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Ora Lynell Stuart

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ora Lynell Stuart, age 90, former resident of 607 Margrave, Fort Scott, Kansas, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the Mercy Health Center. He was born September 4, 1917, in Stotesbury, MO, the son of William F. Stuart and Libbie E. Deffebach Stuart. He married Rama Alexander in 1936. She preceded him in death in 1984. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean era. After graduating from Stotesbury High School in 1936, Ora graduated from the Fort Scott Junior College and the Kansas State Teacher's College with an education degree. He received his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Pittsburg State in 1962 and his Education Specialist Degree in 1965. He taught at Camdenton, MO, Stillwell, KS, and Fort Scott, where he began teaching in 1961. He attended Community Christian Church. He served more than 7,000 hours as a volunteer at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. He was active in the Genealogy Society. As a youth, he studied and wrote!

about the Osage Indians in Vernon County Missouri and the Cherokee Indians in Bourbon County, as well as the history of the Old Fort, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War.

Ora is survived by two daughters, Saundra Carlson and husband Ralph, Fort Scott, and Patricia Burton and husband James, Sabetha, KS; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanora Dryer, and his brother, Arol Stuart.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services for Ora Stuart at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow in the East Liberty Cemetery at Stotesbury. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fort Scott Genealogical Society and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Online condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@cheneywitt.com.