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In Memoriam

Barbara Pearl Gum of Irondale, Missouri was born Monday, June 6, 1932 in West Allis, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late, Melvin Bannister and the late, Pearl (Fido) Bannister. Barbara departed this life on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at her residence in Irondale, Missouri having reached the age of eighty-two years, ten months and sixteen days.

Barb was united in marriage to Wm. “Bill” Gum on July 4, 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and this union was blessed with three children.

She is survived by her son, William Mal and Charli Gum of Potosi, Missouri; daughters, Sheila Faye Gaghen of Potosi, Missouri; Tamara "Tammy" Lea and Richard Watson of Irondale, Missouri; brother, Dr. Fred and Alyce Bannister of Chetek, Wisconsin; fourteen grandchildren: Josh (Melissa) Gaghen, William Michael (Ashley) Gum, Eli (Abby) Gaghen, Courtney (Chris) Laramore, Matthew Gum (Sarah) Gaghen, Emily (Adam) Elsey, Zachary (Ashley) Jacobsen, Chase William Watson, Alexandra (Jimmy) Nash, Grant Watson and fiancé, Kimmy Clark, Braeden Watson, Kaley Haarmann, Hunter Watson, and Kelsi Gum; fifteen great-grandchildren: Grace and Lily Gaghen, Alexis and Hadleigh Gum, Ella and Will Gaghen, Corben and Regan Laramore, Isaac, Bella, and Sophie Gaghen, Blakely and Chesney Jacobsen and Hayden William and Jacob Watson; sister-in-law, Helen Faye Blackwell of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; dear and special mother to Judy East, Becky Ballard and Kay Bequette all of  Potosi, Missouri; also surviving are other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. “Bill” Gum and son-in-law, John Gaghen.

Barb was Co-Owner and Funeral Director for Gum and Son Funeral Homes from 1961 to 1994 and also owned BarbAnn Lanes Bowling Alley and the Washington County Private Ambulance Service.  She was a free agent of the Potosi License Bureau and a book keeper for Carter Chevrolet and Reed Chevrolet.  She was on the Washington County Health Department Board for many years as well as the Washington County Ambulance District Board of Directors for one term. Barb was a member of Potosi United Methodist Church.  Barb loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation was held from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and Monday, April 27, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Moore Funeral Home, 105 Clark Street, Potosi, Missouri.

The Funeral Service was held at 1:00 PM on Monday at Moore Memorial Chapel located at 105 Clark Street Potosi, Missouri with Pastor Judy Jeffery and Chaplin Bryan Buckley officiating.

Entombment took place in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi, Missouri. Honoring the memory of Barb and serving as Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Michael Gum, Zachary Jacobsen, Matthew Gaghen, Chase Watson, Grant Watson and Braeden Watson.

Moore Funeral Homes was honored to have served Barb, her family and friends.

Important Dates

May 2015  
May 8 Truman's Birthday, MFDEA offices closed
May 10 Mother's Day
May 20 MFDEA Law Class in Jefferson City, MO
May 25 Memorial Day, MFDEA offices closed
May 28-30 Certified Celebrant Training in St. Charles, MO
MFDEA offices closed
June 2015  
June 1 - 2 Annual Convention and Tradeshow 
MFDEA offices closed
June 3 MFDEA offices closed
June 17 MFDEA Law Class in Jefferson City, MO
June 21 Father's Day


Classified Ads

Posted 4/29/2015: A well established family owned and operated firm in Eastern Missouri is looking for a funeral director/embalmer to join their family friendly staff. Our firm does approximately 175 calls per year. All responsibility will be shared with another funeral director/embalmer. We offer a retirement plan, health benefits, and 2 weeks paid vacation. We know family is important and we are understanding of family obligations. We also encourage community and church involvement. We are looking for a compassionate individual who is looking to serve families in their time of need. Someone who looks at our profession as a vocation and not a paycheck. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your resume to publications@mofuneral.org. 

Posted 4/23/15:  Parker Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri  and its sister company, Four State Cremation, are searching for a licensed funeral director, apprentice funeral director and embalmer, or a person committed to soon becoming a licensed funeral director.

We are searching for just the right person with a heart for serving families in making arrangements, assisting in day-to-day operation and conducting services. The applicant should be self-motivated, possess a can-do attitude and have the willingness to mesh with our team of mission-committed staff.

Parker Mortuary has been serving Joplin area families since 1931, and currently helps 600 families annually. Scheduled hours 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. On duty two weekends, then off two three-day weekends plus a Wednesday off preceding your weekend on call. Group health insurance and life insurance provided. Funeral uniform provided. Cell phone provided. Two weeks paid vacation per year. Salary commensurate with experience. Fluency in Spanish a plus, but not required.

Serious applicants should reply confidentially directly to:
Tom Keckley
Parker Mortuary
1502 S Joplin Ave
Joplin MO 64804
Cell (417) 437-1013

Posted Feb. 25, 2015: For Sale: Used Mortuary Body Life, 1-3/4 inch steel tubing with single hydraulic lift on five caster rollers with straps. Price: $50.00. Must pick up as it cannot be delivered. Contact: Gary Schowengerdt, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel at 660.679.6555 in Butler, Missouri.

Posted Jan. 20, 2015: FOR SALE:  Assortment of quarter cut caskets for Matthews/York display room.  Metals and woods—20 total.  $150 each or negotiable for the entire lot.  Specifics and photos are available.  Also we have 20 matching wood biers for a full size selection room.  They are in great condition and move around easily.  $150 each or $2000 for entire lot.  Contact Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau at 573.335.3223 or by email at: bcrain@crainsonline.com

Posted Dec. 12, 2014: For Sale - contact Chris Howard at chris.howard74@ymail.com

3 sets of instruments for $1250.00 a piece
Duotronic V for $2000.00
2 Pierce electric aspirators for $650.00 a piece

Posted Oct. 21, 2014Funeral Director/Embalmer seeking employment in Southwest Missouri.  Licensed in Missouri and Arkansas.  Resume and references available upon request. Email: missourifuneraldir@att.net.  All communication will be kept confidential. 

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