Willetta B. Reser, 99, of Bolivar passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at Parkview Healthcare Facility in Bolivar.

Bertha Willetta Emory Reser, the eighth of nine children born to James Harmon Emory and Nancy Katherine Payne Emory, was born in Goodson on May 2, 1920. 

She and her beloved husband of 73 years, Carl, resided in California, Wyoming and Missouri through the years, returning to Missouri in 1966 where they spent many happy years with friends and family.

Carl and Willetta worked hard at farming and various construction jobs. Willetta obtained her beauty license in 1950 and eventually owned her own shop in Urbana from 1951 to 1957. 

She owned a salon in Santa Paula, California, for nine years before returning to Nemo in 1966 to continue her beauty practice.

Carl and Willetta were members of various churches through the years as they faithfully served the Lord.

She is survived by her three children, David, Donald and Yvonne, as well as  grandchildren Sheri, Lori, Alexis, Caitlin, Curtis and Daniel. Her great-grandchildren include Max, Sydney, Alexandra, Lauren, Nicole, Brandon and Kyndall. She has one great-great-grandchild, Logan.

Visitation for Willetta will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, with services to follow at Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar.

Burial will be at Payne Cemetery, Polk.