Obituaries from March 2009
Matthew Poerner, June 5, 1944 -- March 12, 2009
Matthew Poerner, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born June 5, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas, a son of Mervin and Naomi (Nugent) Poerner. He died on March 12 in Eureka Springs at the age of 64. Mr. Poerner was a regional president in the banking industry. He was of the Jehovah's Witness faith...
Maxine J. Elliott, May 18, 1922 -- March 21, 2009
Maxine J. Elliott, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born May 18, 1922 in Blair, Okla., a daughter of Elmore and Hattie Marie (Scott) Davis. She died on Saturday, March 21 in Springdale at the age of 86. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen E. Davis and niece and nephew, Janet and Barney Simpson...
Brother James Floyd Coiner, Nov. 7, 1944 -- March 22, 2009
Brother James Floyd Coiner died Sunday evening at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale surrounded by friends and family from 75 years to 14 months old. He was 65, and cause of death was listed as liver failure. Dubbed Haulin' James shortly after he arrived in Eureka Springs in 1970, James would haul anything for anybody in his 1951 Chevy pickup, Blue Corrina. ...
John Solomon Baker, Feb. 8, 1923 -- March 17, 2009
John Solomon Baker, a resident of Berryville, was born Feb. 8, 1923 in Eureka Springs, a son of Berl Baker and Leona (Roberts) Baker. He died on March 17 at the age of 86. Mr. Baker served in the United States Army during World War II and with the Coast Artillery and Field Artillery from 1942 to 1946. He attended the Eureka Springs Baptist Church and was also a plumber...
Thomas B. Megee
Thomas B. Megee, age 48 of Harrison, died on March 6, 2009. The son of Willie and Goldie (Jenkins) Megee, he was born Sept. 20, 1960 in Ypsilanti, Mich. Tom graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor in Science degree and taught school in Louisiana. He was a salesman and had worked at Penny's Department Store in Harrison. He also had worked for the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs. He was of the Catholic faith...
Carlton M. Osburn
Carlton M. Osburn, 87, of Elkhart, Ind., died March 9 in Hubbard Hill Estates. He was born Aug. 20, 1921, in Lansing, Mich., to Earl T. and Agnes E. (Earle) Osburn. He married Ramona Taylor on July 17, 1943, in Lansing and celebrated his 65th anniversary last summer...
Karen Engla Shaffer
Karen Engla Shaffer of Eureka Springs died peacefully on Tuesday, March 3 at Eureka Springs Hospital. The daughter of Michael and Anna (Matson) McCulloch, she was born March 4, 1933 in Alameda, Calif. She moved to Eureka Springs in 1992. She was a bookkeeper for many years...
John Richard Lester
John Richard Lester, 79 died at his home in Kansas City, Mo. on March 2. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Oct. 4, 1929 to Richard Anderson Lester, Jr. and Louise Haley Lester. He grew up in Eureka Springs and graduated from Eureka Springs High School in 1947. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954...
Sharon G. Jeffrey
Sharon G. Jeffrey, age 68, of Holiday Island died Wednesday, Feb. 25 after a lengthy illness. Sharon was born Aug. 12, 1940 in Lake Charles, La., the daughter of Charles and Geneva (McCourtie) Shown. Sharon worked all her life, spending more than 15 years in the airline industry and held various secretarial positions. ...
Ruth Elizabeth Daly
Ruth Elizabeth Daly was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. and died at home in Eureka Springs. She attended nursing school in Chicago and her desire to care for others expanded and grew even more while she attended and ultimately graduated from Moody Bible Institute, dreaming of going to China as a missionary...
Andrew J. Bettman
Andrew J. Bettman died on March 5 in St. Louis, Mo. from complications of lung cancer. He was the husband of Maureen Miller Bettman; brother of Lewis Bettman III and the late Paul Buddy Ullman Bettman; son of the late Lewis Bettman and the late Marian (the late Richard) Cronheim; uncle of Eric (Caty) Lobser, Ann Lyle and Christopher Miller; nephew of Emily Ullman; brother-in-law of James and Linda Miller; and great-uncle, cousin and friend to many...
Rosalie G. Sirois, Jan. 1, 1921 -- Feb. 27, 2009
Rosalie G. Sirois, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Jan. 1, 1921 in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of Lito and Margarita (Vitale) Giordano. She died on Feb. 27 in Eureka Springs at the age of 88. Ms. Sirois was an Executive Administrative Assistant for the Phone Company. She was of the Catholic faith and locally she attended Lonestar Bible Church. She was a member of the Pioneers Organization for AT&T for retirees...
Larry "Big L" Huffman, Dec. 4, 1948 -- Feb. 24, 2009
Larry "Big L" Huffman, a resident of Berryville, was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Flint, Mich., a son of James and Ruth (Kaiser) Huffman. He died Feb. 24 in Berryville at the age of 60. He is survived by one sister, Shirley and husband Jerald Cade of Eureka Springs; three brothers, Jerry and wife Stephanie Huffman of Eureka Springs, Jim Huffman of Cassville, Mo., David and wife Lynn Huffman of House Springs, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends...