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Claudine Lybarger

Claudine Lybarger, age 90, of Laddonia, MO formerly of Vandalia passed away at 1:55 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.  

Private family services will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Waters Funeral Home. Pastor Dale Roberts and Pastor Nathan Detmer will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens following the service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral services for Claudine are private. We, the family, understand that you may want to be with us during our time of loss, but for safety reasons, we understand your absence. Waters Funeral Home offers other options on their website through condolences, sympathies, memorial donations and flowers as an expression of your sympathy. Thank you for your concern and consideration. 

Claudine was born on October 18, 1929, in Ashley, Missouri the daughter of James Albert and Gertrude Lois (Hickman) Lovelace.

She was united in marriage to Elmer "Tom" Lybarger on June 8, 1947 in Bowling Green, Missouri. He preceded her in death on August 5, 2010. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, James Elmer Lybarger, daughter, Paula Kay Sites, two sisters, Virginia Berger and Velma Sue Leverett, son in law, James Sites and two grandchildren, Shala Nicole Kuda and James Bartlow. 

Claudine is survived by seven children, Donna Bartlow of Hannibal, MO, Douglas Eugene Lybarger of Perry, MO, Tami (Roy) Grawe of Laddonia, MO, Dwayne (Mary Ann) Lybarger of Melvin, IL, Robyn (Tom) Maggard of Protem, MO, Dawn (Kenny) Glover of Hannibal, MO and Travis (Cheryl) Lybarger of Laddonia, MO, a twin sister, Pauline Keithley of Bowling Green, MO, twenty one grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren, five great great great grandchildren and many other loved family and friends. 

Claudine graduated from Bowling Green High School Class of 1947 and worked for Bobbie Brooks and Handy-Top in Vandalia for 25+ years until the closing of the factory. 

She was a member of  Laddonia Christian Church, the Farmerettes of Farmer, MO and the coffee club in Laddonia. 

Claudine was a lot of life for a little woman and always on the go. She was the life of the party and loved hosting parties and family gatherings. She loved cooking, camping, boating and going to garage sales. Claudine spent a lot of time quilting and sewing, she also loved to send out cards to her family, friends or anyone she thought needed a smile. She loved new and unusual stamps and was always looking for the best ones to put on her cards. She was known for her sour cream banana bread, crazy about John Wayne, Judge Judy and her favorite movie The Heat. She was often found spending time with the Amish and loved being with them. At the nursing home they called her Miss America because she greeted everyone who went by her room. Claudine loved the lord with all her heart and enjoyed her time visiting churches including the Laddonia Christian Church, Bible Holiness Church in Vandalia and the Cowboy Church in Bowling Green. Above all Claudine loved her family beyond explanation, her time spent with kids, grandchildren and everyone she loved was priceless. 

Pallbearers will be Jaron Freie, Chad Freie, Bradley Leverett, Ken Meyer, Amanda Grawe and Cole Lybarger

Honorary Pallbearers are James Lybarger, Robert Kuntz, Scottie Kuntz, Jackie Bartlow, Adam Lybarger, Eric Glover and Kade Lybarger.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice 1310 Business Hwy 61 Suite B, Bowling Green, MO, 63334 or Laddonia Christian Church 308 Chestnut, Laddonia, MO, 63352.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Claudine memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com

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Claudine "Maw" was the sweetest, feisty & full of life little lady I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. .So many memories.......I would come home from work & there would be a note or a care package. She never missed my birthday! When I speak of her to anyone it puts a smile on my face. Sweet Maw I will miss her!
My sympathies to the family

Tony Fisher Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

I sending prayers too Donna Jean and All the family. We always had a good time at your mom and dad's. She was so sweet and she could cook for who ever showed up. We will miss her letter's at Christmas. I wish we knew she was at the nursing home. We would have her cards and letters. Glenda Sue Nancy and I love Claudine. She was like our second mom growing up. Know that we giving you all hugs and kisses .So sorry for your loss.

Jeanne Trower Worely Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

Claudine was the sweetest lady we ever met, and a wonderful neighbor and friend, we loved her so much and she was so full of life, we will miss her, but know she is in Heaven now, and so happy.

Don and Mary Ames Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Claudine Lybarger

tom-jean dempsey Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Claudine Lybarger

Bro kenny Haddock Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

I did maintenance at the Laddonia Liesure Manor for several years and almost every time I would be there here would come Ms Claudia bring me a soda or some cookies. she has a very kind lady a true angel on earth

Bubba Welch Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

We had lots in common but I had a small grey car like hers too. She gave me a flag to put in my window like she had. I think we both had a hula girl on our dashboard. I knew when I didn't see her in her car one day that I would find her in mine trying to drive off. Yep. Lol. I'm gonna miss her. We had lots of good times. An absolutely amazing person. So lucky to have known her.

Thain Sep 4 2020 12:00 AM

Claudine was also so sweet to all of us kids! A special memory I have of her is going to her house on Halloween, getting candy and having movies taken of us in our costume ! All of the Lybarger kids will be in my prayers ! Special memories growing up in the neighborhood.

Barb Hassien Branstetter Sep 3 2020 12:00 AM

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