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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Charlene Alford

Charlene "Pat" Alford

Friday, September 22nd, 1950 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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Pat Alford passed on to her new heavenly home on November 8, after a short illness. She was at home and transferred peacefully in her sleep having been comforted over the last few weeks by her husband, children, caregivers from Avalon Hospice and Home Instead, and many friends. She also received great comfort from knowing Jesus as her friend and savior from an early age and taught her entire family to love Him.

Pat was born on September 22, 1950 at the old Freeman Hospital in Joplin to Scott and Patricia Plumb. She attended Joplin schools and graduated from Joplin High School in 1968. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State College in 1972. She taught first grade, kindergarten and reading in Baxter Springs, Kansas, from 1972 until 1992. She greatly enjoyed teaching and working with children throughout her life. After retiring from teaching to raise her family, she started an in-home day care for dozens of neighbors and friends over the years. She was active with the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and started the King’s Kids children’s choir at church which led to over 20 years of directing the Christmas church musical. She was also secretary and member of the board of directors for the Joplin Association for the Blind for many years. She cared deeply for her family and people, especially for children. It was her life’s mission, given by God, which she carried out until her last days.

She married John Alford in December, 1971, and he survives. She always wanted a large family. Having been raised in the Royal Heights area, she had to pass the old Joplin orphanage, which was located near the existing Boy’s and Girl’s Club, whenever they came into town. She once asked her mother what an orphanage was. Upon hearing her mother’s response, she replied that she wanted to have an orphanage when she grew up. With her husband John, she had 3 children (David, Patrice and Rebecca). Over the next 26 years, they proceeded to adopt 12 children from Korea, Honduras, Texas, China, and Missouri. All of her children (David, Patrice, Rebecca, Dennis, Martha, Julia, Kahee, Michael, Matthew, Dray, Sharae, Li, Victoria, Veronica and Von) along with 19 grandchildren survive her. She is also survived by her siblings (Dixie, Trinket and Scott) along with multitudes of cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild (Leland).

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Christian Church of Carl Junction or to the Joplin Association for the Blind.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory.
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 |
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020
    Carl Junction Christian Church
    Address Not Available
    Boyce Mouton, Minister
    Adam Jones
    James Billings
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 |
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020
    Osborne Memorial Cemetery
    32nd & McClelland Blvd.
    Joplin, Missouri 64804
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DeGee Brown

Posted at 09:48pm
I'm very sad to hear about Mrs. Alford. She and Mr. Alford were always at West Central to enjoy the fun with their kids and all the others, too. She was very supportive and always seemed to have a smile.
I don't remember what the occasion was but, one time, music was playing and I went by and linked arms with her to do a "swing your partner" style dance. She looked kind of surprised but she laughed and went right along with me. That was so fun!
Li, Victoria, Veronica and Von, I wish there was something I could say to make it better. I can tell you that your mom loved you all very much. She wanted all of her kids to love the Lord, do their best and use the talents God gave them to do great things.
Please know that you are all being lifted up in prayers for comfort and peace.
Love and prayers, DeGee Brown

Eric Venter

Posted at 09:28pm
To the Alford Family –


There are no words I can write that will lessen the pain. I am sorry for your loss, of course, but everyone says that. What I can do is share a few memories with you.

I remember being in Cub Scouts, with John and Pat as our Den Leaders. I don’t remember the exact project we were working on, but we were in your basement, and one of us spilled a drink. We were all worried, because John always seemed larger than life, and we didn’t want to make him upset. After a few minutes, Pat came to check on us, while we were in the middle of cleaning it up. We all froze in place, and she just clicked her tongue in that way she had, grabbed another cup of liquid, and dumped it, too. Pat smiled at our shocked faces, and said something like “Boys, everyone has accidents. Just make sure you never let them get the better of you.” (I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but that was the gist of it.) Later on, we found out that John had already seen the spill, but quietly went and told Pat about it.

I remember going to Sunday school and Bible school with David and Patty, and how Andy absolutely loved Patty. (He would always say that he was going to marry either Patty, or Snow White, he wasn’t sure which one was his favorite.) John, you and Pat were always so nice to Andy, treated him like one of your own kids, and never got mad when he did something wrong. David and Patty, you never acted like Andy had a disability; just accepted him and moved on. Pat would sit and laugh at his jokes, even though he only knew the same 4 or 5, and she always acted like she had never heard them before in her life, and laughed like they were the funniest thing she had ever heard. I found out recently that John and Pat were the reason that Andy was allowed to go to those things, despite his disabilities. Andy loved Pat, and it’s amazing to think that he is finally getting to tell her those same 4 or 5 stupid jokes again.

Finally, I remember the last time I was over at your house. I had just gotten out of Basic Training, and rode my dirt bike over to say hello. Pat invited me in for some iced tea or lemonade, and we sat in the living room. She looked the same as she did when I was a kid (just more gray hair, which she blamed on all the kids, haha); same smile, with her crinkly eyes; same infectious laugh; same everything. When I was leaving, I did a wheelie and fell off the bike. Pat did that “Oh!” thing with her hand covering her mouth, because she was trying not to laugh. It cracked me up that she was trying so hard to be polite, when it was really funny in the first place.

Speaking directly to all of the Alford kids – thank you for sharing your mom with the rest of us; for giving us a few moments of time to share in her laughter, her smile, her kindness, and her Godliness. Pat will always be remembered by adults like me, as we knew her when we were kids: loving, laughing, smiling, and full of life. She was a mom to us all, and treated us like one. We all loved her. We will all miss her.

My deepest, most heartfelt condolences, for all of you. God bless.

Eric Venter


Ellizabeth Deffenbaugh

Posted at 10:59am
When we moved to Joplin, Pat became my go-to friend/neighbor.. She supplied lots of advice I needed for elementary school, scouts, and dance. And, John was definitely her helpmate. What a wonderful example. My thoughts and prayers are with all of family for peace and comfort Liz Deffenbaugh

Jennafer Johnson

Posted at 11:58am
What a blessing it has been to know Pat. She truly had a wonderful smile and kind sweet spirit. Praying for John and the kids during this time and hugs to you all. Jennafer Johnson

Debbie (Parker) Mitchell

Posted at 11:02am
What I remember most about Pat is her wonderful smile. It was always there, especially when talking about her family. We became friends in Jr High and I learned how to do cartwheels in her front yard. Pat was an angel on earth and now is a guardian angel for her family and friends. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Debbie (Parker) Mitchell

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