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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

Ada Belle Ricks

Ada Belle Ricks

Funeral Services for Ada Belle Ricks of Hannibal, formerly of Elsberry, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the A.R.Presbyterian Church in Elsberry under the direction of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Matt VerMeer, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal, officiated with burial in the Elsberry City Cemetery in Elsberry.

Serving as pallbearers were Bob Davis, Jim Sutton, Bryan Johnson, Bryan Davis and Charles Cohoon.

Mrs. Ricks, 93, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2014 at the Luther Manor in Hannibal.

Born March 24, 1920 in Elsberry, she was the daughter of Ralph Hurd and Lula Lee Capps Graham, Sr.

She was a 1940 graduate of Elsberry High School.  She was united in marriage on Nov. 27, 1944 in St. Louis to Ernest Freeman “Jack” Ricks.

This union was blessed with two daughters, Myra and Donna.

She was a 50+ year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Nightingale Chapter #117 in Louisiana.

She was a lifelong member of the Elsberry A.R.Presbyterian Church.

Ada Belle loved to crochet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Lula Graham, Sr.; two brothers: one who died in infancy and Ralph Graham, Jr.; two sisters, Joyce Stewart and Katherine Ives; and her beloved husband of 27 years, Jack Ricks who died May 24, 1972.

Survivors include two daughters: Myra Sutton and her husband, James, of Hannibal, and Donna Davis and her husband, Robert “Bob”, of Eolia; two grandchildren: Amy Sutton Johnson and her husband, Bryan, of Hannibal, and Bryan Q. Davis and his wife, Brandy, of Eolia; six great-grandchildren: Kayleigh Johnson, Joni Johnson and Kyle Johnson, Tyler Davis, Lily Crosson and Jackson Davis; and one great, great-grandchild.

She also leaves her brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Stewart of Moscow Mills; her sister-in-law, Donna Dunnard of Troy; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of the service at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Elsberry A.R.Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Elsberry A.R.Presbyterian Church or to the Hannibal Nutrition Center in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 South Fifth Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.

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Dorothy Lauritzen McPheeters

Dorothy Lauritzen McPheeters

Dorothy McPheeters, 90, of Old Monroe, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, 2014 at her home.

She was born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29, 1923 in Old Monroe to Andrew and Pearl De Leal Lauritzen.

Dot was the youngest of three children.

She married the love of her life, Jack McPheeters on July 5, 1941 in Old Monroe.

To this union three daughters were born: Joyce, Sharon and Sally.

Mrs. McPhetters was very active with her girls in school activities and with Town & Country Club of Winfield.

She co-authored the history book, “People and Places of Southeast Lincoln County”, which she took great pride in.

She was always very interested in genealogy and a lover of nature, except mice.

She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Old Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Pearl; her loving husband of 60 years, Jack; one daughter, Joyce; one granddaughter, Polly; her brother, Francois; and numerous other relatives, too many to list.

The precious daughters she leaves are Sharon Brinkman and her husband, David, of Winfield and Sally Uthe and her husband, Dennis, of Old Monroe; three grandchildren: Andrea Borchert and her husband, Tim, of Winfield, Jack Brinkman and his wife, Dianne, of Old Monroe and Johanna Uthe and her friend, Zachery Johnson, of Winfield; and eight great-grandchildren: Larry, Luke, Andy, Joshua, Eli, Leigh, Lydia and Madison.

She also leaves her sister, Genoa Gililland of Wentzville; nieces, nephews and a few friends.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home near Winfield.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Rev. Michael Kasevich, pastor of St. Paul U.C.C. officiated with inurnment in Bray Cemetery near Troy.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul U.C.C. or Bray Cemetery in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389.

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