Lifetime Joplin resident, Mary L. Putnam, 84 passed away Sunday July 7, 2019 at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK from injuries suffered in a fall, July 3rd, at her daughter's home in Sapulpa, OK.
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Mary was born in Joplin on August 30, 1934 to Beulah Marie (Goodwin) & Leonard Lee Clements. She attended Joplin schools and graduated from Joplin High School Class of 1952. She married Harold Ray Putnam in Joplin on November 6, 1952 and they were married 66 years. He recently preceded her in death on February 15, 2019. Mary retired from The City of Joplin in 1996 after 25 years as a secretary for the Public Works Department. Mary is survived by her 5 children, Vicky Ralston, Joplin; Michael Putnam (Charles Phillips) Brighton, CO; Dennis Putnam (Cari) Joplin; Patricia Putnam, Raytown, MO and Cheryl Merry (Ralph) Sapulpa, OK., 7 grandchildren, Amy Faulkner (Chris) Joplin; Andrew Ralston (Hannah) Tulsa, OK; Jason Putnam (Tiffany) & Blake Putnam of Joplin; Rachel Merry, Midland, TX, Katy Merry, Sapulpa, OK; Erin Merry, Sapulpa, OK; and 1 great grandchild, Alanna Faulkner of Joplin. Mary was looking forward to the birth of a great grandson, Baby Ralston in December. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and 6 brothers, Billy, Bobby, Charles, Nelson, Carl & Donald Clements and a son-in-law, George Ralston. Mary loved being the matriarch of a large family and all birthdays, anniversaries and holidays were joyfully celebrated together. She loved cooking for a crowd, helping organize her high school class reunions, being an active member of First Christian Church and being surrounded by family. She missed Ray so much but was adjusting well on her own and enjoying life prior to her accident, with travel and activities planned with family.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church at 4th & Pearl. David Johnson, Minister will officiate. Burial will be Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be sons, grandsons and son-in-law, Michael, Dennis, Jason & Blake Putnam, Andrew Ralston & Charles Phillips. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ralph Merry, Tim Clements and Brian Clements.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at Mason-Woodard Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Mary's memory to The First Christian Church building fund in care of the mortuary.