Reba “Geri” Stafford
Reba “Geri” Stafford, 86 of Bradleyville, MO passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Forsyth, MO. Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 3, 2021 and funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. in the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home in Forsyth. Burial will be in the Stafford Cemetery, Bradleyville, MO.
Reba “Geri” Stafford was born Sunday, August 12th 1934 in Protem MO to Henry Franklin and Dollie Gwendolyn (Jennings) Dunn. She attended school at East Rhodes, Hester, Dadeville, Protem, Forsyth and graduated high school in Ozark in 1953. She attended Draughon’s Business College in Springfield, MO.
After graduation she was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper at Horst Flooring in Ozark and then Campbell Trucking in Springfield. Later in life, she also worked at Hagales Garment Factory in Forsyth. She put her business degree to work at the family business, Stafford and Son’s Auto which she and her husband Joe owned and operated in Forsyth. In her later years, she had her dream job as a self-employed seamstress making bible covers and totes to sell in her craft booth at Apple Tree Mall in Branson, MO. Sewing was her passion she always made all of her kid’s clothing while they were growing up all the while, being a farmer’s wife and taking care of the household. She also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and her grandkids play sports.
She was united in marriage to Thomas Joe Stafford Aug. 11, 1956 at Assembly of God in Ozark MO. To the union, three children were born; Thomas Joe Jr., Reba Jewell and Timothy Lynn. Geraldine “Geri” was a devoted Christian and attended Fairview Church in Rueter, MO. She was also a member of the Fairview Church Sewing Club making quilts for anyone in need. While her kids were attending school, she was a member of the Bradleyville P.T.A. and an instructor for the Bradleyville 4-H. in 1956. She was a member of the Ozark Bells which took first place in the Sweet Adaline’s in the state of Missouri. Along with being a house wife in the early 1960’s, she helped on the family farm. The Stafford’s were well known for growing acres of tomatoes each year in the late 1960’s to mid-1970’s. While her husband Joe worked in Kansas City through the week, she took care of the cattle all the while raising her family. She was considered a very hard worker and a loving Mother and M0amaw.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas Joe Jr and wife, Cheryl of Marshfield, Timothy Lynn and wife, Kellie of Bradleyville; one brother, H.F. and wife, Elaine of Ozark; Six grandchildren, Nathan Stafford of Bradleyville, Jamon and Nathan Lewis of Rogersville, Waylon Stafford of Bradleyville, Dylan and Kelci Stafford of Marshfield, Jerrid Stafford of Bradleyville, and Kayla and Cole Wyatt of Bradleyville; fourteen great-grandchildren.
She is Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Joe Stafford; one daughter, Reba Jewell; parents, Henry and Dollie Dunn; one sister, Wilma Thomas; one brother, Jimmie Dunn.
Memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Cemetery or the Fairview Church.
Arrangements under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth.