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      Hammons, 96, dies in Springfield

      Juanita K. Hammons, Springfield Philanthropist, dies at 96.

      Philanthropist Juanita Hammons, wife of Springfield businessman and hotel developer John Q. Hammons, has died at a nursing home in Springfield. She was 96.

      The death was announced Tuesday by the publicity firm for John Q. Hammons Industries.

      The firm said she died Tuesday at the Elfindale Manor, where she had lived since 2008. Funeral arrangements are pending.