In Memory – Bette (Smith) Manary, 1943-1944 Kiltie

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Bette Rae Manary

Bette Rae Manary, 90, of Springfield, passed away Sept. 21, 2017. She was born October 5, 1926 to Lela Smith.

She graduated from Springfield High School where she was a Kiltie and attended Business College. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for many years. She met and married the love of her life Joe Manary, to which they celebrated 52 years of

marriage before his passing in 2000. She was a lifelong member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. Nothing brought Bette more joy in life than spending time with her family.

Bette was preceded in death by her mother and husband.

She is survived by her daughters Kathy Manary and Karen Latham, grandchildren Cassidi Manary, Caylin Manary and Carson Latham, great-granddaughter Maila, and many other family and close friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held on Monday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 am at Hazelwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rescue One, 1944 E. Grand, Springfield, MO 65804.

Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 22, 2017

In Memory – Ruth (Kaufman) Palmer, 1934-1935 Scotch Lassie

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snl085281-1_20170916Ruth Palmer

Ruth Kaufman Palmer, age 99, a lifelong Springfield resident, died on September 12, 2017, at Stonecrest Assisted Living Facility in Kansas City, following a short illness. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, well-known singer, successful realtor, volunteer, church and community leader, and friend to many. She lived her 99 years filled with a zest for life, with a passion for her family, music, the arts, real estate, animals, and dark chocolate! To know her was to love her! But she had been in declining health in the past few years, due to painful arthritis and heart disease.

Ruth was born in Springfield to Frank and Grace (Watkins) Kaufman of Marshfield, MO, on Sept 3, 1918. Her family moved to Springfield when she was 1-year old. She grew up on a dairy farm on Hwy 13/I-44 where Lowes is now located, during the hard times of the Great Depression and severe drought years.

Her parents stressed education and wanted to take advantage of the Springfield Public schools and colleges. She attended a 1 room county school (Ritter) in first grade and walked a mile in any weather. Later she moved to Springfield schools, played the cello in Jr. High, played the trumpet in the Kiltie Drum Corps and was very active in music and theater in high school. She graduated from Springfield Senior High (CHS) in 1935. She attended State Teacher’s College (MSU) where she majored in English and Music and was a member of the Merry Go Round social club that later became Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

During college, she worked part time at the Gillioz Box Office as a cashier. While in college she met the love of her life, Leon Palmer of Morrisville. They married when he graduated from Officer’s Training School in November 1942. They were together for 3 years stationed in TX, LA, and CA, before he was sent overseas to Germany and the Philippines until the war ended in Europe and Japan.

They were married for 16 years when he died suddenly at the age of 43 of leukemia, in 1959, and she was left with 2 small children to raise. She then began her successful career as a real estate agent in 1963 that lasted for 46 years. She started her career in the Dorrel Hanks Co. as the only woman. He was reluctant to hire her because it was not a career for women, or so she was told. But Ruth proved him wrong and she soon became a true trailblazer for women in the real estate industry. During her career, she became a consistent million-dollar producer, working for Jones and Co, Carol Jones Real Estate Co, House of Brokers, and Murney and Associates. She retired with Murney and Associates at the age of 90. She was honored by the Springfield Board of Realtors in 2015 with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Music filled Ruth’s heart her entire life. She began her singing career at the age of 5 when she sang her first solo in church. That singing spanned over 80 years, until she developed throat problems which caused her to retire from singing at age 85.

During her musical career, she had the privilege of performing for three presidents when they visited Springfield (Truman, Nixon and Reagan). She also sang for General Matthew Ridgeway. She was a charter member and soloist of the Civic-Aires, where she was featured on their record “Little Children”, and later she was a featured soloist with the Mid-America Singers, and performed with them three times at Carnegie Hall in New York. She sang at hundreds of weddings and funerals throughout her life, as well as with the Springfield Symphony and Little Theater. She became a charter member of the Springfield Symphony, playing the cello until she started college. One of the highlights of her life was the role of Mother Superior in the Little Theater’s production of the “Sound of Music” in 1969. Ruth’s closing song was “Climb Every Mountain” and every night she would hit the challenging high Bb for the finale!

