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Elsie Mae Ware, 81, of Lebanon, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in her home.

She was born May 21, 1941, near Oakland, Mo. to Robert H. and Jessie Decker Detherage.

On Nov. 9, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard Dale Ware, and to this union two sons were born.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Richard; eight brothers, Paul, Herman, George, Lilburn, Dale, Alvie, Leonard, and Robert Detherage, and two sisters, Mayebelle Decker and Lillie Hough.

Elsie was raised in the Oakland community. After she and Richard were married, they made their home in the Long Lane area where she and Richard owned a farm. She was a devoted homemaker to her husband and sons and also helped on the farm and did professional housekeeping for several years. She liked gardening and loved reading while enjoying a good cup of coffee.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Ware and his wife Jeannie, and Warren Ware and his significant other, Pam, all of Phillipsburg; four grandchildren, Marvin, Nikki, Brittany, and C.J.; six great-grandchildren, Mandy, Jesse, Kennedy, Belia, Johnse, and Hunter; three brothers, Roger Detherage of Marshfield; Carl Detherage of Lebanon, and Garry Detherage of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Bonnie Lee of Marshfield, and Virginia Little of Rader, Mo.; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Elsie Mae Ware will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery near Long Lane. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Holman-Howe Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to New Hope Cemetery and donations may be made through the funeral home. For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit