Bess Carter Windes, Peggy Jane Windes and Russel Rayl Windes, Jr.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bess Carter Windes and her two children, Peggy Jane Windes and Russel R. Windes, Jr. P.H.D., will be laid to rest in a graveside celebration at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Bess Carter Windes

Bess Carter Windes (1902 -- 1990) was born in Indian Territory, later the state of Oklahoma, and raised in Thackerville, Okla. She was united in marriage to Russel R. Windes, who started a department store, H.R. Windes & Son in Cassville. He preceded her in death.

She worked at the USO in Neosho during the war; however, her main job was taking care of her family and raising her children, Peggy, Russel, Jr. and Patricia.

She is survived by: one daughter, Patricia Anne Windes Berry and her husband, Dr. Richard Berry: and three grandchildren.

Peggy Jane Windes

Peggy Jane Windes, M.S. (1924 -- 1994) was born in southwest Missouri, the daughter of Russel Windes, Sr. and Bess Carter Windes.

She grew up and received her education in Missouri. She was a student at the University of Arkansas when the outbreak of World War II started; at which time she became a Navy civilian employee in Philadelphia, Penn. After the war, she returned to Missouri, where she completed her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Drury College and went on to earn a master's degree in education, qualifying her to administer nursing schools in Springfield and Kansas City and Oklahoma City, Okla.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Berry and her husband, Dr. Richard Berry.

Russel Rayl Windes, Jr.

Russel Rayl Windes, Jr. Ph.D. (1926 -- 2011) was born in Durant, Okla., the son of Russel Rayl Windes, Sr. and Bess Carter Windes. As an infant he moved with his family to Cassville. He attended schools in Cassville, Neosho, Monett and Rogers, Ark. He continued his education at Drury College and took time off to teach at Granby High School before his graduation. He earned a master's degree in history from Kansas State University and began teaching in 1953 at Hutchinson (Kan.) High School. As debate coach, he won many tournaments and placed second in state. Recognizing his talent for coaching, the School of Speech, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., called him to be director of debate. He received his doctorate and did his post-doctorate at Harvard University and then taught at San Francisco State College and Queens College, City University of New York. He published three textbooks, 25 articles in major journals, edited over 50 books and completed his publishing career which began in 1956 with a major article in 2007.

He is survived by his sister, Patty, her husband, Dr. Richard Berry.

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