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3701 East 7th Street
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Deloris Filbeck

Deloris M Filbeck

Thursday, March 10th, 1938 - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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Deloris M. Filbeck, age 82, of Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home.

Deloris, daughter of the late Sequoia and Thama (Ward) Dawes, was born on March 10, 1938 in Joplin. She grew up and received her education in Joplin. After graduating high school, she attended St. John’s School of Nursing. On March 1, 1959 at the Blendville Christian Church in Joplin, she was united in marriage to David Filbeck. On April 8, 2019, David preceded her in death. Together they devoted their life to missions work in Thailand. David and Deloris established Christian Mission to the Orient as a sending agency for missionaries working in Thailand

Together, they started a leadership training school that is now Lanna Theological Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Between 1975-82, they joined Al Hamilton to establish Pioneer Bible Translators while teaching at Lincoln Christian Seminar in Lincoln, IL.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Ken Filbeck, and his wife, Christine, of Oakhurst, CA, and Dr. David Filbeck, and his wife, Sharon, of Thailand; two daughters, Carmen Filbeck (of Joplin and Thailand) and Catherine Filbeck of Joplin; two brothers, Sequoia “Sunny” Dawes, of CA, and Bob Dawes, and his wife, Pam, of Buffalo, MO; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Jerry Tyree.

Private graveside services will be held at the Crane Community Cemetery in Crane, MO with a public Celebration of Life to be held in Thailand at a later date. Open viewing available from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturday and noon till 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Mission to the Orient and may be entrusted to the mortuary. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Much Love & Prayers, Colene & Family

Posted at 05:28pm
May the roots of this memorial tree, in honor of Aunt Deloris, grow as deep as the many roots she planted throughout her life. Psalms 1;2-3
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Lynette Reed Fowler Hoyt

Posted at 11:12pm
There are too few like her, but all of you in her family are like her:-) I know you'll represent her well, just as you were taught by both your Mom and your Dad, to represent Jesus. I know you miss her and I'm sad with you, but what an immeasurable relief to know you'll see her again!

David Sowers

Posted at 02:15pm
Deloris always seemed to me to be a gracious and friendly person. My wife and I got to know her and David while we were serving in Thailand in the 1980's and into 1990. To all the family, we love you and are sorry for your loss and praying for you.

David and Brenda Sowers

James Taylor

Posted at 07:03pm
I remember Deloris when she was in high school and attending the Blendville Christian Church. My wife and I are very appreciative of the devotion they and their family gave to the mission field for so many years. Our love and prayers for the family. Jim and Marje Taylor


Jason and Chelsea

Posted at 01:19am
We wish we could be there...know that we carry you all in our hearts during this time. Much Love and Many Prayers!
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