COVID-19 Update

As funeral professionals we have been asked by several people in our community how we will continue to serve our families. The families that we serve are always our top priority. We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the changing information we receive everyday from public health officials and government agencies.

For families that experience the loss of a loved one, Daniel Funeral Home will remain prepared 24/7 to serve your family at your time of loss. We will continue to care for your loved one as usual and will follow the guidance and regulations from the Missouri Department of Health.

Our government officials, both federal and state, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.

We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure the safety of our community and of our staff while honoring their loved one. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of everyone who enters our doors.

For the safety of all, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:

Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.

Daniel Funeral Home has been there for our community during difficult times, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Rest assured, we will continue to serve your family with dignity and respect through these uncertain times.


Velma Arlene (Long) Miller, age 97, of Lamar, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She was born to Harley and Freda (Yount) Long on June 24, 1922 in Vernon County, Missouri.

   Velma attended Bakers Grove Grade School before attending Liberal High School. On October 25, 1941 she married George Frederick Miller of Irwin, Missouri. They lived on their farm in the Irwin community for 49 years until George’s death in 1991. Velma then moved to Lamar, Missouri. She worked at the Big Smith Clothing factory in Lamar from 1953 until its closure and continued at the factory in Carthage. After leaving Big Smith she worked at Dot’s Gift Shop and finished her work career as a cashier at The Blue Top Restaurant. Velma was devoted to her family and enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, baking and dancing. She was a member of the Lamar First Baptist Church and the Lamar women’s Sew & Sew Club.

   Velma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband George and son Lawrence; four brothers, Marvin, Howard, Linden and Dayton Long; a sister, Leta Alumbaugh Skief and a nephew, David Hanneman.

   She is survived by her daughters, Carol Anne Farrell and spouse Jim Farrell, Overland Park, Kansas, Susan Splitter and spouse August Splitter, Lamar, Missouri; daughter-in-law Dorothy (Walker) Miller, Liberal, Missouri; and her sister Mary Hanneman, Belton, Missouri. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Joel Miller, Lawrence Splitter, Christopher Splitter, Adam Splitter, Michelle (Farrell) Emerson, Stephanie (Farrell) Strick and Elizabeth (Farrell) Feris, as well as eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday January 10, 2020 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

   The family will receive friend from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

   Contributions are suggested and made payable to Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center Activities Department in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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#4 Smithville MoVicky Miller Ramsey 2020-01-13 14:09
Prayers for our Family. So many Memories of the Miller Farms in my childhood. Back when Family had time for Family. Velma prepared many diners for the family and was so Spunky. I visit Bakers Grove Cemetary as often as I can and still it feels like the house there will always be a Miller home to me. I lived in Alf Miller’s farm house and spent many days with George, Velma, and Lawrence. Always looked for to horseback riding, baskets of fresh tomatoes, and the best watermelons ! May everyone hold onto all the great Memories and know that many are gathered in Heaven with no worries now. God Bless The Family’s
#3 JoplinSheila McReynolds 2020-01-13 13:48
To the family: So sorry to hear of the death of your mother.
#2 Lamar, moLinda Cooprider 2020-01-06 21:31
Carol and Susan, family and friends, so sorry to hear about your mother. I worked with her at the Blue Top.
#1 Webb City,MOBob Long 2020-01-03 00:37
Aunt Velma, was a strong willed Lady..
You knew just where she stood when she
spoke....Rest in Peace!!!

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