She and Cliff Patterson, an Irish tenor, were a favorite duo throughout the city, being featured at the Heer’s Singing Tower at Christmas time, and on the hour-long “Memory” show in the 50’s on KY3, with Joe Slattery as MC. She also performed with well-known tenor Russell Newport throughout the area.

She became a member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church in 1941, where she was contralto soloist with the Chancel Choir for 58 years. She was one of the first of three women to be elected to the Board of Deacons, and later served as an Elder. She was also a long-time member of the Binnie Clemens Guild.

Ruth was also very active in community work with SMMA, Contemporary Art Group, Little Theater, and served on several boards of these organizations, including the Board of Directors for Mo State University Foundation. She also enjoyed her ladies’ bridge group for over 60 years, and her Murney Girls’ Luncheon Group after her retirement.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Leon Palmer, a brother, Ralph Kaufman, and a sister Mary Whitney. She is survived by her children, Cindy Chesher (Gary), of Kansas City, and Rick (Donna) Palmer, of Queen City, AZ, 4 beautiful grandchildren, Allison (John) Nelson, David (Jihan) Chesher, Jessica (Jamie) Bower, and Kathryn Palmer, and felt such pride and joy living long enough to enjoy her 4 great-grandchildren, Mia and Collin Nelson, Lillian Chesher, and Joshua Bower. She is also survived by her very special nieces and nephews, John Whitney, Laurel Whitney, Steve Whitney, Mike Palmer, and their families. She also leaves behind her precious kitty PK, and a special friend, Denise Hendricks Riehlman, of St. Louis. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mary Elizabeth Young for the extra care and love she gave to Ruth, as well as a thank you to the wonderful care she received through Hospice Compassus, both in Springfield and in Kansas City.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017 at the Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Sept 21, 2017 at 10:00am, at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Andrew Chaney officiating. A reception will follow in the atrium at the church. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, Binnie Clemons Guild, Springfield Little Theater, or a charity of your choice. We ask you to celebrate Ruth’s life by wearing her favorite colors of purple, hot pink, orange, or lime green.

Ruth had an amazing life, and in her words was able to ‘climb every mountain and follow her dreams!’ Now she has gone on to join the celestial choir of angels to help them reach that high Bb. And Leon is saying “what took you so long?!”

Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 17, 2017

In Memory ~ Shirley (Casteel) Garner, 1957-1959 Kiltie

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Shirley J. Garner

Shirley J. Garner (Casteel) went to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 20, 2017. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 91. She graduated from Central High School with Honors, in 1959. She was a member of the Kilties. She worked at Silver Dollar City as a supervisor (Woodcarvers Shop) for many years.

She was a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother (Mema). She was preceded in death by her father Jack Casteel. She is survived by her mother Elberta Casteel, daughters; Cindy Schneider -husband Kerry and Lisa Ege. Her sister Sandra Dalton-husband Jerry, brothers David Casteel-wife Jill and Terry Casteel. Granddaughter: Rhianna Sutula-husband Matt. Grandson, Austin Schneider, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Cox Health foundation, American Cancer Society, or to the Humane Society.

Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 27, 2017

In Memory – Mary Jean (Brooks) Brock, 1940-41 Kiltie

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Mary Jean Brock

Mary Jean Brooks Brock died Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Springfield, MO where she was born and lived for a full and happy 93 years.

The only child of May Mote Brooks and Andrew Johnson Brooks, she was born on April 4, 1924. She lived on North Broadway in Springfield in a typical depression era household with grandparents, parents and aunts until she was 12 years old. Every weekend, she and her parents would travel to Marshfield, MO to visit her paternal grandmother, Martha Johnson Brooks, widow of Mary Jean’s grandfather who died days before she was born, Dr. Andrew Johnson Brooks. Although she never knew him, Mrs. Brock held lifelong pride for Dr. Brooks who graduated from what is now Washington University Medical School and who saw patients in his Marshfield office and traveled on horseback to others who could not come into town.

Mrs. Brock attended Central High School, then Springfield Senior High School, where she was a proud member and drum captain of the Kiltie Drum Corp and where at age 16 she met her true love, Phillip C. Brock. She attended Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State University.

She and Mr. Brock were married in 1944. Together they and their four children were the center of a large extended family of grandparents, great-grandparents and great-aunts and uncles, all of whom lived in Springfield and were the beneficiaries of fun, happy holiday events hosted by Mrs. Brock.

