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 Celesta Gares, age 89, of Kahoka, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the Clark Co. Nursing Home.

Celesta was born June 1, 1929 near Antioch, MO, a daughter of Billie and Freda Kutcher Ball.

She was united in marriage to Harold V. Gares on October 25, 1947 in the old Methodist Church in Kahoka.   They would have celebrated 71 years of marriage in two weeks.

Survivors include her husband, Harold V. Gares, of Kahoka, MO; a daughter, Melody (Bruce) Uhlmeyer of Kahoka, MO; three grandchildren: Dan (Brandy) Uhlmeyer of Shelbyville, MO, Wesley (Jessica) Uhlmeyer of Monticello, IL, and Cheryl (Lute) Winkelman of Alexandria, MO; nine great-grandchildren: Mason, Robert, Adelle, Clara, Ethan, Emily, and Eliza Uhlmeyer and Cora and Isabel Winkelman; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law: Lola I. Gares of Kahoka, MO, Laneta Gares of Monroe City, MO and Clifford Gares of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Harlan Gares; a brother, Edwin (Joan)  Ball; brothers and sisters-in-law: Cecil and Velda Zollars, Lola J. Gares, and Hilbert Gares.

Celesta graduated from Kahoka High School in 1947 and attended Culver Stockton College.

 She taught in rural Clark County at Lincoln College and Enterprise Schools.  She went to work for the ASCS in 1956, retiring in 1992.  She held a lot of offices in the State of Missouri and as a delegate, attending many national conventions representing Clark County as well.  She and Harold enjoyed this time together traveling and gathering with friends made throughout the United States.

Celesta was an active member of the Kahoka United Methodist Church, serving various offices in the church and in the conference and always faithfully helping out in whatever capacity she could.   She had served on the Clark Co. Nursing Home Board of Directors and was also a member of the Kahoka Tuesday Club.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kahoka United Methodist Church with Pastor Barb Hagerla officiating.  Judith Roddy was pianist and congregational hymns were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Here I Am, Lord”.

Pallbearers were Dan Uhlmeyer, Wesley Uhlmeyer, Lute Winkelman, Mason Uhlmeyer, Robert Uhlmeyer and Ethan Uhlmeyer.

Visitation was held  at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after noon on Saturday with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.

Memorials in lieu of flowers weCelesta Garesre suggested to the Clark Co. Nursing Home or the Kahoka United Methodist Church.

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Virginia Mae Hobb

Virginia Mae Hobb, 88 of Kahoka died Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Clark County Nursing Home.

Arrangements are pending at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka.