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Malbyrn Lea (Everhard) Winter, 91, of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Neosho, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m., at Park Plaza Christian Church, Joplin. A 1 p.m. visitation will precede the service, also at Park Plaza Christian Church. A private family graveside service will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors, in Abilene, and Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Malbyrn was born in Marshall, Mo., to Mark and Lila (Cohu) Everhard on Nov. 28, 1926.
She graduated from Diamond High School where she met her husband, Elza Winter Jr. They were married on June 12, 1945, in Harrisburg, Pa., and celebrated 72 years of marriage.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and was integrally involved in the family cattle business for many years. Malbyrn was a member of the Gideons Auxiliary, Spring River Christian Village Auxiliary (Joplin), The Friendly Neighbors Club, and Newton County Farm Bureau. She was a faithful member of the Park Plaza Christian Church, in Joplin, and while in Abilene she attended the Minter Lane Church of Christ.
Malbyrn was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Lila Everhard.
She is survived by her husband, Elza Winter, of Abilene; a daughter, Alice A. Keith (Rev. Ronald Keith), of Lakeville, Minn.; sons, Dr. Thomas L. Winter (Sherla), of Abilene, Dr. Mark L. Winter, of Spur, Texas; and sisters, Patsy Melton, of Tulsa, Okla., Janice Leslie, of Houston, Texas, Anne Sayles, of Montesano, Wash., and Kay Carrothers ,of Renton, Wash.; and a brother, Paul Everhard, of Nicholasville, Ky.; and one uncle, Maurice Cohu Jr., Neosho. She will be greatly missed by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Samantha Hirsch Goodman, Dr. Tommie Farrell, Hendrick Hospice nurses and caregivers, and most especially the loving staff and her friends at Chisholm Place, Abilene.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Hendrick Hospice, 1900 Pine, Abilene, Texas 79601 or Park Plaza Christian Church, 3220 North Indiana Avenue, Joplin, Mo. 64804
Condolences may be offered to the family online at pbfuneraldirectors.com.
Published on March 4, 2018
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