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S. M. Barker
Special to the Republic
Mexico, Missouri, February 13. -- S. M. Barker of Wellsville died this morning.
Mr. Barker was a prominent man, being a Mason and cashier of the Wellsville Bank.
He was correspondent of the Republic at the time of his death.
(Source: St. Louis Republic - February 14, 1896. Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley)

Name of Deceased: Elma Lee Barnes
Newspaper: The Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: Aug. 6, 1986
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Funeral services are pending for Elma Lee Barnes, 69, of 705 E. Monroe, Mexico, after her death at 3:40 a.m. today at her home. Mrs. Barnes was the widow of Lawrence M. Barnes, a prominent real estate and insurance agent in Mexico who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1971. The former Elma Lee Hawthorne was born September 25, 1916, the daughter of Lee B. and Mary Ricketts Hawthorne. She attended Mexico Public Schools, Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was a member of the Mexico United Methodist Church, Pi Beta Phi social sorority, and was active in the Audrain County Historical Society and the Friends of the Churchill Memorial.Survivors include one son, Lawrence Melvin Barnes Jr., Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Mary Hawthorne Barnes of the home and Ruth Lakenan Barnes Kunath of Seattle, Wash.; one grandson; a sister, Mary Louise Nelson, Ashville, N.C.; and one brother, Lee Byrnes Hawthorne Jr., Mexico. Mrs. Barnes donated her body to the School of Medicine at Washington University. Memorials may be made to the Mexico High School Hawthorne Scholarship Fund, the Audrain County Historical Society or the Churchill Memorial.

Name of Deceased: Grace DeForest Beagles
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Jan. 10, 1948
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mrs. Grace DeForest Beagles of Mexico, 79, died in Fulton Thursday at 11 o'clock and funeral services will be held at the Arnold Funeral Home, the time to be arranged later. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery. Born in Clayton, Ill., on January 6, 1869, the daughter of John Herdren and Sarah Baywater, Mrs. Beagles was married to Monroe Beagles of Centralia on July 18, 1888, who died about 10 years ago. Survivors include four children, Ray H. Beagles of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Mrs. Nellie Hollingsworth of Fulton, Mrs. E. L. Presley of Bloomington, Ill., and Mrs. C. C. Gray of Molino. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son, Ralph, preceded his mother in death.

Name of Deceased: James Monroe Beagles
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: July 18. 1915
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: J. M. Beagles, died at his home in Nevada, Mo., Friday, July 2nd.  He was born in Washington County, Tenn., February 13, 1830 and was over 85 years old. His parents were Elizabeth and William Beagles. They died when he was quite young and Mr. Beagles was raised by relatives. He was married to Miss Mary Little, April 10, 1850 and soon after came to Missouri and lived for five years near Fulton. In 1855 Mr. Beagles came to Audrain and settled on a farm northeast of Mexico. During the civil war he made two trips to California, taking large numbers of horses anf mules he raised. Mr. Beagles leaves five children; Mrs. James Adkinson of this city, Monroe Beagles, John W. Beagles and Mrs. N. S. Johnson, all of Audrain county, and Noah Beagles of California. Mrs. Beagles died several years ago. The funeral services were held in Mexico Sunday and the body was intered at Elmwood. Mr. Beagles had many friends in this section who mourn his death. The Ledger extends sympathy.

Name of Deceased: James Monroe Beagles Jr.
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Aug. 22, 1940
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: James Monroe Beagles, prominent Audrain farmer and citizen of this county for 83 years, died at 5 o'clock Saturday morning at the Audrain hospital after three years of invalidism and seven months serious illness. He was 87 years old, and resided 14 miles northeast of Mexico. Born July 4, 1853 in Fulton, Mr. Beagles was the son of J. M. Beagles and Mari (SIC) Beagles. He accompanied his parents to Audrain when he was four years old. In 1888 he was married to Miss Grace Hinman of near Chicago, by whom he is survived. He also leaves four children, Ray H. Beagles, Mrs. Fred Hollingsworth and Mrs. Clarence Gray of Audrain, and Mrs. E. L. Presley of Bloomington, Ill., a sister, Mrs. Jennie Johnston of Laddonia, now ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. E. Coil, and many friends who with the Ledger extend sympathy. One son, Ralph, is deceased.  Mr. Beagles spent about six years in the Klondike during the Gold Rush days, making three trips to Alaska, the first in 1898. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. The funeral was at 2:30 Monday at McPheeters funeral parlor. The Ledger joins in extending sympathy to the family.

