Stella (Loman) Motzkus, 93, daughter of Ross and Ethel (Wood) Loman, was born July 16, 1928, in Cabool, Missouri, and passed away peacefully on October 18, 2021 at Mountain View Nursing Home in Mountain View, Missouri.
Stella was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (Gene) Motzkus, Jr., her parents; three brothers, Oliver, Raymond and Lavern Loman; father-in-law, Walter Motzkus, Sr.; mother-in-law, Marion Viola (McCormick) Motzkus; step mother-in-law, Lillian (Dryman) Motzkus; brother- and sister-in-law, William and Marjorie Motzkus, son-in-law, Steven Brown, Sr.; grandson, Nathan Roy Motzkus; and three nieces and a nephew.
She is survived by her son, Leroy (Kathy) Motzkus, Sr. of Houston, Missouri; three daughters, Viola (Norman) Henry of Mountain View, Carol Brown of Gamaliel, Arkansas, and Melissa (Robin) Preheim of Houston, Missouri; grandchildren, Tamatha (Bruce) Zitter of Mountain View, Leroy (Shannon) Motzkus, Jr., of Houston, Tracy Henry of Mountain View, Michael (Sheila) Motzkus of Houston, Todd (Myra) Henry of West Plains, Missouri, Christie Jonas (Ray Weathers) of Herculaneum, Missouri, Tressa Henry of Mountain View, Steven Brown, Jr. of St. James, Missouri, Allen (Clara) Brown of Conroe, Texas, Rodney Preheim of Houston, amd Kaylea Preheim (Dakota Duck) of Nixa, Missouri; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Davis of Nampa Idaho; brother-in-law, John (Edna) Rothwell of Springdale, Arkansas; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Stella grew up in the Cabool area and attended Lone Star School through eighth grade and later received her GED.
She was joined in marriage to Gene Motzkus on April 9, 1948. To this union one son and three daughters were born.
Stella was a member of First Baptist Church of Houston, Missouri. She received Christ as her Savior in her early twenties and remained faithful throughout the years. She was an active Gideon member and worked in the church nursery for over 50 years, helped in vacation Bible study, was a member of WMU and served as president of the friendship group.
Stella in her early years ran restaurants in Aurora and Willow Springs, Missouri. She babysat and was a seamstress for many families and Elmore’s Men and Boys Wear in the Houston area. She was also well known for her delicious hot rolls, pies, and donuts. She loved to embroidery and created many beautiful quilt tops for her entire family. She hosted many family events at her house where she enjoyed cooking and playing cards. She also enjoyed attending bluegrass festivals and traveling with her cousin, Edith (Wood) Wayland.
Stella was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her faithfulness to God was a great example to her family and friends. God was the forefront of her life and she was a beautiful servant. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Houston with Jimmy Swindell officiating the ceremony, Russ Stigall assisting, and Jim McNeill speaking about Stella’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Texas County Gideon Camp at P.O. Box 201, Houston, MO 65483. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Leroy Motzkus, Jr., Mike Motzkus, Todd Henry, Rodney Preheim, Allen Brown, Travis Zitter, and Tracy Henry. Honorary pallbearers were Norman Henry, Robin Preheim, Steven Brown, Jr., Bruce Zitter and Tyler Zitter.