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

Naomi Kepple

Monday, February 21st, 1921 - Thursday, April 1st, 2021
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Naomi R. Kepple, 100, of Carterville, MO, passed away on April 1, 2021 at her home, following a long and fulfilling life.

Naomi was born on February 21, 1921, in Carthage, MO, the daughter of the late Charles and Maude (Slatten) Cruzan. She has been a lifetime area resident. She graduated from Carterville High School in 1938. She taught piano and organ lessons for many years in both Joplin and Carterville. She also worked for the Joplin R-8 School District before retiring in 1975. She was an active member of Carterville Methodist Church, where she was the organist for 45 years. She loved spending time with her family, traveling, oil painting and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She married Howard Dillon in November of 1941. Together they had three daughters. He preceded her in death in November of 1958. She then married Ray Kepple in October of 1971, and he preceded her in death in July of 1983.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Beverly Dodge and Barbara Dillon; a grandson, Bradley McClintock; four brothers, Leonard, Lester, Clyde and Virgil Cruzan; and three sisters, Cecile Brown, Dorothy and Mary Cruzan.

Naomi is survived by one daughter, Sharon McClintock and husband Kenneth, Carterville, MO; three grandchildren, Brian Dodge, Gilbert, AZ, Brent Dodge and wife Amy, Joplin, MO and Kevin McClintock and wife Katy, Joplin, MO; a granddaughter-in-law, Kelly McClintock, Hot Springs, AR; seven great-grandchildren, Jude McClintock, Allison Dodge, Dillon Dodge, Michael Dodge, John Dodge, Susannah Brogan, Shea Schrader; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Carol Dillon, Oswego, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Bob Wynne will officiate. Prior to Friday's service, a visitation will be held at 1 p.m. at Mason-Woodard Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary
    3701 East 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 9th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 2:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Chapel
    3701 E. 7th St.
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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Alan, Koral, Morgan & Joshua Chenoweth

Posted at 10:06am
Aunt Neam was a special lady. We loved seeing her at all the family gatherings throughout the years. Thinking of you and the family, Sharon.
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Patsy Kepple Elder

Posted at 10:34am
I was saddened to learn of Naiomi's passing, although we hadn't been in contact for some time. She was a very sweet lady and a good and caring wife to my uncle, and she always welcomed us with open arms when we were able to visit them. My condolences to her family!

Karen Rutledge

Posted at 10:13am
Dear Sharon, thinking of all of you. What a blessing you and Kenny have been to be by her side all these years. How wonderful to have shared so many memories with her. A life well lived. Karen Rutledge

Alice Wiland Johns

Posted at 12:19am
I don't remember much from my childhood days, but I do remember Mrs. Dillon for having patience with me when she was teaching me to play the piano. I wasn't the hardest worker at learning to play, but it is partly because of her that I am still playing piano today 60 years later.
We lived on Main Street just around the corner from her house. I walked to her house and was in awe of the house and her.
My deepest sympathy to you even though you don't know me. May you feel God's presence surrounding you.
Alice Wiland Johns

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