Mrs. Brock was a longtime member of Campbell Avenue Methodist Church where she and Mr. Brock were married on September 24, 1944. She and Mr. Brock were among the first 50 members of Twin Oaks Country Club, founding members of Le Soirre Dance Club and members of numerous private bridge and supper clubs in Springfield.

Preceded in death by her husband of 69 1/2 years, Mrs. Brock is survived by her four children, Sherry, Sandy, Sunday and Stephen, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include Sherry Brock Delo (Jack) of St. Louis and their daughters Stacey Brooks Delo Madway (Gabe) and children, Rory and Toby; Carrice Brock Delo McKenna (Mark), and children, Finnegan and Tucker, all of San Francisco, CA; Sandra Jean Brock and daughters Amy Anderson Simmons (Marshal), and children Riley Jean and Brock; Billie Jean Anderson Woods (John), and children Embrey and Violet, all of Kansas City; Sunday Brock Molen (Ron) of Hilton Head, SC and children, Matthew Roberts (Paige) of Kansas City, and Marne Molen Hartman (Andy), and children Madelyn Brooks and Cooper of Toledo, OH; Stephen Brock, Springfield, and children Christopher (Sonja) and children, Lilly and Hadley; and Lauren Brock Merritt (Matt) all of Dallas, TX.

The Brock children extend warm and thankful gratitude to Hall 200 staff at Elfindale Manor for the exceptional care and attention given to their mother.

Services will be held at 2:30 pm at Gorman-Scharpf on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Following the service a celebration of life will be held at the home of the son. Burial will be private at Eastlawn Cemetery

Published in the News-Leader from May 15 to May 17, 2017

Kiltie Constitution – 1968 Edition

Constitution of the Kiltie Drum Corps

(Revised in August 1968 by a majority vote of the Corps)


The purpose of the Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps is to stimulate school spirit, promote a closer relationship with the public through acts of community service and performances, and to display high standards.

Article I

Section 1  The corps shall consist of thirty-nine members selected by the requirements herein set forth.

  1. Any girl of incoming sophomore standing may apply for membership.
  2. Girls are to be approved by the sponsor and the administrative assistant.
  3. Girls must have a B- grade average.
  4. Girls must meet with personal standards stated in Article IV.
  5. Girls shall be given standard ability test in marching, rhythm, and pitch.
  6. Girls shall attend practice during the summer months of June and August. This includes all members.

Section 2  Membership in the corps shall be for the term of a girl’s junior and senior years.
Section 3  All bagpipers must try out each summer in order to maintain that position.

Article II

Section 1  The administrative officers shall be as follows:

  1. Majorette
  2. Bagpipe Captain
  3. Drum Captain
  4. Trumpet Captain
  5. Assistant Majorette
  6. Assistant Bagpipe Captain
  7. Assistant Drum Captain
  8. Assistant Trumpet Captain

All administrative positions are held by senior girls.
Section 2  Executive officers shall be elected during the last week of June practice.

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Historian
  6. Parliamentarian
  7. Reporter
  8. Chaplain

All positions except reporter and chaplains are to be held by senior girls.

Article III
Duties of Officers

Section 1  Majorette shall preside over the corps during marching practices and performances and uniform inspections.
Section 2  Ass’t Majorette shall preside in the absence of the majorette.
Section 3  Bagpipe Captain shall be in charge of the bagpipers and shall have power to call bagpipe sessionals whenever she deems necessary.
Section 4  Drum Captain shall be in charge of drummers and shall have power to call drum sessionals whenever she deems necessary.
Section 5  Trumpet Captain shall be in charge of trumpeters and shall have power to call drum sessionals whenever she deems necessary.
Section 6  Instrumental assistants shall preside in the absence of the captains and on Assistant’s Night. (See also Section 15)
Section 7  President shall preside at all meetings and organize activities of the corps.
Section 8  Vice President shall assist the president and preside in her absence and shall act as social chairman.
Section 9  Secretary shall keep accurate records of all meeting and be in charge of all correspondence. She must also keep a file of all correspondence which she has made a carbon copy for.
Section 10  Treasurer shall keep account of all funds and pay all authorized debts.
Section 11  Historian shall keep a scrapbook of all activities of the corps  and be in charge of keeping the trophy case attractive.
Section 12  Parliamentarian shall advise on rules of order during meetings.
Section 13  Reporter shall see that all activities are sufficiently publicized.
Section 14  Chaplain shall conduct all devotions
Section 15  Assistants shall preside during 1 football game and either parade and an assembly or both (depending on how many performances there are scheduled).

