In Memory – Gwyndolyn Sue (Johnson) Brunkhorst, 1948/49 Kiltie

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Gwyndolyn Sue Brunkhorst

snl070893-1_20160622Gwyndolyn Sue Johnson Brunkhorst, 84, of Jonesboro, Arkansas passed from this life Monday, June 20, 2016 at Morningside of Jonesboro. Born October 31, 1931 in Springfield Missouri to Robert Gwyn Johnson and Anna May Good Johnson. She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Walter H. Brunkhorst, Jr., and daughter Artie Skaggs.

Gwyn attended Springfield Public Schools and Greenwood High School. She was a member of the Springfield High Kiltie Girls, Drum and Bugle Corps.

Gwyn graduated from Drury University in Springfield in 1952. She was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority. Following her graduation, she attended the University of Michigan for a year, where her post-graduate studies led to her certification as a Registered Dietitian.

In September 1954, following her year at the University of Michigan, she married Walter in Springfield Missouri. They then moved to Kansas where her husband was serving in the Army at Fort Riley. There she took a position as a Wabaunsee County Home Demonstration Agent. Following their stint at Fort Riley, they moved back to Springfield. There Gwyn took a position as a dietitian at Baptist Hospital.

Following a move to Wichita, Kansas in 1960, Gwyn was busy raising three children. As the children got older, she took a position as Dietitian at Sr. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Then in 1986 the “B’s” decided to “retire” and move to Arkansas to relax. They bought Petty’s Hallmark shop in Jonesboro and “moved south”.

Golf became very important to Gwyn in Jonesboro. She became a member of the Ladies Golf Association of Jonesboro Country Club. Since they bought a home two blocks from the golf course, she would drive her golf cart from her garage to the club frequently.

Gwyn and Walter sold their home and moved into Morningside in the spring of 2010. They loved it immediately.

Gwyn and Walter have been members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jonesboro since 1986.

Gwyn is survived by her son Walter H. Brunkhorst, III of Jonesboro and her daughter Carol Carpenter-Crumby (Charlie) of Collierville, Tennessee, five grandchildren: Scott Carpenter, Kyle Carpenter, Alexis Teal (Rich), Geoff Mangels and Ashley Brunkhorst and two great grandchildren.

The family especially thanks the staff of Morningside of Jonesboro for their exceptional care and love that they have shown “Ms. B” every single day.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 531 W. College Street, Jonesboro. The service will be Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Father Jesse Perkins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local food bank and/or Salvation Army.

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In Memory – Kennalou (White) Reaves O’Reilly

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Kennalou Reaves O’Reilly
Kennalou Reaves O’Reilly, age 91 of Springfield, MO passed away May 21, 2016 in the Manor at Elfindale.

Mother, wife, friend to many and retail saleswoman.

“A woman of beauty who created beauty all around her.”

Kennalou was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Springfield and was a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She was also a member of Twin Oaks and Highland Springs Country Clubs, Elks Lodge #409 (C.H. O’Reilly). Kennalou was part of the private supper clubs in Springfield and was in the “Kilties” Drum Corp in high school.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, William (Bill) W. Reaves, Jr.; husband of 9 years, Charles (Chub) O’Reilly; sister and brother-in-law Jane and Jack Hammond and nephew, Ken Hammond, of Poteau, OK; brother, Rex White; parents and countless friends.

Kennalou is survived by her son and his lifetime partner, Mark William Reaves and Jeanne Roy of Pomona, CA; nieces, Kennalou (Kay) Brown, Springfield, MO and Kimberly Campbell, Irvine, CA; nephew, Randall Reaves, Washington, D.C. and siblings; close friend and caretaker, Bettie MacAndrews, Springfield, MO; step-family, Charles and Mary Beth O’Reilly, Rosalie Wooten, Larry O’Reilly and David O’Reilly, Springfield, MO; as well as extended O’Reilly family.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Karilee Curtis, the caretaker from Integrity and the staff of the Manor at Elfindale.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home with Msgr. Thomas E. Reidy celebrant. Burial at Hazelwood Cemetery will follow reception at church. No visitation is scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, 620 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65807, or the charity of the donor’s choice in Kennalou’s name.

Published in the News-Leader on May 24, 2016:

In Memory – Jean Louise (Smith) Turner, 1932-1934 Scotch Lassie

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snl069563-1_20160512Jean Louise Turner

Jean Louise Turner was born August 17, 1915, and died Thursday, May 12, 2016 in her home at the age of 100. She was a Springfield native, the only child of Jewel and Jesse E Smith.

