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February 21, 2013

(10/7/1939 - 2/14/2013)

Luella Jane Tinkle, 73, of Memphis, MO. passed away peacefully early on Thursday, February 14, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The daughter of Charles Steven and Frances Isla Davis Cookson, Luella was born in Camp Point, IL on October 7, 1939, the third of four children. She graduated high school in Camp Point, IL.

She married Vernon 'Red' Tinkle on October 11, 1958. They lived in the Grinnell area until 1969 when they moved to Des Moines, IA. They continued to live in central Iowa until 1999 when they moved to Memphis, MO.

Luella enjoyed two careers during her lifetime. She worked for more than 20 years at Quest Telephone Company. Not long after she retired from Quest she went to work at Walmart and has been there for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #109 in Des Moines, IA. Luella loved spending time with her grandchildren and other family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Vernon 'Red' Tinkle; brother, Glen Cookson; sister-in-law, Betty Story and her husband Fred; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Ward and Gene Lindenman.

Surviving relatives include three daughters, Brenda (Lyle) Etzen of State Center, IA, Tammy (Scott) Eaton of Des Moines, IA, and Sandi (Mike) Overbey of Beaverton, OR; two sons, Roger Tinkle of Des Moines, IA, and Kirt (Kendra) Marshall of Gering, NE; three step-sons, Larry (Geneva) Tinkle, Ronnie (Chris) Tinkle of Memphis, MO, and Rick Tinkle of Brashear, MO; a brother, Wayne (Patt) Cookson of Liberty, IL; a sister, Janet (Larry) Sparks of Ewing, MO; a sister-in-law, Betty Cookson of Grinnell, IA; a sister-in-law: Bonnie Ward of Memphis, MO; brothers-in-law Bill (Francine) Tinkle of Grinnell, IA, and Verlan (Iva) Tinkle of Malcom, IA; a sister-in-law, Rosie (Virgil) Roorda of Barnes City, IA; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, adopted family and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to "Team Ginny", for Ginny Monroe and her fight against Leukemia, and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Registry and visitation will be Wednesday from 12 to 8 p. m. with the family being present to greet friends from 6 to 8 that evening.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Barry Poyner officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery northwest of Memphis.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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Copyright © 2001
Memphis Democrat
121 South Main Street
Memphis MO 63555
Phone: 660-465-7016 -- Email: