Elsie Evelyn Osburn, 81, of Wardell, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at the Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett.
Born Jan. 9, 1924, in Maury City, Tenn., daughter of the late Walter and Elsie Riddick, she graduated from Cooter High School and was a charter member of the Hayti Garden Club, member of the Steelite Bowling League, a Gray Lady at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti and a member of the Church of Christ in Wardell. She was a licensed funeral director and was the former owner/operator of the Jimmy Osburn Funeral Homes in Wardell and Hayti.
On Jan. 6, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark., she married Jimmy Osburn, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Alice Miller and Katye Young and one brother, Westal Riddick.
Survivors include two daughters, Thana Joyner, of Bradenton, Fla., and Janet Osburn, of Blytheville; two sisters, Faye Badger and Nell Buell, both of Tell City, Ind.; six grandchildren, Danna Squires, of Kirkwood, Mo., Dan Joyner, of St. Louis, Mo., Kara Gibbins, of Portageville, Mo., Kim Cannon and Kristen Brown, both of Kennett and Summar Johnson, of Piggott, Ark., and six great-grandchildren, Olivia and Evan Squires, Summer, Payton and Abby Gibbins and Ben Cannon.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Bradshaw-Osburn Funeral Home in Wardell with Brother William Quillin officiating.
Burial was in the Wardell Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Glen Owen, Cecil Lewis, Bill Wyatt, Ralph and Raymond Tanner and Jim Brimhall.
Honorary pallbearers were Pug Smith and Freddie Lee Smith.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Powell Funeral Home in Steele, Mo.