My mother, Dorothy Marie Attebery Baxter, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, in Peru, Illinois,
where she and my Dad (until his death in 2010) had lived for about the last 25 years.
A visitation was held at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, Missouri, on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 12:00 noon until just before the funeral service started at 2:00 pm. In attendance were many family members and long time friends from across the years and miles. Loving family members came from Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and North Carolina.
The Rev. Donnie Flower, a long time family friend during the many years Mom lived in the Naylor, Missouri, area, was the officiating minister. The service began with Rev. Flower reading Mom's obituary. Next a song that Mom had said was her favorite, Living by Faith, was sung.
Then Roger Baxter (myself, Marie Baxter's son), presented a eulogy telling of her 96 years of life and Christian faith and example. In the middle of the eulogy a recording of Looking and Longing for Jesus featuring her husband of nearly 75 years, three other friends, and even Mom's own voice was played. Following the eulogy a song that probably expressed Mom's feeling during the last days and hours of her life, Going Home, incluiding the words "There is nothing to hold me here" was played.
And then Rev. Donnie Flower offered his words of condolence, faith, hope, and encouragment. The service concluded with a final viewing of the body.
A short grave side service was held at the Eaton Cemetery in the Buncomb community about 6 miles south of Naylor, Missouri. Rev. Fowler gave the family a few words from the Bible giving us affirmation of faith and hope in the resurrection to come.
Afterwards many of the family members walked over the Eaton Cemetery to visit the sites of other family member graves and collect a few flowers for drying as keepsakes.
For the benefit of those unable to attend, there is a handy webpage where you can send us a note; and where you can send someone else an email notice about this website.
Several additional features to this memorial website are: an online photo album with pictures of many of those in attendance, the flowers, etc.; another photo album showing scenes from the life of Marie Baxter.
Additional free online information on the life and background of Marie Baxter are available with just a click. You can read the free online booklet Paths Traveled Before Us or learn about Mom and Dad's 70th Anniversary Celebration and even see online videos from links on those pages.
In the near future audio recordings of the funeral service and grave side service will be added to this website.
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