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Anna Marie Wilcox, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Freeman Health System, in Joplin. She was 97.
Anna was born September 1, 1920, in Kansas, to John James and Viola (Preuss) Barclay. She graduated from Springfield High School and lived in Springfield until 1950, before moving to the Joplin area.
Anna loved to fish, garden and go to auctions. She enjoyed attending the community parties with her friends and she loved to dance. She was a member of the Ottawa County Extension Club for years, where she displayed her canned goods at the county fair.
She helped her husband, Fred, with Auto Spring Co., in Joplin, and in all of their farming endeavors. With the help of their three children they raised and sold parakeets, tropical fish, goats, rabbits, horses and beef cattle and milked their dairy herd.
Anna was preceded by her husband, Fred Irvin Wilcox, on September 23, 2013; her daughter, Connie Blevins; her parents; a brother, James Barclay; and an infant sister, Burl Barclay.
Survivors include two sons, William G. Wilcox, of Titusville, Fla., and James Robert Wilcox and wife, Terry, of Quapaw, Okla.; her sister, Evelyn Creek, of Springfield, Mo.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, in Miami, Okla. Pastor Allen Brintnall and Pastor Guy Wilcox will officiate. Interment will be in Hornet Cemetery, north of Seneca, Mo. Pallbearers will be Guy Wilcox, Jonah Wilcox, Bob Wilcox, Joe Burtrum, Kevin Lindsay and Johnny Francisco Jr. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.
Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of Miami.
Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.
Published on November 29, 2017
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