MOREHOUSE -- Stella Dean Gosnell, daughter of the late James Walton Beavers Sr. and Clara B. Baugher Beavers, was born in Catron on Feb. 8, 1927, and passed away at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on May 17, 2012, at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 9 days.
She had lived in Morehouse most of her life, was of the Missionary Baptist belief and had worked for the Daily Standard Newspaper in Sikeston.
On Oct. 2, 1945, she married Murell Jefferson Gosnell who preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1985.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Ronald J. Gosnell, six sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are: one son and spouse, Murell Robert "Bob" and Frankie Gosnell of Dexter; three daughters and spouses, Linda and Stan Harmon and Judy and Glenn Greene of Morehouse and Connie and Bud Smith of Dutchtown; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; one brother and spouse, Walton and Lena Beavers Jr. of Sikeston; and one sister, Frances Belle Kessler of Sikeston. Other relatives and friends also survive.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the General Baptist Church on Headlee St. in Morehouse where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday with Randy Thomas of Sikeston officiating.
Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston with the Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Morehouse in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be: Steve McIntyre, Harold Painter, Pete Leija, Jerry Hailey, John Riley and Jackie Hays Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Steve Gott, Justin Cobb, Randy Barnes, Steve Barnes and Steve Morrow.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.