V. Luella Birthelmer entered into rest Aug. 13, 2014.
She was born Sept. 26, 1928, to Harry and Eleanor (Ridenour) Smallwood in Simpson, Kan. She resided in Neosho, Mo., since 1997. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, gardening and crafts. For several years, she owned and operated “Luellas Crafts” in Madisonville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., when she lived in these cities.
For many years, she was an active member of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) organization, and served as leader for the group several times when she resided in Canton, Ohio, and Neosho. In 1988, she attained the status of KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly), which she maintained during her life.
She was also an active participant with the Flower Box Newcomers Club in Neosho.
On May 27, 1961, she married Wilbur (Wil) M. Birthelmer in Wichita, Kan., and he survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Michael K. Birthelmer, Neosho. She had a son Alan K. Stewart, of the state of Kansas and a daughter, Dee Stewart Otto, of the state of Washington, from a previous marriage and they both survive; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Other survivors include Jim D. and Linda Smallwood, brother and sister-in-law, Neosho; Jim L. Smallwood, nephew, and wife Jennifer, Neosho; and Keith Pearson, brother-in-law, Wichita, Kan.
Her sister Evelyn Pearson, preceded her in death. Her father, Harry Smallwood died in August 2001 and her step-mother, Hazel Smallwood died in September 1997.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be prior to the service at 1 pm. Vicar Steve Gillmore from the First Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Neosho IOOF Cemetery in Neosho.
Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Neosho, in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.