January 24, 2023

JASPER- Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar for Mary Jane Tidball, 85, Jasper, who died at her home of over 60 years on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Burial will follow at Waters Cemetery in Jasper.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Because of her and her husband’s long-termed dedication and service to Waters Cemetery, memorial contributions are suggested and made payable to Waters Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

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Survivors include one son, Mike Tidball; two daughters, Teresa Carpenter and husband David and Tracy Keutzer and husband Chad, all of Jasper; 11 grandchildren, Tyler Tidball and wife Courtney, Trevor Tidball, Matthew Carpenter and wife Ashley, Rebecca Isenmann and husband John, Monica Baugh and husband Sheldon, Jimmy Keutzer, Caleb Tidball and wife Lindsey, Jacob Tidball, Isaac Tidball, Jared Tidball and Eliza Tidball, along with 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo; one son, Mark Tidball and three brothers, Wayne Moore, Wink Moore and Roy Moore.

Mrs. Tidball was born Jan. 6, 1938, in Lamar, to Ralph “Bill” William Moore and Mary Jane “Mattie” (Arner) Moore. She was a 1956 graduate of Lamar High School. On August 31, 1956, she married Alonzo Lenord Tidball in Lamar.

Mrs. Tidball was the hardest working, most dedicated mother, grandmother, wife and farmer around. At anytime, of any day, anyone could walk into her home, be graciously welcomed and offered something to drink or a five course meal. If desired, you could be told anything from minute by minute commodity prices, daily kept in journals; sports stats from a grandchild or very easily, without much provoking, be asked of her beloved St. Louis Cardinal record, which would immediately cause her to squawk at her husband at how badly they had beat the Royals in previous years. Nevertheless, she was an impeccable record keeper.

She was an avid gardener and homemaker, who always loved to cook. She took pride in her garden and enjoyed tending to it daily. She shared that passion with her children and grandchildren, including teaching them to grow and maintain their own garden and spending most Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer taking her grandchildren to sell their vegetables at the farmer's market… for donut money. She was known for her dedication to the farm that she and her husband called home for so many years. During farming season you would see her hauling grain, bringing seed or delivering lunch to the field. She was an invaluable help to the farm she loved so much.

Her ultimate pride and joy were all of her grandchildren. She rarely, if ever, missed anything they were involved in and knew no boundaries as she was always front row and the loudest cheerleader for them, both academics and sports, rain or shine. She was always the first to take food and vegetables, grown in her garden, to friends or elderly in need and never made a trip without her children, but eventually her grandchildren in tow, planting lasting seeds of faithful service to her community.

The most important thing in her life, to her, was her family. It's what she lived for. Her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. They absolutely meant the world to her and when present, she was beaming with pride of them all.