Vera Gordon


Vera Nadine Gordon (nee Spires), age 85, formerly of Jonesburg, passed away on Monday January 16, 2023 at 8:27 a.m. Vera was born August 7, 1937 in Vandalia to Ira Kay Spires and Minnie (Dillion) Spires.

Vera married the love of her life, Stiles Tadlock, on June 23, 1956, in West Point, Iowa. To this union, four children were born. In 1972, Vera married Marty Gordon.

Surviving are her children, Cindy Tadlock Smith (Donnie), Karen Tadlock Oxley (John), Stacy Tadlock Prenger and Scott Gordon (Mickelle); two stepchildren, Cathy Gordon Nelson (Mark) and Penny Gordon; nine grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Chassey Oxley Cox (Raymond), Zane (Brittany) and Zach Rogers, Dustin and Blayne Prenger, Amelia, Audrey and Wesley Gordon; three great-grandchildren, Zoey, Ezekiel and Zaylar Rogers and two step-grandchildren, Bryson and Cameron Cox; and a brother Clarence “Dick” Spires of Mexico (Audrain County).

Vera was preceded in death by her first husband, Stiles Tadlock (June 18, 1971); daughter, Vickie Tadlock Rogers (July 22, 2009); brother, Ira Wayne Spires (November 30, 1940); her parents, Ira Spires (June 1, 1972) and Minnie Dillion Spires Fletcher (February 18, 2007); second husband, Marion Gordon (2012); brothers, Robert “Bob” Spires of Thompson (May 6, 2020) and William “Bill” Spires (October 5, 2021); and sister-in-law, Sandy Spires (October 12, 2021).

Visitation for Vera will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Martin Funeral Home in Warrenton from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Monday January 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. with Tim Wheeler officiating. Following the funeral service, a burial will take place at Central Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Truxton. 

Memorial donations made in honor of Vera are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association, in care of Martin Funeral Home, 510 East Main Street, Warrenton, MO 63383. Online condolences may be given at