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Hazel Ione Chancellor, age 94, of Lamar, MO, passed away June 17, 2020, at Freeman Medical Center, Joplin, MO, from complications due to a fall on June 15th while tending flowerbeds at her home.

Ione was born on January 18, 1926, in Marceline, MO. She was introduced to her future husband, Richard Chancellor, around 1940 by her high school band director, Don Davis, who was Richard’s nephew. She graduated in 1944 from Marceline High School and immediately joined her sister, Ernestine, in Kansas City, working the production line at Pratt and Whitney, making bomber engines while Richard was in the US Army Air Corps as a B-24 bomber pilot in the European Theater. After the liberation of Europe, and Richard’s return from POW captivity, they were married on June 23, 1945, in Lamar at the H.C. Chancellor residence that became her home in 1951.

Ione was a talented baton twirler and baritone saxophone player in her youth, winning state and national titles. Ione, her sister Ernestine, and their mother Hazel were the free farm labor force for her Dad’s Depression Era business of truck farming vegetables, fruits, and bedding flats of flowers.

Ione and Richard raised four children in Lamar, with Richard working at the Lawn Boy factory as the Plant Superintendent, and, after Lawn Boy abandoned Lamar, as a teller then eventually the President of Barton County State Bank. During these halcyon days of post-war America, Ione was a homemaker and devoted supporter of her family and community. With her family-raising days almost over she enrolled in the Nursing program at Missouri Southern, earning her R.N. pin in 1971. She retired after 20-plus years working swing and graveyard shifts at Barton County Memorial Hospital. She and Richard enjoyed almost a decade of travel and enjoyment of the arts before Richard’s passing in 2000. You couldn’t name a place you had been without her saying, “Yes, I remember visiting there.”

Besides a brief and wonderful renewal of acquaintance with a war era admirer, K.P., from Kansas City, Ione lived alone in the house where she was married and where she tended the most beautiful flowerbeds imaginable, first with a growing family, then with a loving retired husband, then as a widow of 20 years.

Ione was preceded in death by her only daughter, Vicki, who tragically died from childbirth complications in 1969, by her husband of almost 55 years, Richard, in 2000, and by her youngest son, Clay, in 2008. Survivors include her oldest son Brad and family, of Columbia, MO, her daughter Vicki’s daughter Paige and family, of Franktown, CO and son Jason and family, of Timnath, CO, and her middle son Eric and family, of Falls Church, VA.

Ione was a quiet, almost stoic at times, disciplined person who kept an immaculate house, worked miracles with flowers and flowerbeds, was a faithful church attendee, a swim coach, a nurse, a lifelong FDR Democrat, a supporter of NPR and the arts, and a giver to many charities and social justice causes. She was Christ among us, but now she rejoices with her long deceased loved ones in Heaven, as we miss her presence among us until the day we, too, rejoice again with her.

Funeral services at the Lamar Methodist Church will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 concerns. Interment will be at Lake Cemetery next to her husband, daughter, and youngest son. Donations in Ione’s memory can be made to any cause supporting the arts or the common good of humanity and the environment.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home.


#13 Dallas TexasKent Snow 2020-12-30 17:18
I never met Ione in person, however I knew her through her son Clay. I spoke to her several years ago just to say hello. Clay was a dear friend referred to me through a good friend. He was my barber for many years as well as the person that took care of my three daughters as well as my spouse Alice. Clay commissioned me to build several things for his home as well for his mother Ione. Ione was loved by many. Clay would travel back and forth from Lamar were he always enjoyed his mother and working in the garden. I was privileged to have known Clay along with his mother Ione. She had a good life. My parents were in the same generation. They were the greatest! Our families have a lot to be proud of. God bless your family.
#12 Kansas City, Mo.Mike DeArmond 2020-07-06 21:38
Eric, sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It was just last summer that I talked to her on the phone after my mom's demise. The two were close friends, as were our dads. The heart goes on.
#11 Nevada, MOAnne DeArmond Bunton 2020-07-06 15:55
Ione was a great friend of my mom, Mary DeArmond, and I remember her well from growing up in Lamar. She was a really nice woman, and my mother treasured her friendship through the years. So sorry for your loss.
#10 MissouriMarlys Buckner 2020-07-03 18:54
I’m just hearing of this. My condolences to the family. She was the nurse that oriented me to BCMH right out of nursing school. A great lady and RN
#9 Lamar, MODenzil Voorhees 2020-06-26 23:09
I have known Ione several years since my boys went to school with her grandchildren, thought a lot of her and Richard..prayers to the family!!
#8 NCMary 2020-06-26 11:25
My sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
#7 Indiana, PAKaren&Steve Wegener 2020-06-25 15:57
What a beautiful tribute...condolences to all and love to Eric, Denise, Richard, Erin, and Amy.
#6 LamarBob & Janet Sitton 2020-06-24 16:53
We enjoyed Richard and Ione as neighbors for 25 years. We had such respect for both. I got to enjoy Ione when we were involved in Friends of The Library. She will be missed, we know.
#5 Rogers ARLinda Finley 2020-06-24 00:04
I am very sad to hear this news. Ione was a major figure in my growing-up years. Her daughter Vicki was a high school friend. I spent much time at Vicki’s home. I remember fun bunk parties listening to Lover Please and other popular 45’s. Ione and Richard were close friends of my mom and dad. Ione was a lovely, gracious woman. I am thankful to have known her.
#4 LamarMarcia Bary 2020-06-22 17:47
We always enjoyed Ione. I admired her for her humanity and love of nature

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