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Ona M. Amyx

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Ona M. Amyx

Ona M. Amyx, 88, of Strafford, Mo passed away Friday, September 13, 2013.

On December 28, 1924, Ona was born to Albert and Vada (Smith) Nance just outside Romance, MO, the sixth child of eight children. She attended Romance School. She worked a variety of jobs, settling eventually in Lawrence, KS, where she met her husband Robert "Lee" Amyx, then a USAF sergeant. On April 5, 1953, they were married. The following year her only child Sheila was born. Lee was part of the Strategic Air Command and the mission moved them often. During times of Lee's tour of duties overseas, Ona and Sheila lived with Ona's sister Mabel Bryan and her family. In 1961, then SMSgt, Lee retired from the Air Force and they eventually settled in Lee's Summit, MO. Ona worked as a waitress at Waid's Restaurant. In 1975, Lee retired from civilian life and they moved to Springfield, MO to be close to Ona's family. Ona waited tables at the Sycamore Inn until her retirement. Lee died after a long illness in 1994. Ona was his loyal and faithful caretaker.

She enjoyed being with her sisters and their families who lived in the Ozarks and relished visits from her brothers when they returned to the area. She and her sister Mabel were porch potatoes ready to visit with their neighbors. Their jokes and songs lit up their lives. She loved being with her daughter Sheila and her husband Tom. She tended a small vegetable garden in the summer and regularly petted her flowers around her yard. A plaque on her kitchen table defined it, "A simple home, a garden plot, I'll be content with what I got." Her baby brother Al led her to Christ.

Ona is survived by her daughter Sheila (Tom) Neff of Strafford, MO; brother Al (Joy) Nance of Spokane, Wash; sister Norma Eslinger of Wasola, MO; step-granddaughter Melissa (Brian) Ruby and family; nephew Jim (Susan) Bryan of Ozark, MO; and several other loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Thelma Hawkins, Art Nance, Jewell Tibbetts, Wilbur "Spud" Nance and Mabel Bryan.

The family is grateful to Strafford Care Center staff and volunteers for their wonderful care of Ona.

Memorial donations may be made in honor of Ona to the College of The Ozarks or the .

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013, at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte Chapel, 4500 S Lone Pine Ave, Springfield, Mo with services to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Condolences may be made at


Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 15, 2013
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