Agatha Mae Chapman

Agatha Mae Chapman, 81, daughter of Omar and Esther (Alexander) Sarver, was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Export, Pa. She passed away June 11, 2010 in Houston, Mo.

Agatha, “Gay” to everyone, was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas of Houston, Mo.; one sister and brother in California; one sister in Pennsylvania; a daughter and son in southern California; a daughter in Las Vegas, Nev.; and a daughter in Woodbury, Tenn. She has 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was a member of:

–St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Willow Springs, Mo., John Helmers, Pastor

–20-year TREA Aux #41, Joplin, Mo.

–Life member of DAV Auxiliary #17, Jefferson City, Mo.

–30-year life member American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41

–Total 34 years VFW Auxiliary-Last Unit 10967; includes Prior Unit 6508 as President for two terms and also district #18 President for two terms and secretary for the Department of Mo. VFW Auxiliary 1980.

–36 years member of LAFRA, Units 133, 316 and Unit Organizer of Unit 364.Includes Past Regional President, North Central 1986-87. Served on several committees in the North Central Region.

–1997 Volunteer of the Year, American Red Cross, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and with her husband, Thomas, was endowed with “The Chapman Award” for many hours of service to the American Red Cross.

–Retired from Civil Service in 1988 with over 25 years of outstanding service, receiving numerous awards for exceptional quality, leadership and guidance and her managerial skills.

Gay loved to travel. She visited Hawaii, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and almost every U.S. state. She loved to listen to all types of music from classical and jazz to blues, country and rock-and-roll. She enjoyed dancing from formal and social to clog and square dancing.

She was a member and officer of Square Dance Clubs in both Kansas City and southern California and attended several national conventions. But yet through everything she accomplished during her life, she always found time for her pets. Gay loved animals and more than once she would take in the stray cat or dog that would become part of her family. You could often find her relaxing on her front porch glider with her dog or cat up next to her.

Visitation and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service were 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor John Helmers conducting the service. It was followed by the Ladies of St. Paul’s providing a light dinner at the American Legion Hall, Houston, MO.

Memorials may be made to FRA North Central Regional Americanism Program. Online condolences may be sent to

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