Wenzola Mcternan



Was born in Canalou, Missouri on May 7, 1932.

Departed this life at the Southgate Living Center in Caruthersville, Missouri on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at the age of 84.

She was the daughter of the late Zelmer Clarence Butler & Callie Williams Butler.

Attended schools in Moorehouse, Missouri and was a member of the 1949 High School Graduating Class.

On December 30, 1956 in Sikeston, Missouri she was united in marriage to Mr. Garlan McTernan.

Prior to her retirement she was employed as a Secretary with the Tipton Box Company and Earl Bullington Farm Services.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union, Business and Professional Women (B & PW) , Relay for Life and Girl Scouts of America.


Her Husband of over 60 years, Garlan McTernan  -  Caruthersville, MO

3 Daughters     -     Wenlan (William) Reno               -  “                             “

                                  Roblyn (Jeffrey) Melton              - Farmington, Missouri

                                  Terri Ann (Denny) Callen             - Caruthersville, MO

8 Grandchildren  -  Erica Prater, Lara Knowlan, Chris Callen, Drayton Callen, Dexter Callen, Todd Hatch, Tiffany Drumright and Allison Hatch.

12 Great Grandchildren  -  Brayden Prater, Chase Knowlan, Will Garrett Knowlan, Addalyn Drumright, Logan Fisher, Olivia Drumright, Braxton Hatch, Michaela Saxbury, MaKenna Callen, Paisley Callen, Bentley Callen & Ainsley Callen.

1 Sister  -  Betty Annabelle Ditto  - Silvis, Illinois

1 Brother  Gaylon Butler                - Sikeston, Missouri

& a number of other relatives and many, many friends.

She was also preceded in death by 2 Sisters, Margaret Earnestine Marion & Naomi Vaughn along with 3 Brothers, Billy Butler, Leonard Butler and Rayburn Butler.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, Missouri with Pastor Jimmy Lemonds officiating. The interment was in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pall-Bearers were: Denny Callen, William Reno, Jeffrey Melton, Chris Callen, Scott Foster and Todd Hatch. Mr. Earl Bullington served as an Honorary Pall-Bearer. The H.S. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the services.


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