Nelvada S. Dean

Nelvada S. Dean, 92, of Richmond, and formerly of Bates City, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.

Nelvada was born April 17, 1920 in Ray County, to Fred and Elsie (Craven) Surbaugh. She married E.B. Dean of Bates City July 29, 1956; he preceded her in death  Oct.  26, 1994.

Survivors include three  great nieces, cousins and a host of friends and caretakers.

In addition to her parents and husband, Nelvada was preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Surbaugh; and one nephew, Michael Wrightson.

Nelvada graduated from Stet High School, Warrensburg State Teachers College and later studied in New York and California. She had traveled to all of the United States, Cuba and Canada. Nelvada taught Home Economics in Warsaw, Odessa and retired from William Chrisman High School in Independence. She was a member of the RLDS Church. She was affiliated with the Federated Women’s Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority; Independence retired Teachers, Lafayette County Democrat Women and had served as an Assistant Director of Missouri AARP. Nelvada had been a volunteer at Truman Library and Powell Gardens. She continued studying the Bible and religion and supported higher education as a benefactor of Graceland University and Warrensburg University.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the New Hope Cemetery north of Hardin or to the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Bates City.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Bates City.

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