Dee Wirts


     Delores Marie “Dee” Wirts, age 79, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at Truman Healthcare Center following a long illness.


     Dee was born June 21, 1929, at Carterville, Missouri, to Wilber and Wilma (Dickey) Mayfield.  A long-time Lamar resident, Dee had worked as a cook at Hillcrest Lanes for many years.  She was an avid bowler, joining many leagues and competing in numerous tournaments throughout the years.  On December 18, 1983, in Lamar, Dee married Floyd “Frog” Wirts, and they owned and operated the Lamar Tavern on the west side of the square. 


     Floyd preceded Dee in death March 2, 2008.  She was also preceded by her parents and a sister, Mary Lou Mayfield.


     Survivors include two sons, Leon & his wife Linda Bishop, and Larry Bishop, all of Lamar;  two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn & Billie Ray Parnell, Lockwood, and Mel & Steve Binam, Jasper; a step-son, Kyle & his wife Carol Wirts, California, Missouri; two step-daughters and their husbands, Bonnie & Bill Hinman, Joplin, and Lois & Tony Bowley, Tucson, Arizona; a sister, Charlene Conover, Fontana, California; twelve grandchildren; fourteen step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.


     The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15th at Daniel Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Barton City Cemetery at a later date.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Community Hospice of America in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



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