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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Obituary - Etta Sue Hendrick Fairman

Funeral services for Etta Sue Fairman of Ballard, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Cove Creek Christian Church or Salvation Army. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Etta Sue Hendrick Fairman, age 85, of Urich, Missouri died June 19, 2021, in Belton, Mo. She was born June 20, 1935 to Brooksie and Anna Marie Daniel Hendrick near Urich, Mo.

At the age of 11, Etta Sue accepted Christ as her Savior while attending Cove Creek Baptist Church near Mayesburg. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1953 and attended Business College in Kansas City, Mo. Her first job was at Emery-Byrd-Thayer in K.C. She married her high school sweetheart, Melvin Lee Fairman, on August 31,1956 in Belton, Missouri. To this union, four children were born.

Etta Sue was quite creative. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, crocheting and painting. When her family was young, she had a large garden and spent a good amount of time freezing and canning the bounty of that garden. For the first ten years of their marriage, she and Melvin lived in Independence, Mo. but bought a farm in Ballard in 1966. They attended Cove Creek Christian Church as a family, and each of her four children came to know the Lord there. Etta Sue was involved in Cove Creek’s VBS and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Ballard PTA and was president of the organization for several years. She was also a member and president of both CWF (Christian Women’s Fellowship), Mingo Club, the Red Hatter’s Club and the Fine Arts League of Bates County. She was an avid spectator to all the sports and other events in which her children (and later grandchildren) participated. Melvin was the girl’s softball coach for many years, and she learned to keep score and assisted him in that way. We called Etta Sue a “social butterfly” because she was always on the go and hard to catch at home until the time came when her knees didn’t work so well anymore, and she spent the majority of her time in a wheelchair. Even then, she kept in contact with lots of family and friends. We joked that she needed a switchboard to keep all her calls straight.

In later years, Melvin and Etta Sue took pleasure in traveling to Branson and enjoyed a variety of music shows there. Etta Sue also enjoyed playing dominoes at the Ballard Grill with a lively group of friends. She learned how to use a computer, became a member of Facebook and loved keeping up with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed the many pictures they shared, and the communication that went back and forth between them all.

Etta Sue was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin of 60 years; her brothers, Scottie and Bill, and sisters-in-law, Ginny and Linda. She is survived by two sons, Alan Fairman and wife Linda of Ballard, Missouri and Darryl Fairman and wife Michele of Peculiar, Missouri; two daughters, Susan Wainscott and husband Chuck of Raymore, Missouri and Lisa Smith and husband Bret of Acampo, California; one brother, Don Hendrick and wife Ferne of Peculiar, Missouri; one sister, Iris Schuster and husband Eldo of Overland Park, Kansas, one brother-in-law, Marvin Fairman and wife Mary Ann of Highland Village, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Julie Fairman Guffey and husband Lance of Ballard, Missouri, Jason Fairman and wife Cara of Adrian, Missouri, Lindsey Wainscott Kalivoda and husband Cody of Overland Park, Kansas, Tyler Wainscott and wife Danielle of Raymore, Missouri, Cameron Wainscott and wife Audrianna of Raymore, Missouri; Connor Wainscott and wife Tiffany of Shawnee, Kansas; and Madison Wainscott of Raymore, Missouri, Kyle Smith and wife Lacy of Acampo, California, Caleb Smith of Acampo, California; and Kelsey Smith Wieland and husband Jacob of Joliet, Montana; Brooks Fairman and wife Emilee of Belton, Missouri, McKenzie Fairman Harms and husband Jacob of Harrisonville, Missouri and Jace Fairman of Peculiar, Missouri. Etta Sue is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren, Shelby, Rylee, Kaden and Greyson Guffey, Anna and Carson Fairman, Finnegan and Marguerite Kalivoda, Kinsley, Emberlyn, Delaney and Hudson Wainscott, Kellan, Nolan and Ashlyn Wainscott, Gracie, Paisley and Bailey Smith, Jack Harms and a host of family and friends.

Etta Sue trusted completely in God, and knew that He had a home prepared for her. After Melvin’s death, she depended on God more than ever before and grew closer to Him. She leaves behind a lot of memories