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Remembrances of the Joplin tornado victims

Remembrances of the Joplin tornado victims

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UPDATED JUNE 13: The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin is 153, according to the Jasper County coroner. This list was updated June 13 to add Michael Wayne Dennis, 52, who died June 10 of complications from his injuries, according to his obituary.

Jose O. Alvarez, 59, Joplin. Assistant professor of Spanish for the last three years at Missouri Southern State University. Earned his doctorate from in Latin American literature from Florida International University. A native of Colombia. Was a writer and editor for Univision television. "His popularity with students and colleagues gives testament to a fine teacher and a fine man," Dr. Bruce Speck, Missouri Southern president, says on the university's website.

Maria L. Alvarez-Torres, 43, Joplin

Barbara Ann Morgan Anderson, 76, Joplin. Was a resident of Greenbriar Nursing Home. She was a licensed practical nurse who liked fishing and nursing.

William Austin "Bill" Anderson, 53, and Sarah Lee Anderson, 46, Joplin. The Andersons were killed at their home. He was raised in Neosho and had worked for Office Concepts in Joplin for 30 years. She moved to Joplin in 1985 from Branson and had worked as a secretary at South Middle School in Joplin for 10 years. Survivors include the couple's two children, of the home.

Grace Layug Aquino, 46, Joplin. Died at Harmony Heights Baptist Church, where she was a member. A native of the Philippines, she had lived in Joplin for nine years. She had a degree in business and worked as a hostell at China Pantry. Her obituary says she "unselfishly covered and protected her 12-year-old son during the tornado, and as a result his life was spared."

Cyrus Edward "Ed" Ash, 87, Joplin. U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Joplin Flea Market dealer until age 83. Expert billiards player. Liked to fish and enjoyed to unwind.

Bruce M. Baillie, 56, Joplin. A page designer for The Joplin Globe. Survived by a college-age daughter.

Robert W. Baker, 54, Joplin. Worked for Cycle Connection. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Robert E. "Rob" Bateson Jr., 47. His nephew, Abraham "Abe" Khoury, also was killed. Employed at Modine. Licensed master plumber. Member of Central Christian Center. "Rob, we'll miss your beautiful smiling face and twinkling eyes," his obituary says.

Dorothy T. Bell, 88, Joplin

Barbara Boyd, 87, Joplin. She died at the Greenbriar nursing home. Services will be at a later date under the direction of Midland Cremation Society.

Lathe Edward Bradfield, 84, Joplin. Died at St. John's Regional Medical Center during the tornado. Enjoyed animals and children. Earned Purple Heart while serving in the Army during WWII. Worked as an auto mechanic all his life. He and his wife, Florence, "lived, laughed and cried together for 64 years," his obituary says.

Ramona M. Bridgeford, 77, Seneca, Mo. Member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church. Described as "an amazing, honorable mother and a gracious loving grandmother."

Leo E. Brown, 86, Joplin. Was a patient at St. John's Regional Medical Center when the tornado struck. Clergyman of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serving in churches in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Illinois.

Hugh Odell Buttram, 85, Joplin. Went by Odell. Served as chaplain's assistant in WWII. With graduate studies in marketing, became an accomplished salesman and spent more than 50 years in the insurance business. Lifelong member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tami L. Campbell, 28, Joplin. Born in Watertown, Wis., where services were scheduled. Employed as photo lab technician at Joplin Walmart. Enjoyed photography. Loved tigers and collected them.

Moises Carmona, 42, and Arriyinnah Carmona, 8, Joplin. Worked as a heavy equipment operator with Anchor Stone Co. Member of Joplin Full Gospel Church. His wife and two daughters survive. Arriyinnah was a second-grader at Royal Heights Elementary School.

Shante Marie Caton, 10, Joplin. Her brother, Trentan Caton, 6, also died in the tornado. She was a student at East Morland School in Joplin.

Trentan Maurice Steve Caton, 6, Pierce City, Mo. His sister, Shante Marie Caton, 10, also died in the tornado. Trentan died May 23 at Childrens Mercy Hospital in Kansas City due to his injuries. He was a student at East Morland School in Joplin.

