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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Billie 'Charlene' Love

  • Billie 'Charlene' Love, 90, Diamond, passed away July 10, 2013.
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  • Billie 'Charlene' Love, 90, Diamond, passed away July 10, 2013.
    Mrs. Love was born March 13, 1923, in Grove, Okla., to Charles and Nettie Whitten. At age 3, the family moved to Neosho. She attended Eugene Field School and Neosho High School.
    Charlene married Ben R. Love on Aug. 31, 1940, and they lived in Diamond. To this union were born a son, Charles Michael and a daughter, Mary Colleen.
    Charlene was a proud homemaker and loved her family. She enjoyed being outside listening to the birds. She was a member of Diamond Christian Church. Her family says "She was an angel on earth."
    Mrs. Love will be dearly missed by her husband Ben, son Mike Love and wife, Edie, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; granddaughter, Cyndi Manke and husband, Brian of Diamond; grandsons, Tyler Love of Truckee, Calif., Colby Love and wife, Lori, of Springdale, Ark.; four great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by daughter, Colleen Stroud of Springfield, Mo.; granddaughter, Kelly Skinner of Diamond; sisters, Marie McKee of Fort Smith, Ark., Clara Heath of Houston, Texas, Claudia Smithpeter of Houston, Texas, Louise Williams of Coral Gables, Fla.; brothers Rodney Whitten of Joplin, and Thomas Whitten of Sacramento, Calif.
    Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Diamond Christian Church; Minister Michael Whorlow officiating.
    Interment will be in the Diamond Cemetery, Diamond. Pallbearers will be Mike Love, Colby Love, Brian Manke, Wayne Morgan, Bob Judd, Mark Garbet. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Diamond Christian Church.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charlene's memory may be made to Diamond Christian Church c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
    Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home Neosho.
    Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
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