Valdrice Sylvia Kirby Willoughby, 88, of Wardell, Mo., died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at her residence.
Born April 21, 1918, in Bucoda, Mo., daughter of the late Edgar Lee and Pearl Hurst Kirby, she was a cook for Wardell School.
On July 26, 1937, in Blytheville, Ark., she married John Leslie "Buck" Willoughby, who preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1972. She was also preceded in death by four sons, Jimmy Dale, Frank Cecil, Lawrence Jr., and Carl Eugene Willoughby; two daughters, Lesta Sue Willoughby and Rosetta Elaine Rudd; two brothers, John "Bill" William and Herschel Kirby; three sisters, Annie Mae Rackley, Wathena Euvyonne Bauer and Phyllis Kirby and one granddaughter, Mary Jane Canoy.
Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Canoy and husband, Sammy, of Kennett and Mary Wheatley and husband, Charles and Erma Page and husband, Kenny, all of Wardell; one sister, Ida Ethelen Shirmen, of Kennett; a sister-in-law, Ada Jean Kirby, of Kennett; 18 grandchildren, Marvin Lee Dunaway, David, Leslie, Jeff and Bradley Willoughby, Mary Lynn Birmingham, Tresa Brinkley, Sarah Windham, Audra Perry, Bo Canoy, Cherie Fowler, Leah Stover, Heather Lacey, Buck Wheatley, Kenneth and Tyler Riddle and Tommy Ward; 34 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., today, Friday, Nov. 10, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Wardell.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Lighthouse Church in Wardell with Brother Jeremy Damesworth officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.