The Rev. Raymond LeRoy Chew Sr., 66, Joplin. A native of Joplin and Marine Corps veteran. Worked as a heavy equipment operator. Member of Cornerstone Church in Carterville.

Clyde L. Coleman, 72, Galena, Kan. Owned and operated Coleman's Upholstery Shop in Galena until his retirement in 2005. He then worked for the Galena school district as bus monitor and crossing guard. A 35-year member of the Joplin Elks Lodge. Liked reading, gardening, storytelling and community service.

Carolane Jean Collins, 62, Eagle Rock, Mo. Retired from Eagle Picher Technologies after more than 30 years as a quality control tech. Enjoyed family, cooking, canning and antiques.

Lois Ada Comfort, 66, Webb City. She died two days before she and her husband, Larry, would have celebrated their 20th anniversary. Her obituary says, "Her first love was for God, her family and her many friends. Her greatest concern was to help those who could not help themselves."

Keenan Krise Conger, 49, Carl Junction, Mo. "Keenan gave his life trying to protect his dogs, Sissy and Sally, who survived the storm," his obituary says. His fiancé, whom "he loved with all of his heart," also survived. He enjoyed his grandchildren, pets and working on motorbikes.

Vicki L. Cooper, 58, Joplin. Born Aug. 28, 1952. No services are planned.

Teddy Ray Copher, 71, Joplin. Lifelong resident of Joplin. Worked 31 years as a paper hydro-pulper operator for Tamko.

Malisa Ann Crossley, 36, Joplin. Her obituary says she "unselfishly covered and protected her 9-year-old son during the tornado and as a result his life was spared." Lifelong resident of Joplin who worked at Walmart.

Adam D. Darnaby, 27, Joplin. Employed as an electrician at Jasper Products. Enjoyed fast cars, racing, four-wheeling and fishing for catfish. Attended House of Prayer and Riverton Friends Church.

Patricia Dawson, 74, Joplin. A homemaker and member of Temple Baptist Church in Springfield.

Michael Wayne Dennis, 52, Galena, Kan. Died June 10 of complications from injuries received when the tornado struck St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, where he was a patient. He was disabled. He liked comic books and PlayStation.

Nancy Elizabeth Douthitt, 94, Joplin. She and her husband, Curtis, owned and operated Douthitt Grocery Store in Joplin from 1947 to 1987.

Ellen Jeanette Doyle, 75, Joplin. Lifelong resident of Joplin. Homemaker and member of College Heights Christian Church. Liked to spend time with family, eat out and shop.

Faith Constance Dunn, 71, Joplin. Born in Canada, she moved to Joplin to attend Ozark Bible College. After graduating, she worked in the music department there for almost 20 years. Taught sign language. Rode horses with two drill teams.

Amonda Sue Brashear Eastwood, 49, Joplin. After attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College to become a registered nurse, was employed at Freeman Hospital for several years.

Richard Allen Elmore, 70, Joplin. A resident of Greenbriar Health Center. Had worked as a foreman at Cole Steel in Tulsa for many years, retiring in 2003.

Randy Edward England, 34, Granby, Mo. News accounts say he and his friend Dennis Osborn, 34, of Seneca (who also died) went to Joplin in search of a car part. The vehicle they were in was discovered in the Home Depot parking lot. His survivors include his wife, 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. He liked attending his children's activities, organizing trips, and entertaining family and friends.

Mark Lewis Farmer, 56, Joplin. Services will be held at a later date under the direction of Mason-Woodard Funeral Home. He was a Special Olympics athlete who participated in the state bowling tournament in Joplin last November.

Ida M. Finley, 88, Joplin. Moved to Joplin from Ohio in 2009. Worked for Continental Can Co. for 31 years. Her son, Clinton R. Finley, of Joplin, survives. Services were scheduled in Barboursville, W. Va.

