Oma Lee Duffell, 99


Funeral services for Oma Lee Duffell, 99, of Hocomo/South Fork, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Amy Baptist Church in Caulfield. Burial will be in Amy Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home

Mrs. Duffell died March 13 at her home.

She was born near Ravenden Springs, Arkansas, Sept. 6, 1923, to Edmund Amos Claude and Rosie Clemons Claude, who died six months later. 

She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Feener Carroll Clemons, in the Hocomo/South Fork area, where she enjoyed the companionship of her many cousins.As an adult, she reunited with her father and enjoyed many years of having him in her life.  

In 1946, she married Chester Duffell, who preceded her in death in August 1963. She was 40 years old with two teenage daughters.  

Oma Lee was a woman with a strong will and many skills that benefited her family. She was a good cook, an excellent seamstress and usually had a milk cow or dairy goats. A highlight of her goat raising days was when her favorite doe gave birth to four babies and had enough milk for all! She enjoyed gardening, canning, bird watching and watching major league baseball on TV. 

She loved dogs, and especially her last canine companion, Wally, who was literally by her side daily and on the foot of her bed every night. He preceded her in death by just three months, at the age of 13 years.  

In her late middle age, Oma worked outside the home at Baxter Healthcare and Riverways Home Health. At age 68, she was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Missouri State Older Worker of the Year contest. She thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of coworkers at both jobs and cheerfully recalled stories about them until the end of her life.

Oma is survived by two daughters, Judy Duffell of Hocomo and Jo Leta of Brandsville; a niece and nephew, Bonnie Roberson Smith and Joseph Ray Roberson, both of Florida; and many great-nieces and nephews and distant cousins. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two sisters, Daisy Fare and Pearl Leninger. Oma Lee is the last of Henry and Feenor Clemons’s 19 grandchildren, having been preceded in death by her last male cousin, Lloyd Clemons, by 17 days.

Contributions may be made to the family, or to Missouri Department of Conservation, and may be left or mailed to Robertson Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main Street, West Plains, MO 65775. Online condolences may be expressed at

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