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Letha Louise (Horner) Shanks

July 2, 1928 ~ December 10, 2021 (age 93)


Letha Louise Shanks,93 of Matthews, MO, originally from Hornersville, MO, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Friday, December 10, 2021.
She was born on July 2,1928 in Hornersville, MO to the late A.L. Horner and Dorsie Horner.
Lee graduated college in Jonesboro, AR and received a degree in Early Elementary Education.  She went on to shape the minds of many children she taught and pursued a rewarding and fulfilling career for many years to come.
As a long-time member of the Crowe Methodist Church, she rarely ever missed a Sunday service. Lee was very active in the church choir and displayed her love of music through her piano. She was a devoted Christian lady and found solace in her religion.
Many of their loved ones celebrated the marriage between Lee and her late husband Joseph Edward Shanks on December 26, 1954.  Joseph was also a proud generational farmer for Matthews Farm Incorporated and a veteran of this country.  From this union, Lee and Joe welcome a son, Shaun Edward Shanks of Matthews, MO.
Lee is preceded in death by her four beloved sisters.  Ruth Ann Franks of Natchitoches, LA, Betty Lou Rose of Hornersville, MO, Thelma Beaird of Sikeston, MO, and Geraldine Horner of Hornersville, MO.  She leaves behind to cherish her son, Shaun Edward Shanks of Matthews, MO, two granddaughters, Lindsay Joy Shanks of New Madrid, MO and Natalie Ann Crawford of Steele, MO.  Four great-grandchildren, Ashton Paul Wood, Parker Dash Holmes, Noah Pikey Holmes, and Riley Jo Crawford.
The family would also like to extend our immense gratitude and appreciation to Ms. Lori Cook who resided alongside Lee and Joe during the most difficult of times and also shared the love we all have for them.
Visitation and Funeral: 
December 15, 2021
11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m.
Richards Funeral Home
436 Main St.     New Madrid, MO 63869


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December 15, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Richards Funeral Home Inc.
436 Main St
New Madrid, MO 63869

Funeral Service
December 15, 2021

1:00 PM
Richards Funeral Home Inc.
436 Main St
New Madrid, MO 63869

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