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Emma Lou Hagen, 85


Emma Lou Hagen, 85, of Sedalia, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

She was born November 16, 1928, in Granby, a daughter of the late Frank and Nora (Mitchell) Lemons. On June 22, 1948, in Bentonville, AR, she married Henry H. Hagen, who preceded her in death on September 17, 1990.

She was valedictorian of her senior class at DeSoto High School and earned an Associates degree from State Fair Community College when she was in her 60s. She and her husband moved to Sedalia in 1949. She assisted him in the vacuum cleaner business and later worked as a realtor for Coldwell Banker Monsees Realty for many years.

She was a faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church for over 50 years and was active in the “Never Too Old” senior adult group and many children’s activities. She was awarded “Senior Servant of the Year” in May 2014.

She enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, and especially being with family and friends. She loved building and maintaining relationships; and helping countless people, especially children. Emma Lou will be greatly missed by her family, church family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Frank Hagen (Patti), Dennis Hagen (Kelly), all of Sedalia, and Maunda Hagen (Don Schwennesen), of California; a step-daughter, Joan Genter (Rod), of Idaho; a brother, Eddie Davis, of Louisiana; a sister Frances Schillinger, of Kansas; eight grandchildren, Melissa Sorrell (Brett), Kara Werner, Nora Hagen, Kaitlynn Gee, Erin Gee, Keenan Ridgeway, Jeana Lassiter and Phyllis Callahan; four great-grandchildren, Ashley Sorrell, Brittney Sorrell, Riley Werner-Leathem and Paul Lassiter; and many nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a step-son, Phillip Hagen; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Duane Duchesne officiating. Pallbearers will be John Schmidt, Brett Sorrell, Mike Sena, Don Schwennesen, Jack Smith and Jim Nevils. Burial will follow in Highland Sacred Gardens.

Friends may call after 12:00 noon on Sunday, July 6, 2014, with visitation from 2-4 pm at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to New Hope Baptist Church, in care of the funeral chapel. Condolences may be offered online at

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