Betty Jo Burrington Fisher, 86, Joplin. Owned and operated Betty's Beauty Shop for many years in her home. She liked to square-dance. Was a 4-H leader and volunteer at St. John's hospital. Member of Blendville Christian Church.

Robert S. Fitzgerald, 61, Joplin. Services are pending until his wife, Marti, recovers from injuries she received in the tornado. He worked for Walmart for more than 27 years. Ten-year cancer survivor. Army veteran. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Loved to collect music and read. "He also loved putting on the 'Santa Hat' and being Santa Claus for his nieces and nephews," his obituary says.

Rick E. Fox, 56, Joplin. Worked at Joplin Workshops since 1976. Enjoyed sports and bowling, and participated on the Special Olympics bowling team. Member of Calvary Baptist Church. Attended First Presbyterian Church.

Marsha Ann Frost, 32, and Sebastian Charles Frost, 10, Joplin. She was employed by Walmart in Bentonville, Ark. Both were members of Christian Life Center in Joplin.

Charles Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage. His mother, Melisa Johnson, 50, of Carthage, died with him in the tornado. He was a graduate of Carthage Senior High School where he was part of the football and wrestling teams. Worked as a cook for McDonald's in Carthage.

Billie Jo Gideon, 77, Joplin. Died May 23 from injuries suffered in tornado. Worked 32 years at Pentecostal Church of God headquarters and Messenger Publishing.

Paul E. "Gene" Haddock Sr., 62, Joplin. Worked for Lozier as a lead and set up welder for 25 years before medical issues forced him to retire. He had many friends at the Joplin YMCA.

Johnna Hale, 49, Joplin. She worked for FAG Bearing Co. and died May 22 at her home. Services will be held later. Arrangements are under the direction of Midland Cremation Society.

Caley Lantz Hare, 16, Joplin. Went by Lantz. Dedicated BMX rider. A ride in his honor was planned at Autumn Ramp Park on Saturday. A junior at Joplin High School. Took part in Bible studies and attended Christ's Church of Joplin.

Dorothy Viola Hartman, 91, Joplin. A homemaker and member of Bethel Methodist Church, Carthage. Among her survivors is her husband of 70 years, G.W. Hartman.

Dee Ann Hayward, 47, Joplin. Worked for Hallmark Card Co., maintaining card displays at area Walmart stores. Was a Sunday school teacher at Riverton Friends Church. Had done mission trips to Brazil and Jamaica. "Dee Ann had a very kind heart, always looking for ways to help people," her obituary says.

Kenneth J. Henson, 56, Joplin

Glenn Holland, 60, and Lorie Holland, 48, Joplin. They had just returned from Walt Disney World in Florida where they celebrated their 15th anniversary. He was a retired Air Force major who was working at Leggett & Platt. She was a drafter for several companies in St. Louis and Joplin, and a Disney enthusiast. They belonged to Central City Christian Church.

Charlotte Hopwood, 84, Joplin

Russell T. "Rusty" Howard, 29, Harli Jayce Howard, 5, Hayze Cole Howard, 19 months . Their obituary says, "Harli and Hayze were found securely in their daddy's arms." He worked as an electrician at PCS Phosphates and was in the Kansas National Guard. Rusty Howard enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles. Hali "was known as the family chatter bug." Hayze "was a force unto himself." Their wife and mother, Edie Boss, of Joplin, survives.

Iona Hull, 70, Carthage

Wendy Ann Istas, 58, Joplin. She died May 30 from her injuries. She and her husband, Jason, owned and operated J-W Solutions. Member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. On the board of Stained Glass Theatre. "Her kind nature and sense of humor will be missed by all, her obituary says.

Jane E. Jaynes, 86, Joplin. Member of Joplin Heights Baptist Church. She and her husband, Eugene, owned and operated Gene's Dari Jane at 26th and Main Street in Joplin from 1960-1985.

Melisa Renee Johnson, 50, Carthage. Her son, Charley Gaudsmith, died with her in the tornado. She was a homemaker.

Cheryl L. Jones, 39, Altamont, Kan.

