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Those we love truly never die
Though year by year the sad memorial wreath--
A ring and flowers, types of life and death--
Are laid upon their graves.
Well blessed is she who has a dear one dead
A friend she has whose face will never change,
A dear communion that will not grow strange.
The anchor of a life is death.
There is no death, nor change, nor any ending.
Only a journey, and so many go
That we who stay at length discern the blending
Of the two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
Come to the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
Are but ourselves, made beautiful instead.
 From, "Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Author Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
Arranged by, Helen D. Williams






















































































































































































OBITUARIES COURTESY OF"THE COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE



Joyce Lee Hourigan Purdy, Class of 1955, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at her home in Columbia.

Jacob Frank Oliver Jr., Class of 1938, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

Lakeidra Kemp, Class of 1995, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Sedalia.

Vernice Pauley Walden, Class of 1939, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Ashland.

Kenneth B. Loy, Class of 1962, passed away Friday, December 18, 2009 , at his home in Rolla, Missouri.

Owanna Booth Allen, Class of 1943, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at her home in Springfield, Illinois.

Mae Helen Hayes, Class of 1959, went home to the Lord on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.

Edwin Charles Bryant, Class of 1963, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Patricia L. Riley Thomas, Class of 1949, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Brian Gene Heath, Class of 1988, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.

Philip Howard Meyer, Class of 1937, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 in Houston, Texas.

Eunice Bower Smith Class of 1927, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center in Columbia.

Una Mae Buescher Pace, Class of 1948, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009.

James Daniel True Sly, Class of 1967, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Columbia.

Bill Troelstrup, Class of 1946, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Tallahassee.

James Vincent Pinet, Class of 1958, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Betty Louise Tomlin Griggs, Class of 1951, went to our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Susan Ann Norman, Class of 1963, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at her home in Columbia.

Marzene Hickam, Class of 1974, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Clarence D. Carnes, Class of 1950, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009.

William “Billy Joe” Martin, Class of 1947, died the evening of Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Fitzgibbons Hospital in Marshall, Missouri.

Melissa Gayle Ballew Williams, Class of 1980, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at her Rocheport home.

Saundra Harvey Martin, Class of 1978, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at her home in Columbia.

Linda Kay Calvin Meadows, Class of 1960, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home in Columbia.

Claude E. Pauley Jr., Class of 1942, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Robert Morris Scott, father of Carl Scott (Class of 1963) passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.

Amy Rebekkah Garrison, Class of 1991, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Bill F. Ardrey Sr., Class of 1947, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.

Kenneth “Kenny” Loem Rall Jr., Class of 1977, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at his home in Rocheport.

Reed E. Creath, Class of 1961, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

Diane Jose Hendry, Class of 1972, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at her home in Baltimore.

Aaron Matthew Perkins, Class of 1992, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.

Jerry Lynn Watson, Class of 1965, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 in Saint Marys, Kansas.

Barbara Jean Bell, Class of 1953, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at home in Columbia.

Charles Cavanah, Class of 1971, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Virginia Cunningham Hammond, Class of 1941, died September 12, 2009.

Silas E. McCubbin, Class of 1942, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Missouri.

Ivah Jeanne Dodds, Class of 1954, passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Lenoir Woods.

Neta Elizabeth McCabe Schneider, Class of 1938, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Ruby Mildred Burchett Lockwood, Class of 1940, passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence.

Lila V. Stemmons, Class of 1961, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.

Master Sgt. Larry L. Fines, Class of 1967, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.

Kristine Ann Moore, Class of 1971, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at her home in Columbia.

James C. Fay Jr., Class of 1948, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at Southhampton Place.

Ashley Nicole Lilly, Class of 2004, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in Garden Grove, Calif.

Robert Dale Cameron, Class of 1979, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at his home in Ashland.

John A. Collins, Class of 1947, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at his residence in Camdenton.

Sha’Kara Hayes, Class of 2011, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Children’s Hospital.

Corey Ryan Morris, Class of 2012, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009.

Marie L. Marquette McCuistion, Class of 1947, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Columbia HealthCare Center.

Lochie Bennett Breedlove, Class of 1938, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Joanne Catherine Lynes, Class of 1959, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her home in Denver.

Kimberly Renee Wright, Classof 1991, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her home.

Thomas Gene Chrouser, Class of 1964, passed away August 2, 2009.

Shaun Long, Class of 1996, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at University Hospital.

Stephen B. Smith, Class of 1964, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2009, in Frisco, Colorado.

Howard Layne Powell, Class of 1976, died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Paul D. Watson, Class of 1959, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Columbia.

Leslie Wilson Wrinkle, Class of 1964, passed away Monday, July 27, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Martha Sue Dailey, Class of 1945, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009.

Edward Eli “Eddie” Jeffries, Class of 1976, passed away Sunday July 19, 2009, at his parents’ home in Boone County.

Jack L. Pettit, Class of 1941, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in Columbia.

Ethel L. Jefferson Stapleton, Class of 1967, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at University Hospital.

Edward Berry See, Class of 1933, died Monday, July 13, 2009 in Leawood, Kansas.

Mildred Hartley “Millie” Lintemoot, Class of 1935, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Maury Tuckerman “Tuck” Stadler, Class of 1939, died Friday, July 10, 2009 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

J. Stephen “Steve” Simon, Class of 1961, passed away very unexpectedly at his home in Dallas on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Perry A. Proffitt, Class of 1945, died Monday, June 29, 2009.

Richard Sallee Jr., Class of 1965, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

John Henry Lehman, Class of 1964, died suddenly Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lula Imogene Hill Woods, Class of 1928, passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Darrin Montez Joseph Garr, Class of 2006, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

W. Philip Cotton Jr., Class of 1950, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at St. Luke's Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Don Raymond Brady, Class of 1940, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009 in Columbia.

John C. Clark, Class of 1955, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home in Rocheport.

Bessie Burnett, Class of 1937, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Scott Jackson Wenger, Class of 1979, passed away Monday, June 1, 2009, in Heath, Texas.

Linda Nienaber Vogel, Class of 1966, died Saturday, May 30, 2009.

Mary Martha Dudley, Class of 1970, passed away Friday, May 29, 2009, in Columbia.

Kevin A. Brown, Class of 1981, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Frances Shepard Cooper, Class of 1936, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Springfield, Missouri.

Dorothy Jean Conley Kunkel, Class of 1945, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at home in Columbia.

Betty Marie Crane Wilson, Class of 1951, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

George Edward Crawford, Class of 1949, passed from this life early Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Michael Wayne Palmer, Class of 1969, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Parkside Manor.

Stephen Glenn Pratt (Steve), Class of 1969, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Truman VA Hospital in Columbia.

Corrine B. Crane Young, Class of 1943, passed away Monday, May 11, 2009 in her home in Springfield, Missouri.

Dorcas Sue Jeans Miller Holden, Classof 1958, died Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Jimmie Lee Jones, Class of 1963, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

Thomas Brian Hudspeth, Class of 1958, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009.

Melissa Gail Sloan Gebhardt, Class of 1981, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009 at her home in Columbia.

Andrew “Andy” Gibbs Wilson, Class of 1972, passed away Monday, April 13, 2009, at University Hospital.

Ruth Ann Owen O’Brien, Class of 1975, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

Sueann McLeod Pennebaker, Class of 1963, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009.

Boyd Lester Perrigo, Class of 1974, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home in Centralia, Missouri.

Terry J. Moore, Class of 1966, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Linda Kaye Lieurance Batteiger, Class of 1971, died March 28, 2009, in Aurora, Colorado.

Terry James Nunley, Class of 1960, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Larry Charles Sanford, Class of 1967, died Monday, March 23, 2009, in Columbia.

Billy Gene Asbury, Class of 1949, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Richard Arland Bise, Class of 1967, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Malissa Marie Nowlin, Class of 1995, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Virginia Royston Schaefer, Class of 1944,  passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Ruby Ruth Papen Reel, Class of 1955, passed away March 8, 2009, while at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.

Wanda L. Hunt Hartley, Class of 1959, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Barry Alan Richardson, Class of 1972, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009.

Helen Pihlblad Andrews, Class of 1943, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Mesa, Arizona.

David Ray White, Class of 1967, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Fred C. Brown Jr., Class of 1933 passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Jeffrey Scott Hartley, Class of 1974, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City.

John "Melvin" Burnett, Class of 1963, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, Illinois.

Mary Frances Talbert Bea, Class of 1946, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Parkside Manor in Columbia.

Andrew Jackson Baker, Class of 1943, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in Bountiful, Utah.

Hillman C. Crowell, Class of 1941, passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at University Hospital.

Jack George Burnett, Class of 1940 died February 11, 2009 in Arnold, Maryland.

Harold Creed Class of 1941, passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Kansas City.

“Lester” Nordyke, Class of 1947, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Lawrence W. Murray, Class of 1936, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at his home in Sikeston, Missouri.

Chris Saulet, Class of 1977, died on Thursday, January 29, 2009, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Rolland J. "Raul" Walters, Class of 1958, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

Winn Cochran Bornhauser, Class of 1945, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at University Hospital.

James Franklin "Albert" Davenport, Class of 1970, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.

Donald Eugene Allen, Class of 1951, finished this life on January 13, 2009 after a reoccurrence of cancer.

Faye Brown Wright, Class of 1946, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at Columbia Manor.

Kenneth Robert Sutton (Class of 1949) passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009.

Luke Abbott Chase, Class of 1945, passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Published Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Luke Abbott Chase, 81, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 South Ninth St., in Columbia.

Luke was born at home on North Eighth Street in Columbia on May 3, 1927, to Alma Dee Bradley and Merton Floyd Chase. He lived most of his life in Columbia. He was very close to his mother, older brothers and sister, all now passed, who provided a stable home during the Depression and the beginning of World War II.

In his young years, Luke was an avid Sea Scout. He attended Eugene Field Elementary School and made many lifelong friends there. He was a paper boy for the Columbia Daily Tribune. In 1944, Luke was elected student body president of Hickman High School. He was editor of the Purple & Gold, performed in numerous plays and operettas and graduated in 1945.

He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II on a troop carrier that brought home servicemen after the war in the South Pacific. Upon his return to Columbia, he attended the University of Missouri and graduated from the journalism school in 1951.

After graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force for two years, stationed at Billy Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, Wis. He produced the base newspaper and began a passion for photography. Afterward he returned to Mid-Missouri and took a writing and photo position with the Missouri Highway Commission in Jefferson City.

Luke and Elinor Jane Wilson, of Columbia, married in 1948. They had two sons, Steven and David. In 1958, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif. Luke worked for Ralph’s Grocery Company where he edited the store chain’s monthly magazine. Luke and Elinor divorced in 1962. Luke returned to Columbia in 1965 and was employed as a display ad salesman with the Columbia Daily Tribune. Later he became manager of the department.

Luke and Betty Joan Thompson, of Columbia, married in 1966. They had one son, Kirtley. Luke and Joan met when Joan worked at Gene Glenn’s, one of Luke’s important ad accounts.

The Downtown Optimist Club and Optimist International were in Luke’s heart. He served as president of the Columbia club and lieutenant governor and governor of the Eastern Missouri Region. He visited many Optimist Clubs in the area, working to improve their service to the underprivileged youth of their communities.

Luke loved history. He traced his family roots to the early settlers of Boone County. He studied the Civil War and the characters of that era. Luke and Joan visited many Civil War battlegrounds.

Luke had a deep appreciation for English his entire life. He began writing poetry at age 72. "First Verse," the collection of his first 70 poems, was published in 2003.

Luke is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joan; three sons and their families, Steven and Sharon, Kirtley and Lisa of Overland Park, Kan., and David and Kim of Gladstone; three grandsons, Matthew of Leawood, Kan., Alexander of Lawrence, Kan., and Andrew of Manhattan, Kan.; one nephew, Bernard and Pat of Oak Lawn, Ill.

The family thanks the excellent physicians, nurses, techs and staff of Boone Hospital Center for their considerate care of Luke in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Luke’s memory to the Downtown Optimist Club, P.O. Box 1959, Columbia, Mo., 65205, Attn: Steve Klein, Treasurer.


Provided by Lola Sutton Callaway, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Kenneth Robert Sutton (Class of 1949) passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009.

Private services were held in Santa Clara, California.

Kenneth was an operation manager for many years at Phoenix Tallow Company in Arizona. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Diggs (Class of 1949), his brother Donald Sutton (Class of 1946) and his sister, Lola Mary Callaway (Class of 1957).

Kenneth is also survived by three children and four grandchildren.


Published Monday, January 12, 2009

Faye Wright, 80, a resident of Columbia Manor, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the Smith Hall of First Assembly of God, 1100 N. Seventh St., with Pastor Michael Jouret officiating.

Faye was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Columbia to the late Hudson and Nan Hartley Brown. She loved John Wayne movies and NASCAR.

Faye is survived by a daughter, Nancy Wainscott and her husband, Buck, of Columbia; a son, Vint Wright and his wife, Carla, of Hallsville; a sister, Fern Watts of Wichita, Kan.; as well as grandchildren Casey, Kyle, Aaron, Chase, Darrell and Travis.

Memorials are requested to First Assembly of God.

Online condolences may be left for Faye’s family at www.heartland cremation.com.

Arrangements by: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia, (573) 442-7850.


Donald Eugene Allen (February 3, 1933 - January 13, 2009) Courtesy of Galbreaith - Pickard Funeral Chapel, Weatherford , TX 76086

Donald Eugene Allen finished this life on January 13, 2009 after a reoccurrence of cancer. He was grateful for 72 years of good health after the first bout with the dreaded disease.

A Memorial service will held at Trinity Bible Church, 4936 Interstate 20 at 2:00 p.m., January 24th with pastor Jon Sherman officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Bible Church.

Don's last days were spent at home being attended to with love and lots of TLC by his wife of 55 years, Nickie and his three daughters and their families. Integra Hospice provided excellent support.

Don worked 13 years in the insurance business as a claims examiner and started building houses on the side. Don and Nickie bought a paint and decorating business in Cleburne, TX while Don continued his building business. He built Windsor House for his wife to manage and only retired totally from building 2 years ago. Don loved sports, especially baseball and avidly watched the football games until only a few days before his death.

He is survived by his wife, Nickie Allen; daughters, Erin Ratliff and husband Tim of Round. Rock, TX and their children, Kelsey and Kyle; Linda Clark and husband Bart and grand daughter Lindsey of Grandview, TX; and daughter, Jane Allen of Littleton, CO.

Don was at total peace with leaving this life and had complete trust in the Father's gift of His Son to cover us for life eternal with Jesus Christ our Lord.

*Don had a brother and sister-in-law; Lloyd & Carolyne Allen of Arden, NC added by Hillis Crowell, Class of 1951.


Published Tuesday, January 20, 2009

James Franklin "Albert" Davenport, 57, of Prairie Home passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Davenport was born Sept. 16, 1951, in Moberly, the son of Forest Douglas and Dorothy Muriel Rumbaugh Davenport; they preceded him in death.

On March 17, 1995, he was united in marriage to Denise Ann Welday in Columbia; she survives.

Mr. Davenport graduated from Hickman High in 1969 and worked for MoDOT in Columbia and Rocheport for more than 30 years. He then started his second career with EMS at Boone Hospital and Callaway County Ambulance District.

He was a Boone County Chapter Red Cross CPR instructor, member of the Cooper County Fire District, an assistant scout master of Boy Scout Troop 701, Cub Scout Pack 5, Boonville Girl Scouts Troop 252, Prairie Home 4-H and a 15-year belt buckle with Cross Country Trail Ride, and he loved farming.

In addition to his wife, Denise Davenport of the home; Mr. Davenport is survived by a son, Doug Davenport and his wife, Robin, of Columbia; a daughter, Jessica Davenport of the home; a sister, Katherine Nelson of Columbia; and two grandsons, Andrew and Adam Davenport of Columbia.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Davenport was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie; a brother, Forest Douglas "Buddy" Davenport Jr.; and two sisters, Clara Mae Davenport and Hazel Goodman.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have memorial contributions made to the James Davenport Memorial Fund, to benefit his daughter Jessica’s future, which may be left with the funeral home.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winn Cochran Bornhauser, 81, of Columbia passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at University Hospital.

A visitation for friends and family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Memorial Funeral Home. A private family service will be held.

He was born on Aug. 2, 1927, in Prairie Home, the son of the late Frank Henry and Nell Louise Cochran Bornhauser. He was united in marriage to Jeanne Fenimore on June 10, 1950, and she preceded him in death on March 2, 1999.

Mr. Bornhauser graduated from Boonville High School and Kirksville State Teachers College. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He taught and coached basketball in Higbee before starting his sales career with Texaco. He had a great love for his children and grandchildren and will be remembered for his humor, wit and for being a practical jokester. He also greatly enjoyed his coffee buddies at Hy-Vee.

