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          Una Katherine Cohu, age 91, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Christian Health Care in Nevada where she had lived since suffering a debilitating stroke after surgery in 2000.  She was a great example and always believed you can keep going long after you think you can’t.  While raising her family, she told her children that each one was responsible for their own actions.  She saw the best in everyone and faced new challenges with courage and humor.  Even more so during her ten years of being unable to write, speak, walk, or use of her right side.  Her smile and great heart will be missed by many.


     Una was born December 31, 1918, at Neosho, Missouri, to Samuel and Minnie (Erskin) Gillmore.  On April 16, 1937, at Neosho, she married Glen Roger Cohu and they had celebrated over 56 years of marriage before his death January 24, 1994.  She was also preceded in death by two stillborn sons, Loyd and Roger Cohu; her parents; three sisters, Tressa Gillmore, Helen Staples, and Hazel Ivie; a brother, Marion Gillmore; and a granddaughter, Heather Cohu.


     Survivors include four children and their spouses, Tommie & Inez Cohu, Blue Springs, Missouri, Roger & Eileen Cohu, Overland Park, Kansas, Patti & Leroy Ross, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, and Janet & Bob Sitton, Lamar; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Janell Sitton-Coats, Joplin, Rollin & Monica Cohu, Tijeras, New Mexico, Kathy & Barry Witt, El Dorado Springs, Sheri & Mike Higgins, Odessa, Krista & Tommy Norrid, Springfield, Jennifer & Brandon Williams, Merriam, Kansas, Cami Cohu and Michael Cohu, both of Blue Springs; and nine great-grandchildren, Khloe’, Olivia and Cambria Witt, El Dorado Springs, Ian, Sean & Adriana Cohu, Tijeras, NM, Jackson Norrid, Springfield, Emma Williams, Merriam, KS, and Gracie Sitton-Coats of Joplin.


     Una was devoted to the loving care of her family and others. While living in Washington state, Kansas City and Lamar areas, she was a home health provider.  She enjoyed traveling and had traveled most of the United States.  She had visited Germany, Switzerland and France.


     Always active in her community, Una had been a volunteer for Chastains and Lakeview Nursing Home of Lamar.  She also volunteered for American Red Cross Bloodmobile and Barton County Library story hour.  She was a 1996 Volunteer Award Person by Yakow Smirnoff and Comrad Entertainment.  Una was 1993 Fellowship of Christian Athletes award winner for oldest woman walker in the Lamar Fair.  She was a member of Central Christian Center of Joplin where she previously assisted in children’s nursery and with the yearly Easter egg hunt.


     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 7th, at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Wednesday.  Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kansas.


#7 El Dorado Springs MOCarol Lanser 2010-07-06 19:05

I know you greatly cared for your mother. You have spent unlimited time with her giving her comfort and lots of love. You always went that extra mile to arrange your mom
#6 Guest 2010-07-06 15:54
Patty and family--
I just got your e-mail about your mom-she is finally at rest. Just cherish all of your memories til you meet again.
love and prayers-Don and Gracie
#5 Nevada, Mo.Leon, Carolyn Otter 2010-07-06 06:59
Patti, I am so sorry for your loss,I know she will be missed.She was a lucky lady to have such caring daughters till her end here on this earth. Now she is with your father again and I'm sure she's very Happy.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#4 Lamar, Mo.Arline Shaver 2010-07-05 21:25
Janet and Patti, Sorry to hear of Una's passing. She will be sadly missed as she was a wonderful person. May God give you both peace and comfort in your time of grief. Will be praying for you all.
#3 Kansas City, MODeAnnaDearing Gippner 2010-07-05 19:02
Janet, Bob, & Janell,
Mom called to tell me of your mom's passing and found it online. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Deepest Sympathy,
DeAnna (Dearing) Gippner
#2 Nevada, MONancy & Richard McCrery 2010-07-05 10:32
Janet & Patti: May God give you comfort in this time of loss. Your Mother was one of the happiest persons I have ever known, always having a smile. You girls always gave her the best care possible. Hold on the precious memories until you one day see her again. With Love

Nancy & Richard
#1 Schell City, MODiane Eslinger 2010-07-05 08:26
Rick and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Una. She was a very special person. There are so many events that transpired over the time she spent at Christian Health Care that I will always remember. She loved hot chocolate and was always the early bird to go into the cafeteria for a meal. When I would ask her "How are you, are you doing ok?" She always gave me this big smile, said uh huh, reached for my hand, just to hold it for a moment. I would give her a peck on the cheek or forehead and that would be that. Sweet, sweet lady who I will miss!!! Thank you to the family for sharing her with us!!! I Love You All!

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