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Martha E. Craig May 31, 1927 - May 11, 2020

Martha Elnora Craig, age 92 of Ozark, Missouri took her flight to Heaven early Monday morning, May 11, 2020.  She was born May 31, 1927 in Ozark Missouri to Sam and Alta (Vawter) Chaves.
While many knew her as Martha, to her family and friends she was Norie.  She graduated 8th grade in the one room Liberty School House then graduated from Spokane High School. The only thing that Norie loved more than her family was her Lord and Savior.  As a member of Victory Baptist Church in Ozark, she served as a Sunday School teacher, Bible drill sponsor, church camp cook and church custodian.  She always had a car full as she provided rides to church for many members.  Norie was the third person hired at the Fasco plant in Ozark, Missouri and worked there until her retirement May 1, 1992.
Norie’s home was always open for women’s bible study, grandkid sleepovers or just visiting.  She had a warm cup of coffee for the adults and a freezer full of pushups, ice cream cones and pizzas for the kids. Norie always said that her biggest blessing was her family.  She loved crowded Christmas Eve dinners and Friday pizza nights at her home.  She loved the sound of her grandbabies having fun.
Norie was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Phillip Roussell and Clarence Craig, daughter Patricia Craig Steele and siblings Frank, Gene, Wayne and Hazel; four brothers-in-law Howard, Bill, John and Ron.  She is survived by her sons; Samuel Dennis and Marsha Roussell, Phillip Nick and Linda Roussell, Kenneth Dale and Freda Roussell and son-in- law Billy Steele; 11 grandchildren Samantha and Bryan VandenHoek, Michael and Tracey Roussell, Matt and Katie Roussell, Nikki Roussell, Paula and Chris Forgey, Tim and Kristin Roussell, Jeff and Renee Roussell, Phillip and Sonia Roussell all of Ozark Missouri, Angie and Jim Janca of Spokane, Washington, Phil and Tara Williams and Titus and Tue Williams of Springfield, Missouri;  31 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters Blanch Jackson, Verna Downing and Wanda Harrison; sister-in-laws Janice Chaves and Jacquie Chaves as well as many, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family would like to thank Kinder and Brooke and others from Preferred Hospice for their loving care for Norie.

Graveside funeral services for Norie will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 15, 2020 in Chaves Cemetery with Rev. Bob Long officiating. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


During the latest Coronavirus Pandemic, Barnes Family Funeral Home is under the guidelines of the City of Ozark health and safety regulations and Governor’s policy regarding COVID-19. Therefore, our limitations are implemented as no gatherings larger than 20 people and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. Our obituaries will be updated according to the progress of our mandates and information regarding our families wishes. With these safety measures we are obedient to others and consider safety and laws first. Our staff is working with others to expedite this situation and continue serving our community with care and compassion for their loved ones. During this most difficult time, our blessings and dedication will always come from our hearts, placing our families safety and needs first. Our online condolences and website is always available and suggested as a method of correspondence with the family. www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com




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    Patty Hughes says

    So very sorry for your loss. Martha was such a nice lady and hard worker for sure. Prayers for all of you

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    Genevieve Campbell says

    so sorry for your loss She was a beautiful person

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    Brenda Reese says

    Sending my condolences for the loss of a beautiful, caring and loving lady. My prayers for her family.

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    Vickie Green says

    I worked with Martha many years. She was a nice person. I can still see her smile. It is hard, but I have learned to not be sad for what has been lost , but thankful they were mine for as long as it lasted. You can bet she is having the time of her life right now. May the love of God give all her family and loved ones peace that surpasses all understanding thru Jeasus Christ our Savior.

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    Charlene DeLisle says

    So glad and honored to have been friends with Elnora for 60 years She was a very special lady! Condolences to all the family! She will be sorely missed! Love and prayer! Charlene!

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    Donna Hensley says

    So sorry for your loss .she was such a great lady.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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    Darlene Barber says

    I’m so happy to have known Elnora and Blanche for several years before we moved to New Mexico. They were instrumental in our joining Victory Baptist Church where we met many of their relatives. Elnora was a lovely person and loved the Lord with all her heart. She will be dearly missed.

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    Charolette Russell Wagner Roe says

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family of my Aunt Norie. I have such wonderful memories of her warm and tender smile. God bless each and everyone.

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    Jan and Rod Robison says

    Our thoughts and prayers for all the family in this time of loss. May God’s peace surround you all.

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    Kimberly Reinauer says

    Suffering the loss of your Mother and she was also a Grandmother pains and stings unlike anything else. Please accept my sincere condolences and send much love to your family. Aunt Norie was such a treasure to our family. She was so kind and loving. She will be missed by so many of us. She is in heaven visiting with God and my Grandparents. They have a lot of catching up to do. I look forward to the day when we can see each other again.
    Kimberly Reinauer – John and Carolyn Russell’s first Granddaughter

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    Ronald and Brenda Wilson bre says

    We both worked with Martha at Fasco and went to church where is was a strong supportof Ronald’s. He and myself greatly appreciated her so much. Her love and the love of her family will be remembered. We are so very sorry for the loss of a great person 💔.Ronald and Brenda Wilson.

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    Ronald and Brenda Wilson says

    We both worked with Martha at Fasco for many years. Also she was a great support to my Ronald’s ministry while pastoring at Victory Baptist Church. We both loved her and all her family members very much. Sure hated to hear about the great loss. Prayers are with the family.

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    Dian McCoy-Palmer says

    My Aunt Norie was a second mother. Smart, quick whittled and loving. She taught me to sew on grandma Sams old treadle machine. She trusted I wouldn’t sew my fingers. Alway there with a hug and brightest smile. I miss you.