Kathy S. Keling, 53, Joplin

James D. Kendrick, 63, Joplin. Died at the Elks Club. Worked in the explosives industry for 40 years, retiring in 2010. Enjoyed prospecting for gold in Alaska. Went on a fishing trip each spring with the same group of men for more than 40 years. Served in the Army in Vietnam War.

Abraham H. "Abe" Khoury, 26, Joplin. Died May 31 of his injuries. His uncle Robert Bateson, also died in the tornado. Studying business and entrepreneurship at Missouri Southern State University. Worked at Outback Steakhouse. Loved the outdoors, football, the Kansas City Chiefs. Wanted to play Texas Hold-em professionally.

Stanley Dale Kirk, 62, Joplin. Was an aircraft engine technician for 38 years, working at Rocketdyne, Teledyne, Sabreliner and Premier Turbines. Member of the National Guard.

Geneva Koler, 84, Joplin

Tedra Kuhn, 69, Joplin

Donald Wayne Lansaw Jr., 31, Joplin. Died covering his wife, Bethany, as the tornado destroyed their home. She survives. Owned Lansaw Technologies and worked as a Realtor. He enjoyed camping and float trips.

Bruce Allen Lievens, 48, Joplin. Worked as an auction clerk for the family business, Circle L-Auctions Service, for more than 30 years. Enjoyed being with his family, sports, and buying and selling antiques.

Billie Sue Huff Little, 65, Joplin. Worked as a waitress. Survived by her daughter and grandson, of Joplin.

Skyuler Ignatius Logdson, 16 months, Joplin. Both his parents were hospitalized with injuries, and his extended family conducted a frantic search for Skyuler in the days following the storm. Their search became national news.

Mary Lois Lovell, 65, Joplin. Died May 22 in the tornado, according to her obituary. Worked as a cook for the Carl Junction School District for many years before retiring.

Christopher Don Lucas, 27, Joplin. News reports say he was working as assistant manager at Pizza Hut when the tornado hit. After getting employees and customers into a freezer, he went to get a cord to tie the door shut and was killed. U.S. Navy veteran. He and his girlfriend were expecting a baby when he was killed.

Rachel K. Markham, 31, Joplin

Patricia Mann, 64, Joplin

Nancy Ann Martin, 52, Neosho. Lifelong Neosho resident. Worked as a caregiver at the New Vision Group Home.

Jesse Len McKee, 44, Neosho. Born in St. Louis and moved to Neosho in 1998. U.S. Air Force veteran. Self-employed master electrician. Enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing music.

James Edward McKeel, 69, and Mary McKeel, 64, Joplin. He worked as a baker for more than 30 years. Enjoyed entertaining and cooking for his family. The couple were together when the tornado hit, his obituary says.

LaDonna S. McPurdy, 68, Joplin

Randall Elvin Mell, 49, Webb City. Attended Open Door Baptist Church in Carthage. Longtime custodian. Enjoyed attending area music programs, theater productions and sporting events. "Randy was courteous and kind and a wholesome man who will be greatly missed by those who knew him," his obituary says.

Angelina Ann Menapace, 52, Joplin. Was an office manager for Behavior Management and Associates. Liked cooking, shopping at consignment stores, spending time with her granddaughters and playing with her dog, Frank Duke. Her "famous turkey dressing" was a staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ronald D. Meyer, 64, Joplin. Worked as a night auditor for hotels before becoming full-time caregiver of his brother. Air Force veteran of Vietnam War.

Lorna "Kay" Miller, 72, Joplin. Enjoyed sewing and reading, nature and birdwatching. Member of East Joplin Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Ray Donald "Tripp" Miller III, 49, Joplin. Died May 23 from his injuries. Spent the last 27 years working at Joplin Workshop Inc. Lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. Won a gold medal in bowling at state Special Olympics in 2010 when he bowled the best game of his life. Loved Mizzou football and the St. Louis Cardinals. "Tripp was a happy, gentle, kind and loving man," his obituary says. "We were all better people for having him in our lives."

