Lillie Lavaun Gunnels 1916 - 2007 Drexel
Drexel, Mo. - Services for Lillie Lavaun Gunnels, 90, Drexel, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilson & Son Funeral Home in Drexel. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery.Mrs. Gunnels died Tuesday, July 31, 2007.She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in LaCygne, Kan., the daughter of Karl and Ruby Massey Purkey.She grew up and attended school in LaCygne before moving to Drexel.Mrs. Gunnels retired from King Radio, where she worked for many years. She was a member of Drexel Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.She married Earl Dean Gunnels on Aug. 23, 1935, in Olathe. He died in 1966.Mrs. Gunnels was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, a grandson, two brothers, a sister and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Gunnels.Survivors include two sons, Loren D. Gunnels, Harrisonville, Mo., and Merly Gunnels, Drexel; two daughters, Corrine "Jill" Lisher and husband Raeburn, Lawrence, Kan., and Wanda Gunnels, Butler, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home.The family suggests memorials to Heartland Hospice in Butler, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 500, Drexel, MO 64742.