JOPLIN, Mo. – Loretta Elaine Lagow, 90, of Joplin, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin after an illness.
Loretta was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Ute, Iowa, the daughter of Arzie and Allie (Gamet) Stephenson. She married Glenn C. Lagow on Jan. 6, 1945, in Rock Falls. Together, they raised three children. She was a longtime member of Christ’s Community United Methodist Church in Joplin, where she was active in the Pathfinders. She also was a member of Beta Sigma, PAI, and Home Extension. She was an avid card player and a collector of many types of turtles. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is survived by one son, Stephen Lagow, and wife, Margaret, of Joplin; two daughters, Beth Smith, and husband, John, of Cherryvale, Kansas, and Ellen Warders, and husband, Larry, of Silver Lake, Kansas; one sister, Lorraine Bender of Rock Falls; six grandchildren, Heath Warders, Erin Warders, Amy Smith, Tiffany Smith, Stephanie DeTar, and Danielle Lagow; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was July 14 at Christ’s Community Methodist Church in Joplin. Burial was at Osborne Memorial Cemetery in Joplin. Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory in Joplin handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to Christ’s Community United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the mortuary.