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Lou Scroggs

Lou A. Scroggs, age 89, of Lamar, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2015 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.      Lou was born August 5, 1925, near Piedmont, Oklahoma, to L.A. and Ona (Stephens) Hampton.  She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1943 and moved to California during World War II.  In 1949, Lou married Bub Rix and they made their home in Barton County.  In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker, Lou worked for many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Ralph Dimond.  Many will also remember her as their Merle Norman consultant.  After Bub’s death in 1980, Lou became very active in Republican politics, first with a run for mayor of Lamar.  Over the years, she was influential in many local, state and national candidate campaigns and was appointed to the Council for Aging by Governor Ashcroft.  Lou was instrumental in the re-activation of Barton County Republican Women’s Club, serving as  president many years.  She was also president of 4th District Missouri Federation of Republican Women’s Club and was named Missouri Republican of the Year in 1996.      On August 17, 1996, in Lamar, Lou married Dick Scroggs.  In their nearly 19 years together, they shared love, respect, and a desire to improve and enrich their community, state and country through political involvement.      In addition to her husband, Bub, Lou was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Rusty Hampton; two sisters, Wanda Johnston and Iva Jean Laepple; her daughter, Marcia Witham; and a granddaughter, Samantha Gartman.      Survivors include her husband, Dick, of the home; son-in-law, Bill Witham, Lamar; a sister, Roberta Hampton, Lamar; a brother-in-law, Don (Sharon) Scroggs, Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Randy (Katie) Day, Russ Day, Melissa (Bob) Oertle, all of Lamar; five great-grandchildren, Amanda (Nathan) Stewart, Megan (Aaron) Heiskell, Lynsi Oertle, Cedric, and Alexis Gartman; and a great-great-granddaughter, Charlotte “Charlie” Stewart.      A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 15th at First Baptist Church of Lamar, followed by a visitation/reception in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery at a later date.      Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church of Lamar in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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