Imogene Elmore, 85, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at her home in Houston.

She was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Henderson, Iowa, daughter of James Edward Martin and Geneva Lucy McKinney. She married Wilburn Ivan Elmore on March 18, 1950.

Imogene accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Wayne Martin; and sister, Virginia “Jeni” Parrish.

She is survived by her husband, Wilburn; son, Marty and wife, Patti, of West Plains, Mo.; granddaughter, Jennifer Vandall, and husband, Zandy, of Richland, Mo.; and three grandsons, Jared Elmore, and wife, Jordan, of Ozark, Mo., Adam Elmore, and wife, Kacey, of Ozark, Mo., and Colin Elmore, of Nashville, Tenn. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Grace Vandall, Ethan Vandall, and Carrington Elmore; and a host of other family and friends.

At 18 years of age, Imogene taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Tyrone, Mo. Of all the students she taught, her younger sister, Jeni, was the one least able to get away with misbehaving. Imogene was the Deputy Texas County Clerk for six years and the head bookkeeper at Duff’s Western Auto in Houston for 43 years. After retiring there, she helped Wilburn in the family business, Elmore’s Men’s Wear, for many years.

She served on the Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in the 1970s and was the treasurer of the Texas County Baptist Association for 14 years.

Imogene was an avid photographer, with her family being her subject matter. She lived for her Lord, family and church. She loved the Christmas season and for many years decorated her front door and yard, entering –– and sometimes winning –– the annual door decorating contest in the City of Houston. She always went above and beyond to care for, and spoil, her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Houston, Mo., with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Pallbearers were Jared Elmore, Adam Elmore, Colin Elmore, Zandy Vandall, Todd Fry and Steve Sifford. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

The family requests memorials be made to Houston First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to


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