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Helen Joan Hight

September 29, 1932 November 7, 2018
Helen Joan Hight
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Obituary for Helen Joan Hight

Helen Joan Hight, 86, Carthage, MO, passed away early Wednesday morning, November 7, 2018, at her home. Helen Joan Tappana was born September 29, 1932, in Webb City, MO, to the late Don Alvin Tappana and Evelyn (McMinn) Tappana. She was a 1950 graduate of Webb City High School. Helen Joan married Mervin Hight on March 25, 1951, in Carl Junction, MO; he survives. She received her BS & MS degrees in education from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Kansas, and then her library science degree from Emporia State College. Helen Joan worked as a librarian for Carthage R-9 Schools until her retirement in July 1990.

Survivors include her husband, Mervin; one daughter, Denise Lamb (Charles), Carthage, MO; one son, Steve Hight (Cindy), Riverton, KS; two brothers, Don Tappana, Sedalia, MO, and Les Tappana, Webb City, MO; two sisters, her twin Ellen Oney, Webb City, MO, and Mary Glassburner, Carl Junction, MO; five grandchildren, Whitney Hussey (Shawn), Kelsey Baucom (Justin), Aaron Hight (Lacey), Taylor Hight (Andrea), and Jared Hight; nine great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Mack Tappana, and one sister, Patty Tappana.

Helen Joan was an avid reader, hospital volunteer, and was a frequent volunteer and supporter of Stone’s Throw Theatre.

Visitation will be held 6-7 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Memorial graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Carl Junction Cemetery. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage Public Library or the Stone’s Throw Theatre in care of Knell Mortuary. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.


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Visitation

Tuesday

13

Nov

6:00 PM 11/13/2018 6:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/13/2018 7:00:00 PM
Knell Mortuary

308 W. Chestnut
Carthage, MO 64836

Knell Mortuary
308 W. Chestnut Carthage 64836 MO
United States

Graveside

Thursday

15

Nov

2:00 PM 11/15/2018 2:00:00 PM
Carl Junction Cemetery

8998 N. County Road 275
Carl Junction, MO 64834

Carl Junction Cemetery
8998 N. County Road 275 Carl Junction 64834 MO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Carl Junction Cemetery Final Resting Place

8998 N. County Road 275
Carl Junction, MO 64834

8998 N. County Road 275 Carl Junction 64834 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Knell Mortuary

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage Public Library or the Stone’s Throw Theatre in care of Knell Mortuary.
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