Jewel Marie Epperly, age 78, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2011, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville.
She was born April 2, 1933, in the Gaddis community, the daughter of Alvin and Francis E. (Starkey) Henson. On July 20, 1952, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, she was united in marriage to Olen Epperly, who preceded her in death on March 19, 1999. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Marilyn Huffman, in 1982; six half-brothers, Jim Starkey, Albert Talbert, Charles Talbert, Lorne Henson, Glen Henson and Calvin Henson; one half-sister, Marcella Gordon; and a great-granddaughter, Summer.
Surviving are: four sons, Rick Epperly and his wife, Vicki, of Purdy, Missouri, Mick Epperly and his wife, Anna, of Shell Knob, Missouri, Randy Epperly, and his wife, Sherry, of Navarre, Florida, and Jim Epperly, of Purdy, Missouri; five brothers, Paul Henson, Dale Henson and Darrell Henson, all of Cassville, Dewey Henson, of Springdale, Arkansas, and Harold Henson, of Cassville; one half-brother, J.O. Henson, of Ulysses, Kansas; four sisters, Dorthy Hodge, of Exeter, Missouri, Treva Vineyard, Marion Henson and Connie Henson, all of Cassville; one half-sister, Ruby Miller, of Cassville; seven grandchildren, Curtis, Amanda, Aaron, Kelli, Dustin, Travis and Ami; four step-grandchildren, Jason, Krystal, Bradley and Michelle; five great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Braden, Brooklyn, Alexis and Kiley; one great-grandchild, Addison, on the way; and three step-great-grandchildren, Diesel, Haley and Jayce.
Jewel grew up and received her elementary education at the Gaddis School near Shell Knob and then went to Cassville High School, graduating with the Class of 1951. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles, California, working there one year and then she returned to Shell Knob to make her home. Most of her life was spent helping Olen on the farm. She also had been employed at Jumping Jack Shoe Factory, Shell Knob Elementary School as a cook and Rima's Supermarket. In 1998, she and Olen retired and moved to Cassville. From 1952 until 1998, Jewel was a member of Shell Knob Church of Christ, and in 1998, she joined the Mill Street Church of Christ in Cassville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2011, in Shell Knob Church of Christ, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri. Nathan Honeycutt and Wayne Deffenbaugh conducted the services. Burial was at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob.
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