Born 2-28-1924 -- Died 5-10-2004
Melva Pauline Cordell, 80, Independence, Mo., died May 10, 2004, at her home.
She was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Mammoth Spring, Ark., the daughter of Joseph Henry and Frances Adeline Haney Swope.
She married Charles Dean Cordell on Dec. 22, 19877, in Independence, Mo.
She still maintained her license as a beauty operator and thoroughly loved her weekly visits to the beauty shop.
She held a strong faith in God and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Independence.
She was deeply proud of her twins and her five grandchildren. She was the glue that bound her family, easily being the best mother in the world.
She had a great talent and joy for flower gardening and was passionate about animals. She was a very giving, loving, hard working woman, always doing for others first. She loved her independence and cracking a few jokes from time to time.
She set her standards high in everything she did and encouraged others to do the same. Melva, who had played the piano and sung as a child, learned to play the organ at the age of 65. Eighty years was not nearly enough for all she wanted to do.
Survivors include her husband, Charles of the home; a son, Dennis Joe Baker of Independence, Mo.; a daughter, Deborah Kay Stadsvold of Ramsey, Minn., and five grandchildren -- Brett Stadsvold, Blane Baker, Spencer Stadsvold, Garrett Stadsvold and Faith Baker.
She was cared for and will be missed greatly by her family and friends. She will never be forgotten. "See ya later, alligator." "After while, crocodile."
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers -- Orville and Carl Swope.
The funeral service was held May 15 at Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville, Mo., with the Rev. Gordon Smith of Christ United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment was in Freeman Cemetery at Freeman, Mo., with arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home of Harrisonville, Mo.
Pallbearers were Ken Stadsvold, Brett Stadsvold, Spencer Stadsvold, Ernest Lee Waldron, Cordell Waldron and Mike Sims.
Honorary casketbearers were Garrett Stadsvold and Dale Griffith.