Robins-Sowers and her husband, Mark, of Creve Coeur, and Alison Brightwell and her husband, Dan of St. Peters; thirty-one great-grandchildren; and one great, great-grandchild on the way. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of love for the Lord, family and service will live on.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church near Winfield. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Winfield Furnishings Fund, Winco, or the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389. Online condolences may be made at www.carterricksfuneralhome.com.
Funeral Services for Gary Dale Nelsen of Elsberry, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home near Winfield. Rev. Karla Cunningham, pastor of Makin Memorial Methodist Church and Rev. David Korman of Big Spring, officiated with burial in Bethany Cemetery near Winfield.
Mr. Nelsen, 30, died Tuesday night, Sept. 24, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Born Jan. 5, 1983 in Troy, he was the son of Alfred C. and Lisa Ellen Hessling Nelsen, III. He worked as a landscaper. He enjoyed mudtrucks and fishing.
Survivors include his parents, Alfred Nelsen, III and his wife, Donna, of Elsberry and Lisa Nelsen of Winfield; paternal grandparents, Alfred C. and Jane Nelsen, Jr.; and maternal grandparents, Leonard and Deanna Hessling of Winfield. He also leaves two sister: Tracy and Meagan Nelsen of Winfield; one stepsister, Jessica Rickard and her husband, Cory, of Troy; three step brothers: Brian Garrett of Troy, John Zugmaier, also of Troy, and Stephen Zugmaier of Winfield; one niece, Elexys Nelsen; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home near Winfield. Memorials may be made to the Family of Gary Nelsen in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389. Online condolences may be made at www.carterricksfuneralhome.com.
Alice Myrtle Chambers, of St. Charles, formerly of Winfield died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at the age of 83.
Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept.30, 2013 at the Carter-Ricks Funeral Home near Winfield.
Funeral Service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at the Carter-Ricks Funeral Home.
Interment will be in New Salem Cemetery near Winfield.
Online condolences may be made at www.carterricksfuneralhome.com.