She attended Central High School, and was proud to play the bugle as a Kiltie for 3 years in Richie Robertson’s Scotch Drum and Bugle Corps, Springfield’s first one.

She attended State Teacher’s College, now known as Missouri State University, and was a member of the Alpha Beta Zeta Club, and later became a charter member of The Missouri University chapter of Alpha Delta Pi National Sorority. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she taught school before marrying Meredith B. Turner. Married teachers were not allowed to be full time teachers in those days, but could substitute, which she did.

Jean was a charter member and first Worthy Advisor of Rainbow for Girls, a charter member and former past president of the Ozark Belles chapter of Sweet Adelines, and a member of the three times medalist Versa-Tones Quartet. She was a charter member of the Civic Aires, and won a war bond in a city-wide contest for naming it. She was Membership Chairman of the Community Concerts Series for many years, and served on the SMS Alumni Board and was a member of the music department of Sorosis. She was a long time member of the Little Theater Guild, and twice received the Theater’s Frannie Award for outstanding service to the theater. She sang in 13 Little Theater musical productions, and also La Boheme, the first opera, after which the Guild was formed. In 1964 she received the Chamber of Commerce Woman of Culture Award.

In earlier years, Jean was an avid golfer and square dancer, winning trophies in both. As a member of the Ozark Sashayers champion square dance set, she and her husband performed at the Shrine Mosque for President Truman, who presented them with a large trophy, and Ronald Reagan, who was in town to advertise a movie.

Jean Turner was well known in and around Springfield for her soprano voice, and appeared throughout the city and county with her musical parents on countless programs of all sorts. Her mother, Jewel, was the piano player and orchestra leader for the silent movies in downtown Springfield theaters, and her father, Jesse, played the drums in the orchestra. Jean remembered sitting on the piano bench with her mother at the silent movies. Her father was also a talented trumpet and violin player.

She was a devoted lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and member and past president of the Wedding Ring class, which became the Wesley class. Jean was a faithful member and soloist in the choir, and was the founder of the Cover Girls quilting group and the Bus Ministry.

Jean was an enthusiastic St. Louis Cardinals and Lady Bears fan. Her hobbies included arrowhead hunting and metal detecting. She owned the first metal detector in Springfield, and was occasionally called on to assist the police in investigations. In her latter years she enjoyed and was deeply involved in the LIFT program (Learning Is Fun Together), Knitting for Newborns in Need, and Crosslines.

After 53 wonderful years together, her husband, Meredith Bertram Turner, a member of the law firm of Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer, and Patton, preceded her in death, as well as her son Randall Meredith Turner. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Jean Medoff, and her husband Paul, of Oakland, CA; six grandchildren: Marnella Hatch and Delayne Medoff of Berkeley, CA; Kimberly Tucci and her two daughters Elizabeth and Gabriella of Bradford, CT; Jay Turner of Ridgefield, CT; and Waylon and Jesse Turner of St Louis, MO.

The family would like to especially thank Miranda Cawlfield, Autumn, Trinity and V,say at Family to Family Services.

Services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:30 am in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home with a visitation at 9:30 am until service time. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, 627 N. Glenstone Ave, Springfield MO 65802; or Downtown St. Paul United Methodist Church, 413 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806.

Published in the News-Leader from May 13 to May 15, 2016

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2016-2017 Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps

Jessica Freeman
Courtney Ellis

Majorette – Gabrielle Mills
Assistant Majorette – Michelle Lawson

Captain and Twirler – Samantha Lick
Assistant Captain and Twirler – GraceAnn Hall
Assistant Twirler – Alissa German
Banner – Jenna Lawson
Kiltie Flag – Becca McMillan
American Flag – Bethany Carlisle

Captain – Izzy Pedraza
Assistant Captain – Kayla Lick
Trumpet – Montana Peebles
Trumpet – Sierra Hall
Trumpet – Decy Worthington
Trumpet – Madison Reece

Captain – Morgan Steadman
Assistant Captain – Kristy Warner
Bagpipe – Kaylee Petersen
Bagpipe – Piper Johnston
Bagpipe – Teea Oram
Bagpipe – Cheyanna Carden
Bagpipe – Kenzie Wilt
Bagpipe – Krista Jackson

Captain – Makayla McCrimmons
Assistant Captain – Rachael Magnan
Snare – Michelle Lawson
Snare – Chelsea Mendell
Snare – Alex Hoyt
Snare – Kaylin Anderson
Snare – Cami Tague
Snare – Aleena Havens
Snare – Janelle Treat
Snare – Ashlyn Vauble
Snare – Carlee Brown