Survivors include his children, Sam Winn Bornhauser, Pamela Jeanne Pugh and husband Ronald, Jane Grathwohl, Jone Piontek and husband Jeff, and Beth Weinsting and husband Mitch; grandchildren Kristen Grathwohl Sartor and husband Erich, Laura Pugh Thompson and husband Wade, Sam Winn Bornhauser Jr. and wife Allison, Patrick Grathwohl Jr., Erica Pugh, Sarah Weinsting, Jill, Maggie, John and Stephanie Piontek, and Matthew Weinsting; great-grandchildren Anna and Cora Thompson and Sam Winn Bornhauser III; siblings Willie Gray Doyle, Jim Bornhauser and Deane Penny; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Virginia and Bernard Bornhauser, Margaret Solomon, Alice Anderson, and Sam, Alvin, Suzanne and Mary Jane Bornhauser.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or donor’s choice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, January 30, 2009

Rolland J. "Raul" Walters, 68, local real estate developer and entrepreneur, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., with his family at his side.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date, and the family requests privacy at this time.

Walters developed and owned several commercial properties across the nation and currently has ownership interest in several local properties including the Crossroads West Shopping Center, Stadium Plaza Shopping Center, Columbia Plaza Shopping Center, The North County Shopping Center and apartment complexes.

Walters is survived by his wife, Vicki Weir Walters; daughters Wendy Walters and Stacy Walters Cobb; son-in-law Daniel Cobb; brother Phillip D. Walters; and two grandchildren, Zachary and McKenzie Cobb.

Walters was preceded in death by his mother, Lala; father Bernard; and son Rhett Walters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Keck School of Medicine, USC, The Agus Research Fund, Attn: Michael Mayne, 1975 Zonal Ave., KAM 300, Los Angeles, Calif., 90089 or Special Operations Warrior Foundation, P.O. Box 13483, Tampa, Fla., 33681-3483.


Christopher Nicolas 'Chris' Saulet
Oct. 1, 1958 - Jan. 29, 2009
Birthplace: Kansas City, KS
Resided in: St. Charles, MO
Visitation:  Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009
Service:  Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
Cemetery:  St. Charles Memorial Gardens

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Saulet, Chris, of St. Charles, Missouri, died on Thursday, January 29, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 50. Dearest husband of Stephanie Saulet (nee: DuFour), dear son of the late Nicolas and Betty Gale Greene; dear brother of Mark (Toni) Saulet, Patrick (Theresa) Saulet and Michael (Trelitha) Bryant. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, the DuFour, Clark and Schoonover families and his beloved mother-in-law, Helen DuFour.

Chris was proud of his 25 years of service with the Missouri State Troopers. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and IPMS (International Plastic Models Society). He was an avid Cyclist. He rode in the 1999 Paris-Brest-Paris 850 mile race and he finished in 86 hours. He was very devoted to his time served in the Navy and Air Reserves.


Pulished Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lawrence W. Murray, 92, formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at his home in Sikeston.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia at a later date.

He was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Ashland, son of the late Joseph William Murray and Stella Crump Murray. He lived most of his life in Columbia and was a self-employed carpenter.

He was a member of the Columbia Carpenter’s Union Local 1925, in which he had held several offices.

He served as the union’s business agent, financial secretary and also as the president of the Central Labor Council. He was a member of the Twilight Lodge 114 in Columbia and just recently was the happy recipient of his 50-year pin.

He is survived by his wife, Ina Ruth Batye Murray of the home; daughter and son-in-law Judy and Charlie Garner of Sikeston; two sisters, Merline Murray Tennyson of Columbia and Martan Murray Heary of Mission, Kan.; one grandson and his wife, Tom and Cindi Gardner of Orlando, Fla.; and one great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Gardner of Orlando.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main St., Sikeston, Mo., 63801.


Published Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dr. L.D. “Lester” Nordyke, 79, of Columbia, formerly of Bowling Green, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 6, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the funeral home, followed by graveside services and military honors for family at 4 p.m. in Bowling Green.

He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Ottawa, Kan., to Thelma and Oscar Nordyke. He married Jean Turck on June 16, 1957, in Webster Groves. She preceded him in death in 2001.

As a child, Lester’s family lived in several towns in Kansas and Arkansas before settling down in Columbia.

Dr. Nordyke was a 1947 graduate of Hickman High School and served a year of active duty in the U.S. Army before returning to Columbia to enroll at the University of Missouri.

He was recalled from active reserve to active duty in August 1950 and was honorably discharged in August 1953, at which time he returned to Columbia and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies.

He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from MU’s School of Veterinary Medicine with the class of 1958.

Dr. and Mrs. Nordyke lived in Bowling Green from 1958 until 1982, where they raised four children. He was in private practice with brother-in-law Dr. Ralph Hulen and Dr. T.E. Newton until 1980.

Dr. Nordyke left private practice and began a second career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, for whom he served first in Flat River and then Marshall until 1986, when he accepted assignment in Washington, D.C., as director of federal and state relations for the USDA. He retired from civil service in 1995 and returned to Columbia.

He was an active member of the Sunrise Optimist Club, where he was named Optimist of the Year and received an Outstanding Service Award. He was a member of the local Elks Club, Broadway Christian Church and the “3 dollar club.”

He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, computers and spending time with his friends and family. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching his beloved Mizzou Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.

Survivors include four children, John Nordyke of Hannibal, Susan Campos of Phoenix, David Nordyke of Palm Springs, Fla., and Polly Grapes of Sedalia; a sister, Betty Hulen of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren, Sara Nordyke, Stephanie Nordyke, Elyssa Nordyke, Matthew Schreiner, David Schreiner, Daniel Schreiner, Jeremy Nordyke, Courtney Nordyke, Michael Grapes and Kailey Grapes; nephews Dr. Jim Mills and Gary Hulen; and nieces Ann Patton and Elizabeth Parry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nellie Mae and Mavis.

Pallbearers for the service in Columbia will be Gary Hulen, Dr. James Mills, Dr. Kirk Parry, Matthew Schreiner, Michael Grapes and Bob Iglehart.

The family suggests memorials in Dr. Nordyke’s name to the Coyote Hill Children’s Home and/or the Sunrise Optimist Club of Columbia.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, February 15, 2009

Harold Creed of Columbia passed away Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at his daughter’s home in Kansas City.

A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, March 28 at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church, (573) 445-4667.

Mr. Creed was born in Columbia to Clark and Opal Fenton Creed. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1941. During World War II he served with the U.S. 7th Army, 44th ID, Signal Corps. He received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in 1949.

Harold’s engineering career began with the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver and culminated with management of international water resource projects in Egypt, Iran and Pakistan.

Harold was a member of Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church.

He married Mary Grace Lester of Oklahoma City in 1950, and she survives; along with son Thomas; daughters Catherine and Jane; and six grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Edwin of Connecticut and Dan of Ontario.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Kathleen.

Memorial donations may be made to the church’s Capital Fund Drive or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.


Published by the Maryland Gazette, hometownglenburnie.com

Jack George Burnett, 88, a resident of Arnold for 46 years, died Feb. 11 of natural causes at his home.
 

He was born Dec. 21, 1920 in Columbia, Mo. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State in 1949. He was a Master Sgt. U.S. Army. Retired.
 

His hobbies were Golf tennis and writing poetry in his later years.
 

He is preceded in death by one son, William Burnett and one daughter, Leslie Ann Burnett.
 

He is survived by his wife, Norma Burnett whom he married August 6, 1946; four sons, Robert Burnett of Annapolis, Thomas Burnett of Arnold, James Burnett of Stevensville, Michael Burnett of Clemmons, N.C.; one daughter, Laura Rice of New Windsor; 14 Grandchildren, and three great grand children.
 

A memorial gathering will be held Fri., Feb. 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7:30 at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave Annapolis. Interment will be private.
 

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21401 or the Green Hornet Athletic Association, P.O. Box 643, Severna Park, MD 21146.
 

Online condolences can be made at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com.


Published Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hillman C. Crowell, 85, of Columbia passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at University Hospital.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Houser-Millard Funeral Home in Jefferson City, where a Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a Scottish Rite service. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia with the Rev. Jill Sander officiating. Additional visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment with full military honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

He was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Boone County, a son of Humphreys and Martha Maude Hogg Crowell. He was a 1941 graduate of Hickman High School. On March 6, 1946, he was united in marriage in Columbia to Nadine Wayland, who survives at the home.

Hillman served in the U.S. Army, 8th Armored Division as a gunner on a tank, earning the Purple Heart, Silver Star and four Bronze Stars. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard and the Missouri Army National Guard.

He was a member of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia. Hillman was very active in the Masonic Lodge AF&AM Twilight Lodge 114 in Columbia and Masonic Lodge AF&AM Jefferson Lodge 43 Jefferson City, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, Capital City Shrine Club and Grotto. He was also a member of the American Legion Roscoe Enloe Post 5, VFW Post 1003, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 513, and the Host Lions Club, all in Jefferson City. He was a member and past president of the Odd Fellows and Grotto, and served on the advisory council and helped organize the DeMolay and Rainbow Girls in Jefferson City.

In the 1940s and ’50s, Hillman worked for Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home in Columbia and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years. In the 1960s, he owned and operated Gulf and Phillips service stations in Jefferson City. He went on to own and operate Hawthorn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City, Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett, Mistwood Memorial Gardens at Lake of the Ozarks, Valley View Cemetery and Funeral Home in Edwardsville, Ill., and Mount Hope Cemetery and Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill.

Hillman was a member and past president of the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri and member of the National Association of Cemeteries. He was also a past board member of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration and was a licensed funeral director.

Hillman is also survived by daughter Carol Lynn Horton of Lamar; son Cordell of the home; grandson James David Ruteledge of Fayetteville, Ark.; grandson John C. Holland and wife Kristen of Orlando Fla., and their children, Brandon and Abby; brother Hillis D. Crowell and wife Jane of Columbia; and two sisters, May Hagan and Lynn Brandom of Brandon, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Hillard B. Crowell, whose wife, Sara Ann, also survives.

Expressions of sympathy may be made the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main in Jefferson City, (573) 636-3838, www.millardfamilychapels.com.


Published by the utahtributes.com & Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary of Bounitful, Utah

Andrew Jackson Baker passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in Bountiful, Utah. He was born July 1924 in Fulton, Missouri to Andrew Jackson & Fernie Baker and was raised in Columbia. He was better known as A.J. or Andy. He married Betty Oviatt on June 28, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had 3 sons and 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Andrew served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. He was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served a mission to the North Central States. Andrew was an entrepreneur of many different trades, one of which was barbering. He owned "Andy's Barber Shop", and was very successful. Later in his life he worked as a custodian for the Davis County School District. Then together, Andrew and Betty served a mission to Chinle, Arizona.

Andrew enjoyed scouts as a youth and it kept him busy. He was a lover of sailboats and built two of his own. He was also very talented in wood-working and loved to carve wood.

Andrew is survived by his wife and children, Steven (Jody), Christine Harker (Kent), Gary (Cindy), Larry (Julie), Sisters, Deloris Larwill (Johart) Texas, and Freda Robinson, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the North Canyon 5th Ward, 2505 So. Davis Blvd., Bountiful. A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Saturday morning 9:45 -10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services.


Published Friday, February 20, 2009

Mary Frances Talbert Bea, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Parkside Manor in Columbia.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with burial to follow the service in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary was born the daughter of Earl and Edna Talbert. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Elery Bea.

She is survived by three daughters; Carol Stipp and her husband, Steve, of Ramona, Calif., Barbara Thorpe and her husband, Jerry, of Clark, and Melissa Sandin and her husband, Willie, of Jackson; a son, James E. Bea Jr. of Columbia; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, March 29, 2009

John Melvin “Mel” Burnett, 63, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Elgin.

For family and friends, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland. All are invited to celebrate Mel’s life from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant at 1903 Business Loop 70 E.

He was born on May 14, 1945, in Columbia to John Harold “Dusty” Burnett and Nettie Margaret Burnett, both deceased.

Mel worked as an ironworker and homebuilder in Elgin. He graduated in 1963 from Hickman High School. Mel did not let his lifelong fight with diabetes affect his love of life with his family and his Kewpie classmates.

He is survived by his two children, Carla Mote and husband Tim, and Jeff Burnett and wife Jessica; and four grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Judy Ridgley; and a significant other, Marybeth Sedgewick.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, (800) 342-2383 or tribute@diabetes.org.


Published Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jeffrey Scott Hartley, 52, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jeffrey was born Aug. 4, 1956, in Bloomington, Ill., to Wallace and Anna Harmon Hartley, and they survive.

He worked as a cosmetologist and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia.

Jeffrey is also survived by a brother, Dennis Hartley.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Hartley.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63131.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fred C. Brown Jr., 94, of Kansas City passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Columbia Cemetery.

Fred was born Dec. 12, 1914, to Fred C. Brown Sr. and Edith May Vaughn Brown. He married Delores C. Wentworth on June 19, 1943, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 1977.

Fred graduated from Hickman High School and the University of Missouri, where he was a member of Sigma Nu.

He worked for GMAC, retiring after 30 years. After retirement he lived in Springfield, where he volunteered for Meal on Wheels for 20 years. He was an avid Mizzou fan for many years, never missing a game.

Survivors include a son, Thomas C. Brown of Prairie Village, Kan.; a daughter, Deborah Stanfield and husband Mike of Leawood, Kan.; a sister, Dorothy Coates of Fort Belvoir, Va.; grandchildren Jon and Scott Stanfield, Alison Watson, and Elisa and Katie Brown; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister.

Memorials may be given to Hospice Care of the Midwest or American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralser vice.com.


Published Sunday, May 31, 2009

Helen Pihlblad Andrews, 83, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Mesa, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6 in the Memorial Garden at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St. in Columbia.

She is survived by her children, John and Beverly, Jeff and Joan, and Laura; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She grew up in Columbia and spent an additional 25 happy years there before retiring to Arizona.


Published Friday, March 6, 2009

David Ray White, 59, of Columbia died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia with burial to follow the service in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

David was born May 23, 1949, the son of Raymond and Lorna Coons White.

David is one of the original founding members of the local Harley Owners Group and retired after 20 years of service from AmerenUE.

He is survived by his parents, Raymond and Lorna White of Columbia; one sister, Judy Johnson and her husband, Richard, of Joplin; two nieces, Jennifer Johnson of Denver and Rebecca Baker of Joplin; and two great-nephews, Ethan and William Baker.

Tributes can be left online atwww.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Barry Alan Richardson, 55, of Columbia passed away Friday, March 6, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1954, in Columbia, the son of the late Leon and Dorothy Richardson. He was united in marriage to Martha Esqueda on Nov. 9, 1999, and she survives.

Barry worked in the field of Internet marketing. He enjoyed playing softball with his brother in his early years. He formerly worked for the city of Columbia, driving for Columbia Transit and Tiger Air Support.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepsons, Jimmy and Justin DeRoule; one brother, Richard Mohr; three aunts; one uncle; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brother Russell and sister Bonnie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, March 9, 2009

Wanda L. Hartley, 67, of Rocheport passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009.

Services, conducted by the Rev. David Schawo, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Midway Heights Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Wanda L. Hartley was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Huntsdale, the daughter of William A. and Mary Nancy Mahan Hunt, who preceded her in death. She married Donald R. Hartley on May 29, 1959, in Columbia, and he survives.

Wanda owned and operated Happy Days Day Care for 35 years.

She was co-founder and leader of River Hills 4-H for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; one son, Dennis R. Hartley; one brother, Tom Hunt; three sisters, Jane Tutt, Betsy Rule and Barbara Roberts; five grandchildren, Joshua Hartley, Sarah Hartley, Breanna Hartley, Lauren Hartley and Bridget Hartley; and one great-granddaughter, Addisyn Grace Hartley.

She was preceded in death by one son, Timothy, on Feb. 16, 2007; one brother, Joe Hunt; and four sisters, Mary Catherine Hunt in early childhood, Sue Lancaster, June Rhine and Glenda Heath.

Memorial contributions may be made to Polycystic Kidney Foundation or Midway Heights Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Thursday, March 12, 2009

Malissa Marie Nowlin, 32, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Parker Funeral Service with the Rev. Randy Germann officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Malissa was born Dec. 28, 1976, in Columbia to Ronald Lee and Mary Lorene McGee Nowlin.

She graduated from Hickman High School in 1995. She was a part of Lighthouse Community Church. Malissa worked at Barnes Insurance.

Malissa’s nieces and nephews were her pride and joy, and she loved animals.

Survivors include her parents; a sister, Mindy Nowlin and companion Larry Smith of Columbia; grandmother Mary Alice McGee of Holliday; niece and nephew Alexandria and Layne Smith’ and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Owen and Ina Mildred Nowlin and Bill McGee; and two uncles, Carl D. and Randall K. Nowlin

Memorials may be given to the Malissa Nowlin Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, c/o Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralser vice.com.


Published Friday, March 20, 2009

Richard Arland Bise, 59, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home.

No services have been scheduled at this time.

Richard was born on Sept. 2, 1949, in Mexico, Mo.

He is survived by his two stepsons, Daniel and Ben Church, both of Columbia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Cremation & Burial Society.