Name of Deceased: Joe L. Beagles
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Ledger
Date: Sept. 2, 1969
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Joe L. Beagles, 77, former Audrain County collector, died at 5:05 a.m. yesterday at Boone County Hospital in Columbia where he had undergone surgery about a week ago. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Precht-Pickering funeral home. The Rev. Jerry Anderson of Princeton, pastor of Littleby Baptist Church, will officiate and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Prominent retired Audrain County farmer and stockman, Mr. Beagles was born April 1, 1892, the son of John W. and Ida Johnson Beagles. On Dec. 19, 1917, he was married in Fayette to Miss Lelia Dubray, who survives at the home at 915 N. Washington St. A 50 year Mason, Mr. Beagles was a member of the Santa Fe Lodge 462 AF&AM, and had served as a member of the board of trustees of Littleby Baptist Church of which he was a member. Before moving to Mexico, Mr. Beagles had lived on a farm northeast of Mexico for 58 years. From 1950 to 1954, Mr. Beagles served as Audrain County collector. Surviving with his wife are two sisters, Mrs. Frank P. Wilfley Sr. of Laddonia and Mrs. Virgil F. Anderson of Mesa, Ariz., as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today. The family request that any memorial remembrances be made to the Heart Fund

Name of Deceased: Maria Little Beagles
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Intelligencer
Date: July 21, 1892
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Died, Tuesday, July 19, 1892, at her home in Mexico, Mo., after a long and painful illness, Maria L., wife of James M. Beagles, in her sixty-third year. She was born in Boone county, Mo., November 7th 1829. Her father dying when she was fourteen years of age, her mother returned to her former home in Smith county, Virginia. There, the 10th of April, 1850, Maria Little and James M. Beagles were married. Then coming to Fulton, Callaway county, Mo., made their home five years. In 1855 they moved to Audrain county which has since been their home. Mrs. Beagles was a woman of great force of character, close observation and untiring energy. The hospitality of her home has gladdened many pilgrams on life's journey. She united with the Christian church at Lick Creek, Ralls county, in 1865, and lived consistant with the profession of a believer in Christ. She loved music and was passionately fond of flowers. The last week of her life was spent in great suffering. Like her Savior, who in Gethsemane by wrestling prayer, prepared for Calvary, she spent several days in wrestling with God in prayer to be submissive to His will. Then came the answer of peace of the soul. Not a murmur or impatient word about her long suffering. Calling her husband and each of the children who were gathered around her, she gave them each advice as only a dying christian mother can give. To have them to "Be Honest," "Kind to the poor," "Attend church and Sunday school," and seek Christ now," are some of the noble sentences that fell from her lips. She repeated many of the old songs of Zion; requested the singing of "I would not live always," and repeated the words as they were sung, even tried to join her weak voice in the chorus, "Prepare me, dear Savior, for glory my home." Some months since she had made the remark she could not live to see the flowers bloom. Her daughters obtained some flowers, and she sat up, taking them in her hands, a glow of pleasure spread over her face as she spoke of their beauty. This is a picture too bright and spiritual for earth. Her sufferings precedded her death sevaral hours. Conscious almost to the last she fell peacefully asleep to awake with Christ. Her husband and sons James Monroe, John W., Frank and Noah D. Beagles and daughters Mrs. J. M. Adkinson, Mrs. N. S. Johnston and Mrs. C. C. Ragsdale were with her to accompany her to the brink of the stream of death. There the angles took their places to convey her spirit to God who gave it.

Name of Deceased: Ray Hinman Beagles
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Aug. 21, 1963
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Graveside services for Ray Beagles, who died yesterday in Davenport, Ia., will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Elmwood Cemetery. The Rev. Robert R. Collins, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Wallace Cowherd of Benton City, Hall Kerr of Centralia, Joe Beagles, Glenn Maxwell, Frank Wilfley Sr.  and Fred Hollingsworth. Funeral services were held in Davenport this morning and the body will arrive at Arnold funeral home this evening, where friends may call at 7:30.

Name of Deceased: Edwin T. Brundege
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Ledger
Date: April 25, 1994
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Edwin T. Brundege, 91, of Mexico, died at 11: 35 a.m. Sunday, April 24, 1994, at Audrain Medical Center. Mr. Brundege had been a resident at Mexico Manor for the past year. Funeral services have been set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Arnold Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Ostrom officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Brundege had lived in Mexico since 1941, moving here from Boone County. He was retired from National Refractories and also was a carpenter. He was born Sept. 1902, in Boone County, to Thomas Alva and Rebecca Benedict Brundege. On April 29, 1925, in Boone County, he was married to L. Lucille Caldwell, who died Nov. 5, 1989. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Jack (Fay) Potter of Stanton, Calif., Mrs. Joe (Mildred) Monk of Mexico, Mrs. Charles (Lois) Pugh of Columbia, and Mrs. Carl (Thelma) Forsbeck of Fox Island, Wash.; 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Ray Brundege, on June 15, 1992.  Mr. Brundege was a member of Kentucky Road Christian Church, Mexico.

Brown, Betty
Mrs. Betty Brown, 83 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Middleton, 651 Elmwood Avenue at 7:30 o’clock yesterday morning. She had come to spend the winter with her daughter when she became ill. Her home was in Martinsburg, Mo. Besides Mrs. Middleton, another daughter, Miss Eddie Brown survives. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Middleton at 10 o’clock this morning. Burial will be in Martinsburg. (Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Kansas, November 15, 1911, page 3, submitted by FOFG) Peggy Thompson



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