Josephine Avery

Ruth Josephine Avery, 94, of Clinton, Missouri, formerly of Calhoun, Mo., died Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Westwood Living Center, Clinton.

She was born April 28, 1923, in Johnson County, Mo., near Sutherland, the daughter of Carl Doc Sypes and Esther Lena (Fewell) Sypes. On January 7, 1946, in Clinton, Mo., she married Stoestle Pearl “S.P.” Avery and he preceded her in death on January 27, 2005.

Josephine was a devoted farm wife and mother and cherished her family. She was a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church, Windsor. She was also a member of the Clinton VFW Auxiliary Post 1894, the Warrensburg American Legion Post 131, and the Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary, Lee’s Summit. She greatly enjoyed volunteering at the Whiteman Air Force Base pharmacy and did this for 16 years. Josephine loved to travel and had attended the Missouri State Fair for 84 consecutive years.

Josephine’s children were her pride and joy and she loved them unconditionally. She is survived by 7 children, Grace E. Shockley, Clinton, Mo., Patricia P. Cobb (Lonnie), Lee’s Summit, Mo., Felton D. Avery (Lois), Grandview, Mo., Larry M. Avery, Inglewood, California; John S. Avery (Vivian L.), Olathe, Kansas; David H. Avery, Springfield, Illinois; and Dale W. Avery (Laura), Bloomington, Illinois. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by a sister Louvella Caldwell, a brother Alfred Sypes, an infant son, Michael Joe Avery, a son-in-law Marvin Shockley, and a daughter-in-law Vivian Marie Avery.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery, rural Calhoun, Mo. The family will receive friends before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to the Sardis Cemetery in care of the funeral home.