of Gainesville, MO
November 28, 2021
IvaLee Irene Cantrell (Harris), 95 years and 6 months, went to her Heavenly home to be with The Lord on Sunday, November 28, 2021. She was born on April 18, 1926, to Chester and Beatrice Harris in Sheridan Lake, Colorado.IvaLee was a school teacher for several years in a one-room schoolhouse teaching all grades. She then later became a seamstress in San Antonio, Texas, which she continued after moving back to the Arkana Community. She was also employed at Baxter Lab up until she became retirement age. IvaLee loved sewing for people as well as knitting, and crocheting gifts for her children and grandchildren. She also made numerous quilts. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, raising animals and especially enjoyed being around her family. When she was younger, before marriage or starting a family of her own, she enjoyed going to community youth functions with her sisters. As the oldest of six girls she helped on the farm, helped cut and split wood, and traveled mostly by horse and wagon to town with her family or they walked around the local community. They raised sugar cane and it was an annual event to press and cook the cane to make sorghum.IvaLee is survived by her three sons: Ronnie Cantrell, Gerald (Judy) Cantrell, and Norman (Dana) Cantrell; two daughters: Ceona (Jerry) Nugent and Wenona (Joey) Strain; grandchildren: Caley (Amanda) Cantrell, Scott (Harriett) Nugent, Angela (Mark) Lockman, Danny (Michelle) Sharp, Randy (Natalee) Sharp, David (Jessica) Strain, Sarah (Rocky) Moore, Jessica (Russ) Garner, Travis (Sarah) Strain, Hannah (Clay) Strain, twenty-seven great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; Her sisters: Bernita Coy and Beulah Deaver, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dervie Cantrell, her sisters: Sylvia, Opal and Iola; her parents: Chester and Beatrice Harris and her daughter-in-law Vonda Cantrell.
So sorry for your lose!!! She was such a Sweetie!! Worked with her several years as I drove Jiffy Laundry route andShe did our sewing... She loved her family... Doyle
So sorry to hear of IvaLee's passing. It was always a treat to go visit her. She was always so active with her sewing and caring for her animals. So full of knowledge. She was the first one I would call when my animals were sick. She was an amazing person.
So sorry for your loss, she was one of my best friends , every week we would meet at music at Arkana n we would have a good talk, she was so easy to talk to n she was so smart, RIP classy lady, my dear friend,
Wenona and Norman, So sorry for your loss. May you be blessed with many precious memories of your mom. Praying for you guys and your whole family! May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this difficult time of loss.
To all the Cantrell Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We know IvaLee will be missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to have known and loved her. Please accept our condolences. You have our deepest and heartfelt sympathy at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Cantrell Family and the Rollers have known each other for decades. We go way back. Sincerely,Mike and Dianna Roller
Prayers for the entire family. I have heard so many great childhood stories of this precious momma. What wonderful memories to cherish. Love you, Nona.
We know it is hard to lose those sweet grandma's. Praying for you all.Jeff, Sharla and girls
I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Ms. IvaLee when we visited as children. I enjoyed the few minute visits we had in recent years. Hugs to you all.
Thoughts and Prayers for you Ronnie and Family
Such a strong woman we lost today. So glad to have been a part of the Cantrell legacy she leaves. We will miss you Great Granny Cantrell.