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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
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Mary Messner

Mary Lou Messner (Renfro)

Wednesday, March 30th, 1949 - Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Mary Lou (Renfro) Messner, a long-time resident of Joplin, Mo. passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. after a long illness.

Mary was born on March 30, 1949 in Granby, Mo., she graduated from Granby High School in 1967. She married Thomas Boyd Messner on November 9, 1979. Mary worked as a senior buyer for F.A.G. Bearings for over 30 years until retiring in 2011.

Mary was an amazing mother, grandmother and dedicated wife. She loved to cook, watch her kids and grandkids in all of their activities. She served on the board for Joplin Little League and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. Mary was a devoted Christian and attended Wildwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter; Nicole Shelley and husband Chase, their two children, Breklyn and Austin Shelley, her son; Dustin Messner and wife Erica, their son, Raylen Messner, all of Joplin, sister; Tonia Moffett of Granby, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, James and Billy Renfro, sister, Patty Renfro and her husband, Thomas B. Messner.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation immediately following the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Memorial Service

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 2:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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Posted at 11:44am
My sincere condolences for your loss. It is comforting to know that God has promised a time when in Isa. 33:24 “ No resident will say: I am sick.”
With God’s tender help it will enable you to continue on enjoying warm friendships, as you await the opportunity to embrace Mary again. For God has promised in Acts 24:15 “There is going to be a resurrection.”

Randy Owens

Posted at 03:11am
Wonderful memories visiting after adult softball games on Friday nights and great fellowship at Tom and Mary Lou's home in later years. Nicki and Dusty and your families, please accept our thoughts and condolences at this difficult time. The Owens; Randy and Robin, Joy, Aaron, Lakon, and all of our family.

Granby High School Class of 1967

Posted at 09:01am
With much Love
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Love, Rita & Jerry Carpenter

Posted at 12:21pm
Mary Lou will remain in our hearts forever.
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Amy Bellairs

Posted at 01:28pm
Mary Lou was such a sweet and giving person and I enjoyed serving alongside her during VBS and other church events. She loved the Lord and was faithful. She will be missed so much. Her kind spirit is what I will remember most about her and she always treated people with respect. So sorry for your loss Nichole, Breklen and Austin! Love you all and miss you. Take care and know you are loved by the Bellairs family.

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