Jon AngellFrom the Publisher ... Jon Angell

By the time many of you read this, election day will either be right on top of you or already passed. I hope that you have taken the time to vote. The standing rule is that if you didn’t participate in the process, no griping at the outcome.

Throughout the paper I have gone through and selected news items and columns that I thought held merit to put before you for various reasons. Some because I agreed and want to say, yeah isn’t that right. Some that I thought was a little nuts, but worth reading for the contrasting ideas. Some just news. And some items in here caught my interest in some peculiar way that I print here for the entertainment value.
I hope you enjoy this issue, but I must admit, once again for this month, I find myself distracted from my duties as publisher.

Many no doubt have heard the bad news... my mother passed away. I was pretty close to Mom. Since I was her favorite son (I was the youngest, and by far the easiest to raise) it was hard not be close with her. Do you doubt that I was her favorite? Don't take my word for it, ask my brothers, they will confirm. But I digress... I've told several people that when bad things happen, I try to look and hold on to the good things no matter how small.

My mom's passing came quickly, and for me unexpectedly. She had surgery and at her age and health we all knew and accepted that risks were involved. The doctors and all of us, including Mom, were encouraged that she came through surgery great and was in good spirits and on the mend. She took a bad turn a couple of days after surgery during her recovery, and passed rather quickly.

Both her and her mother before her suffered from C.O.P.D. As she grew older, she was helped with oxygen and was progressively becoming more dependent on it. But realistically, C.O.P.D. doesn't normally give hope of an easy passing, so with that thought I count it a blessing the way mom passed.

I am thankful that in her passing it wasn't a long and suffering ordeal, but a quick passing that was mostly filled with hopeful thoughts and visits with friends and family.

There will be so much I will no doubt miss that she is no longer there... but that doesn't mean that I am not at ease, with the understanding that there is a proper time and season for everything, and in the end, I just wish to be thankful for all the many good seasons we shared.

Mom and Dad spent a life here on Earth wanting to spend it together. They are together again like they wanted, and for that I can be thankful.

In preparing for the funeral, I poured over many family albums and so many life events and photos of her many creations and accomplishments. It gave me more context why so many refer to the funeral as a celebration of life. What a gift photos are, I can’t begin to tell you how many memories, dusty from lack of use, came back clear as if the years became only a few short days. What a blessing.

Following the service, we met with a nice gathering of friends and family for a fish fry in her honor. Many stories were told and laughs were shared. Mom would have loved it. Here is her obituary:

Mary Joan Angell, 82, Centralia, MO passed away Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO. She was born December 27, 1937 in Macon, GA the daughter of the late T.O. Gassett and Christine (McGee) Henry. On August 29, 1959 she was united in marriage to Luther L. Angell. Luther preceded her in death on May 23, 2020.

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by three sons Jed Angell (Jill) of Centralia, MO, Justin Angell of Centralia, MO and Jon Angell (Charlotte) of Centralia, MO; one brother Bobby Henry (Linda) of Adairsville, GA; one sister Donna Henry of Centralia, MO; nine grandchildren Jayci Gesling (Jimmy), Jardyn Angell (Krista), Jensyn Angell (Amanda), Sierra Blachford (John), Savannah Moore (Justin), Selestia Angell, Schyler Angell, Emily Angell and Rebekah Angell; eleven great grandchildren Micah Gesling, Ainsley Gesling, Gideon Gesling, Dekker Angell, Julienne Angell, Liyah Angell, Lyric Angell, Wells Luther Angell, Joslyn Blachford, J.D. Blachford and Jesse Blachford; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband Luther, one brother David Henry preceded her in death.

Before marriage Joan worked as a stewardess for Frontier Airlines. After marriage, she raised three boys, two of which turned out to be pretty good. We will let you pick which two. Joan was never afraid of anything including snakes, teenage boys, electricity and hard work. She enjoyed fishing, building doll houses, woodworking, cooking, sewing and quilting. She was an avid gardener, collected antiques and could never pass a garage sale without stopping. She was always trying to get a deal by asking, “would you take a dime for that.”

Joan was a member of Friendship Christian Church and loved spending time with her friends and family, especially all of her grandchildren.

Graveside services were Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Centralia City Cemetery in Centralia, MO. A visitation was held at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia, MO prior to the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Christian Church, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240.

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