Sarah Lou Loveless, daughter of the late Charles and Winnie Cheney, was born on August 16, 1926 at Forest City, Arkansas, and passed away on November 29, 2012 in Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, following a long illness. She was 86 years, three months, and 13 days of age.
Many things were taking place in the year 1926, and things were very different. The United States President was Calvin Coolidge, its population was 117,397,000, federal spending was at $2.93 billion, and the unemployment rate was merely 1.8%. Richard Byrd flew to the North Pole and back, U.S. Marines were dispatched to Nicaragua during the revolt, and a general strike in Britain brought the nation to a standstill. In 1926, you could buy a Coke for five cents and a first-class stamp for two cents. “Aloma of the South See” was number one in the box office, and the hit songs were “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Show Me The Way.” And somewhere out in the “boonies” of Arkansas, a little baby girl named Sarah Lou was born.
She became the mother of Gene, Betty Jo, Glenda, Lois, Linda, Larry, Lora, Margaret, Gary, and Janet. She always loved music and she loved to sing. When there were no radios or instruments, she made her own music. They remember her tying some sort of strings onto a board and making a guitar and singing. They watched her dance to music that only she could hear. An early memory of songs she sang for them includes “She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain.”
She taught them values, strength, and to be independent. When they went through a trial, she would tell them that trials would make them strong. She loved her family and greatly enjoyed visits and get-togethers. She will be greatly missed.
She loved Jesus and was a very strong prayer warrior. It would not be unusual to come home late at night and find her asleep on the sofa with the Bible lying on her chest because she had fallen asleep reading the Word of God. She had dreams and visions and interceded in prayer for all of her children and grandchildren. Her greatest desire was for all of her children to meet her again in Heaven.
Besides her parents, Sarah was preceded in death by her son, Franklin Cheney; one brother, Calvin Cheney; and one sister, Vera Franklin.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Loveless; two sons, Larry Loveless and wife Jane of Hillsboro, Missouri, and Gary Loveless of Cabool, Missouri; seven daughters, Betty Mooneyhan of Cabool, and Glenda Gomez and husband Romeiro and Lois Gomez and husband Hector of New Braunfels, Texas, Linda Dodge and husband Marvin of Bonney Lake, Washington, Lora Hurst and husband Rickey of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Margaret Stacey and husband Ron of Hillsboro, and Janet Thompson and husband Greg of New Zealand; one brother, Charles Cheney of Centralia, Washington; 32 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
Graveside services were held on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in Steele Cemetery in Hartville, Missouri, with Pastor Judy Talbert officiating. Recorded selections were played. Pallbearers were Aron Mooneyhan, Laren Loveless, Michael Hurst, Matthew Hurst, Jason Gomez, Gary Jason Loveless, Brandon Winfrey and Jason Stacey. Burial was in Steele Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.