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Edythe Christene (Turner) Applegate, age 88, of Raytown formerly of Ozark, Mo., departed this life to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
She was born near Ava, on Dec. 31, 1923 to Clifford and Daisy Turner. On June 13, 1941 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Applegate at the country home of the Rev. and Mrs. Willis Turner.
Edythe and Lawrence were longtime residents of the Mt. Tabor community where she faithfully served beside Lawrence as a pastor’s wife. She accepted Christ at the early age of 12 and spent most of her life living in Douglas County. She later moved to Ozark to be near her children.
Edythe served in several church organizations and functions. She was Reading Clerk for the General Baptist Missouri Association for 13 years and served 14 years as president of Logan WMS at First General Baptist Church of Ava. She organized Kennedy Women’s Missionary at Black Oak Church and Trivett WMS at Oak Grove and served as president of these societies.
She bestowed her love and enjoyed caring for the lonely and elderly people. Edythe was always ready to organize lunches and serve families at First General Baptist who had lost loved ones. After Lawrence passed away, Edythe organized a widow’s fellowship and emotional healing which she greatly enjoyed. Presently, Edythe was a member of Lane Avenue Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Edythe dearly loved her family and was a devoted wife and loving mother.
Edythe was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter Charlotte Yeoman, son-in-law John Yeoman, three brothers Lowell, Merle and Bob.
Edythe is survived by her son, the Rev. Jerry Applegate and wife Jo, of Raytown; five grandchildren, Jeff and Kay Applegate, Bryon and Tiffany Applegate, Todd and Lisa Applegate, Sharla and Jeff Buthod and Sonya and Justin McDaniel; nine great-grandchildren Landon, Kyle and Jalen Applegate, Blake and Tara Buthod, Madison, Sierra, Aramie and Grant Applegate; two great-great grandchildren Nevaeh and Addison. She is also survived by her sister, Chestene Lietch; sister-in-law Helen Turner; several nieces and nephews who were dear to her heart, also many dear friends and other caring relatives.
Funeral services for Edythe were 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Ava General Baptist Church, Ava, Mo., with Rev. Jerry Applegate and Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation was held 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Barnes Family Funeral Home Ozark, Mo.
Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamily funerals.com.