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She had a warm smile for everyone, and never met a stranger Sandra Lois (Evans) Turley, 73 years, left this earth June 2, 2009, to be with her heavenly Father. Sandra was born May 16, 1936 to Frank and Velma Evans of Gove, Kan.
Sandra grew up in western Kansas, living as a child in Gove and Oakley, Kan. She married the love of her life, Ralph, on July 24, 1953, in Oakley, Kan. and to this union three children were born. The family moved to Ava, Mo., in 1962.
Sandra worked along side her husband, farming for the next 15 years, as well as being a full-time Mom. After selling the farm, she worked several years at Rawlings factory before leaving the area and traveling in the motel and residential care business with Ralph. As her health began to fail, they moved back to Ava and owned and operated Benny’s Restaurant until retirement in 1999. Sandra loved the Lord, her family and friends. She had a wonderfully warm smile to share with everyone she met and she never met a stranger.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Leland Evans, of Oakley, Kan., and a grandson, Amos James Everett, of Ava, Mo.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Ralph; son, Kim and wife, Barbara, of Ozark, Mo.; daughter, Kay Everett and husband, Darren, of Ozark, Mo.; daughter, Kris Goff and husband, Dwayne, of Jonesboro, Ark.; eight grandchildren: Derek Turley, Kory (Turley) Stucki and husband, Ryan, Ace Everett, Brittney Everett, Cole Everett and Jesse Everett, all of Ozark, Mo., and Gage Goff and Kortney Goff of Jonesboro, Ark.; and one great-granddaughter, Willow Stucki of Ozark; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Evans of Oakley, Kan.; one brother, Thomas Evans, of Council Grove, Kan.; one sister, Sydney Jenkins, of Ava, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews and many other loved ones.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. at the Clinking¬beard Funeral Home in Ava, with burial at Denney Cemetery west of Ava. Visitation will be Thursday, June 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home.
Officiating will be Pastor Gary Swearengin. Pallbearers will be Derek Turley, Ace Everett, Cole Everett, Jesse Everett, Gage Goff and Ryan Stucki.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.