Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO

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  • Our beautiful red haired Mina, Wilhelmina Jane Edwards Stuver, went to Heaven on November 13, 2012 through Jesus Christ. Mina was born on the Heritage family farm near Ethel, MO (Macon County) on June 29, 1917 to Benjamin Jack Edwards and Ohla Belle Edsall Edwards.
    Mina began working on the farm at age six by leading her horse Ole Maude in the hayfields. She walked miles to attend Glaston School, later attending Ethel Public Schools and graduating from Marceline, Missouri High School. Mina attended Quincy Business College, learning secretarial skills which served her well the rest of her life.
    At the age of 13, her Aunt Iva gave Mina a self-improvement book. Mina spent her entire life focused on improving herself.
    Mina and Leonard L. Stuver were married in Brookfield, MO in June 1939. They moved to Detroit, MI where they worked for the World War II effort. Their eldest daughter Lynne Bronwyn was born in Detroit. Mina and Leonard returned to Ethel to work the family farm. Nancy Antoinette was born there.
    While on the farm, Mina and Leonard mentored a couple, George from Romania and Ella from Germany, displaced by the war. They taught George and Ella English at the kitchen table. George and Ella became lifelong friends.
    In the mid 1950's, due to Leonard's health and greater educational opportunities for their daughters, Mina and Leonard moved to Leawood, Kansas. Leonard worked for Black and Veatch Engineering Company and Mina worked at Chevrolet Motor Division, both for the rest of their working lives.
    After retirement from Chevrolet and Leonard's death, Mina found great enjoyment in traveling the world, her church, cooking, physical fitness, friends and most of all her family. Mina was a prolific reader, and letter writing was her forte. Mina elevated friendship to an artform. Perhaps because of her own climb up the confidence ladder, Mina could connect with others and make each person feel special.
    Mina was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard L. Stuver; her parents, Ben and Ohla Edwards; her son-in-law, Dean Wallingford; two grandchildren, Jane Louise Wallingford and Adrian Wallingford; her sister-in-law and her husband, Irene Stuver Cauthen and David Cauthen; and two beloved cousins, Elizabeth Jones Ratliff and Imogene Lile Huseman. Mina was the last surviving member of her generation on both sides of her family.
    Mina leaves her daughters and one son-in law: Lynne Bronwyn Stuver Baker and her husband Doug of Independence, MO and Nancy Stuver Wallingford of Kansas City, MO. She also leaves four grandchildren: Alycia Miller Wiley and husband Trey of Wichita, Kansas; Ben Barnes and his wife Corey of Mesa, AZ; Lucas Wallingford and Nica Drapeau of Gresham, Oregon; and Nathan Wallingford and his wife Virginia of Arlington, Virginia. She also was great grandmother to three: Gideon and Isaiah Wiley and Jackson Warlick. She also leaves life-long friends: Ruth, Liz, Glenna and Jesse; her church community; and many cousins.
    Page 2 of 2 - Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. followed by memorial service at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66212 or the Leonard and Wilhelmina Stuver Scholarship, Columbia College, 1101 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65201. This scholarship was established in honor of Leonard and Mina, out of gratitude for their sacrifice, love and devotion bestowed upon their daughters.
    We were blessed and thankful beyond measure to have had our beautiful Mina all of these years. She was always there for her family, no matter what. Love forever and ever.

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