Online condolences may be left by visiting www.heartlandcremation.com.


Published Thursday, March 19, 2009

Virginia Schaefer, 82, of Sacramento, Calif., a graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, surrounded by family.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 27, at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Carmichael, Calif.

She inspired her family and many friends with her love and passion for life. She will be deeply missed.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 57 years, William of Sacramento, Calif. She also is survived by her three children, Teresa Owen and husband Quentin of San Rafael, Calif., Nancy Cunningham of Las Vegas, and Sue Beigie and husband David of Bellevue, Wash.; six grandchildren, Katrina Cunningham, Sean Cunningham, Allie Owen, Will Owen, Aidan Beigie and Matthew Beigie; sisters Ruth George of Columbia, Mary Cannon of Lee’s Summit and Susan Elliott of Pittsburg; and brother Don Royston of Huntsville, Ala.

Virginia was preceded in death by sister Margaret Jones and brother James Royston.


Obituay provided by Linda Tremaine, Class of 1968

Mrs. Ruby Ruth Reel, 71, of Marion, N.C., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 8, 2009, while at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.

Funeral services for Mrs. Reel will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Kenneth Queen officiating. Interment will follow at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kirksey Funeral Home.

Born Dec. 22, 1937, in Boone County, she was a daughter of the late John F. Papen and Lunda F. Kerans Papen.
Mrs. Reel was an avid painter and truly enjoyed her family.

Her memory will be cherished by three children, Terry Padgett and wife Alicia of Marion, Toni Padgett Queen of Bostic, N.C., and Tracy Reel and wife Peggy of Nebo, N.C.; a sister, Reba Meadows of Columbia, three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, James, Clarence and Carl Papen; and two sisters, Eva Tremaine and Mary Crane.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.


Published Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Billy Gene Asbury, 77, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on May 19, 1931, in Columbia to Ernest and Lucille Hartley Asbury, and they preceded him in death.

He was married on July 9, 1954, in Joliet, Ill., to Bettie L. Gholson, and she survives.

He was a 1949 graduate from Hickman High School and served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. Bill worked for more than 30 years as a mailman in Columbia. He also was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Columbia, and he will be remembered as someone who loved to garden.

Survivors also include his son, Greg Asbury and wife Michelle of Columbia; and grandsons Ryan and Kyle Asbury.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jonna Asbury.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bill was born on May 19, 1931, in Columbia to Ernest and Lucille Hartley Asbury, and they preceded him in death.

He was married on July 9, 1954, in Joliet, Ill., to Bettie L. Gholson, and she survives.

He was a 1949 graduate from Hickman High School and served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. Bill worked for more than 30 years as a mailman in Columbia. He also was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Columbia, and he will be remembered as someone who loved to garden.

Survivors also include his son, Greg Asbury and wife Michelle of Columbia; and grandsons Ryan and Kyle Asbury.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jonna Asbury.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Larry Charles Sanford, 59, of Columbia died Monday, March 23, 2009, in Columbia.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Larry was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Macon, to Kenneth and Lucille Bianchi Sanford, who both survive. Larry was a businessman and partnered in Jeans Unlimited for some time. He later became a cattle rancher.

Larry also is survived by a daughter, Bianca Sanford of Columbia; two sisters, Sandi Ball of Springfield and Susan West of Sycamore, Ill.; father-in-law Zane Dodge of Columbia; and fiancee Julie Jaynes Snider of Columbia.

He is preceded in death by a mother-in-law, Donna Dodge; and two wives, Patty and Joanie Sanford.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bianca Sanford Scholarship Fund, 1751 S. Purdy Lane, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or Our Lady of Lourdes, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, March 30, 2009

Terry James Nunley, 66, of Wilmington, N.C., died Friday, March 27, 2009, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He will be buried in Columbia and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian.

He was born in Columbia on Dec. 29, 1942. He was the son of the late Gene and Midgie Nunley.

He served in the United States Coast Guard. Before his career in academia, he worked for the accounting firms of Coopers and Lybrand and Haskins and Sells.

From the University of Missouri, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting. After getting a doctorate from the University of Alabama he taught accounting on the faculties of the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Retiring to Wilmington, he enjoyed golf, reading to the sight impaired on EARRS and serving on the President’s Advisory Council for Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

He served as a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church

USA and was a member of

Saint Andrews Covenant Presbyterian.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deme Tullis Nunley, who cherishes their life of gardening and travel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cape Fear EARRS, P.O. Box 144, Wilmington, N.C., 28402 or the church or school of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.andrewsmortuary.com.


Published Monday, March 30, 2009

Linda Kaye Lieurance Batteiger, 56, formerly of Columbia died March 28, 2009, in Aurora, Colo.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 1, in Denver, Colo.

She was born Aug. 8, 1952, to Harold and Lois Amburn Lieurance in Palmyra.

Her mother preceded her in death in 1967. The family moved to Columbia in 1969 and Kaye graduated from Hickman High School in 1971.

Kaye married Ed Batteiger of Quincy, Ill., on Sept. 3, 1976, and they made their home in Denver, Colo.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Brian of Aurora; a daughter Jennifer of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter Abbey Entzel and her husband, Kipp, of Aurora; also surviving is her father, Harold Lieurance and his wife, Pat, of Columbia; a sister, Teresa Hevel and her husband, David, of Hannibal; a sister, Laura Pierson and her husband, Ron, of Columbia; and a sister, Susan Edwards and her husband, Ron, of Lee’s Summit.


Published Thursday, April 2, 2009

Terry J. Moore, 60, of Columbia died Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home, with family and loved ones at his bedside. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Terry was born May 26, 1948, in Columbia to Samuel P. and Helen Gardner Moore.

Terry attended Columbia Public Schools and Hickman High School and worked in commercial construction in California and later in Columbia.

His life’s passion was in antiques and collectibles, and he spent the past 30 years traveling the United States buying and selling at large shows, as well as having an antique shop in St. Louis.

Terry’s love of fly-fishing Ozark streams provided for hundreds of memorable adventures.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Moore; brothers Chuck Moore and Mark Moore of Columbia, and Chris Moore of Rochester, Minn.; and companion Roberta Bushdiecker of St Louis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of America, 3050 I-70 Drive S.E., Columbia, Mo., 65201; or Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heartland Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia.

Online condolences may be left for Terry’s family by visiting www.heartlandcremation.com.


Published Sunday, April 5, 2009

Boyd Lester Perrigo, 54, of Centralia died Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, at First Baptist Church in Centralia with Pastor Jed Angell of Friendship Christian Church officiating. Entombent will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Fenton Funeral Chapel.

He was born July 7, 1954, in Boone County, the son of Lester Lee and Georgia Mae Linder Perrigo. He was married July 7, 1972, in Columbia to Cyndia Kay Adams, and she survives.

Boyd was an active member of First Baptist Church in Centralia, where he served as an usher. He was a graduate of Hickman High School.

His employment for 36 years was with Broad Building Supply in Columbia, where he was a millwork supervisor. Woodworking, fishing, time with his family and entertaining the grandchildren were his favorite things to do. He will be lovingly and sadly missed.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sally Jo Haskell and husband, Travis, and Leslie Ann Stidham and her husband, Derrick, all of Centralia; four grandchildren, Austin Haskell, Brandan Haskell, Dawson McCown and Mayci Kay Stidham, all of Centralia; mother Georgia Mae Anthony of Hallsville; two sisters, Linda Sexton of Sturgeon and Brenda Page and her husband, Malvin, of Columbia; two brothers, Lloyd Perrigo of Sturgeon and Kenneth Perrigo of Eldon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Lee Perrigo.

Pallbearers are Steve Lind, Danny Johanning, Don Fugate, Dane Pemberton, Dr. Duane Farmer and Ed West.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church in Centralia or cancer research.


Published Thursday, April 9, 2009 TheCabinet.net, Conway, Arkansas

Sueann McLeod Pennebaker, 63 of Conway went home to her Lord on Monday, April 6, 2009. She was born Sept. 17, 1945, to the late Ellen Virginia McLeod.

Pennebaker was a member of the Church Alive in Conway. Her family could not ask for a better mother and grandmother. They feel a fitting description would be a Proverbs 31 woman. She was always available to lend a helping hand.

She is survived by her sons Ted Pennebaker of Custer, Wash., and Paul Pennebaker of Grady: daughter, Cherilyn Rockaway and her husband John of Lexington: five grandchildren, Chris Pennebaker of Center Ridge, Kayla Jo Pennebaker of Morrilton, John IV, Paul and Olivia Rockaway of Lexington, Ky.; and many family and friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Eddie Joe Pennebaker.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Church Alive with Bro. Randy Long and Doyle Glass officiating. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park with Pete Beck, Anthony Terri, Ricky Clements, Jordan Culter, Sammy Heath, Jim Glass, Alvin Reeves and Travis Sims serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Bishop-Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier.


Published Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ruth Ann Owen O’Brien, 51, of Ashland passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

Services, conducted by Pastor Travis Tamerius, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Barnes Chapel Church in southern Boone County.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Ruth O’Brien was born May 4, 1957, to Stanley and Nadine Owen in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

She married Scott Richard O’Brien on March 11, 1989, in Columbia. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2008.

She graduated from David H. Hickman High School and worked at the VA hospital for a number of years.

Survivors include her parents, Stanley and Nadine Owen; and her six brothers, Ralph, David, Paul, Timothy, Samuel and Stephen Owen.

Arrangements made by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Andrew “Andy” Gibbs Wilson, 55, of Rocheport passed away Monday, April 13, 2009, at University Hospital.

A Masonic service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia, followed by a memorial ceremony.

Andy was born on May 27, 1953, in Boone County to Woodrow and Emily Sue Gibbs Wilson. He attended Hickman High School and Columbia College.

He worked as an electrician for several years at the University of Missouri and most recently at University Hospital. He enjoyed volunteering through AA with men in their recovery and as a residential aid for the Phoenix Program.

Andy’s greatest joy in life was his beautiful daughter, Kaitlin. He smiled the most when he was with her and when he shared her accomplishments with family and friends. Andy enjoyed music and sports, including football, baseball, rugby (fearless) and golf. He developed many lifelong friendships through music and sports as well as work associates and people from all walks of life. He was the person you could always call if you needed help.

Survivors include his mother, Emily McCaslin; his daughter, Kaitlin Wilson; his brother, Roger Wilson and wife Pat, all of Columbia; niece Erin Wilson of New York; nephew Drew Wilson of Columbia; a stepbrother, Jerry McCaslin and wife Pat of Liberty; his stepmother, Lily Fenton of Columbia; stepsisters Janeen Osborne of Jefferson City and Cynthia Henley and husband Robert of Independence; he was also fortunate to have many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Wilson; and his stepfather, William C. McCaslin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Kaitlin Wilson scholarship fund, c/o Boone County National Bank, Attn: Judy Sapp, 720 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralser vice.com.


Published Sunday, April 19, 2009

Melissa Gail Sloan Gebhardt, 46, lost her brave, 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer at home on Friday, April 17, 2009.

A memorial celebration of Melissa’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Unity Center of Columbia. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

 She was born in Monett on Dec. 20, 1962.

She graduated from Hickman High School in 1981. She attended hairstyling school and worked at several popular salons in Columbia during her 20-plus-year career, most recently at Green Meadows Hair Co. and Salon Nefisa. She became deeply connected with many of her patrons because of her warm, personable style.

She gathered friends easily, and her community is large and loving.

Her greatest joy in life was being a mom to her two young children, Luka and Willa. She will be so terribly missed by her heartbroken family and friends. Survivors include her partner of 11 years, Deb Frankenberry; her mother, Betty Montie and her husband, Dr. Joe Montie; her brother, Chris Gebhardt and his wife, Debbie Gebhardt; nieces Maddy and Bella Gebhardt; and her dear friend, Rhoda Baldwin and her son, Dinesh.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dean Sloan; her stepfather, Del Gebhardt; and her grandparents.

Her family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and support staff at Missouri Cancer Associates and Boone Hospital for their kind care.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thomas Brian Hudspeth, 68, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 20, 2009. He suffered from congestive heart failure.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born May 21, 1940, in Oklahoma City. He was the son of Samuel Meredith Hudspeth and Clara Leota Hudspeth. He was born at University Hospital in Oklahoma City. Since it was at the end of the Depression, his parents had to sell their icebox to pay the $10 fee for his birth.

His family lived in Chickasha, Okla., for the first seven years of his life. During that time his father served with the 45th Division and fought in World War II. After his father’s return, they moved to Pearsall, Texas, for one school year before moving to Mountain View. They lived on a small, 80-acre farm.

Looking back on his life, he considered the seven years he lived at Mountain View to be some of his most enjoyable. He was surrounded by his family and friends. He was active in his church and participated in several extracurricular school activities. Brian, while attending the South Missouri Baptist Assembly in Van Buren, received the call to work with young people at the age of 15.

He attended high school at Mountain View and Hickman High School in Columbia. His family moved to Columbia in 1956. Brian played football, and in his senior year he was chosen to be on the Mid-Missouri All-Star Team. He was active in the speech club, and he sang with the Hickman choir. He attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a member of the University Singers.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 1965.

He started teaching speech and English at Steelville. He received certification as a speech therapist and taught several years in that field in several rural schools in Missouri.

Brian attended Southwest Missouri State University and received a comprehensive master of arts degree in speech, drama and speech correction.

He was married to Judith Helen Proske for 13 years. Three children were born of that marriage, Thomas Brian Hudspeth II of Alamogordo, N.M., and Michael David Hudspeth and Anna Laurie Blair, both of Arnold. Divorce ended that marriage.

Brian married Diana Gwendolyn Tourville, and one child was born of that marriage, Andrew Ryan Hudspeth of Austin, Texas.

Brian taught English and drama for 17 years in Austin. He enjoyed directing musicals such as “My Fair Lady,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Oklahoma!,” “Little Mary Sunshine,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music” and “Annie Get Your Gun,” as well as other non-musical plays.

He was active as a Boy Scout leader for several years. He was a member of the Downtown Optimist Club of Columbia. He enjoyed telling stories and writing poetry. He put many of his stories in a book, “… And Then There Was Me.”

Brian was baptized in Jesus’ name in 1981 and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1982. He was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Columbia.

Brian felt that his greatest accomplishment besides producing four beautiful children was to teach for 34 years, thus fulfilling his calling to work with young people.

He leaves behind his children, mentioned above; and his brother, Barry Edward Hudspeth of Pensacola, Fla. He has two granddaughters, Kathleen Vernice Hudspeth and Jennifer Ellen Hudspeth; and one grandson, Andrew Isaiah Hudspeth.

His father preceded him in death in 1990 and his mother in 2008. His older brother, Richard Bruce Hudspeth, passed away in 1999.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Pentecostal Church of Columbia.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jimmie Lee Jones, 63, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, after a second battle with cancer.

Jimmie was born Sept. 21, 1945, to J.T. and Katherine Garrett Jones.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. After graduation, he worked in credit and finance. He then worked in the construction and concrete business, where he spent the majority of his working career. Jimmie took great pride in the quality of work he did. He also enjoyed being a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Jimmie had three children: Shawn Lee Jones, Monica Lynn Myers and Justin Kyle Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Gary.

He is survived by his children; four grandchildren, Cheyenne, Dakota, Madelynn and Kylee; his siblings, Wayne, Karen Kessler and Larry; and his sister-in-law, Rhonda Jones.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tributes may be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, May 11, 2009

Dorcas Sue Jeans Miller Holden, 69, of Columbia died Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia with the burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Holden was born in St. Louis on Jan. 22, 1940, to Herbert Lee Jeans and Dorothy Delphine Lane. She attended grade school in Price’s Branch and Warsaw, then Jefferson Junior High School, graduating from Hickman High School in 1958 and from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor of science degree in education.

She taught school in the Jefferson City and Columbia Public School systems. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority and many honorary sororities and fraternities. She was honored as the White Rose Queen of Sigma Nu and on the court of the Military Ball at the University of Missouri.

She married Carl H. Miller on Oct. 8, 1960, and he preceded her in death. She married Sidney “Buz” K. Holden on May 21, 1999.

She is a member of Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of Union Veterans, Daughters of War of 1812, and life member of the Jamestown Society. She served as the past president of Columbia Swim Club, Ruth Circle King’s Daughters, Columbia Country Club Women’s Golf Association, Columbia Country Club Dames Bowling League, treasurer of the Price’s Branch Memorial Cemetery Association, permanent alumni secretary of Alpha Mu Chapter University of Missouri Kappa Alpha Theta, and various committees of the Columbia Board of Realtors. She was honored as million-dollar salesperson and as a multimillion-dollar salesperson by the Columbia board.

She is survived by her husband, Buz; sons Brian H. Miller and wife Georgeann of Cypress, Texas, and C. Bradley Miller, DDS, and wife Barbie of Columbia; five grandchildren, Connor and Kenzie Miller of Cypress and Josh, Tabetha and Chris Miller of Columbia; one sister, Judy Glaister and husband Richard Orange of Galveston, Texas; a niece, a nephew, a great-nephew and two great-nieces, as well as many, many cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ruth Circle King’s Daughters or the American Cancer Society, which may be left with the funeral home.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


From Springfield, Missouri newspaper

Corrine B. Young, 84, of Springfield passed away Monday, May 11, 2009 in her home.

