by Melody Metzger

LAMAR-A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Lamar for Lou A. Scroggs, 89, Lamar, who died Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2015, at Barton County Memorial Hospital. A visitation/reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lamar, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.

Survivors include her husband, Dick, of the home; son-in-law, Bill Witham, Lamar; a sister, Roberta Hampton, Lamar; a brother-in-law, Don Scroggs and wife Sharon, Des Moines, Iowa; three grandchildren, Randy Day and wife Katie, Russ Day and Melissa Oertle and husband Bob, all of Lamar; five grandchildren, Amanda Stewart and husband Nathan, Megan Heiskell and husband Aaron, Lynsi Oertle and Cedric and Alexis Gartman and a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Charlie Stewart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bub Rix; a brother, Rusty Hampton; two sisters, Wanda Johnston and Iva Jean Laepple; her daughter, Marcia Witham and a granddaughter, Samantha Gartman.

Mrs. Scroggs was born Aug. 5, 1925, near Piedmont, Okla., to L.A. And Ona (Stephens) Hampton. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1943 and moved to California during World War II. In 1949 she married Bub Rix and they made their home in Barton County. In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, she worked for many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Ralph Dimond. Many will also remember her as their Merle Norman consultant.

After Bub's death in 1980 she became very active in Republican politics, first with a run for mayor of Lamar. Over the years she was influential in many local, state and national candidate campaigns and was appointed to the Council for Aging by Governor Ashcroft. She was instrumental in the re-activation of Barton County Republican Women's Club, serving as its president for many years. She was also president of 4th District Missouri Federation of Republican Women's Club and was named Missouri Republican of the Year in 1996.

She married Dick Scroggs on August 17, 1996. In their nearly 19 years together they shared love, respect and a desire to improve and enrich their community, state and country through political involvement.