Suzanne M. Mock, 38, Forsyth. She died May 24 at Freeman Neosho Hospital. Memorial services pending at Freedom Seekers in Blue Eye, according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News.

Doris Marie Menhusen Montgomery, 83, Joplin. A teacher, she lived in Joplin 20 years, then moved to be near her children in Tonganoxie, Kan., for 13 years ago. Returned to live near her Joplin children two years ago. Attended Christ's Community United Methodist Church.

Edith "Edie" L. Moore, 48, Joplin. Reared in Columbus, Kan., but had lived in Joplin the last several years. "A dedicated mother to both her children," her obituary says. She also loved the cats she adopted.

Estrellita M. Moore, 64, Joplin. Born in the Philippines. Worked as a hairdresser for JC Penney. Attended St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed going to the casino. Services will be held in the Philippines.

Sally Moulton, 57, Joplin. Died May 22. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Midland Cremation Society.

Georgia "Nadine" Mulkey, 91, Joplin. Died June 1 at Spring River Christian Village from injuries suffered in the tornado, her obituary says. Lifelong area resident. Worked in school food service and Sale Memorial Hospital (now Freeman Neosho Hospital). Belonged to First Baptist Church in Neosho.

Edmund Vincent Mullaney, 82, Joplin. A resident of Greenbriar nursing home. U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hollister, Mo.

Sharyl Annyssa Nelsen, 34, Webb City. Was working at the AT&T store when the tornado hit. "Sharyl was able to help a family out of harm's way moments before the tornado struck the building," her obituary says.

William Richard "Will" Norton, 18, Joplin. Thousands of people followed Will's story on Facebook as his family searched for him in the days after the tornado. Will and his father were driving home from Will's high school graduation when the tornado struck. Will was sucked or ejected from the vehicle. His obituary cited his creativity, with more than 2 million views on his Willdabeast YouTube account and more than 6,000 followers on Twitter. He had been accepted into the Chapman University for Film Production, his lifelong dream, it said.

Dennis M. Osborn, 34, Seneca, Mo. According to news accounts, he and his friend Randy England, 34, of Granby, Mo., (who also died) went to Joplin for a car part. Their vehicle was found in the Home Depot parking lot. Osborn was a member of the National Guard and served in the Iraq War.

Charles E. Oster, 77, Roads, Mo. His daughter, Lorretta Lea Randall, also died in the tornado. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was semi-retired. A deacon at First Christian Church in Webb City.

Shirley Ann Parker, 68, Joplin. A mammography technician for Loveless Health Care System in Albuquerque, N.M. She retired in 2008. Survivors include two children and six grandchildren.

Nichole Sherie Pearish, 23, Joplin. Her obituary says she died at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia from injuries she received in the tornado. She graduated from Sarcoxie High School in 2006 where she was active in FFA. She worked for Aegis Communications, belonged to the First Baptist Church of Sarcoxie and the Route 66 Cloggers.

Mary Joyce Perry, 76, Joplin. Lifelong resident. Formerly owned It Figures, and was working for C.J. Uniform Shop. Enjoyed her grandchildren.

James "Ben" Peterson, 27, Joplin. A 2003 graduate of Joplin High School. Was working at McDonald's.

Anna Pettek, 91, Joplin

John Henry "Jay" Petty Jr., 37, Joplin. Worked at Jasper Products. Was in Army Rangers for two years. "He loved God, his country and spending time with his family," his obituary says. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, and his band, Iris Road.

Hallie "Marie" Cook Piquard, 78, Joplin. Worked as a deputy collector for Jasper County and with CFI. Liked bowling and southern gospel music. Member of Harmony Heights Baptist Church.

Natalia Puebla, 17, Carthage. Had just completed her first year at Ozark Christian College. Member of Joplin Full Gospel Church. Her aunt, Sandra Thomas, also died in the storm.

Shelly Marie Ramsey, 42, Neosho. Grew up in the Fort Scott, Kan., area and moved to southwest Missouri in 1991. "Her children were her priority and she was a very giving person, always having a smile and positive attitude," her obituary says.

