Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Belle (Farris) Ousley 1907-2005

Belle Ousley, daughter of the late James Henry and Polly Ann (Lewis) Farris, was born February 16, 1907 in Dry Creek, Missouri where she grew up and attended school. As a young girl, Belle accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the river near Dry Creek.

On November 4, 1922, Belle was united in marriage to Luther A. "Toad" Ousley. They shared over 50 years of marriage together and were blessed with three children: Alvie, Charles and Bonnie. Toad preceded Belle in death on August 30, 1973.

Belle and Toad owned the Ousley Garage for several years and Belle worked as the bookkeeper for the business. She spent the majority of her time doing the thing she enjoyed the most - taking care of her family. She enjoyed growing her own food in her garden and taking care of her flower gardens. She was an excellent cook and her family always looked forward to what she had for dinner. She was a very talented quilter and continued to quilt until the last couple of years when her health started failing.

Belle went home to be with her Lord at 9:40 P.M. Monday, February 21, 2005 in the St. John's Breech Medical Center of Lebanon at the age of 98 years and 5 days.

Belle will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her daughter: Bonnie Graham of Lebanon, Missouri; one sister: Ida Turnbow of St. Robert, Missouri; two brothers: Frank Farris of St. Robert, Missouri and Lester Farris of Laquey, Missouri; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special friend Joyce Shepherd; several other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Belle was preceded in death by her two sons: Charles and Alvie; and five sisters: Mae, Vera, Florence, Hazel and Wilma.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 25, 2005 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Breeden officiating. Soloist Becky Lercher sang "Amazing Grace" and "Peace In The Valley". Serving as escorts were Ronnie Elkins, Billy Fenton, Pat Fincher, Austin Ousley, Chad Ousley and Chuck Ousley. Serving as honorary escorts were Levi Elkins, Dick Ousley and Kenneth Ruhl.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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