Article IV
Personal Standards

Section 1  A Kiltie shall be a lady at all times with high moral standards.

  1. No Kiltie shall smoke.
  2. No Kiltie shall use profane language.
  3. No Kiltie shall wear short shorts on campus.
  4. No Kiltie shall drink intoxicants.

Section 2  To retain membership, all girls must remain unmarried and unengaged.
Section 3  The penalty for any violation of the above shall be decided by the sponsor and the administrative assistant.

Article V

Section 1  Money shall be appropriated from the music department or from the school activities’ fund.

Article VI

Section 1  The corps shall hold weekly meetings unless deemed otherwise by the sponsor, the day to be determined by a simple majority vote of the members at the first business meeting.
Section 2  Executive meetings shall be called whenever deemed necessary by the president or sponsor.
Section 3  Members must attend meetings, practices, and performances unless excused by the sponsor.
Section 4  Four unexcused absences will result in probation and five unexcused absences will result in dismissal.
Section 5  The sponsor shall decide what will constitute an unexcused absence and what will be the terms of probation.

Article VII

Section 1  This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths vote of any regular meeting.



  • Whenever a corps member accumulates 5 demerits per semester, or has lower than 1.95 on both current and cumulative grade point averages, she will be dropped from the corps. The alternate with the highest tryout score will take her place as a regular member of the corps.
  • Whenever a corps member accumulates 5 demerits per summer, she will not be allowed to perform at the first game. An alternate who has attended sufficient practices will take her place for that performance.
  • During the school year, if a corps member misses more than one practice per week for a particular performance whether excused or not, she will not perform at the game in question. An alternate who has attended sufficient practices will take her place for that performance.
  • A demerit will be given at the discretion of the sponsor in the following cases;
    1. Whenever a person is unexcused for missing a meeting, practice, or performance.
    a.  An excused absence is one in which the girl is ill or there is a death in the immediate family. In this case, the mother must call the sponsor or the school          each day of illness.
    b.   Exceptions are left to the discretion of the sponsor and majorette.
    2.  Whenever a person is absent from performance without prior notification of the sponsor so that an alternate can be designated to take her place.
    3.  Whenever observed smoking, using obscene language, or chewing gum in uniform at performances.
    4.  Whenever she does not wear her complete uniform when required, or if it is not clean and neat in appearance.
    5.  Whenever she displays uncooperative behavior with president, sponsor, or instructors.
    6.  Whenever she is tardy or leaves early from a meeting, practice, or event in which she is to participate, without proper permission.
  •  It shall be the responsibility of the sponsor, when advised by the officers, to inform a girl of her dismissal from the corps or her disqualification from a particular performance.

1970-1971 Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps


Mrs. Mary Boyer

Dena Steele – Majorette
Karen Walker – Assistant Majorette

Baker, Janet
Bills, Phyllis
Blaylock, Diane
Burdett, Marsha
Carter, Vicky*
Cooper, Linda
Coward, Marilyn – Bagpipe Captain
Crane, Kathy – Assistant Senior Twirler
Creed, Rosetta
Davenport, Cindy – Assistant Drum Captain
Davis, Susann**
Duncan, Arthurine**
Duncan, Debbie
Farabee, Suzy
Franklin, Monica – Trumpet Captain
Frazier, Janice
Gibson, Becky – Assistant Bagpipe Captain
Grisham, Diane
Highfill, Oma
Jackson, Karen – Senior Twirler
Jacobs, Shelly
Loughridge, Lisa – Assistant Trumpet Captain
Lucas, Connie*
McKee, Becky
Maggard, Connie*
Mangan, Charlotte
Mills, Barbara
Pike, Ann
Pratt, Jocelyn
Schuchman, Pam
Shaw, Esther*
Shuck, Kathy
Smittle, Caren
Thompson, Navita
Walker, Diane
Walker, Suzie
Warren, Terry**
Williams, Gail – Drum Captain
Winger, Connie

*Connie Lucas, Esther Shaw, Vicky Carter and Connie Maggard left the corps and were replaced by **Terry Warren, Arthurine Duncan and Susann Davis.