Lorretta Lea Randall, 54, Neosho. Died May 23 from injuries suffered in tornado. Taught at SEK Learning Center in Girard, Kan. Her father, Charles Oster, also died in the tornado.

Troy Raney, 39, Joplin

Cheryl E. Rantz, 62, Carl Junction. Died May 30 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield from complications from the tornado. Was a tax preparer for H&R Block. Belonged to the Nazarene Church.

Virgil "Tom" Reid, 77, Columbus, Kan. Retired in 2000 after working 50 years in construction. His obituary says he "enjoyed gardening, pecans, coin collecting, elephant collecting, cooking, Dominos with his friends and family and finding recipes on the internet."

Johnnie R. Richey, 52, Joplin. Project engineer for Allgeier Martin and Associates. Trustee for Joplin Elks Lodge. Enjoyed volunteering with youth programs and Habitat for Humanity.

Vicki Patrice Robertson, 66, Joplin. Born in Joplin. Survived by five children.

Cayla Ann Selsor Robinson, 64, Joplin. Her obituary says she died June 4 from the injuries she received in the tornado. Lifelong area resident. Was a state-at-home mom. Attended Forest Park Baptist Church.

Keith Derek Robinson, 50, Joplin. Died of injuries suffered at Greenbriar nursing home, where he worked. "Keith had a wonderful way with his patients. He would motivate them to do their rehabilitation in a stern but kind and respectful manner," his obituary says. He loved old movies.

Virginia Mae Salmon, 80, Duquesne, Mo. A homemaker who moved to the Joplin area in 1973. She liked country and gospel music. "Thank you, God, for allowing her to be with us for almost 81 years," her obituary says.

Thomas Sarino, 75, Joplin. Formerly worked in the finance department for Warner Brothers in New York, according to the North America news bureau of ABS-CBN, a Philippine-based media company. He moved to Joplin in 1995.

Tonja Lee "Toni" Sawyer, 41, Fort Scott, Kan. Enjoyed painting, collecting antiques, writing poems and short stories, listening to the rain and sitting around a bonfire, her obituary says. An animal lover who took in strays.

Frances Ann Scates, 71, Joplin. Member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Freistatt, Mo. Survivors include two sons and three daughters.

Gladys J. Seay, 83, Welch, Okla. Died at St. John's Regional Medical Center. Was a licensed practical nurse. "She was the family historian and would spend hours in public libraries, studying family history," her obituary says.

Daniel Wayne Shirley, 48, Joplin. Worked as a salesman with the carnival, traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada. Was living at Greenbriar nursing home. He enjoyed hunting with a metal detector, fishing and collecting knives and guns.

Gene Smith, 71, Joplin. Worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 24 years. U.S. Navy veteran with 29 years of service in the National Guard and Naval Reserves. He enjoyed Webb City football and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Judy Smith, 71, Joplin

Nicholaus A. Smith, 23, Joplin

Shyrell Lee Cranor Smith, 68, Pittsburg, Kan. Killed as she was traveling to work at Freeman East Hospital as a registered nurse. She worked in nursing for more than 45 years, and was still working full time when she died.

Lois L. Sparks, 92, Joplin. She and her husband, Wallace, had been married 71 years when he died in 2007. She was a devout member of the Baptist Church.

Steven Haack Stephens, 28, Joplin. Died from injuries after he helped rescue his wife and mother when their vehicle was struck by tornado. Worked in construction.

Betty J. Stogsdill, 83, Joplin. Died June 8 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield as a result of the injuries she received in the tornado. She moved to Joplin in 1994 after teaching high school in Chicago for many years. She was a substitute teacher in the Joplin School District until she retired. She enjoyed the arts and theater and played bridge.

