Loving wife, mother and grandmother entered into eternal peace on January 2, 2014. Born in an apartment above the local grocery store in Avondale, Missouri on September 28, 1924 to Ray and Nellie Haynes. After a couple years of grade school her family moved to a small farm several miles outside Eldorado Springs, Missouri. Her parents raised five kids: Wilma, Frank, Delpha, Calvin, and Delbert. Life was hard but she often spoke of all the good times she had with her brothers and sisters growing up on a farm. They always had fruit trees and a large garden where they could grow and can most of their food. Her dad Ray would butcher and smoke meat from their cows and pigs. There were always plenty of deer, rabbits, squirrels and fish to eat but on Sunday they always had fried chicken. For extra money they all worked on other farms and took what work they could find to make ends meet. Her mom Nellie and her would hoe corn rows for farms in the area. Her mom would get 50 cents and she would get 25 cents a day for eight hours work. Her parents taught her to take pride in working hard and to appreciate what she had. She always thought that the dust from this work is what caused her to have lung disease. She was raised in a Christian home, and greatly enjoyed going to church. She loved music but the old time hymns were by far her favorites. They moved into Eldorado Springs where Delpha finished the rest of her education to eighth grade. Her mother had remarried and she now had a half-brother, Ken to help raise. Times were difficult during the depression and their family got split up. Her mother took her and Ken to Kansas City to start a new life. They rented a spare room from a couple in North Kansas City, a common practice in those days. He worked for the TWA overhaul base at the downtown airport and gave her a job working with the men installing instruments in the planes. This was during the war and they also paid her the same wages as the men. Now she could help her family afford new clothes. Until this time, all her clothes were handmade or hand-me-downs from someone else. She ate her evening meals at the home of her boss. Once in a while he would bring home a friend, Howard Hughs, to eat with them. After supper they would go out and sometimes they would take her out dancing with them. She always spoke of Howard as a very well dressed gentleman and a very good dancer. She left TWA after the war, married, and had four children: Michael, Ricky, Judy, and Larry Chambers. Delpha and her husband adopted and raised her half-brother Ken. She was a long time member of the Park Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with family, going out to eat, listening to music, and spending time with her friends. She touched the hearts of many people in her life and we were all blessed to know her. In her own words she said, I think back at all the good times I’ve had and believe it was more than one person could ever ask for. She was a wonderful mother, trusted friend, and someone that would always comfort you when you were in need. Her love will never be forgotten. God, keep her safe.
A funeral service celebrating Delpha’s life will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Antioch Community Church, 4805 NE Antioch Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119 with Rev. Harry Foockle officiating. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Greenton Cemetery, Odessa, MO. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Delpha and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.