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Mary Alicia Chapin

November 15, 1924 December 22, 2018
Mary Alicia Chapin
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Mary Alicia Chapin peacefully joined Wayne, her husband of 70 years, in heaven on December 22, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the company of two of her children. She was born in Bethany, Missouri on November 15, 1924, to Lloyd Newton and Edna Ellen (Evans) Brown. Alicia and her older brother Lloyd Jr. moved to Manhattan, Kansas with their parents in the 1920’s and the family added another son, James Evans Brown in 1934. She accepted a picnic date with a classmate, Wayne, who played in the high school band and ran a city wide paper route with older brother Douglas. After a high school courtship, the two were married in Chickasha, Oklahoma on November 20, 1943, where Wayne was serving as a B-17 flight instructor in the AAFTC. The war later separated the couple while Alicia was expecting their first child. Wayne flew 29 bombing missions from England until the end of the war in Europe in 1945 and was able to return to Alicia and their first son, Wayne Barrett Jr, (Barry).

After the war Alicia worked to help support the family at a local movie theater while Wayne attended Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Wayne graduated in the spring of 1950 and Alicia delivered their daughter Alicia Sue that same spring. After a brief summer internship in Belton, Missouri, the couple moved to Mt. Vernon Missouri in the fall of 1950 and opened the Mt. Vernon Veterinary Clinic, a large and small animal practice. Alicia managed the practice. She answered the phone, greeted the clients, and helped puppies and kittens take their first breaths when it seemed they might be lost in a difficult birth. She was particularly proud of keeping Wayne in kennel boys by adding two more sons to their brood, Rodney Kendall, (Rod) and Douglas Scott (Scott).

Alicia was known for always being able to fit another chair around the table, as well as supporting civic and social organizations in the community such as PTA, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the First Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon. She loved bringing people into her life and finding ways to bless them with empathy and genuine concern. In retirement, she and Wayne enjoyed the company of their fellow car club members and other retired Veterinarians and their families (the old timers club). Most of all, she relished spending time with her 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and was immensely proud of each of them. She is survived by all four of her children; Wayne (Barry), Sue, Rodney (Rod), and Scott Chapin.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Wayne, two grandsons, James R. Park and John W. Park, niece, Jenifer Burke, two brothers, Lloyd Brown and Jim Brown and son-in-law, William R Park.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon on a date to be determined. Alicia will be interned at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in care of the funeral home

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Cemetery Details


Missouri Veterans Cemetery Final Resting Place

5201 S. Southwood
Springfield, Missouri 65804

5201 S. Southwood Springfield 65804 Missouri
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

510 E. Cherry St.
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
Memorial donations may be made payable to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

26 Broadway 14th Floor
New York, New York 10004
Memorial donations may be made payable to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

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