1969-1970 Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps


Farewell to Honorary Kiltie
A surprise birthday party and farewell was held the evening of June 23 in the home of Miss Jane Lutz, 828 North Lone Pine.
The party was in honor of Silvana Da Silva, the foreign exchange student of Central High.
Invitations were extended to members of the Kiltie Drum Corps and members of last year. Those attending gathered at the home of Miss Marsha McArthur and went as a group to the party. Time was spent reminiscing over the past year.
Refreshments served included a white sheet cake decorated in purple and green with the words Happy Birthday and Bon Voyage, lime and vanilla ice cream, and punch.
Miss Da Silva was presented with a charm bracelet, a gift from the Kiltie Drum Corps of which she is an honorary member.
Miss Da Silva left Wednesday morning, June 25, for a three week tour of the United States before returning to her home in Brazil.

Kiltie Officers Chosen
Kiltie Drum Corps members chose officers for the year 1969-1970, June 26, at Washington Park. The Kilties marched to the park where they were greeted by their out-going sponsor, Mrs. Judy Tilton. Mrs. Tilton had prepared doughnuts and orange juice for refreshments.

Mrs. Mary Boyer

Carolyn Mitchell, Majorette
Sunday Brock – Assistant Majorette, Secretary

Adams, Debbie – Senior Twirler, Historian
Anderson, Carol
Baker, Janet
Bassham, Janet – Assistant Bagpipe Captain
Beckdahl, Beth – Assistant Trumpet Captain, President
Bills, Phyllis
Coward, Marilyn
Crane, Kathy
Creed, Rosetta**
Davenport, Cindy
Davis, Alice – Assistant Drum Captain
Franklin, Monica
Gibson, Becky
Hefner, Marilyn
Herndon, Dana
Hillhouse, Janice – Trumpet Captain
Hume, Karen – Junior Twirler
Jackson, Karen
Knapp, Charlotte*
Lucas, Connie**
McKee, Becky
Malas, Rita – Assistant Senior Twirler
Mangan, Vicky
Mason, Karen – Drum Captain, Parliamentarian
Mason, Joyce – Bagpipe Captain, Vice President
Palmer, Payon – Treasurer
Pike, Ann
Quehl, Judy
Rosen, Nancy*
Ruckman, Kathy
Saunders, Della
Schuchman, Pam
Shaw, Esther – Chaplain
Shuck, Kathy
Smittle, Caren
Steele, Dena – Assistant Junior Twirler, Reporter
Walker, Karen
Walker, Linda
Williams, Gail



*Charlotte Knapp and Nancy Rosen dropped out and were replaced by **Connie Lucas and Rosetta Creed

2017-2018 Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps



Mrs. Jessica Freeman
Ms. Angelique Brown
Majorette – Rachael Magnan
Assistant Majorette – Samantha Lick

Captain and Twirler – Samantha Lick
Assistant Captain, American Flag, Assistant Twirler – GraceAnn Hall
Twirler – Alissa German
Kiltie Flag – Olivia Shelton
Banner Twirler – Stormy Walter

Captain – Kayla Lick
Assistant Captain – Alandra Hutchens
Taniya Thompson
Kylie Hampton
Sophia Gentle
Kami Tague

Captain – Kaylee Petersen
Assistant Captain – Kristy Warner
Kailey Bradshaw
Krista Jackson
Zoee Albers
Whitney Hatfield
Destini Gray

Captain – Gabby Givens
Assistant Captain – Tiernae Legendre
Lexi Goforth
Danielle Estay
Antaneia Mathews
Kennedy Delp
Cheyanne Lick
Jensyn Langguth
Cheyanne Twitchel
Emily Kelley

Captain – Janelle Treat
Assistant Captain – KyLei Pritchard
Oshera Griffen
Jade Hall
Lamarianah Morris
Olivia Conway
Chelsea Mendell
Erynn Campbell

Captain Jam – Angelea Bound (Bass)
Assistant Captain Jam – Makayla McCrimmons (Cymbals)
Bass- Elisha Moller

Kiltie Mascots

Baby Kiltie – Lilly Freeman
Junior Kiltie – Kendahl McCrimmons

Logan Lawrence
Dolin Ituarte