She was born in Etterville, MO on January 26, 1925.

She graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in Columbia, MO.

Corrine was married to Roy Trimble Young on June 22, 1946. After Roy’s retirement from New York Life in Kansas City in 1983, they returned to Springfield. She was a member of King’s Way United Methodist Church and a past president of P.E.O. Chapter B.G.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings. She is survived by her husband, Roy; two sons, Stephen R. Young (D.D.S.) and wife Pam of Springfield, Bruce E. Young of Overland Park, KS; one daughter,  Debra L. Tolliver and husband Steve of Springfield; four grandchildren, Stephen Young Jr. and wife Laura, Sara Young, Eric Tolliver and Matt Tolliver.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 15, 2009 at 3 p.m. in King’s Way United Methodist Church Meditation Chapel with Rev. Jon Spalding officiating under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Burial will be held prior to the service at 2 p.m. in Hazelwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Springfield, 1500 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO, 65804 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Published Friday, May 16, 2009

Stephen Glenn Pratt (Steve) passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Truman VA Hospital in Columbia after battling an aggressive cancer.

He was born on September 6, 1951 in Columbia, the son of Russell Glenn and Margaret Pratt.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

Steve attended Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Hickman High School, class of 1969. He attended MU before being drafted into the Army where he served in the United States Security Agency stationed at Sinop, Turkey. He was baptized in his childhood and became a member of First Baptist Church, Columbia. Steve met his former wife Lori Pickard in Belleville, Illinois and they were married on July 28, 1973. They lived in Florida for many years before returning to the Belleville area.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Pratt of Columbia; brother, Philip Pratt, sister-in-law, Mary Pratt and nephew, Brian Pratt all of Simi Valley, California; aunt, Norma Pratt of New Orleans; and several cousins and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Russell Glenn Pratt, two sets of grandparents, other aunts and uncles and one cousin.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, May 14, 2009

Michael Wayne Palmer, 58, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Parkside Manor.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Michael was born March 12, 1951, in Columbia to Jack and Audrey Hunt Palmer, and they preceded him in death.

He worked for many years as a custodian for the University of Missouri.

Michael is survived by his brother, Jack R. Palmer and wife Nancy Rebecca of Columbia; nephew Troy Palmer and wife Erin of Columbia; and many other extended family members.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, May 15, 2009

George Edward Crawford, 77, of Columbia passed from this life early Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at his home with his wife and daughter by his side.

Private graveside services will be Saturday, May 16, at Columbia Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church with a reception following in the fellowship hall.

George was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Ponca City, Okla., the son of Elizabeth Marie Crawford and Foy Ray Crawford. He moved with his parents and sister to Columbia at an early age.

George graduated from Hickman High School and then graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1954. While earning his degree, George was in the ROTC and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

After college, George worked for a short time for Conoco Oil in Ponca City before becoming a first lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. Upon returning home to Columbia, George decided he would like to put his engineering skills to work in the construction industry. In 1957, he began building Crawford Construction Inc., first in residential construction and soon switching to commercial construction. He loved to be “on the job,” whether that meant working on a major project or simply solving a small thermostat problem for a tenant.

George learned the value and reward in hard work at a very early age after losing his father as a young boy. He had his own paper route and earned his Eagle Scout all while keeping a strong academic record. On Nov. 30, 1974, George married Virginia Wanless at the home of her parents in Springfield, Ill.

George was a hardworking and successful Columbia entrepreneur who was a member of the Columbia Jaycees, Columbia Ski Club, Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association, MU Alumni Association, First Presbyterian Church and the Jefferson Club.

George was an especially loving and devoted husband and father. He truly treasured traveling with his skiing buddies on their “fixer-upper” bus to various ski destinations and enjoyed the interactions with his many different friends, co-workers and employees throughout his life. He enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, volleyball, bridge, swimming, boating, ping-pong and pool with his family. He lived a full life, always looking forward and thankful for the life he had.

George will be deeply missed and always remembered by his family: his wife, Virginia Wanless Crawford of Columbia; a sister, Helen Marie Crawford of Columbia; son Mark Edward Crawford and daughter-in-law Wendy Crawford of Columbia; daughter Kimberly Crawford Berni and son-in-law Anthony Berni of St. Charles; daughter Elizabeth Bea Crawford of Columbia; and grandchildren Tessa Crawford, Hunter Crawford, Emilia Berni, Scott Berni and Joseph Berni.

Thank you, Baby Blue Eyes, for the good times, your great smile, unwavering love and life lessons. We love you!

Contributions in his memory are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street, Columbia, Mo.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralser vice.com.


Published Sunday, May 17, 2009

Betty Marie Crane Wilson, 75, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Capital Region Medical Center with her family at her side after fighting a long, hard battle to live.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Houser-Millard Funeral Home in Jefferson City with a Beta Sigma Phi memorial service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Shane Crum officiating. Interment will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

She was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Columbia, the daughter of A.D. and Sarah Powell Crane, who preceded her in death.

On Sept. 1, 1957, Betty married James D. Wilson at First Baptist Church in Columbia, and he survives at their home. She was a graduate of Hickman High School and Christian College (now Columbia College).

She worked as a private secretary until her retirement and also was the owner of a cosmetic franchise. Betty was a member of the Bethany Sunday school class of Immanuel Baptist Church and a church member for more than 50 years. She was a past member of the Ladies Elks Auxiliary, where she served as president. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority and the local Beta Mu Master Chapter, where she held numerous offices in the chapter. She loved to entertain when able, play cards and, most of all, being with family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Jeffrey David Wilson and wife Kathy of New Johnsonville, Tenn.; two brothers, William Stewart Crane and wife Vel of McAllen, Texas, and Dale Crane and wife Hazel of Bluffton, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly. Expressions of sympathy may be made the American Lung Association or Immanuel Baptist Church Benevolent Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main in Jefferson City, (573) 636-3838, www.millardfamilychapels.com.


Published Friday, May 22, 2009

Edna Lavena “Susie” Tekotte, 84, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Parkside Manor.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1924, in Boone County, the daughter of the late Sammuel and Mildred Mahoney Barkwell.

She was united in marriage to William Jackson Tekotte in April 1949, and he survives.

Susie owned and operated several restaurants in Columbia and ended her working career at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Bethany Baptist Church and greatly enjoyed bowling.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her daughter, Jackie Tekotte of Springfield; and sisters Bertine Harmon and husband James of Dawsonville, Ga., and Kay Wade and husband Ronnie of Columbia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers and stepfather Clarence Proctor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Preferred Hospice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dorothy Jean Kunkel, 82, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at home, surrounded by her family.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service.

She was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Columbia to Moy and Mary Conley. She married Robert Spencer Kunkel on April 12, 1947.

She was a devoted wife and loving and supportive mother. She lived in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1945.

Later in life, she lived in Concord, N.H., Overland Park, Kan., and Cedar Lake Villages in Olathe, Kan. She was active within the Columbia and Concord schools and a faithful volunteer at Concord Hospital.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Kunkel; a sister, Anita Harris of Carlsbad, Cali.; three daughters and their spouses: Karen and Ken Swanson of Bow, N.H., Deborah and James Porter of Cibolo, Texas, and Patrice and John Roberts of Overland Park; grandchildren Karl and Kevin Swanson, Tracy Porter and Julie Porter Saldiva and husband Andrew, and Molly and Spencer Roberts; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralser vice.com.


Published Sunday, May 31, 2009

Frances Shepard Cooper, 90, of Columbia died Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Springfield.

A private service to honor and celebrate the life of Frances Cooper will be held at the family’s convenience.

She had recently moved to Springfield to live temporarily with her youngest daughter, Melissa Cooper, and Melissa’s family.

Mrs. Cooper was born Ophelia Frances Shepard on Dec. 5, 1918, to Norton and Ophelia Shepard on the family’s Valley View dairy farm just south of Columbia, now known as Country Woods subdivision. Her grandfather, A.H. Shepard, founded White Eagle D, the first commercial dairy in Central Missouri, and her father, Norton Hamilton Shepard, was a respected dairy farmer in Boone County. Her mother, Ophelia Robinson Shepard, was a pioneer leader in the Agriculture Extension service in both Platte and Boone counties after she became a widow. Both of her parents were University of Missouri graduates.

Mrs. Cooper graduated from Hickman High School in 1936 and attended the University of Missouri, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. On Aug. 30, 1941, she married Clay C. Cooper Jr. at the Delta Gamma chapter house in Columbia.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper moved to Joplin, where Mr. Cooper had accepted a teaching and coaching position at Joplin High School. Mrs. Cooper moved back to Columbia in 1943 when her husband entered the Navy for service in World War II. Following the war, Mr. Cooper was hired as an assistant football and basketball coach at the University of Missouri. During Mr. Cooper’s nearly 40-year career with the MU athletic department, Mrs. Cooper devoted her life to being the consummate coach’s wife while raising their eight children. She attended countless Mizzou games, hosted athletes in her home and mentored the wives of new coaches. Mrs. Cooper also worked part time at Boone County Hospital and for Central Billing Services. In addition, she served for many years as a volunteer leader with the Camp Fire Girls and as a longtime member of the House Corporation for the Delta Gamma sorority.

Mrs. Cooper was a kind, gentle, loving and hardworking mother whose selfless devotion to her children meant little time for herself or for sleep. One child observed: “I seldom caught her sitting down except in the bath, and that but briefly.” She was attentive to all her children and grandchildren, unabashed in praising their accomplishments and encouraging their further progress. Her patience with the children seemed infinite. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, needlepoint and family picnics. She took great pride in furnishing and decorating her home with the many antiques she and Clay delighted in collecting together. Her flower gardens made the house as beautiful on the outside as it was on the inside. The many friends of her many children were always welcome in her home.

She is survived by a younger brother, Austin Shepard and his wife, Hazel, of Columbia. She is also survived by her eight children: Georgiann Cooper of Freeport, Maine; Sally and Tim Myers of Oxford, Ohio; Julie and Jeff Ferguson of Maryville; Christy and Jan Konigsberg of Anchorage, Alaska; Shepard and Debbie Cooper of Indianapolis; Melissa Cooper and Richard Garrad of Springfield; Greg and Stacy Cooper and Kelly Cooper, all of Columbia. She had 13 grandchildren, Greywing Cooper, Travis, Lindsey and Whitney Myers, Jeffrey Clay Ferguson, Christina, Mitchell and Matthew Cooper, Megan, Hannah and Evan Garrad, and Lauren and Patrick Cooper.

Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Clay Cooper, in May 2007; and older sister Alice Jeffrey.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the charity of your choice in her name.


Published Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kevin A. Brown, 45, of Columbia died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at St. Luke Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mount Horeb Cemetary in Sturgeon. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Columbia.

Kevin Brown was born July 8, 1963, the son of Willie and Helen Hayes Brown. He was a member of St. James Baptist Church and a graduate of Hickman High School.

Survivors include his father, Willie Brown of Sturgeon; one daughter, Jayviona Holland of Columbia; one son, Jeric Holland of Columbia; two brothers, Willie Brown Jr. and Carl Brown, both of Columbia; three sisters, Wannetta Brown and Reba Brown, both of Columbia, and Miranda Turner of Florissant; one special friend, Kim Brandt of Jefferson City; and the mother of his children, Jayda Holland of Columbia.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave., Columbia, Mo.; (573) 443-2273.


Published Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mary Martha Dudley, 57, of Columbia passed away Friday, May 29, 2009, after a long illness.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, at Memorial Park Cemetery for all those who knew her and wish to celebrate the life of this extraordinary lady.

She was born April 30, 1952, in Columbia to Robert Lee Dudley and Martha Elizabeth Dudley. She graduated from Hickman High School, received her bachelor of arts degree from Stephens College and her master of fine arts degree from Montana State University at Bozeman, where she was also a teacher’s assistant.

After college Mary traveled extensively throughout the United States. She later accompanied her mother to Japan, where she immersed herself in the wonderful art, food and culture. In addition she helped teach English as a native speaker at Fukuoka Women’s Junior College.

For the past many years she resided in Columbia and worked at the Columbia Target store.

She is survived locally by brother Robert Lee Dudley II.

An eternal debt of gratitude goes to Dr. James N. Heuser, Mary’s original attending physician. It was he who stepped in to take care of her during a time when, due to circumstance, she and the family had few available options. His consummate care and true compassion were essential to preserving and prolonging Mary’s life.

Also special thanks to Dr. Ali Khojasteh, who continued her treatment in this same tradition. Last but certainly not least, thanks to all corresponding nurses, staff members and physicians as well as those involved of late who also gave Mary tremendous comfort and hope.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Central Missouri Humane Society or Columbia Second Chance. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, June 1, 2009

Linda Nienaber Vogel, 61, of O’Fallon died Saturday, May 30, 2009.

The family is being served by Baue Funeral Home, 311 Wood Street, O’Fallon, where visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, at Baue Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will take place in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Linda was a former member of Amvets Post 106, enjoyed spending time at the lake and taking her boat out. She also enjoyed playing cards, bowling and dancing.

She was the loving wife of William Charles Vogel, dear daughter of the late Jerry and Wanda Elizabeth Nienaber, dear daughter-in-law of William R. and Verna J. Vogel, dear sister-in-law of Jack “Candy” Vogel and Roy Vogel, dear niece to several aunts and uncles, and dear cousin to many.

Linda is preceded in death by her brother Randall Dean Nienaber.

Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society or Community Loving Care Hospice.

Share your condolences and memories at baue.com.


Published Friday, June 5, 2009

Scott Jackson Wenger, 48, of Heath, Texas, passed away Monday, June 1, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at First Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas, with pastor Steve Swofford officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1961, in Columbia to Jackson Miller Wenger and Mildred Vanderlinden Wenger.

A former resident of Rockwall, Mr. Wenger was an engineer at Raytheon in Dallas, and was active in many organizations. He was an Engineering Week lead presenter and supported Math Moves U. He enjoyed participating as a school science fair judge and two years in a row was voted Favorite Presenter at Boon Elementary GOLD. Scott was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockwall.

Scott is survived by his wife of 21 years, Teresca Yates Wenger; daughters Brittany Wenger and Jamie Wenger, all of Heath; mother Mildred Wenger of Columbia; and brothers Mark Wenger and Craig Wenger, both of Columbia, and Bruce Wenger of Inverness, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Wenger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan B. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas, 75244.


Published Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bessie Burnett, 89, of Columbia died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at The Bluffs.

A gathering to remember her will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at The Terrace, 1408 Business Loop 70 W. Her body was donated to science.

Bessie was born July 4, 1919, to Jessie Franklin and Minnie Minerva Barnhart. She married Marvin Burnett on Sept., 6 1941, and he preceded her in death.

Bessie began working in a beauty shop when she was 14 years old and opened her own salon when she was 18. She also cut hair as a volunteer for many years at Boone Retirement Center and later at The Bluffs. She was still cutting hair until early this year.

She is survived by her son, Terry, of Columbia; and much-loved nieces and their families.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Memorials are suggested to The Bluffets Auxiliary, attn: Alecia Wilson, 3105 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, June 12, 20009

John C. Clark, 71, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home.

Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Monday, June 15, at Columbia Cemetery.

John was born on Nov. 18, 1937, in Columbia to Clemens and Velma Clark and they preceded him in death. He was married in August 1957 in Columbia to Celia L. Burge and she preceded him in death on June 16, 1996.

He was a 1955 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia.

John is survived by his son, Steve Clark and wife, Betsy of Lawrence, Kan.; daughter, Lisa Dodd and husband, Chuck of Manhattan, Kan.; sisters, Judy Felt of Alexandria, Va., Jane McDevitt of Burnsville, Minn., and Joanne Calvert of Laurie; and five grandchildren, Caleb and Hannah Dodd and Tim, Grace and Peggy Clark.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, June 12, 2009

Don Raymond Brady, 86, of Columbia passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 15, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery.

Raymond was born Jan. 7, 1923, to Charles Joshua Cecilia Robben Brady.

He attended Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Hickman High School in 1940. He attended Albright College and the University of Missouri. He served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II.

He married Olivia Jayne Hall on Oct. 6, 1941, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 1977.

Along with his brothers, Carl and Fred, Don founded Brady’s Glass and Paint Company in 1947, providing glass and aluminum work for many major building projects in Columbia and Central Missouri area. He served as president until his retirement in 1994.

Raymond served on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission for six years.

Raymond’s athletic pursuits included football at Hickman and pitching baseball for Columbia American Legion, Ban Johnson and the Old Columbia Merchants. He tried out with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1940, was considered one of Columbia’s better three-cushion billiard players, played piano for many years with the Boone Docs, a local band that raised funds for needy medical students, was an avid fisherman, having fished most lakes and streams in Missouri and went on many trips to Canada and Mexico.

