Cleta Mae Van Tress, age 96, of Canton, Missouri died Saturday, January 3, 2010 in the Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton.
She was born December 15, 1913 in Canton, the daughter of Roy O. and Ora Mae Kotor Bertram. She married George Russell Van Tress in Canton on April 18, 1937. He died March 23, 1978.
She attended Sunnyside and Central country schools and high school at Ten Mile, graduating from Canton High School in 1931. She attended and graduated from Culver-Stockton College. She taught at Sunnyside and at Benjamin from 1931-1937, then started teaching in 1946 at Canton Public School where she taught 5th grade for 27 years, retiring in 1973.
She was a member of the Lewis County Historical Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, Teachers Sorority for 50 years, Benjamin Social Club, Canton Business Women, Bunker Hill Farm Club, D.A.R, Riverview Extension Club, 4-H project leader at Benjamin and a 79 year member of the Wyaconda Baptist Church near Canton.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially her flower and vegetable garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Lynda L. Bradshaw of Edina, MO; two granddaughters, Lori (Gary) Howard of Okeechobee, FL and Lana Lovell of Eldon, MO; two great grandchildren, Heather Lovell and Troy Howard; two nephews, Gary (Lois) Glasgow and Paul Opie, both of Canton; and one niece Anne James and husband of Austin, TX; one great niece, Christa (Joe) Johnson of Quincy, IL; and one great nephew Richard Glasgow of Canton; one great-great nephew Ethan Johnson and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Wilma Opie in 1971 and Margret Glasgow in 1999 and a niece Mary Karole Glasgow.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. David Howald officiating. Burial was in Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton. Marilyn Hoffman provided music. Pallbearers were George Hoffman, Carroll Hoffman, Duane Job, David McCutchan, John Carter and James Geisendorfer.
The family suggests memorials be make to Wolfner Library for the Visually Handicapped, Lewis Co Historical Society or to the Wyaconda Baptist Church.