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Theresa Lee McAvoy

June 9, 1928 — November 18, 2022


Theresa Lee McAvoy


Theresa Lee (Dalrymple) McAvoy, age 94, of Lamar, Missouri passed away November 18, 2022. 
Theresa was born in Thomas, Oklahoma on June 9, 1928 to Elmer and Stella (Lapel) Dalrymple. During the Great Depression and the ration card years of WWII, she helped support the family by working in the fields of watermelon, sweet potato and cotton.
Theresa married Ivan "Dean" McAvoy on September 21, 1947 in Thomas, Oklahoma when he returned from service in the Army. They left Oklahoma and moved to Lamar, Missouri in 1953 with their toddler son Gary Dean McAvoy to begin farming. With Dean using his GI Bill to finance his farming business interests they proceeded to build a successful crop and beef farm.

Theresa was a full-time farm wife while also working part-time at Bean's and the Rag Bag on the town square as well as the jewelry counter at the original Wal-Mart store. She was also an active volunteer in the Barton County 4-H programs as well as a project leader and a judge. She enjoyed gardening to provide for her family and neighbors. She enjoyed driving the farm trucks to the elevator during harvest. But most of all, she enjoyed her handwork and sewing. She was never one to sit idle and her embroidery, needlework and sewing were her pride and joy.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Estep of Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Andrew Estep of Missouri, Deana Foxen of California, Timothy McAvoy and Lauren Glassman, both of Colorado; great-grandchildren, Austin Foxx, Taryn Foxen, Grace Glassman and Jack Glassman; great-great grandson, Kaz Foxx; one brother, R.L. Dalrymple of Thomas, OK; and two sisters, Letha Gail Blagg of Kansas City, Missouri and Lucille Dalrymple of Houston, Texas.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Stella Dalrymple; husband, Dean McAvoy; son, Gary Dean McAvoy; three  sisters, Dorothy "Jean" Watts, Cleta Tullius and Ruth Ann Jones and one brother, Donald Dalrymple.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Monday, November 21, 2022 at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, MO. 

A private family burial will be held.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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