Thursday, December 7, 2006


Henrietta "Henri" Briles-Bura, 96, of Shell Knob, passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at her daughter and son-in-law's home.

She was born July 20, 1910, the daughter of the Andrew Franklin and Kelly Amanda Holt Beye, in Wichita, Kan. She worked at Seymore Packing Company, Southern Kansas Produce, and retired from First National Bank following 19 years, all in Winfield, Kan. She and her second husband, Albin J. Bura, were the first Host and Hostess at Roaring River State Park for 14 years. After being widowed, she made her home on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob with her daughter, Millie Ryan and her husband, Gary. She is a member of the First Christian Church in Fulton. She also attended the First Baptist Church in Cassville, and the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 48 years, Samuel Cloyd Briles, in 1976 in Winfield, Kan., and her second husband of 22 years, Albin J. Bura, in 2000 in Fulton; one son, Max Briles, in 1977 of Winfield, Kan.; one grandson, Robert Pierson, in 1992 of San Diego, Calif.; and one son-in-law, Bud Myers, in 1993 of Wichita, Kan. Also preceding her in death were three brothers and one sister: Leo Beye, Walter Beye, Ernest Beye, and Dorothy Garfield.

Survivors include: two daughters, Claudine Pierson and her husband, Lee, of San Diego, Calif., Mildred "Millie" Ryan and her husband, Gary, of Shell Knob; one son Keith Briles, of Warrensburg; one daughter-in-law and spouse, Judy and Ron Ryser of El Dorado, Kan.; two stepsons, David Bura and his wife, Juanita, of Fulton, and Terry Bura, of Columbia; and two step-daughters, Carolyn Bura of Overland Park, Kan., and Doris Hackman and her husband, Joe, of Fulton; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Community Hospices of America, 845 Hwy. 60, Suite A, Monett, MO 65708.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Highland Cemetery, in Winfield, Kan., with Rev. Shawn Sturm officiating. Friends may call Tuesday and Wednesday, the White Funeral Home in Cassville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri.