7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Mary Elaine Suiter passed away on Thursday June 22, 2023. She was born on August 26, 1948, in Lamar, MO to Irene (James) and Wilbur “Jack” Suiter. Mary grew up in the Lamar-Liberal area. She went to Pleasant View Rural Schools and then attended and graduated from Lamar High School in 1966. She attended Pleasant View Baptist Church until it closed and then became a member of the Lamar Christian Church. Mary enjoyed playing the piano and performing music at Maple Senior Living. She was not a person who put great value on material possessions, yet she was always ready with gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or special occasions. She was an easy touch for any school fund raising project.
Mary worked in the insurance field. She started working for Herb Young at MFA Insurance and then went to work for Bruce Belline, from where she recently retired after 48 years of employment. She was very good at her job because she loved her work, especially working with “her” farmers and crop insurance. She was well loved and was adopted into many families as “Aunt Mary” and into the Hagins family as another child. She enjoyed bowling, eating out, going to the movies, and “heaven forbid” shopping with a group of dear friends; Linda Hagins, Connie Montgomery, Peggy Sangster, Garalene Pyatt, Donna Reedy, Amanda Blanchard, and Carol Hartline. When they could they took along Mary Ethal Hagins and Eva Cackley. Their adventures often took them to Branson, MO and to Nashville, TN to the Grand Ole Opry. They also traveled to more exotic places such as, a cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, a road trip to Niagara Falls, NY and into Canada, a trip to Disney World in Florida, and several trips to Yellowstone National Park. Together the group had good times and made many happy memories through their adventures.
She is survived by her cousins Ed Cook and wife Linda of Liberal, MO, Jim Cook and wife Laura of Jasper, MO, and Don Cook and wife Susan of Joplin, MO. Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
If you would like to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers, the family suggests Nashville Cemetery Association or St Jude Children's Hospital.
The family will receive visitors from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM with a funeral service at 10:00 AM on Monday June 26, 2023 at Konantz Warden Funeral Home.
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1301 Gulf St. LAMAR, MO, US 64759, Phone: (417) 682-3344 Fax: (844) 273-1086