Captain – Tiernae Legendre
Assistant Captain – Mari-Rose Winter
Tenor – Gabrielle Givens
Tenor – Alissa German
Tenor – Camaran Brown
Tenor – Whitney Hatfield
Tenor – Sydney Bright
Tenor – Emily Kelley
Tenor – Cheyanne Lick
Tenor – Jacquelyn Alway
Tenor – Olivia Conway
Tenor – Jaclyn Huff

Captain and Bass – Helen Drury
Assistant Captain and Bass, Cymbals – Zoee Albers
Bass and Cymbals – Angelea Bound

In Memory – Mary Jane (McGhee) Hart, 1935-1937 Kiltie

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Mary Jane Hart

Mary Jane Hart, beloved wife, mother, caregiver and friend passed away peacefully on March 22, 2016 at the age of 96.

She was born February 26, 1920 in Van Buren, Missouri to Fred E. and Margaret C. (Crawford) McGhee. She attended Senior High School (Central) where she participated with Dr. Ritchie Robertson’s Kiltie drum corps.

She attended Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College (MSU) where she was a member of the predecessor club to Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

On Columbus Day, 1940 she married Eugene C. Hart, who preceded her in death. As a member of the Greatest Generation, she spent her life caring for her family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Elizabeth Ann of Nova Scotia, R. Steven (Elisa) and David (Susan), both of Springfield. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Debra Tsang, Jenifer Tsang, Beth Gann, Sarah Ashford Hart, Austin Hart, Mandy Morris and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Jane will always be remembered for her humor and compassion toward others. She will be interred at Springfield National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, March 31, 2016, at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Westminster Presbyterian Church building), under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Reverend Mary Wright officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 Source: Published in the News-Leader on Mar. 27, 2016

1943-1944 Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps


James P. Robertson

Ada M. Brown

Frances Duemler

Alfred, Eula May
Baty, Joan
Bishop, Marion
Buyske, Lucille
Cole, Betty
Cox, Anna Lee
Curnutt, Shirley
Ebrite, Wilma Rae
Elzea, Evelyn
Gafner, Helen
Hamar, Jennie Jo
Hartsock, Betty
Jenkins, Viola
Lines, Marilyn
Little, Peggy Lou
Lusk, Ann
Michael, Margaret
Montgomery, Julia
Nichols,  Margaret
Powell, Mary Sue
Price, Mary
Queen, Virginia
Rice, Martha
Sawtelle, Gladys
Schmid, Adele
Scott, Norma Jean
Shane, Evelyn
Smith, Bete
Stevens, Patsy
Sweetin, Shirley
Taylor, Marion
Watson, Betty Ann
Wise, Patricia

1942-1943 Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps

1942-43 Kilties(2)

James P. Robertson

Mary E. McKinnell
Ada M. Brown


Brookshire, Martha
Cochran, Evelyn
Cox, Mildred
Cunningham, Mary
Doran, Margie
Eckles, Helen Anne
Ford, Patsy
Foster, Florence
Gafner, Helen
Gay, Norma
Genung, Hortense
Gilmore, June
Hartsock, Betty
Hill, Martha Mae
Hofmeister, Ernestine
Kelly, Louise
Martin, Rosalie
Mitchell, Erma Lee
Morelock, Betty Lou
Gladys, Polly
Powell, Mary Sue
Sampey, Betty
Schaller, Billie Ann
Schellhardt, Suzanne
Sherer, Ann
Shirk, Barbara
Swarens, Cleo
Sweetin, Shirley
Turrentine, Mary
Underwood, Martha
Upshaw, Nancy
Wade, Barbara
Walker, Rosalind
Wickersham, Wilma Jean
Williams, Norma
Willoughby, Betty
Wommack, Peggy
Young, Louise

1941-1942 Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps


James P. Robertson

Mary E. McKinnell

Imogene Burton

Brookshire, Martha
Chaudet, Mary Ellen
Cribbs, Dorothy Jane
Croy, Willyne
Cunningham, Mary Louise
Doran, Margie
Duren, Dorothy
Ford, Patsy
Gay, Norma
Genung, Hortense
Guston, Caroline
Hasler, Nancy
Henset, Norma
Herrman, Harriet
Hofmeister, Ernestine
Leibeck, Rose Marie
Leonhardt, Dorothy
Mitchell, Bettie
Morelock, Betty Lou
Moser, Roberta
Nixon, Julie
Powell, Martha Lou
Schaller, Billie Ann
Sheppard, Elizabeth
Shipman, Arminta
Staples, Martha Jean
Turrentine, Mary
Underwood, Martha
Wade, Barbara
Wadell, Martha
Wickersham, Wanda