Survivors include his companion of many years, Jane Connell Puckett; four children, Jerrold R. Brady, Teresa A. Brady, Emily G. Brady and Mary Brady-Kovacs; two brothers, Carl Brady and Dale Brady; seven grandsons, two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Fred Brady and a sister, Alma Brady Dougherty.

Memorials may be given to Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.Online condolences may be left
for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published June 23, 2009 stltoday.com (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

W. Philip Cotton Jr. died Wednesday (June 17, 2009) at St. Luke's Hospital, apparently of complications from pneumonia, his family said. He was 76 and had lived in St. Louis until moving recently to a retirement center in Ballwin. (Photo courtesy of the American Intitute of Architects St. Louis from the book "20 Fellows, Paths Taken Lessons Learned.")

Architect Phil Cotton restored the Mark Twain house in Hannibal, Mo., oversaw restoration work at Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden and fought to preserve Lafayette Square and Soulard.

He also was an expert on history, religion, the music of Bach and economics.

W. Philip Cotton Jr. died Wednesday (June 17, 2009) at St. Luke's Hospital, apparently of complications from pneumonia, his family said. He was 76 and had lived in St. Louis until moving recently to a retirement center in Ballwin.

Friends say he had battled for years a rare, progressive disease that caused hardening of the outer skin and eventually affected his ability to swallow.

"He rose above it and was always positive and hopeful," said a friend, Judge Tom Grady of the St. Louis Circuit Court. "He said he was grateful to his doctors for having saved his life" for so long.

When not working, Mr. Cotton delighted in sailing his boat, the Haras, on the Mississippi River near Portage des Sioux.

In the summertime, he was a familiar sight walking downtown in his straw hat and seersucker suit. "He was very much an old world kind of gentleman," said Michelle Swatek, executive director of the AIA St. Louis, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Cotton grew up in Columbia, Mo. After graduating from Princeton University, he toured the great architecture of Europe before earning a master's degree in architecture at Harvard.

"He had most of the great medieval buildings of the world memorized, and he would sketch them and use them as holiday greeting cards," Grady recalled.

Mr. Cotton opened an office in 1964 at the downtown Wainwright Building and worked to restore what he called "one of the greatest landmarks of American and world architecture."

At Tower Grove Park, he restored the collection of 19th-century park structures. "As a result, our restorations are known across the country," said John Karel, the park's director.

Among his award-winning projects were his work on historic Main Street and the first State Capitol, both in St. Charles.

Mr. Cotton worked to establish the Lafayette Square Neighborhood as a national historic site in 1969. He led efforts to microfilm the drawings and blueprints of the great buildings in St. Louis.

He restored the Mark Twain home in Hannibal, mining Twain's descriptions from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" for his architectural research.

Friends said he employed no assistants. "He was a throwback to the gentleman architect, operating totally on his own; somehow, he got the work done by himself," said architect Gene Mackey.

A memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood. Burial is at 1 p.m. Friday at Columbia Cemetery in Columbia, Mo.

Mr. Cotton never married. He had four nieces and a nephew but no immediate survivors.

Memorials may be made to Tower Grove Park, Steedmann Architectural Library or the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Published Monday, June 29, 2009

Darrin Montez Joseph Garr, 21, of Columbia went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Darrin was born to the union of Norman Garr and Marilyn Harris.

He attended St. Luke United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Hickman High School. He excelled in the journalism program while attending high school and was active in public access programming. He was the engineering supervisor at the Residence Inn Marriott, and he received several awards of recognition. He loved football and basketball. He always enjoyed eating dinner at his parents’ house.

Darrin is survived by his parents, Marilyn and John Marks, and Norman and Teresa Garr, all of Columbia; three brothers, Michael Williams, Daniel Harris and Devon Woods, all of Columbia; three sisters, Denise Travis of St. Louis, DeToya Woods of Columbia and Ariel Crum of Jefferson City; grandmothers Mary J. Harris and Gleneva Sims; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clay Hayes, James J. Garr Sr. and Bessie Mae Garr.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave. (573) 443-2273.


Published Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lula Imogene Woods, 98, of Columbia passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at Lenoir Woods.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Imogene was born January 28, 1911, in Boone County to Patton D. and Ethel Carey Hill. She married William Rule in 1929, and he preceded her in death. She then married Max Woods, former Columbia fire chief, in 1946, and he also preceded her in death.

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Kings Highway Sikeston Chapter, VFW Auxiliary, Cosmo-Pals, a lifetime member of Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge and Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. She was a member of the first graduating class at Hickman High School.

Imogene liked to play piano and organ and to quilt.

Survivors include a son, Randall Rule of Kingsland, Ga.; two daughters, Treva Pugh of Columbia and Rayma Jo Smith of California, Mo.; a brother, Harold Hill of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a son, Ronald Rule; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Rule; a son-in-law, W.W. Bud Pugh; two grandchildren; two sisters, Willmetia Armstrong and Wynona Trimble; infant sister Maureen; and a brother, A.O. Hill.

Memorials may be given to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, June 30, 2009

William “Bill” Stanton Hume, 93, of Columbia died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at The Bluffs Skilled Care Facility, bringing to a close the life of a man of many talents: sculptor, artist, actor, playwright, ventriloquist, author, clown, newspaper man, husband and father, photographer, animator, TV and film producer, corporate art director and cartoonist.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, with services at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bill was born on March 16, 1916, in Hinton, the only child of Henry and Dora Ruth Hart Hume. His imagination developed early. He graduated from Searcy Elementary School at 10 and Hickman High School in 1931 at 15. He was a member of the National Honor Society.

He performed as a stage magician during high school and continued through his years at the University of Missouri, earning his Bachelor of Journalism in 1936. He worked his way through college as a commercial artist.

Returning to the University the next year as a member of the drama department, he selected, produced, directed and wrote one-act plays. One play, “The Oracle,” was judged one of the 13 best one-act plays in the United States in 1937.

That same year, he joined the staff at Stephens College, where the famed actress Maude Adams placed him in charge of costume and scenery design for her productions until 1941.

Having no luck getting a job as an editor or cartoonist, Bill joined the Navy, serving his country during World War II, which provided him with a wealth of material to use in his cartooning pursuits.

He intended to be a sonar technician, but it was not meant to be. He found he had tonal difficulties, and then his paperwork was lost. After two months in Key West, Fla., he became a damage control painter first class in the Navy at the Coco Solo Naval Base in Panama. He revived his art as a ventriloquist and cartoonist, performing USO shows and writing for the Star and Stripes.

He created a ventriloquist figure named Rosita, a feisty Panamanian show girl with whom Bill became billed as “the U.S. Navy’s most-talented service man.” He had created several figures earlier in his civilian life, but Rosita became his most famous.

When Bill left the military, Rosita came with him. Her first civilian performance was the 1947 Boone County Fair, where Bill headed the entertainment division that year. Rosita now resides in the Vent Haven Museum in Somerset, Ky.

Bill married Mary Mason Clark, of Maysville, Ky., on Nov. 13, 1947, and she preceded him in death in 2005.

After World War II, Bill returned to Columbia to open his art studio and joined Mary in raising their two children, David and Elaine. Bill served out his term in the Navy Reserves, but in 1951 was reactivated and sent to the Naval Air Station at Yokosuka, Japan, for a year. He was petty officer in charge of damage control and served as editor of the station newspaper, “The Oppaman.”

Here, Bill created the cartoon character named “Babysan,” with John Annarino helping write the dialogue. Babysan moved from a newspaper cartoon to a best-selling book, relating the experiences of the U.S. sailors with Japanese girls and culture. He had four books published about military life in Japan, the material gathered from the sailors with whom he served.

Returning to Columbia, he worked at the Missouri Farmers Association in the printing and publishing department, teaming up with Judd Wyatt. At MFA Insurance, now Shelter Insurance Cos., he adapted the MFA logo into an insurance shield and produced print and TV ads, being among the first in the nation to use animation to sell insurance.

They used animation to make safety movies, all on an animation stand designed and built by Bill and photographer friend Andy Tau.

His films were honored by both the insurance and film industries. His traffic safety film “Fair Game” earned a 1964 Best-in-Class Award from Industrial Photography Magazine.

After retiring as director of art from Shelter Insurance in 1985, Bill continued a keen interest in animation on TV and in movies.

As a “Boone County boy,” he became a fan of another local success story, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards.

He is survived by son David Hume and Becky Springer of Hebron, Ind.; daughter Elaine Wrubel and her husband, Wayne Wrubel, of Three Rivers, Mass.; grandson David Hume and wife Holly of Indiana; granddaughter Megan Knickerbocker and her husband, Steve, of North Carolina; grandson Andrew Hume, USAF, of Mississippi; granddaughter Chelsea Crane of Massachusetts; grandson Justin Crane and his wife, Sarah Roszler, of Massachusetts, four great-grandchildren; and six second-cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St. in Columbia, where Bill had a long association as a founding member.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, July 2, 2009

John Henry Lehman, 63, of Alexandria, Va., died suddenly Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his home.

A memorial Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. A celebration of life was held on July 8 in Alexandria.

John graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia and served in the National Guard. He began his long career in the furniture industry at his father’s local furniture store, Mehornay Furniture.

He was chosen to join a select group of professionals with the Simmons Mattress Co., and this gave him the opportunity to enjoy much success in the wholesale furniture industry.

Over the past 43 years, he traveled many states and was proud of relationships and friendships with his many clients and associates. John will be most remembered by his frustrated comedy in the style of the famous Don Rickles. He loved to entertain all who would submit to his banter and good-natured abuse.

He will be missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten. His stories will live on in those who crossed his path.

Survivors are sisters Anne Wilson and husband Jim of Columbia, Mary Jane Bean and husband Carl of Christiansburg, Va., and Carolyn Roberts and husband Jeff of Columbia; nephews John Wilson and Stephen and David Roberts; nieces Beth Wilson and Jessica and Sarah Bean; and great-nephew Xavier Bean.


Published Thursday, July 2, 2009

Richard Sallee Jr., 62, of Columbia died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Richard Sallee Jr. was born July 15, 1946, in Columbia, the son of Richard and Susie Sallee Sr. He was an employee of the University of Missouri.

Survivors include four daughters, Martha McCoy of Woodridge, Va., Cassandra Moody, Edwinna Rucker and Carolyn Moody, all of Columbia; four sisters, Carrie Wayland of Los Angeles, Tina Sallee of Kansas City, Fannie Holmes and Rosie Stevens, both of Columbia; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife; one brother, James Sallee; and one grandson.

H.T. May and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 2207 Holly Ave., (573) 443-2273.


Published Thursday, July 23, 2009

Perry A. Proffitt, 81, of West Plains died at 1:04 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2009, after an automobile accident.

Services were held Friday, July 3, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains.

He was born Feb. 28, 1928, to William Hubert and Jessie Anna Pence Proffitt.

He graduated from Hickman High School and the University of Missouri in 1950. He served in both the Marine Corps and the Army during World War II and the Korean conflict.

He spent 54 years in the insurance field and was active in the MU alumni club as well as Farmhouse Fraternity Foundation. His civic activities included the Topeka-Shawnee County Zoning and Planning Commission, MU Alumni Association, Auburn-Washburn School Board, Rotary, Lions Club and the Democratic Party.

Perry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwen, of West Plains; three children, Christi and husband Douglas Johnson of Centennial, Colo., Vaughn and wife Annette Proffitt of Roanoke, Texas, and Donna and husband Scott Chilson of Memphis, Tenn. Perry and Gwen have five grandchildren and 3½ great-grandchildren.


Published Saturday, July 11, 2009

J. Stephen “Steve” Simon, 66, a Columbia native, and a retired senior vice president and director of ExxonMobil Corp., passed away very unexpectedly at his home in Dallas on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 13, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road in Dallas.

Steve was the son of longtime Columbia residents B.D. Simon and Joan Frances Simon. He grew up in Columbia. He attended Sacred Heart School and Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Hickman High School in 1961. While at Hickman, he began dating his lifelong — and only — sweetheart and loving wife of 43 years, the former Susie Marshall, also a Hickman graduate.

After graduating from Hickman, Steve went on to Duke University and graduated from its engineering school. He then went on to the Northwestern University School of Business, from which he attained a master’s degree in business administration. He then joined what was then Exxon Co. — now ExxonMobil Corp. — in 1967. After a two-year stint in the Army, he rejoined Exxon in 1969.

During a highly distinguished career of more than 40 years with Exxon, Steve rose steadily through its ranks. He served that corporation in numerous, increasingly senior management posts, both in the United States and abroad, including time in Baton Rouge, La., Houston, New York, London, Rome, Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, Virginia, and finally at the corporate headquarters in the Dallas area, where he and Susie lived until his death. His work with Exxon gave him numerous worldwide responsibilities and required constant worldwide travel. His Exxon career culminated with his election as senior vice president, and then to the company’s board of directors as one of a very limited number of employee directors. He retired from Exxon in June 2008, when he attained the company’s mandatory retirement age of 65.

In the fall of 2008, after his retirement, Steve was one of the three guest speakers at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Affairs Seminar, which is held at the University of Missouri’s School of Business, where he spoke about the country’s energy needs and policies. He then remarked that he and Susie still considered themselves to be Columbians. He was always most proud of his Columbia background.

Beyond his leadership roles at ExxonMobil, Steve served on the boards of many volunteer organizations, including the United Way, the Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army. He also was a member of the Governance Committee of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and served on the boards of the U.S.-China Business Council, the American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. After his retirement from ExxonMobil, he became chairman of the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s School of Engineering and also had been active in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Dallas.

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Susie; daughter Marnie and her husband, Nicolas Medina, of Houston; daughter Angela and her husband, Steve Reynolds, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter Candice and her husband, Rick Murillo, of Frisco, Texas; and grandchildren Alexandra, Nicolas Jr. and Isabel. Also surviving are his father, B.D. Simon of Columbia, his brother, B. Daniel Simon, a Columbia lawyer; sister Sheryl Schlendorf of Mount Lebanon, Pa.; and brother Dr. Michael J. Simon of Winterhaven, Fla.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Francis Simon, who passed away in December 2008.

Steve was a hugely successful businessman with the world’s largest corporation, but he never lost his perspective, his sense of from whence he came or his Columbia roots. He remained constantly a humble, extremely fair, considerate, kind, gentle and generous man who was dearly loved by his family and was liked and respected by those who worked with him. He was a wonderful and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather and friend. The mark he left on his family is his greatest legacy.

He will be sorely missed.

In Steve’s memory, the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University has established the J. Stephen Simon Scholarship Endowment Fund. Memorial contributions to the J. Stephen Simon Scholarship Endowment Fund may be made to Duke University in care of Judge Carr, 305 Teer Engineering Building, Box 90271, Duke University, Durham, N.C., 27708-0271.


Published Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mildred H. “Millie” Lintemoot, 92, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be held at noon on Monday, July 13, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday.

Millie was born Nov. 2, 1916, to Andrew Franklin and Etta Johnson Hartley.

She was married to Harold W. Lintemoot.

She attended school in Columbia and Fort Worth, Texas, while completing business classes. Millie took many other courses through her years of U.S. government employment that taught her how to use the comptometer and other office machines.

Millie was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary where she served as president for one year and treasurer for five years. She was also treasurer of Disabled Veterans Auxiliary for 12 years.

She joined the Methodist Church in Springfield in 1959. Millie was a current member of Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia. She was a member of Business and Professional Women’s Club since 1973, American Legion Auxiliary since 1982, Will Rogers Indian Club since 1966, National Association of Retired Federal Employees since 1979, National Treasurer Employees Union since 1960, National AARP since 1987, Missouri State Historical Society since 1986 and the local, state and national Democratic Party since 1979.

Millie is survived by one brother, John T. Hartley and wife Phyllis of Columbia; grandson Faron R. Kite of Houston and his former wife, Kerrie, and their three children, Dalton Kite, Shannon Kite and Hayden Kite of Woodbury, Minn.; granddaughter Janice Kite; and great-grandson Danton Scott, both of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son David Kite; and brother Herman H. Hartley.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Maury Tuckerman “Tuck” Stadler, 87, a Columbia native and longtime broadcast and print journalist, died Friday, July 10, 2009 in Silver Spring, Md., from complications related to lymphoma.

A memorial service is being planned for this fall.

In his decades-long career, Mr. Stadler worked for Stars and Stripes, The Kansas City Star, the Independence Examiner, television stations in Tulsa, Okla., and Oklahoma City, and WINS-1010 radio in New York City. As a freelancer, he published articles in The New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Editor & Publisher, among other venues.

He specialized in biographical profiles of Missouri-connected figures in sports and the arts, and his subjects included sportscaster Tim McCarver, cartoonist Al Hirschfeld and filmmaker Alan Pakula.

Mr. Stadler was born on Sept. 15, 1921, to Lewis and Cornelia Stadler of Columbia, the first of six children. His father was an influential geneticist whose experiments hybridizing corn genes are still cited in the field.

