Mrs. Elva Jean Raney, 83, of Norwood, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Rocky Ridge Manor in Mansfield, Missouri.
She was born on April 7, 1925 in Hecla, South Dakota, the daughter of Issac C. and Clara Bell (Foster) Sparks.
Jean was united in marriage to Burt L. Raney on May 9, 1940 in Ava, Missouri, and to this union one son, Leonard Wayne, was born. They spent most of their life together living in the Norwood area.
Jean enjoyed quilting, fishing and traveling with her family. They always raised a large garden and canned everything that they could to be used to feed the family. She was an avid rock collector; she had a collection from every state that the family had visited. She also enjoyed being able to share trivial information about the places and states they had traveled to. Jean loved life; she always had a smile on her face while living life to the fullest.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burt; two brothers, Dwayne and Donald Sparks; and two sisters, Pauline Pokorny and Juanita Nottingham.
Jean is survived by her son, Wayne Raney and wife Karen Robertson of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tina Cook and husband Ray of Ozark, Missouri, Tim Raney of Springfield, Missouri, and Terri Spooner and husband Gavin of Naples, Florida; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three step-grandsons; five step great-grandchildren; five step great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Van Raney and wife Hazel of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Oleva Wiseman of Louisville, Kentucky, and Loraine Bennett of Macomb, Missouri; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Thomas Cemetery in Norwood with Rev. John Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Tina Cook, Ray Cook, Terri Spooner, David Hayes, David Robertson and Jerrell Robertson. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Community Hospices of Mtn. Grove.