There were 57 Master Gardeners recognized by the University of Missouri Extension for providing volunteer service to their local communities.


There were 57 Master Gardeners recognized by the University of Missouri Extension for providing volunteer service to their local communities. According to the Extension, 15 completed their certification by donating at least 30 hours, while another 42 maintained their certification by donating at least 20 hours during the past year.

Completing their certifications were:

• Patty Compton, Betty Harris, Nancy Henley, Heidi Peterson-Ramsey, Rodney Ramsey, Danny Read and Lindsey Reynolds, of Joplin.

• Tommy Freeman, Lowell Lane, Bev Sturgis, Kerry Sturgis and Pat Wakefield, of Carthage.
• Doris House, of Loma Linda.

• Karen Myers, of Diamond.

• Tom Tiegreen, of Carl Junction.

Maintaining their certification were:

• Mel Anderson, Mary Bethel, Glenetia Browning, Beulah Courter, Jo Ellis, Eric Ferrell, Peggy Kessinger, Pat Laney, Dennis Neil and Benita Shields, of Carthage.

• Mary Ann Simrell, of Sarcoxie.

• Charles Bentlage, Vicki Christensen, Lou Anne Herron, Shirley Hull, Dale Mermoud, Pedro Pantoja, Lee Rodriguez, Lee Watson, Ron Wood, Marilyn Wylie and Kathy Yeager, of Joplin.

• Susie Cook, Debiie Fedie, Carole Hayes, Betty Houser, Pat King and Edie Sullivan, of Carl Junction.

• Doyle Ferguson, of Aurora.

• Janet Bell and Stan Bell, of Wentworth.

• Gary Davis and Judy Davis, of Purdy.

• Patricia Dalby, of Reeds.

• Chuck Evans and Patty Poirot, of Miller.

• Diane Volk and Richard Volk, of Duenweg.

• Becky Plank and Kirby Plank, of Goodman.

• Paul Duncan and Sharon Duncan, Aurora.

The following received special awards.

• Doris House, of Loma Linda, received Rookie of the Year.

• Lou Anne Herron, of Joplin, received the Community Service Award.

• Mary Bethel, of Carthage, received the Coordinator’s Service Award.

• Debbie Fedie, of Carl Junction, received Volunteer of the Year and the One Thousand Hour Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Master Program begins with approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction. At the end of the training program, the participants are asked to donate a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service in their communities with the following year. To maintain the certification, they are asked to give at least 20 hours of service per year.

During 2009, local Master Gardeners donated 3,533 hours, resulting in over 3,500 contracts.

For more information about the program, contact the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center in Carthage at 358-2158.