Gregan D. Sweet, 59, Joplin

Jefferson "Jeff" Patrick Gerald Taylor, 31, Kansas City, Mo. Died from injuries suffered when lightning struck near the ATV he was on during rescue efforts after the tornado. Attended Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Had served as a firefighter, SWAT team member, patrol officer, K9 officer and field training officer for the Riverside Department of Public Safety. He was named Officer of the Year for the department in 2008. He enjoyed golfing, coaching his son's soccer team and playing softball. "Jeff continues to help others through his gift of organ donation," his obituary says.

Kayleigh S. Teal, 16, Seneca and Pittsburg, Kan. Employed as a waitress at Joplin Pizza Hut. Student at Seneca High School. Enjoyed the mixed choir.

Heather Leigh Terry, 36, Joplin. Lifelong area resident. Worked at La Barge in Joplin.

John L. Thomas, 40, Joplin. Lifelong area resident. "Enjoyed golfing, gambling, fishing, hunting, football, playing catch and was known to love work," his obituary says.

Sandra Thomas, 55, Carthage. Worked for 20 years at Justin Books. Volunteered in the nursery at her church, Joplin Full Gospel Church. Aunt of Natalia Puebla, 17, who died in the tornado.

Zachary Delbert Treadwell, 9, Joplin. Third-grader who loved the outdoors, fishing and playing soccer. Liked to tell elaborate stories and jokes.

Margaret Tuit, 92, Joplin

Michael Eugene Tyndall, 33, Joplin. Worked as an equipment operator in construction. Born in Joplin and graduated from Joplin High School.

Darian "Dee" Vanderhoofven, 44, and Joshua Vanderhoofven, 14 months, Joplin. One of her wishes was to be a mom and she became one when Joshua was born March 28, 2010. He had just started walking. She was Joplin regional manager for the Heartland Lion's Eye Bank and urged friends and relatives to be organ donors. "...She had also wished to donate. However, the tragic circumstances of her death prevented that from occurring," her obituary says.

Miguel Vazquez-Castillo, 28, Joplin

M. "Dean" Wells, 59, Webb City. Died at the Home Depot where he was a manager. News reports said he continued helping customers and workers get to safety until he was killed. "Anyone who knew him knew this was his style of living: helping others first," his obituary says. He was an Army veteran who loved to sing and to whistle.

Tiera Nicole Whitley, 20, Fort Scott, Kan. Enjoyed art and photography, fishing and woodworking.

Regina Mae Bloxham Williams, 55, Joplin. Worked as a customer service representative for AT&T. Member of AT&T Pioneers. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.

Zachary Allen Williams, 12, Joplin. Seventh-grader who "was looking forward to his summer vacation so he could spend more time with his family and read more of his favorite books," his obituary says.

Charles William Writer, 74, Purdy, Mo. Served in the Navy for 10 years. Owned and operated the DX Gas Station, High Point Trucking Co. and a transport truck leasing company. He loved cattle farming and horses. He retired about 10 years ago.


This list was released June 2 by the Missouri Department of Public Safety of those who perished in the Joplin tornado. The information was compiled from obituaries and news reports.

UPDATED JUNE 6: This list was updated June 6 to add details about Shante Caton, 10; Trentan Caton, 6; Robert Fitzgerald, 61; Edie Moore, 48; and Shirley Ann Parker, 68.

UPDATED JUNE 9: This list was updated to add Riverside, Mo., police officer Jeff Taylor, who died from injuries suffered in a lightning strike while helping with rescue efforts, and details about Bill Anderson, 53; Sarah Anderson, 48; Barbara Boyd, 87; Vicki L. Cooper, 58; Mark L. Farmer, 58; Johnna Hale, 49; Suzanne Mock, 38; and Sally Moulton, 57. It also adds information on the following people whose obituaries said died from tornado injuries: Mary Lois Lovell, 65; Georgia Nadine Mulkey, 91; Nichole Sherie Pearish, 23; Cheryl Rantz, 62; and Cayla Ann Selsor Robinson, 64.

UPDATED JUNE 10: The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin rose to 151, the Jasper County coroner said Thursday. Not all names have been released. This list was updated June 10 to add Betty Stogsdill, 83, who died June 8 of her injuries, according to her obituary.

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