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Mary C. Steere

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Mary C. Steere

Mary Catherine Steere, age 75, of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born on October 14, 1938 in Nixa, Missouri, the daughter of Herman S. and Mildred (Bussard) Spencer.

Mary was united in marriage to Freddie Ray Steere on June 26, 1963. She was of the Baptist faith. Mary was employed at the age of 18 years at Lily Tulip, in Springfield, and worked another 41 years after Lily Tulip became Sweetheart Cup, finally retiring around 1997. She enjoyed camping and fishing.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie, on November 22, 1987; her parents; two brothers, Raymond Wayne Spencer and Homer Spencer; and a nephew, Robert Love.

She is survived by a special friend, Jerry Ash; her two sisters, Rayma and Leonard Miller, and Janet Spencer and Ronnie Payne; a sister in law, Judy Spencer; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 also in the funeral home, and burial will follow in the Patterson Cemetery, Nixa, Missouri. . In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions to Castaway Animal Rescue Effort, (C.A.R.E.), P. O. Box 215, Aurora, MO 65605, or contributions may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at

Published in the News-Leader on May 13, 2014
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