Mr. Stadler attended Hickman High and enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1939. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy; he served until 1945 as a member of the First Beach Battalion, an amphibious unit that took part in invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and other sites in the European theater. He was routinely under direct fire of German planes, tanks and guns. In August 1945 he witnessed the Japanese surrender to Gen. Douglas MacArthur through binoculars while aboard the USS Garrard in Tokyo Bay.

Soon after his return, Mr. Stadler enrolled in Yale University, from which he graduated in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He remained active in both Mizzou and Yale alumni activities his entire life, receiving a Faculty-Alumni award from Mizzou in 1976.

After graduating from college, Mr. Stadler lived in Europe for three years, working for the Marshall Plan in Paris and as a reporter for Stars and Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany. Upon his return to the United States he worked in Kansas City and Independence. In 1954, he married Evalyn Denney of Kansas City.

From 1954 to 1962, he worked as a television reporter, anchorman and news director in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He then joined WINS-1010 AM in New York City, then known largely as the home of disc jockey “Murray the K.” The station changed to an all-news format in 1965.

Mr. Stadler’s journalistic career had many highlights, including interviews with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy. In 1963, his question to Harry Truman about the civil rights movement prompted the former president to respond, “Would you want your daughter to marry a n****?” Of the many national outlets that picked up this incident (changing “n****” to “Negro”), a few even included his response: “I would want her to marry the man she loves.”

Friends and family knew
Mr. Stadler as a warm and generous man with a sharp wit and a deeply creative spirit. He was genuinely interested in everyone he met and nearly always brought out the best in them. He had a disarmingly kind demeanor and a smile that stuck in the memory of those lucky enough to have it bestowed on them. He enjoyed reading, painting and playing tennis in his spare time.

Mr. Stadler is survived by his wife, Evalyn, of Silver Spring; two daughters, Priscilla Stadler of Queens, N.Y., and Frances Stadler of Chevy Chase, Md.; a son, Gustavus of Philadelphia; a grandson, Christophe Itsweire of Chevy Chase; a brother, John B. Stadler of Larchmont, N.Y.; and a sister, Joan Martin of Ann Arbor, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Henry, David and Eliot.


Published Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Edward Berry See, 93, of Leawood, Kan., died Monday, July 13, 2009.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 W. 75th St. in Prairie Village, Kan. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Ed, known to friends as “Buddy,” was born March 17, 1916, in Salisbury to William L. and Mary Hammel See. He thoroughly enjoyed celebrating his birthday on St. Patrick’s Day and proudly proclaimed his Irish heritage.

Ed lived in Columbia from 1928 to 1939, and he worked for the Columbia Daily Tribune from the age of 12 through his college years.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1933 and the University of Missouri College of Engineering in 1939, where he was a member of the Knights of St. Patrick. He was a registered professional engineer and a member of the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis.

Ed married Mary Lee Proctor, the love of his life, on Oct. 6, 1940. They moved to St. Louis, and he was a mechanical engineer for the Medart Co. In 1954, he co-founded Medor Inc., and he retired as president in 1991.

Ed and Mary Lee moved to Leawood in 1998. They were members of Asbury United Methodist Church and the Crusader’s class.

As a young man, Ed was an avid baseball player. He was intensely curious and had a charming sense of humor. He was also a passionate fan of the University of Missouri and its athletic teams and regularly attended MU football games at Faurot Field beginning in the 1920s.

He loved trout fishing, and for years he and Mary Lee went to the Rainbow Trout Ranch in Rockbridge with lifelong friends from St. Louis.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Proctor See; his daughter, Susan Strongman and husband Tom of Leawood; his son, Andrew See and wife Karen of Kansas City; grandchildren Kristen Swanson and her husband, Steve, of Leawood and Jon Strongman and his wife, Laura, of Prairie Village; and great-grandchildren Andy and Ellen Swanson and Grace and Tyler Strongman.

Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Faye O’Bryan and his brother, William P. See.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the General Scholarship Fund in memory of Edward See, College of Engineering, University of Missouri, W1025 Lafferre Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

Arrangements by McGilley State Line Chapel; (816) 942-6180.


Published Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ethel L. Stapleton, 59, of Columbia died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at University Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ethel Stapleton was born Dec. 30, 1949, in New Bloomfield, the daughter of John Henry and Geraldine Broaden Jefferson. She was a licensed practical nurse.

Survivors include her mother, Geraldine Jefferson of the home; one son, Edwin Stapleton of Evansville, Ind.; two brothers, Henri Jefferson of Columbia and Charles Jefferson of Del Rio, Texas; and one sister, Barbara Jefferson of Kansas City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of H.T. May & Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave.; (573) 443-2273.


Published Friday, July 17, 2009

Jack L. Pettit, 85, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Jack was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Lawrence, Kan., to J.V. Pettit and Dora Eubanks Pettit. He lived in Lawrence until 1934, when his family moved to Columbia.

Jack attended Jefferson Junior High School and was a proud Kewpie graduate of Hickman High School in 1941. He was elected student body [resident in 1940 and was a three-year letterman in football, track and debate. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. He attended MU until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1942. He served overseas in the 988th Signal Battalion in Burma and in China.

Jack married Neila Teddy Barrett on Aug. 21, 1943, in New Concord, Ohio. They were married for 55 years, and they had three children, Jackie, Ted and Pam.

He is survived by Ted Neil Pettit and Catherine Mieko Pettit of Honolulu and by Pamela Sue Bruenjes and James Irvin Bruenjes of Columbia; and by six grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Neila; and his daughter, Jackie.

Jack attended Muskingum College and Saint Louis University in the Army Specialized Training Program. He was a graduate of the MU School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Missouri in April 1949.

He was also admitted to practice in Illinois and in Cook County. He was later admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Jack had a long career with the MFA Mutual Insurance Co., now Shelter Insurance Co. He was one of the early employees when the company started. He served in a number of executive capacities and retired from Shelter in 1989 as president. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church or giver’s choice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Edward Eli “Eddie” Jeffries, 51, of Columbia passed away Sunday July 19, 2009, at his parents’ home in Boone County after a brief battle with cancer.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Memorial Funeral Home with visitation from noon until time of service. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Eddie was born in Fayette on July 1, 1958, to Eli and Geraldine “Gin” Railton Jeffries, and they survive.

Eddie attended Wade School, Parkade Elementary, Jefferson Junior and Hickman High School until his senior year in 1976.

Eddie was extremely talented at woodworking and had the intelligence of a genius. His hobbies included reading history, nature and Westerns, conquering crossword puzzles, hunting, fishing, archery, canoeing, guitar and a variety of music.

His sense of humor and wit were phenomenal, his compassion for strays and the downtrodden was incredible, and his spirit for giving was immense.

He had held jobs at MFA Feed, American Press and the Columbia Daily Tribune and was a right-hand man hired by many neighbors and friends over the years.

Eddie was a quiet man who preferred to spend his time alone. He maintained a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he was baptized.

Also surviving are his brother, Allen Jeffries, with wife Renatta; sisters Iona Jeffries and Nancy Parks; nephews Larry Smith Jr. with wife Christine and sons Braden and Cade, Jeffrie Smith with daughters Chloe and Sophie, Shane Smith with wife Candace and son Wyatt, and Ryan Jeffries; and nieces Jessica Gray with husband Andy and son Chase, and Gera Parks.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Martha Sue Dailey, 81, of Columbia passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on Oct. 27, 1927, in Columbia to Robert and Leona Wainscott Dailey, who preceded her in death.

Sue retired from University Hospital. After her retirement, she accumulated more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service at University Hospital. She also volunteered at West Boulevard Elementary School. She is in the Bowling Hall of Fame.

She is survived by one nephew, Marty Dailey and wife Donna of Fair Grove; sister-in- law Juanita Dailey; brother-in-law Kenneth Spry; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

Sue is also preceded in death by one sister, Marian Louise Spry; one brother, Carl Fredrick Dailey; and one nephew, Robert Eugene Dailey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Service League Auxiliary, attention: Kay Steward, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65212. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Leslie Wilson Wrinkle, 62, of Columbia passed from this life Monday, July 27, 2009, at his home with his family by his side.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Leslie was born Aug. 2, 1946, to the late L.R. and Nita Pugh Wrinkle.

He grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School, attended college in Moberly and Linn and received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University.

Les served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

He retired from ABB in Jefferson City and before his illness worked at Boone County National Bank. Les was a lifetime member of the NRA and volunteered at the Central Missouri Food Bank.

He and his wife, Bert, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, live theater and attending annual Seabee reunions. A gifted craftsman, he enjoyed woodworking, stained glass and home improvement projects.

Les was known for his attention to detail, kindheartedness and devotion to his friends and family.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Roberta; brother Ronnie; daughter Julia Saykally; stepchildren Marla and Randy Shifflett and Raylon and Michelle Opie; granddaughter Sophy Saykally; step-grandchildren Jessica and Janna Shifflett, Parker and Blake Opie; and a host of friends. Memorial donations can be made to the Central Missouri Food Bank. Online condolences may be extended to Leslie’s family at www.heartlandcremation.com.


Published Sunday, August 2, 2009

Paul D. Watson, 67, of Columbia passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Columbia.

Services, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Ireland, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday until time of service. Burial will follow at Locust Grove Cemetery.

Paul will be greatly missed by all the family and friends who knew him.

Mr. Watson was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Columbia to Buford and Ophelia Stone Watson. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1959. In 1962, Pail married Bobbi Bundy Apostolope in Denver. They later divorced in 1978. On Feb. 16, 1979, Paul married Judy S. Rezendes in Green River, Wyo. Paul returned to Columbia in 1981.

Pail was a member of Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church and also served on the Locust Grove Cemetery Board. He was a past member of the Columbia Building Codes Commission and Examining Board of Plumbers. He owned and operated Pail Watson Plumbing Co. and J-TAP Plumbing for many years. Paul also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Those who knew Paul were well aware of his fondness of animals. Over the years, he raised a variety of critters ,ranging from dairy goats to pot-bellied pigs to exotic birds and racing pigeons. Paul always found great comfort and serenity with the animals that surrounded him. His favorite little dog, Mouse, passed on in 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Watson; sons Darrel Watson, Allen Watson and wife D.J., and Tony Watson and Leif Husman; daughter Natalie Watson Abshier and husband Jerry; brother Dwayne Watson and wife Sue; sister Ruth Watson Buchanan and husband George; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Cleo Watson; and his brother, Buford Watson Jr.

Consideration for memorial contributions can be made to a cause important to Mr. and Mrs. Watson, the Multiple Sclerosis Institute, (573) 882-6767.

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Sunday, July 31, 2009

Howard Layne Powell, 51, of Columbia died Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home.

Private graveside services will be held on Monday, Aug. 3. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Plainview, Texas, to Ira C. “Rocky” Powell and Cindy Powell Curtis.

He loved the beauty of the great outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Hicks and Valerie Theberge; brothers Alan Powell of Lindstrom, Minn., Steve Powell of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dan Powell of Ozark; his parents; four grandchildren, Auston, Ally, Axton and Athon Theberge, all of Columbia; and one grandchild on the way.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published, Wednesday, August 5, 2009

On Aug. 1, 2009, a beautiful day in the glorious setting of Frisco, Colo., Stephen B. Smith was fully engaged in the things he loved to do. Vacationing with his wife, Bea, their son and daughter-in-law, David and Christina Litherland, and his beloved “G-men,” grandsons Gavin, Garrett and Griffin, he rose early to provide transportation to the Copper Triangle Alpine Cycling Classic and engaged in chipper conversation with members of his extended family as they prepared for the ride. He had merry telephone chats with friends, did some work-related research and then turned to his favorite diversion, planning an international excursion with his three grandsons. With Bea and the children, he enjoyed a lunch that was fresh from the local farmers market. Shortly afterward, his great heart simply stopped without warning.

The memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. in Columbia. Bea and the family also warmly invite friends to come by to share memories at an open house at the family home that Steve loved, 3100 W. Southern Hills Drive, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The travels in his adult life spanned the globe, and his professional expertise took him to major cities across the nation, but Stephen B. Smith always proudly declared himself to be a Boone County boy. He was born in Columbia on Aug. 9, 1946, to Leeon and Norma Smith. Steve was a bright, cheerful teenager who rose through Boy Scouts ranks and was a member of the Hickman High School Honor Society. Tragedy entered his young life when his father died immediately after Steve’s high school graduation. Steve entered the University of Missouri, combining his collegiate work with a full-time job in order to assist his mother, who also had two younger children, Jeffrey and Kirk. The Arthur Anderson CPA firm, impressed by his professional promise, hired him on a special basis in their St. Louis office during his junior year, and he commuted between work and school. He was awarded a bachelor of science in business administration in 1968 and subsequently received the Missouri Gold Medal Award for achieving the highest grade among the 750 individuals seated for the CPA examination. In 1974 he joined the Williams Keepers LLC firm and became a member owner in 1976.

Far from being an “eye shades” accountant, Steve had wide-ranging, eclectic interests. Clients lauded the fact that “he gives good advice” based upon his travels, reading, and engagement in real estate and other business activities. His expertise in taxation led to his being one of two experts from across the nation invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on needed changes in the U.S. Income Tax Code. There, he had a number of pithy suggestions and was drawn aside by members for additional input after the formal testimony. He developed unique expertise in litigation support and was designated in Naifeh & Smith’s “The Best Lawyers in America” as one of the nation’s outstanding experts in the areas of lost profits, employment damages and business valuation. Last year, the Missouri Lawyers Weekly showcased the contributions of his life experiences to his effectiveness in the courtroom. Steve developed a strong specialization in forensic accounting and because of his substantial professional experience was awarded one of the first Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credentials awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has delivered multiple presentations to The Missouri Bar and was a lead presenter at a trial skills conference for Missouri circuit judges. He is an author in Westlaw’s Missouri (Legal) Practice Series.

Steve was an active participant in Mid-Missouri’s civic fabric. He was the long-term treasurer for the Downtown Rotary Club, a member of the University of Missouri’s Jefferson Club since a very young age and has been active in the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. As a Heinkel Foundation trustee, his imprint has been felt by many good causes. He took special delight in the procurement of Leah, a narcotics dog for the Columbia Police Department, and was looking forward to seeing the fruition of a new facility for the farmers market after a Foundation leadership gift. He took pride in supporting the sterling work of the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and rarely missed a performance. Boy Scouts of America and the Central Missouri Food Bank were also favorite good causes.

The other side of Stephen B. Smith was his passionate commitment to family and friends, and their memorial tributes tell the story of an esteemed adviser, a savvy counselor, a life-changing mentor and a matchless friend. A daughter, Betsy, was born to his first marriage. In 1986, he married Beatrice Litherland and became a best friend and father to her son, David. He wrote the manual on engaged grandfatherhood as three sons, the “G-men,” were born to David and his wife, Christina. As he gingerly contemplated the first infant, he proclaimed, “He’s yours until he’s old enough to understand compound interest,” but then he quickly saw a fertile educational opportunity: introducing the kids to travel — first domestic and then overseas. His older grandsons, Gavin and Garrett, experienced their first foreign trips as soon as they could pull their own suitcases, and they have multiple stamps on their passports. Concerned that the youngest had not yet been abroad, on the morning of his death Steve was cheerfully planning a trip to England on the Queen Mary II for all three grandsons as well as a fall trip to Orlando for little Griffin. At 63 and a kid at heart, he bought a go-cart “for the boys,” and the children and undoubtedly the neighbors will remember wheelies executed in the pasture with Grandpa Steve at the wheel.

Stephen B. and Bea Smith were not only best friends and soul mates but also venturesome world travelers, with a roster of visits to nearly 100 nations and more than 40 repeat visits to their favorite destination, France. The conversation-starter question from friends was always “Where have you been recently?” or “What’s the next trip?” There were predictably several on his drawing board, and he planned fabulously well. For Bea, each trip was a triple delight — in the planning, the journey and the memories. Indeed, their 23-year marriage was a grand adventure.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; his daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith of Columbia; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Dr. Christina Litherland and their children, Gavin, Garrett and Griffin of Springfield; and, his mother, Norma Smith, and brother, Jeffrey E. Smith, of Columbia.

Stephen B. Smith was preceded in death by his father, Leeon, and his youngest brother, Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests that memorials might be directed to the Stephen B. and Bea Smith Scholarship Fund, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 65211; the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, P.O. Box 14, Arrow Rock, Mo., 65320; Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth Street, Columbia, Mo., 65201; the Central Missouri Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202; or, a charitable organization of choice.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.

Parker Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.


Published Monday, August 3, 2009

Shaun Long, 30, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at University Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Chapel Church. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church, and visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Shaun Long was born Aug. 4, 1978, in Columbia, the son of Debra Long and Major Nelson.

Survivors include wife Brandee Long; daughter Kyndal of the home; parents Debra Long of Columbia and Major Nelson of Pine Bluff, Ark.; two brothers, Jamad Carter and Kendale Carter, both of Columbia; and four sisters, Shalana Richardson, Jessica Richardson, and Lakrisha Parker, all of Columbia, and Carolyn Nelson of Minnesota.

Memorials are suggested to “Long Strokes For A Cure.”

