Dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother Ethel Leora Buller, 89, Milo, passed in peace into God’s hands May 1, 2013, in Cedar County Memorial Hospital, El Dorado Springs, after a period of declining strength and health. She was a wonderful example up to the end showing love, kindness, warmth and humor that characterized her life. Ethel was born Oct. 30, 1923, in Jasper, to Elmer (Frank) Owens and Frances (Gresham) Owens.
She married Elam Buller in 1942. They eventually made their home on a farm near Virgil City, where they raised their seven children (five sons and two daughters). She has 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Owens and Frances Ashworth; her husband, Elam Buller, of nearly 65 years; sister, Irene Messer; and son, James (Jimmy) Buller.
Surviving are two daughters: Elaine (Harold) Boden of Montrose and Jane (Pete) Stewart of Homosassa, FL; four sons – Robert( Barbara) Buller – Ormond Beach, FL, Marvin Buller – Nevada, David Buller – Milo and Rodney (Jennipher) Buller – El Dorado Springs; sisters, Eleanor Kempski – Grand Rapids, MI and Hattie Smith – Eagle Rock. Also surviving are her many cherished grandchildren.
Ethel loved and took a lot of pride in her family. She thought her greatest legacy was her children and one of her greatest joys was being a loving grandmother. She was well known for her quilt making, her beautiful flower gardens and her cooking and baking. She was an avid collector of Red Apple decor in her kitchen, decorative plates and spoons from every state and some countries provided to her by her children, grandchildren and friends. She enjoyed being surrounded by the ones she loved and those that loved her most. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, in the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Burial followed in Virgil City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Eddie Boden, Bryan Buller, Joshua Buller, Andrew Bellinghausen, Jonathan Karleskint and Jordan Karleskint.
Memorial donations may be made to Virgil City Cemetery and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.