Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lucy Mae Dalton, 78, of Washburn, Missouri, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011, in St. John's Hospital, Cassville.

She was born July 15, 1932, in Jane, Missouri, the daughter of Eddie Lester and Stella Mae (Pendergraft) Baker. On April 17, 1954, in Jane, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Vern Dalton, who preceded her in death on June 4, 2008. Also preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Tami; a son, Jody; a brother, Donald Baker; and two sisters, Ruby Blakeley and Tressie Odette Baker.

Surviving are: one daughter, Verna Mae Fry and her husband, Wallace, of Washburn; two sons, Danny Dalton and his friend, Glenda McCullough, of Washburn, and David Dalton, of Washburn; a brother, Eddie Ray Baker, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two sisters-in-law, Verbal Pendergraft and Norma Patterson, both of Washburn; two grandchildren, Ben Fry, of Springfield, Missouri, and Willa Fry, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a host of nieces and nephews and many caregivers.

Lucy grew up and received her education at White Rock School in Jane, graduating in 1950. She continued her education at Southwest Missouri State College (MSU), where she received a bachelor's degree in education. For thirty-four years, she taught school, starting her career in a rural school and retiring from Southwest R-V. Just before her 13th birthday, Lucy accepted Christ as her Savior and began playing the piano for various churches in the area and for weddings and funerals. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and her church was an important part of her life. She was a member of Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Laubach Literacy Council, Horticulture Club, VFW Auxiliary, the coordinator for St. Jude Bike-A-Thon for 16 years, and secretary-treasurer of Roller Cemetery over 20 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Reverend John Rose, Pastor Richard Buck, Chaplain Jack Betts, Reverend Richard Mahurin and Reverend Ron Gray conducted the services. Burial was at Roller Cemetery, Washburn.

The family received friends from 6 to p.m. Tuesday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. John's Hospice of Cassville in memory of Lucy.

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