Thursday at the Cemetery #37 ~ Mount Tabor Cemetery ~ Odessa, Missouri

This week I will be featuring this Cemetery that is located about 36 miles east of Kansas City, MO. I was working on one of my lines when I came across several ancestors that were buried here. Once I went to Find-A-Grave, I discovered that I had a total of 20 family members from both my paternal and maternal lines! So, for the next few weeks I will be honoring each one here. I will post their headstone (if there is one) and a short bio about them.

The Mount Tabor Cemetery is located in south central Lafayette County, southeast of Odessa, Missouri. The cemetery is behind the Mount Tabor Methodist Church which was founded in 1873. There are over 1,300 graves there and many do not have headstones, several of them are my relatives.

Elsie Mae Willard, is my paternal 1st cousin 1 times removed. She was born on July 4, 1906, in Hodge, Lafayette County, Missouri. She is the oldest of 9 children born to John Henry Willard (1883-1935) and Ida May Hayes (1884-1973). Elsie was 19 years old when she married George William Couch (1900-1958) on January 8, 1926, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 8 children, 5 sons, and 3 daughters. They lived on a farm in Washington Township. They moved to Odessa sometime before 1933. Her husband George died when she was 51 years old, and she never remarried. She devoted the rest of her life to her children and family. She died on May 9, 1997, in Oak Grove, Missouri at the age of 90. She was buried next to her beloved husband.

George William Couch, is the husband of my 1st cousin 1 times removed. He was born on February 17, 1900, in Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri. He is the oldest son of 7 children born to Mort and Clara Couch. At the age of 18 he joined the army and served overseas during WWI. George was 24 years old when he married Elsie Mae Willard (1906-1997) on January 8, 1926, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 8 children, 5 sons, and 3 daughters. They lived on a farm in Washington Township. They moved to Odessa sometime before 1933. He died on February 7, 1958, at home of an apparent suicide, in Odessa, Missouri at the age of 57.

Celesta Elvira Willard, is my paternal 1st cousin 1 times removed. She was born on April 4, 1910, in Lafayette County, Missouri. She is the third of 9 children born to John Henry Willard (1883-1935) and Ida May Hayes (1884-1973). Elsie was 22 years old when she married Robert Lee Couch (1912-2002) on April 30, 1932, in Lafayette County, Missouri. Robert is the younger brother of Celesta’s older sisters’ husband. They had 6 children, 2 sons, and 4 daughters. They lived on a farm in Washington Township. She died in April 1982, in Odessa, Missouri at the age of 71.

Robert Lee Couch Sr, is the husband of my 1st cousin 1 times removed. He was born on August 5, 1912, in Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri. He is the second son of 7 children born to Mort and Clara Couch. George was 19 years old when he married Celesta Elvira Willard (1910-1982) on April 30, 1932, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 6 children, 2 sons, and 4 daughters. They lived on a farm in Washington Township. After the death of his wife he married Jeanette Harker on June 7, 1983. He died on September 3, 2002, at the Baptist Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 90.

Robert Lee Couch Jr, is my paternal 2nd cousin. He was born on December 6, 1933, in Odessa, MO. He is the oldest son of Robert Lee Couch Sr. (1912-2002) and Celesta Elvira Willard (1910-1982). He married Joyce Annette Roepe (1936-2015) on August 5, 1954, in Odessa, Mo. There is no record of any children to this union. After their divorce, he then married Betty Koenig on June 7, 1974. He died on October 14, 2017, in Blue Springs, Missouri, at the age of 83. There is no headstone for Robert Jr.


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