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     Ruby Lorene Rives, age 77, of rural Jasper, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar.

     Lorene was born July 20, 1936, in the Barton County community of Newport, to Ivan C. and Zona Marie (Waggoner) Voorhees.  She attended Lamar High School and then earned a nursing degree from Franklin Tech Nursing School.  After working at several area hospitals, she began a 22 year career at St. Luke's Nursing Center in Carthage, retiring in 2009.  Lorene attended Jasper Methodist Church.

     On November 20, 1951, at Huntsville, Arkansas, Lorene married Ronald L. Rives and he survives, of the home.  Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Ronald "Chub" & Terry Rives and Donald "Duck" & Dora Rives, all of Jasper; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie & Gailand Johnston, Lamar; a brother, Ivan Voorhees, Jr., Arma, Kansas; three sisters, Fay (Lee) Storm and Imajean (Russell) Pierson, all of Lamar, and Frances (Karl) McDaniel, Carthage, Missouri; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.  Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Lonnie Ray Rives; and two sisters, Rosalee Monroe and Dolly Toms.

     The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 10th at Jasper Methodist Church where the funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Mitchell Cemetery, American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.


#4 Columbia, MOSusie Arft Keepper 2013-10-14 13:43
I'm so sorry to hear of Lorene's passing. I worked with her at St. Luke's when I was a graduate nurse and she was so kind and helpful to me. I will always have fond memories of her.
#3 Bonner Sping, KSLaurie Aytes 2013-09-15 11:03
I worked with Lorene for several years at St. Lukes. She was a wonderful nurse and a beautiful lady, inside and out. My prayers go out to the family. Praying peace and comfort.
#2 Bill Gaither 2013-09-10 16:19
I'm sorry for your family loss!
#1 Neosho, MOLynn Morgan Ashworth 2013-09-10 09:31
It is with great sadness to hear of Lorene's passing. I grew up in Jasper, so I became acquainted with the Rives family through my father, John Morgan. I then worked with Lorene at St. Lukes for 6 years. Lorene was an excellent nurse, a very giving person, and had a heart of gold. She will be missed. My deepest condolances to the Rives family. I pray for comfort for you at this difficult time.

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