CANALOU - Vearnies Ellen Lumsden, 91, died Jan. 7, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born Oct. 22, 1912, in Canalou, daughter of the late Abe and Mary Scott Landers, she was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Canalou. She served on the Canalou Election Board and taught Sunday school for many years in church services at Sells Rest Home in Matthews. She also served in several community activities.
Her first husband, John Tharp and her second husband, Cletus Harr, preceded her in death.
On Aug. 18, 2000, at Vanduser, she married Nelson Lumsden and he survives of the home.
Other survivors include: seven daughters, Janet Nelson of Morehouse, Mary Griffin of Indianapolis, Ind., Lena Adams of Dexter, Bonnie Vent of Wappapello, Phyllis Griffin of East Chicago, Ind., Faye Spencer of Canalou and Rita Tharp of Bethel, Okla.; one stepdaughter, Ruth Ann Blevins of Dexter; one stepson, Earl Harr of Lacenter, Ky.; two brothers, Robert Landers of Canalou and Jack Landers of East Alton, Ill.; five sisters, Ethel Arbuckle of East Alton, Alfreda Thrower of Cahokia, Ill., Helen Lowery of Morehouse, Leatha Jones of Montgomery, W.Va., and Roberta Nipper of Chatham, Miss.; and 27 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and two granddaughters.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Mike Cartwright, pastor of the Canalou Assembly of God Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.