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

Shanthini Bycroft (Rajathurai)

Monday, November 1st, 1954 - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
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Shanthini Bycroft, age 64, of Joplin, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Bycroft, daughter of the late Kanapathipillai and Murugappan (Rasamma) Rajathurai, was born on November 1, 1954 in Koddai Kallar, Sri Lanka. She grew up and attended school in Sri Lanka graduating from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka with a bachelors degree in architecture. She worked for the Institute for Construction Training and Development Firm from 1994 until 1997. Shanthini’s life was devoted to leading others to Christ. She worked for Campus Crusade for Christ in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1994. Through her work as a translator for missionaries in Sri Lanka, she met Stephen Bycroft. They were united in marriage on March 12, 1997 in Sri Lanka. Together they dedicated their lives to missionary work in Sri Lanka. Shanthini attended Villa Heights Christian Church in Joplin during her time in the United States. She was a wonderful mother and even through her illness her life was dedicated to her children and spreading the love of Christ to all.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Bycroft, of Joplin; six children, Pushpalogini, Vijaykumar, Sowmiya, Tharsha, Tharshini, Prashanth, all of Sri Lanka; four brothers, Ranjith Rajathurai, of Oakland, CA, Vijith Rajathurai, of Koddai Kallar, Sri Lanka, Ajith Rajathurai, of Joplin, and Parijith Rajathurai, of Joplin; three sisters, Varathini Manoranjan, of Union, New Jersey, Jeythini Nijendranath, Arnhem, Netherlands, Nilojini Rajendram, of Bellville, NJ; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Crystal Tibbs, Lincoln, IL, Harry Bycroft, of Roseville, Il, John R. (Dick) Bycroft, of Joplin, MO, David Bycroft, of Caney, KS, and Penny Skaggs, of Joplin; and 31 nieces and nephes.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Villa Heights Christian Church in Joplin with burial to follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 18th from 3:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin. Memorial contributions may be given to Villa Heights Christian Church of Integrity Hospice in care of the mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Chapel
    3701 E. 7th Street
    Joplin, MO 64801
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Villa Heights Christian Church
    2650 East 7th Street
    Joplin, MO 64801
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  • Interment

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 |
    Monday, August 19th, 2019
    Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
    415 N. St. Louis Ave.
    Joplin, Missouri
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Barbara King

Posted at 06:44pm
I'm so sorry for the loss of Shanti Bycroft > Shanti had a very sweet and kind heart and spirit. I met her a very few times, but in those few times, I felt very welcomed and her servant heart for the Lord. Looking forward to seeing her again someday. Keeping Steve and the rest of the family in prayer.

Blessings, Barbara King

kanapathipillai puvanendran

Posted at 05:35pm
Shanthi, you were the best daughter, sister, wife anyone could have asked for. Thank you for everything you ever did & for all the joy you gave your family & relations. You will forever remain in our thoughts and hearts, may you rest peacefully.
Mr. Bycroft, we hope that our Lord brings you and the rest of your family the much needed peace during this sad time. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and to your family.
Uncle Puvanen & family
United Kingdom

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