H.T. May & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 2207 Holly Ave., 443-2273.

Tributes may be left online at www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Pubished Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tom went to be with his Heavenly Father Aug. 2. Tom was a Lake Havasu City pioneer, arriving here to live in 1968. He was in business with his family, Cliff Chrouser and Sons Excavating.

In retirement years, he loved to drive down Lake Havasu City streets and say, “I worked on that house and that house,” and so on down the streets.

Tom served his country in the United States Air Force from June 1964 to June 1968. He had a passion for bowling. He said it was just fun, but he really liked to win, too.

Tom is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dee Ann; his daughter, Rebecca Lynn Quebral (Gary); granddaughter, Erica Lynn; daughter, Olivia Ann Chrouser; grandsons, Michael Anthony Szymanek (Tara), Thomas Andrew Szymanek; and great-grandson Corey James Szymanek. Tom is also survived by his brothers, Patrick Chrouser (Diane), Richard Brunstrom (Dolores), Alan Brunstrom (Helen), Bruce Brunstrom (Ann), Jack Brunstrom (Clara); and lots of wonderful nieces and nephews and cousins and especially Aunt June.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at Community Presbyterian Church Aug. 29, at 1 p.m., with a military honor guard.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Mildred Chrouser and his younger brother, James Lee Chrouser.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.


Published Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kimberly Renee Wright, 36, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at H.T. May & Son Funeral Home in Boonville. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Bunceton.

Kimberly was born Aug. 12, 1972, to Charles and Ruth Ann Kelly. Kimberly was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1991. She attended Metro Business College, Straun Nursing School, Columbia College and the University of Missouri. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing and practiced nursing at the University of Missouri as a registered nurse. Kimmy, as her family often called her, had a passion of education of young people and suffering of people.

She is survived by three sisters and four brothers, Tommy Wright (Sharon), Brenda Kelly, Rita Kelly, Donetta Patterson (Jan), Donelle Wright (Deardra), Charles Wright (Chante) and Richard Williams. She also leaves one son, Christopher Wright; her grandmother, aunts and uncles of Kansas City, Imogene Connor, Jacqueline Sullivan, JoAnn Connor, Larry Connor and Charles Connor. Kim was also blessed with 24 nieces and nephews. Kim also leaves a host of friends and loving members of the Baha’i community.

Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Published Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Joanne Catherine Lynes, 67, of Denver passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at her home.

A memorial service in her honor was held in Denver at her church, Notre Dame Catholic Church, on Monday, Aug. 17. An open house for family and friends will be held in Columbia in early September.

Joanne was born on Oct. 27, 1941, to Joseph Thornton and Mederese Anne Lynes. Because of difficulties in delivery, it looked like a real possibility that the baby would be lost. Because her parents had no time to pick a name, the doctors combined her parents’ names together, and the healthy and happy baby was named Joanne. Miracles seemed to follow her from then on.

She grew up in Columbia, attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Hickman High School in 1959. She then attended Christian College, now Columbia College, for two years and was an officer of her class there. She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri business school in 1963. While a student at MU, she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Shortly after graduating, she moved to Denver and took a job as legal secretary with the firm of Holme, Roberts, Moore and Owen. At that time, there was one office and 30 partners in the firm. For the next 46 years, Joanne was an integral part of the growth of this leading law firm. Now Holme, Roberts and Owen have a presence in several cities in the United States, as well as offices in Munich, London and Beijing.

In a recent interview, Joanne spoke fondly about her time with HRO and how her role had changed since the 1960s. “Back then, we used a mimeograph machine and couldn’t even predict the exceptional equipment we now have available. I liked my role then, and I like it even more now — must be why I’ve stayed for 46 years.”

During those 46 years, Joanne brought value far beyond her secretarial skills. She knew and understood the firm, the partners, the staff and the community. She was a mentor to new employees, teaching them with a gentle and direct manner. She was a thoughtful leader and a nexus within the organization. She was sharp, opinionated and a champion of change, without forgetting the value of history.

At her passing, the firm hired grief counselors to be available for the staff. In her honor, they renamed their employee recognition award the Joanne Lynes Award. Some of Joanne’s fellow employees at HRO planted a tree in her honor at the Forum Nature Area, next to the tree planted for her parents.

Joanne loved her home in Missouri so much. When she was just 3 years old, she was named the Central Dairy baby and was the poster child for that locally produced milk. The portrait from that campaign still hangs on the wall above the fireplace in the family home in Columbia.

Throughout her years in Denver, she always returned to Columbia for holidays and other special occasions. She delighted in inviting the entire family over for meals. After the passing of her parents, Joanne was truly the matriarch of the family, providing loving “glue” that helped keep the family together.

Joanne is survived by a loving and grieving family, including her brother, Joseph Alan Lynes; her sisters, Sandra Kay Whitesides and Patricia Sue Moyle and husband Frank Otis Moyle III; in addition, her nephews, Carey Eugene and Kevin Lee Whitesides and wife Jocelyn, Frank Moyle IV and wife Amy, Christopher Moyle and wife Tamasyn. The next generation of Joanne’s loving family include great-nephew twins Andrew Jan and Devin Lee Whitesides, and Anthony Joseph Whitesides; great-niece Maya Taylor Moyle; and great-nephews Anthony Hideo Moyle and Ryan Toshido Moyle.

Joanne was predeceased by her grandparents, parents and Randall Lee Whitesides, Sandy’s husband.

Joanne loved her family above all and was always there when any one of them needed her. She will be greatly missed.

Contributions in Joanne’s memory can be sent to The Denver Zoo Development Department, 2300 Steele St., Denver, Colo., 80205; the University of Denver DU Scholarship Fund, 2256 E. Evans, Denver, Colo., 80209; or the Mizzou Alumni Association, 123 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211.


Published Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lochie Breedlove, 89, of Columbia passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Lochie was born on March 9, 1920, in Columbia to Alfred and Mary Myrtle Turner Bennett, and they preceded her in death. She was married on March 5, 1949, in Columbia to C. Hurley Breedlove, and he also preceded her in death.

She was a 1938 graduate of Hickman High School. After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper for Missouri State Teachers’ Association in Columbia.

Lochie is survived by her daughter, Anna Bloomfield, and grandson Zachary Bloomfield, both of Columbia, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nadine Lupardus and Mary Price McMinn.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, August 16, 2009

Marie L. McCuistion, 79, of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Columbia HealthCare Center.

Memorial services will be at noon Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Marie was born on Oct. 30, 1929, in Boone County to John and Louise Marquette, and they preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Hickman High School and attended Stephens College. She later graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri. Marie taught for Columbia Public Schools at Ridgeway and Field elementary schools from 1968 until her retirement. She will always be remembered as someone who loved to help people.

Survivors include her son, Michael McCuistion and wife Sherry of Columbia, along with many other loving family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202; or Columbia Public Schools Foundation, 1818 W. Worley St., Columbia, Mo., 65203.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sha’Kara Hayes, 16, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Progressive Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Sha’Kara was born Aug. 21, 1992, in Columbia, the daughter of Shelia Johnson and Jeffery Hayes. She was a student at Hickman High School. She was a member of Progressive Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother and father; five brothers, Patrick Hunt and Jordon Elam, both of Columbia, and Jayden Hayes, Sa’Von Hayes and Blair Hayes, all of Kansas City; one stepbrother, Jay Murray of Columbia; two sisters, Demetria Waller and Dilisha Waller, both of Columbia; and grandparents Allean Johnson and Janice Hayes, both of Columbia.

H.T. May & Son Funeral Home, 2207 Holly Ave., is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Published Monday, August 17, 2009

Corey Ryan Morris, 15, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Evans officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Nebo Cemetery in Huntsdale.

Corey was born Sept. 11, 1993, in Columbia to Roy Brent and Donna Sue Poe Morris.

He loved the outdoors, sports, kids, playing guitar and his dog, Max.

Survivors include his parents of Columbia; two brothers, Roy Brian Morris and Aaron Tyler Morris; a sister, Kelsey Lynn Morris and grandparents, William and Barbara Poe.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy Bruce Morris, (Class of 1963) and Carolyn Sue Cunningham-Morris.

Memorials may be given to Mount Nebo Cemetery Association.

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Published Tuesday, August 18, 2009

John A. Collins, 79, of Camdenton passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at his residence in Camdenton.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Memorial Cemetery in Columbia.

John was born on March 30, 1930, in Columbia, a son to Glenn and Loraine Nichols Collins.

John was united in marriage on April 25, 1951, in Columbia to Maxine Moreau, and together they had shared the past 58 years until his passing.

Following graduation from Hickman High School in 1947, John went to work for General Telephone Company in Columbia. After brief assignments in Macon and Cameron, he completed his career with General Telephone and Electronics, GTE, in Grinnell, Iowa, as the network engineering and construction manager outside plant before relocating to Camdenton in 1982. For five years he served as a consultant and installation contractor for two national fiber-optic companies before retiring in 1987.

John served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion and a long-standing member of the Elks Lodge in Grinnell, Iowa.

When not busy with his and other family members’ household projects, property maintenance and landscaping, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Maxine, to visit friends and family and playing card games with all. He especially looked forward to visits from his nine grandchildren, Alissa, Christina, Lauren, Kristen, Samuel, Scott, Blaire, Jack and Jason, and one great-grandchild, Alex, all of whom he loved dearly and whose lives he followed closely.

John is survived by his wife, Maxine, of the home; three sons, David Collins and wife Nina of Little Rock, Ark., Bruce Collins and wife Jana of Overland Park, Kan., and John Collins and wife Patty of St. Louis; four brothers, Gene Collins and wife Mary of Rayville, Donnie Collins and wife Nancy of Centralia, William Collins and wife Joyce of Naples, Fla., and Mike Collins and wife Mindy of Ashland; one sister, Mary Patton of Ashland; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; along with several other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ivan Collins.

Memorial donations are suggested to Missouri River Hospice and may be left at the funeral home.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Camdenton.


Published Saturday, August 22, 2009

Robert Dale Cameron, 48, of Ashland died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton with the Rev. Byron Klemme officiating. Burial will follow in White Cloud cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 25, 1960, in Columbia, the son of Albert Franklin and Eleanor Jane Salmons Cameron. He married Dina Marie Reichert on March 11, 1990, in Hallsville. She survives at their home.

Dale was employed by Shelter Insurance. He was a member and served as deacon at New Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. His pastimes included coaching baseball, hunting and fishing, and listening to music. He loved to garden and spend time with his family and friends. Mostly, he loved his God and praised Him every day.

He is survived by his parents; one son, Michael Cameron, and two daughters, Katy Cameron and Gracie Cameron, all of Ashland; two brothers, Kirby Cameron and wife Marilee of Columbia and Neal Cameron of Fulton; and one sister, Rebecca Hofmeister and husband Mark of Centralia.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his beloved great-uncle.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cameron Children’s Memorial c/o Boone County National Bank.

Condolences can be sent by visiting www.debofuneralhome.com.


Published Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ashley Nicole Lilly, 24, of Los Angeles, formerly of Columbia, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in Garden Grove, Calif.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Friendship Baptist Church, 1707 Smiley Lane in Columbia. Interment will follow in Columbia Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 27, 1984, in Omaha, Neb., a daughter of Anna Marie Lilly-Williams.

She was a 2004 graduate of Hickman High School, where she played basketball.

Ashley loved life and her family. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling. She attended the Art Institute at Santa Monica, Calif. She was founder and owner of Tuht magazine as well as a line of clothing.

She was engaged to Brian “Tuht” Dingle of Inglewood, Calif.

She is survived by her mother, Anna Marie Lilly-Williams of Columbia; two sisters, Tamika Lilly and Trina Lilly of Columbia; one brother, Marq Lilly of Columbia; three nieces, La’Toya, Kayoima and O’lissa, and one nephew, Se’von, all of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Neomi Lilly.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Mo., 65203; (573) 442-7112; www.millardfamilychapels.com.


Published Thursday, August 27, 2009

James C. Fay Jr., 78, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at Southhampton Place.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services. Private inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

James was born on Sept. 20, 1930, in Columbia to James and Flossie Ridgeway Fay, and they preceded him in death. He was married to Bonnie Wainscott on Aug. 18, 1956, in Columbia, and she survives.

James was a graduate of Hickman High School, and he served in the National Guard from 1948 to 1958. He owned and operated Fay and Son’s Sign Co. until his retirement. James will be remembered for his ability to make or fix anything for his family and friends.

He also is survived by two sons, William Fay of Kirksville and Scott Fay of Keller, Texas; daughter, Phyllis and Kurt Baer of Kansas City; grandchildren Ashley, Hailee and Tylor; one brother from Marshall; and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to March of Dimes, 315 Ellis Blvd., Suite 204, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, or Ronald McDonald House, 1001 Stadium Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201, or any charity of your choice.


Published Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kristine Ann Moore, 56, of Columbia died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at her home.

No services are being held.

She was born in Oklahoma City on Jan. 9, 1953, to Betty M. Moore and Earl J. Moore, who both preceded her in death.

A 1971 graduate of David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, she attended Columbia College and graduated from the Kansas City College of Medical and Dental Assistants. She was a dental assistant in Kansas City for several years before returning to Columbia to pursue her talent and passion as an artist.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Jack King, and beloved cats, as well as two sisters, four brothers, and eight nieces and nephews.


Published Sunday, September 6, 2009

Master Sgt. Larry L. Fines, 60, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, after a protracted battle with cancer.

A life celebration will be held in his honor from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7 at American Legion Post 189, 820 Vista Drive in Lee’s Summit.

Full military honors will be granted 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Business Highway 13 in Higginsville

Larry served his country in the Vietnam conflict, the first Gulf War, and then again as a civilian auditor for the Department of Defense. After his retirement from civil and military service, he continued working as a tax accountant for Sprint and Embarq.

He was a member of American Legion Post 189 and served as American Legion departmental finance officer for many years and also served in numerous other positions with the American Legion at both the state and local level.

Those who knew him knew that he was a gentleman prankster who felt that fun was a key component of everyday life. His sense of humor and experience guided him through fatherhood, military service and civilian life.

Larry graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in business, with graduate work in accounting at Avila University.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Gail; four children and their spouses, Steve and Candice, Elizabeth and Lucas, Robert and Tanya, and Scott and Brianna; two grandchildren, Brayden and Kolby; two sisters, Kris Snodgrass and Marie Reynolds; his mother, Margaret; many nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, 17 Bethea Drive, Ossining, N.Y., 10562.


Published Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lila V. Stemmons, 66, of Columbia died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.

She will be eulogized at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Second Baptist Church, located on Broadway in Columbia.

Lila was born March 10, 1943, in Franklin to Birch and Helen Stemmons.

She was a graduate of Hickman High School Class of 1961 and a retiree of the Columbia Police Department.

Survivors include daughter Katharine Jones of San Francisco; sister Blondell Kelly and husband James of Columbia; brother-in-law Tommy Hubbard of Springfield, Ill.; and nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Published Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ruby Mildred Lockwood, 86, of Independence passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia with a service immediately following. Burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery in Harrisburg.

Ruby was born in 1922 in Oak Grove to Keenis and Maggie Berchett. Ruby married her high school sweetheart Jack Lockwood on Aug. 31, 1941, and he proceeded her in death on Jan. 15, 1982. Ruby and Jack lived in Raytown. Ruby was a clerk at the Internal Revenue Service for 20-plus years, from where she retired. She enjoyed spending her time at the Lake of the Ozarks and the farm in the Harrisburg area with her family. Dancing and playing cards also were a few of her favorite pastimes.

Survivors include a sister, Marie Burgess; three children, Ron and wife Ann, Tom and wife Mindy, and Debbie and husband Eddie Burks; six grandchildren Mike, David, Sheri, Amy, Adam and Elizabeth; and eight great-grandchildren, Amanda, Corey, Jordan, Miranda, Josh, Lauren, Natalie and Jackson.

Memorial contributions can be made online through The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation under Memorial Donations for Ruby Lockwood, and The American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Thursday, September 10, 2009

Neta Elizabeth Schneider, 88, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on Oct. 24, 1920, in Columbia, the daughter of the late Ralph and Brooksie Ray McCabe.

She was united in marriage to Kenneth Schneider, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1992.

Neta was a graduate of Hickman High School.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine. She retired from Northern Trust in Florida after several years of service. Neta was an avid painter and enjoyed bird-watching.

Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Hagedorn of Columbia; four grandchildren, Sherry Abbott, Garry Hagedorn, Jon Hagedorn and Ruthann Lawrence; and nine great-grandchildren, Anthony Hagedorn, Andy Hagedorn, Cassie Hagedorn, Tracy Lawrence, Hannah Lawrence, Aaron Abbott, Jordon Abbott, Jenna Nixon and Zach Nixon.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Jim, Jack and Bill McCabe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels or the American Cancer Society.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, September 14, 2009

Ivah Jeanne Dodds, 73, of Columbia passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at Lenoir Woods.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65203, (573)445-1131. Services, conducted by the Rev. Rod Casey, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Ivah will be inurned in the Columbarium next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.

