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Marlene Farren-McCormack, age 85, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday May 18, 2017, at Freeman Hospital, following an illness.
Marlene was born on January 11, 1932, in Neosho, Mo., the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eva Faye (Bollinger) Boyer. She has been a lifetime area resident. She graduated from Seneca High School and from Joplin Business College. She was also a real-estate broker. Throughout her life she owned and operated four businesses, Dina Shack in Neosho, Dairy Queen in Webb City, Mo., Mr. B's Chicken in Seneca, Mo., and a real-estate agency in Noel, Mo. She was a member of Forest Park Baptist Church, and was a strong Christian woman. She enjoyed decorating, sewing, and gardening. She loved her family.
She married Virgil Lee McCormack on September 12, 2003, in Eureka Springs, Ark. He preceded her in death on April 5, 2008.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dale Boyer.
She is survived by four sons, Dan Farren, Joplin, Steve Farren and wife, Connie, Joplin, Mark Farren, Longmont, Colo., and David Scott Farren and wife, Renee, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two step-daughters, Janet Fisher and husband, Craig, Joplin, and Phyllis Pearce, Joplin; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren with one on the way, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Pastor Hank Deslatte will officiate. Entombment will be in Ozark Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Joplin Humane Society in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on May 21, 2017
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