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Jessamine J. Stoenner, 99, of Richmond, died at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond.
Mrs. Stoenner was born Aug. 12, 1908, in Dalton, Ga., the daughter of John Fletcher and Johnnie Jessamine (Richardson) Tarver. She married Dr. Walter G. Stoenner of Levasy, on June 22, 1930. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1987.
Mrs. Stoenner was a retired homemaker and music instructor. She gave private piano and organ lessons to hundreds of students from the time she was 16 until the last year of her life at age 99. She was a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond where she had served as Elder, Trustee, Organist, Sunday school teacher and Church Historian. She was named “Woman of the Year” of the church several years ago. She was a graduate of Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, with a degree in music. Always active in her community, she was a member and past regent of the Allen-Morton-Watkins chapter of the D.A.R., Chapter CO, PEO, Ray County Hospital Auxiliary and The Friends of the Farris.
Survivors include: one son and one daughter-in-law, Dr. James T. Stoenner and his wife, Dina, of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; three daughters and two sons-in law, Jessamine Layman and her husband, Jack, of Independence; June Harrison and her husband, Burt, of Richmond, and Billie Hamann, of Richmond; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
In addition to her husband and parents, two brothers, eight sisters and son-in-law, Charles Hamann, preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the personal caregivers and the staff at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful care of Mrs. Stoenner.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Richmond United Christian Presbyterian Church with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m., conducted by The Rev. John Johnson. Interment will be in Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.