Mary Belle Neiman – Clark, 91, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Living Community in St. Joseph where she had been cared for the past six weeks. Prior to her recent decline in health, she had been a resident at Country Squire Retirement Home in St. Joseph.
She was born December 19, 1922 to Roy H. Stone Sr. and Marie (Lundy) Stone in Forest City, Missouri, the oldest of their nine children.
She graduated from Fortescue high school in 1940.
Mary Belle and Claud Emery Neiman of Windsor, Missouri were married on May 25, 1940. Except for being in Kansas City, Missouri for two or three years during World War II, they lived in several states because of his salesman job with Capper’s Weekly Publications. Over the years they were blessed with six children before settling in Chillicothe, Missouri in 1953. The couple separated and divorced in 1960.
She married Russell E. Clark of Chillicothe on September 17, 1960. They lived in the Chula, Laredo and Trenton communities the next 30 – plus years. Two grandsons, Bradley and Chad Plowman made their home with them from an early age until graduating from high school.
Mary Belle was a certified nurse aide and medications aide for over 15 years at Sunny View nursing home in Trenton.
In 1994, Mary Belle and Russell moved to St. Joseph to be near family. She was employed by the Graham Group as a receptionist at Heartland Medical Plaza 1 in St. Joseph for 14 years. She retired in 2007 at the age of 84 years young.
She enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, traveling with family, the weddings of her grandchildren, dancing and especially being with her four daughters for their annual Neiman Sisters’ weekends in Kansas City.
She became an avid MU Tigers fan when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren began attending the university. Also she took a great interest in the weather conditions wherever her family lived or vacationed.
Mary Belle was a Christian, baptized at the Laredo Baptist Church in 1978 in the presence of family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Russell E. Clark in 1996; two brothers, William S. Stone and infant Bobby Stone; two sisters, Patsy Jean Stone and infant Darlene Stone.
Surviving are two sons, David (Diane) Neiman, Windsor, Missouri and Ronald Neiman, Jefferson, City, Missouri; four daughters, Judith (John) Gilgour, Blue Springs, Missouri, Mary Jane (Gary) Phillips, Jefferson City, Kathy (Roy) Hamm and Melody (Mike) Wood, St. Joseph, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Darcy Dockens, Daryn Neiman, Chris Neiman, Mitchell, David, Steven and Richard Gilgour, Tawnya Veit, Dr. Matthew Phillips, Jill West, Bradley and Chad Plowman, Angela Jameson, Jason Wood and Summer Kelley; thirty-three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and ten step-great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers, Roy H. (Claudine) Stone, Jr, Independence, Missouri and Larry (Karen) Stone, Forest City, Missouri; two sisters, Nancy Siron, Ft. Worth, Texas and Becky (Jim) Hawkins, Mexico, Missouri; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery, Mound City, Missouri. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the Leukemia Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com