An annual event hosted by Clark Funeral Homes, The Tree of Memories, will be held on Monday, November 25 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Civic in downtown Neosho.

Tree of Memories is an evening dedicated to the memories of loved ones no longer with us. It's a time to honor family, friends, neighbors, teachers, community leaders and anyone who has impacted our lives.

Since 1997, Tree of Memories has been held before Thanksgiving to both honor memories of loved ones and to raise money for the annual Neosho Food Basket Brigade.

Community members are invited to purchase tree-shaped brass ornaments for the Memorial Trees, which will be displayed through the Christmas season. Ornaments may be pre-ordered for $5 and will be engraved with the names of the person individuals wish to remember. The Neosho Food Basket Brigade will receive $1 from each ornament sold and in addition, Clark Funeral Homes will contribute an additional $2 for each ornament.

Ornaments from past years may also be used. A $3 minimum donation to the Food Basket Brigade is suggested but not required.

During the Tree of Memories service, this year's featured speaker will be Dr. Ronald Lankford, a longtime area resident of both Seneca High School and Missouri Southern State University. He also completed three degrees at the University of Missouri including his doctorate. He has been a teacher and served the Webb City school district for 33 years, retiring as Superintendent in 2010 He then served as the Deputy Commissioner of Education for the state in Jefferson City from 2010-2016. He currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in Joplin. He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2010.

The service will also feature a musical celebration, candle lighting, reading of names and decorating Memorial Trees with the engraved ornaments.

Brochures with an order form and RSVP for the event were mailed out to many local residents. Those interested in participating may also contact Clark Funeral Homes.

There will be a Tree of Memories for both Neosho and Granby/East Newton.

For more information contact Clark Funeral Homes at 417-451-2345.