Thursday, April 23, 2009

Maurine Epperly Cupps died on April 17, 2009 at St. John's Hospital-Cassville after a long illness. She was a resident of Shell Knob, Missouri and had spent the last six years of her life as a resident of the Red Rose Inn Nursing Home in Cassville.

Maurine was born on September 2, 1924, in Shell Knob, Missouri, to Isaac and Delia Epperly. She received her education at Shell Knob and graduated from Cassville High School in 1942.

She attended the University of Missouri from 1942 until 1946 and graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics and Education in 1946.

While at the University she met her husband, John E. Cupps Jr. She and John were married on October 12, 1947. He predeceased her on July 11, 2007, after 59 years of marriage. Also predeceasing her were her parents, her sisters Lois Butler, Wilma Epperly and Norma Wiley and her brothers Floyd Epperly and Wayne Epperly. She is survived by one sister, Lanola (Puz) Basnett, of Fulton, and one brother, Loren (Shorty) Epperly, of Wichita, Kan.

She is survived by her three sons and her daughters-in-law: John F. Cupps and his wife, Sandra Cupps, of Shell Knob, Dr. David E. Cupps and his wife, Alice Cupps, of Cassville, and Donald L. Cupps and his wife Mary Cupps, of Cassville.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Sarah Reeves, of St. Charles, Missouri; Grant Cupps, of Atlanta, Georgia; Jay Cupps, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Matthew Cupps, Scott Cupps and Julie Cupps, of Shell Knob, Missouri, and Steven Cupps, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also survived by one great-granddaughter, Lydia Clovie Cupps.

After completing her education Maurine taught vocational home economics at Higginsville, Crane, Reeds Spring and at the Missouri State Chest Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She later became the Food Service Manager for the Missouri State Chest Hospital, where she retired in 1986.

She and her husband owned and operated Epperly and Cupps General Merchandise in Shell Knob, Missouri and operated a livestock farm.

She was a long-time member of the Shell Knob Church of Christ, the VFW Auxiliary and the Discovery Quilt Club. She was a 4-H Leader for years and loved teaching. She was well known for her quilting, sewing, knitting, cooking and the love for her family.

Funeral services were held at the Shell Knob Church of Christ on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., with burial at the Hazel Green Cemetery in Boulder City, Missouri. Visitation was on Monday April 20, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

In lieu of Flowers the family requests contributions to: Fair Haven Children's Home, the University of Missouri Barry County Scholarship Fund or the Shell Knob Church of Christ. paid

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