Funeral services for Eunice Edna Langston, 96, Caulfield, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Langston died at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Gainesville Health Care Center.
She was born November 11, 1915, at Tecumseh, Missouri, to Oliver and Bertha Garrett Martin. Mrs. Langston was raised in Tecumseh and lived in Ozark and Howell Counties most of her life. On August 15, 1931, she was married at Elijah, Missouri, to Orsdel Langston, who preceded her in death on November 18, 1988. She received her education at the Old Banner School, graduated from Gainesville High School, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Langston taught school for forty years, having taught the first kindergarten in Ozark County. She also taught at Fairview School, Valley Star, Mt. Olive, Davis Creek and Oak Grove, which were one and two room country schools. She spent the last twenty-five years in the Bakersfield School system, having taught every grade from kindergarten to social science in high school; also teaching remedial reading, remedial math and special education. Mrs. Langston was the director of Adult Basic Education for many years and was a member of the Missouri Teacher’s Association and the Caulfield Ladies Auxiliary. Eunice and Orsdel owned and operated a casket factory in the 1940’s, Caulfield Theater in the 1950’s and The Frosty Freez Drive-In in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Mrs. Langston was a member of Bridges Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Elijah, Missouri.
She is survived by two grandchildren, Yvonne Degase, husband, Wayne, Squires, Missouri and Michael Collins, wife, Donna, Springfield, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Chris Degase, wife, Alicia, Julie Coonts, husband, Justin, all of Ava, Missouri, Aaron Collins, and Brent Collins, both of Springfield, Missouri; seven great-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Her parents, husband, infant daughter, Maryjo, daughter, Orsdella (Dodie) Collins, three sisters, Tessie Evans, Leatha Bushong and Geneva Beach and two brothers, Rudolph and Richard Martin, precede her in death.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Baptist Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Hill Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.