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Leona Carter, a longtime Jasper, Mo. resident, passed from this life into the next early Sunday morning, October 29, 2017, with her beloved daughters by her side. Born in Alba, Mo., on May 5, 1937, to Richard and Beatrice (Collier) Jarmin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Carter; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Collins and Elliott Channel.
She is survived by four children, Jim (Bev) Carter, of Jasper, Debra (Steven) Probert, of Jasper, Cynthia (Terry) Emerson, of Bella Vista, Ark., Jacqueline (Keith) Jordan, of Forest City Iowa; her sister, Carolyn Isenmann, of Jasper; brother, Gary Jarmin, of Alba; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and some very close friends who will all miss her dearly.
A devoted mother, she returned to college as a non-traditional student in the late 1960s, where she was in the first graduating class to receive a four-year degree from Missouri Southern State College (now MSSU). Upon graduation she taught business education, in Lockwood, Mo., for two years and then Jasper, where she taught many years before retiring. A lifelong Christian, she was a member of the Alba Christian Church until she graduated from Alba High School in 1955, she is a member of the Jasper Christian Church. Active since retirement, she belonged to the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Lazy Daisies, was a founding member of her chapter of the Red Hat Society and served as Queen Mother, she and her husband Kenny enjoyed the wagon club. She always enjoyed attending her children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's school and sporting events and was known to drive many miles to watch them participate or coach.
Leona lived her faith and was always ready to lend a hand, a shoulder to cry on, a word of encouragement or was willing to make sure a physical need was met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 1, from 6-7 p.m. at Weng Funeral Chapel. 605 South Main. Jasper. The funeral will be held Thursday, November 2, at 10 a.m. at Weng Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow immediately at Mitchell Cemetery on Thorn Road, east of Jasper.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Weng Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at Weng Funeral Chapel.com.
Published on November 1, 2017
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