Moneada E. Karraker 99, of Anna died at 8:30AM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Anna Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was born Oct. 31, 1914 in Anna, daughter of Arna and Emma Dunn Parker. Moneada married James C. Karraker on Dec. 31, 1936, he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1969.
Moneada was a lifelong resident of Anna graduating from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1934. She was member of the First Baptist Church of Anna. She had many jobs throughout Union County including Anna Loan and Improvement Company, Anna State Bank and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. During World War II, she was employed by the government at the Illinois Ordinance Plant at Marion. She then went to the CB&Q Railroad until the end of the war. Moneada decided to go to cosmetologist school and owned and operated the Anna Hotel and Beauty Salon. In January, 1957, she went to work 2 days before WRAJ radio station opened. Moneada was a bookkeeper, answered the phone and greeted all the visitors. She got her FCC 3rd class radio operator’s license and had her own program “Moneada Calling” as well as “It’s a Women’s World.” Moneada tried retirement for a while but then went back to work for her son James L. Karraker, Attorney, as a receptionist and bookkeeper for 20 years.
She enjoyed tutoring at Platte County Vocational School in Missouri and the Pinellas Education Technical Center in Clearwater, FL. She also volunteered at the First Baptist Church in Anna. She was a precinct committee woman for The Union County Democrat Organization for many years. At the age of 67 Moneada took up art to go along with her other hobbies including crocheting, knitting, ceramics and writing.
Moneada is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law James Larry and Lori Karraker, Anna; Wesley E. and Sandy Karraker, Cobden and one daughter and son-in-law Sandra K. and Clide Cassity, Palmetto, FL; 8 grandchildren; Jason Karraker (Beverly), Destin, FL; Julie Hand, Marion, IL, Erin Karraker, Chicago, IL; Robert Karraker, Anna; Jimmie Karraker, Anna; Kathy Karraker, Cobden; J.R. Maxam (Lisa), Charlotte, NC and Ryan Maxam (Olivia), Land-O-Lakes, FL; 3 step-grandchildren, Michael (Sherry) Gee, Caddo Mills, TX and Shaun Gee, Carbondale, Sarah (Quentin) Coonce, Tunnel Hill; 5 great-grandchildren. Danton Hand, Marion; Alex and Gretchen Maxam, Charlotte, NC; and Brittani and Matthew Maxam, Land-O-Lakes, FL; 1 step-great-grandchild, Connor Gee, Caddo Mills, TX; 1 brother-in-law Walter Menees, Anna; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant son, William Clyde Karraker; 3 brothers, Arnold, Jewel and Gilman Parker, 4 sisters Arminta Johnson, Irene Lingle, Trula Evelyn (Dolly) Plott, and Velma Menees.
Visitation for Moneada E. Karraker will be from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro and after 10AM until the service on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Tony Foeller officiating. Interment to follow at the Anna City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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