Ivah was born Jan. 20, 1936, in Columbia to Edythe Callen Bach and Victor William Bach. She was the wife of the late William Ellis Dodds, who served for 20 years as a veteran aviator in the Marine Corps.

Ivah is described by her children as someone who “inspired the living to be good to their neighbors, strive for success and keep hope alive.”

Ivah is survived by her brother, Victor Daryl Bach of Columbia; three children, Leslie Seiferle of Salt Lake City, Karen Dodds of New York City and Brad Dodds of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Nancy Hannah of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Hannah of Los Angeles, Josh Dodds of Vista, Calif., and Brayden Alexandra Dodds of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Barbara Roberts of Columbia.

At Ivah’s request, memorial donations can be made to any of the following organizations: Kindred Spirits Memorial Program, The Human Society of the United States, www.hsus.org; Hope Through Heroes, The Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org; or Making the Dreams of U.S. Soldiers Come True, Operation Once in a Lifetime, operationonceinalifetime.com.

Arrangements by Nilson Funeral Home.


From Charles Hammond

Virginia(Ginny) L. Hammond August 17, 1923 - September 12, 2009.

Ginny was born at the Boone Hospital to Robert and Della Cunningham.

She attended Hickman High School (Class of 1941) until she met Leslie Floyd Hammond while umpiring a Looper League softball game.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 yrs. Leslie Floyd (Percy) Hammond, sons Leslie D. Hammond, Russell Hammond and her sister Ann C. Lee. She is survived by son Charles & daughter-in-law Susan Hammond of Tucson, Az., grandson H.M. Hammond of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and and several great grandchildren.

Mother loved life, family, friends, bowling, golf, barbeques, Missouri and Hickman High (Kewpie) football and homemade ice cream.  She instilled in her family the philosophy of living life to the fullest as it is too short.  Her smile and warmth will be missed by all that knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM September 28, 2009 at the Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the hospice of your choice.


Published Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Silas E. McCubbin, 85, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Mo., surrounded by his loving family.

Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Memorial Funeral Home. Chapel service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Silas was born Nov. 22, 1923, to Clayte R. and Janie Keys McCubbin in Imboden, Ark., and they preceded him in death. At the age of 3 the family moved to Boone County. On Aug. 24, 1946, he married Eva Dene Riley in Columbia, and she survives.

He was a 1942 graduate of Hickman High School. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the 86th Black Hawk Division serving in both Europe and the Pacific region.

His family was extremely important to him, as he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Silas owned and operated a livestock and grain farming operation in northern Boone County for more than 60 years.

Silas is also survived by one son, Don McCubbin and wife Gloria of Sturgeon; two grandsons, Todd and wife Debbie and Travis and wife Mindy, all of Columbia; four great-grandchildren, Avery, Mya, Riley and Tate, all of Columbia; seven brothers, Ken of Bentonville, Ark., Howard of Queen Creek, Ariz., Clyde of Clark, J.C. of Sunrise Beach, Jim of Centralia, Bill of Owasso, Okla., and Richard of Ashland; three sisters, Katie Ward of Davenport, Iowa, Ruth Ketchum of Lyons, Colo., and Virginia Hinten of Centralia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gershum McCubbin; and an infant sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Veterans’ Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, Mo., 65265; or Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, September 17, 2009

Charles A. Cavanah, 57, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Memorial Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Charles was born April 28, 1952, in Columbia to Lloyd and Anne Cavanah.

He married Joan Simon, and they have two sons, Haydon and Dylan.

He was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church, and he was an active participant in sports, including the Hickman Swim Club.

Charles spent his entire life in Columbia, where he was engaged in landscaping design and construction.

Charles will be remembered as a devoted husband and father.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; sons Haydon and Dylan; father and stepmother Lloyd and Ocal Cavanah; brother Richard of North Palm Beach, Fla.; stepbrother Charles Condra of St. Louis; and a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Cavanah, in 1992.

Memorial contributions to benefit Haydon and Dylan should be made to Charles Cavanah Memorial Fund c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Friday, September 18, 2009

Barbara Jean Bell, 74, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at home.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services Sunday.

Barbara was born on June 5, 1935, in Columbia to Hubert Lee and Ruby May Barnes, and they preceded her in death. She married Paul Junior Bell on July 18, 1953, and he preceded her in death.

She graduated from Hickman High School in 1953 and remained a Kewpie fan throughout her adult life, only missing one game during her youngest son Steve’s high school football career.

She was a homemaker and worked many years as the bookkeeper for the construction company she and Paul owned. Most recently she worked at Sam’s as a demo lady, and you could see her on the weekends passing out samples with a smile.

Barbara owned, raised and showed her beloved Hackney and Shetland ponies as well as American Saddlebreds. She had numerous champions and frequently visited the winner’s circle. She was a member of several equine associations.

She truly enjoyed watching her sons compete in tractor and truck pulls and was always ready to go and cheer them on.

Barbara is survived by two sons, Steve Bell and wife Lydia and Mike Bell and wife Glenda, all of Columbia; two grandchildren, Matt Bell and Kimberly Bell; two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Cody Brinkman; sister Georgia May Hofen and husband Glenn of Hewitt, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to Howard County Home Health and Hospice, 101 Furr, Fayette, Mo., 65248. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jerry Lynn Watson, 62, of St. Marys, Kan., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.

A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, and a funeral Mass will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, both at the Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.

Jerry was born April 22, 1947, in Bethany. He was the son of Leslie O. and Hazel M. Rhodes Watson. Jerry graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1965. He then graduated from Kirksville University with his associate degree in zoology and later graduated from the University of Missouri with his bachelor’s degree in wildlife. He also obtained his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Phoenix.

Jerry was active in the American Sportsman, where he managed the Western 15 states for several years. He was also involved in Lifesavers, a SQUIBB corporation, and the USSSA.

Jerry married Marianne Funke on March 8, 1980, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Andover, Kan.. They moved to Columbia, where they resided. He and Marianne built and ran Twin Oaks Sports Complex for 13 years.

Jerry and Marianne moved to St. Marys, Kan., in 1993, with their five children.

Jerry obtained his Realtor license shortly afterward and began selling real estate for St. Marys Real Estate. He later obtained his broker license and purchased St. Marys Real Estate.

He was a man with a big heart who would do anything for you. He became known by many as “Coach” when he began coaching the boys in football, basketball and baseball at St. Mary’s Academy, which he did for seven years. He loved to hunt, fish, tell stories, and, most of all, just being “Papa,” as he was known by his six grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne Funke Watson; children Nicole and Alex Harpe, Erin and Andrew Couchman, Matthew and fiance Kim Denno, Katheryn and Mark; brother Bill and Millie; sister Carolyn and Russell Bennett; Uncle C.A. and Betty; Aunt Muriell; and six grandchildren: Marianne, Hailey, Thomas, Andrew Jr., Adelynn, and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncle Vincent and stepmother Betty Andrews Watson.

Memorials may be sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kan., 66536.


Published Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Aaron Matthew Perkins, 35, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.

A memorial service, conducted by Dr. John Baker, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Nilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Aaron was born Sept. 9, 1974, in Boone County, the son of E. Henry and Kathy Jones Perkins.

Aaron had a huge heart and spent a lot of his time giving to others.

He was active at First Baptist Church, Paquin Tower and New Horizons volunteering and spending time bringing joy to others.

He valued his friends and family and was always ready to lend a helping hand or listening ear.

He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his father, E. Henry Perkins and wife Jeannine; mother Kathy Jones Sherman and husband Roger; brother Brian Perkins and wife Janice; stepbrothers Chad Knowles and wife Lori, Chance Knowles and wife Norma, Chase Knowles and wife Mary, and Tim Sherman and wife Tracy; sister Kristen Perkins and fiance Charles Simco; stepsisters Courtney Redelfs, Annette Bennett and husband Mark, and April Kerr and husband Grant; 29 nieces and nephews; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Horizons, NYRA House, 1408 Hathman Place, Columbia, Mo., 65201.


Published Sunday, November 8, 2009

Diane Jose Hendry, 55, a musician and educator who grew up in Columbia, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at her home in Baltimore.

A memorial service for Diane will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Hinkson Woods Wildlife Area, which had been the site of the Jose family farm.

Born on March 6, 1954, Diane was 2 years old when her parents, Marshall and Elaine Jose, and her brothers, Phillip and Paul, moved to Columbia from Des Moines, Iowa. The family lived on the outskirts of Columbia, where Marshall owned and operated a dairy farm. Elaine taught school until her retirement.

Diane attended public school in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1972. She then attended the University of Missouri and, as a member of Marching Mizzou, traveled with the band as it played in regular season football games and in postseason bowl games. Diane was a member when the band traveled to London in 1971.

She graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and, after a year of work and study in St. Louis, she went on to earn a master’s degree in music performance from the prestigious Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

Upon her return to St. Louis, Diane performed in theater orchestras, recorded radio commercials and began to teach in the city’s school for developmentally challenged students. She also married in 1980. Diane and her husband moved to Irvine, Calif., in 1984, and it was in California that her two children were born. During the eight years she lived in Irvine, Diane taught privately and performed widely.

When she, her husband and her children moved to Baltimore, Diane continued to play orchestral music and began to teach music in public school. Despite a diagnosis of breast cancer in 1999 and the treatment for that disease, Diane missed only one year of teaching in the next decade.

She continued to teach despite the recurrence of cancer in 2005, although the wear and tear on her body forced her to stop performing. Modern medicine bought her four years, which allowed Diane to earn national board certification.

The inevitable failure of even the most advanced treatment in the summer of 2009 left her with no defense against a very aggressive form of cancer. Diane Hendry passed away just as she had lived, gracefully and surrounded by those she loved and who loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Stewart; her daughter, Kelly; her son, Robert; and her two brothers.


Published Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Reed E. Creath, 66, of Lake Ozark passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Reed was born July 5, 1943, in San Diego to Clyde Reed Creath and Audrey Werner Oglesby.

On Nov. 5, 1991, he married Adriana Ochoa in Lake Ozark, and she survives.

He is also survived by his mother, Audrey Oglesby and husband Willis; two daughters, Tracy and Wendy; one sister, Doris Smith; one brother, Richard Creath; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Reed was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Reed Creath; and one brother, Stephen Creath.

He was a member of the IBEW union Local 257.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 105, Columbia, Mo., 65202.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kenneth “Kenny” Loem Rall Jr., 50, of Rocheport died tragically in a farm accident on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at his home in Rocheport.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Woodcrest Chapel, 2210 Nifong Blvd. Family will receive friends following the service at the church.

He was born May 11, 1959, in Columbia to Kenneth and Sara Thoma Rall. He was married to Kathy Potter Terlep on June 23, 2007, and she survives.

Kenny was a graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri. He received the rank of Eagle Scout, was the president of the local FFA chapter during high school and was a member of the Farm House fraternity at the University of Missouri. He was very involved with Kanakuk Kamps and their K-Life ministry in the Columbia area and was an active member of Woodcrest Chapel. Kenny was an independent businessman.

Kenny valued his family and friends. He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, and he never knew a stranger. Everyone was his friend.

He is survived by his father, Kenneth Rall Sr.; a son, Jason Rall; two daughters, Kristen and Katelyn Rall; a sister, Susan Lenz; a brother, Kurt Rall; his wife, Kathy Rall, and children George-Austin Terlep and Anna Terlep; and his stepmother, Betsy Baker Rall.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sara Rall; grandfather Maurice Thoma; and grandmother Geneva Thoma.

Memorial contributions in Kenny’s memory may be given to Kanakuk Kamp — K-Life program, 1355 Lakeshore Drive, Branson, Mo., 65616.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, October 2, 2009

Bill F. Ardrey Sr., 80, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bill was born May 14, 1929, in Fulton to Ivan and Snow Bush Ardrey.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1947. Bill served as an MP with the U.S. Air Force.

He married Lena Fay Atkisson on July 22, 1950, and she survives.

Bill was a bricklayer with the Local Union for more than 50 years.

He loved his family and was a hard worker his entire life. He was a member of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of Columbia; two sons, Bill Ardrey Jr. of Columbia and Colby Ardrey and wife Marni of Harrisburg; two daughters, Michelle Morris and husband Howard of St. Peters and Drusilla Dalton and husband Rich of St. Charles; seven grandchildren, Justin Morris and wife Cynthia, Tania Statler and husband Travis, Ryan Dalton, Rachel Dalton, Kieran Ardrey, Taelan Ardrey and Riley Ardrey; and one great-grandchild, Gabriella Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be given to Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amy Rebekkah Garrison, 37, of Broken Arrow, Okla., passed away from an apparent heart attack on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Broken Arrow.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Redeemer Covenant Church in Tulsa, Okla.

Amy was born Sept. 5, 1972, in Columbia and attended Hickman High School.

She is survived by her parents, Richard Garrison of Branson and Cara Garrison of Broken Arrow. She is also survived by sisters Tracy Garrison of Columbia and Laura Parkes of Broken Arrow; and one brother, Curtis Garrison of Warrensburg.

Also surviving are nieces Elizabeth and Sarah Parkes; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Woman at the Well Ministries, 220 Post Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78215.

Share memories at www.moorefuneral.com; Moore’s Southlawn, (918) 663-2233.


Published Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Robert Morris Scott, 85, of Hallsville passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland.

Robert was born Nov. 17, 1923, in Stephens to Louis and Edith Wright Scott. He later married Alma Martin, and she survives.

Robert retired as business manager for Labor Union Local No. 955.

He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include a son, Carl D. Scott and wife Joan of South Carolina; a daughter, Cathy J. Scott Rigsbee and husband John of Columbia; and a granddaughter, Shari Gray and husband Ryan of Austin, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to a charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Monday, October 19, 2009

Claude E. Pauley Jr., 85, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at his home in Columbia.

Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, with a gathering beginning at 3 p.m. at Columbia Area Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E. Inurnment will be in the Peace Columbarium in the veterans section of Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

Claude was born July 19, 1924, to Claude E. Sr. and Martha Jane Smith Pauley in Columbia. They preceded him in death. He married Lois Searls Pauley on Dec. 27, 1947, in Merriam, Kansas, and she also preceded him in death.

Claude served in World War II in the Army Air Corps as C47 transport pilot. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a Kappa Alpha Order member. He enjoyed reading and was the leader of the Claude Pauley Band, playing big band music before World War II.

He is survived by two children, Claude Michael Pauley and wife Bobbie of Boonville, and Janet Pauley of Middletown, Del.; grandchildren Katy Hoffecker and husband Tim, and Austin Northcutt, all of Middletown; additional step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Tessa Hoffecker of Middletown; and his companion of 17 years, Jean Rice of Columbia.

Claude is also preceded in death by a step-granddaughter, Cassi Black.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Area Senior Center, or Happy Tails, 5900 Range Line Road, Columbia, Mo., 65201. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, October 25, 2009

Linda Kay Meadows, 67, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at home while surrounded by her loving family. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Parker Funeral Service with the Rev. Julie D’Auteuil officiating. 

Linda was born on March 19, 1942, to Cecil and Thelma Weekly Calvin. She married Druly “Skip” Meadows on Feb. 11, 1978. 

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Skip; stepmother Anna Calvin of Hallsville; stepdaughters Diane Dunn and Lynn Barber, both of Rocheport; LeAnn Blake of Gordo, Ala.; Loralyn Dee Earnhart and Sonia Hall of Columbia; Ruby Meadows of Hallsville; nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sandy Jean Frost; and a nephew, Roy Dale Calvin. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Saundra Martin, 49, of Columbia died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Saundra was born May 17, 1960, in Kansas City, the daughter of Robert Harvey and Velma Farnch.

She married Delbert Martin on Feb. 17, 1979.

She leaves to cherish her memory her father, Robert Harvey of Columbia; her husband, Delbert Martin; three daughters, Jessie Harvey-Wallace of Columbia, Ashley Martin of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Melanie Martin of Columbia; four brothers, Lewis Harvey and William Harvey, both of Columbia, Thaddeus Harvey of Licking and Andre Harvey of Dallas; five sisters, Kathryn Farnch of Arizona, Rubertha Harvey and Kimberly Farnch, both of Columbia, Mary Harvey of Atlanta and Elaine Farnch-Davis of Kansas City; and one grandchild, Tavares Patrick II of Columbia.

Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfuneralhome.com


Published Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Melissa Gayle Ballew Williams began her life journey April 27, 1962, at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo., and completed it within the circle of her family Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at her Rocheport home.

Friends and family are invited to a memory service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Lighthouse Bible Church, 210 Roby Farm Road in Rocheport. Coffee and cookies will be served one hour prior to service.

Melissa’s special interests centered on her sons and grandchildren. She enthusiastically attended Nick’s basketball games, track meets and other school events. Any activity with the twins was a priority. Birthday parties or trips to the park were treasures to store in memory.

She graduated in 1981, the third generation in her family to graduate from Hickman High School. In 2009, Melissa was thrilled to be a recipient of a Legacy Teacher Award presented to her by one of her medical students at a luncheon ceremony. In his written essay, Matt commented that Melissa changed the way he would interact with his patients because of her attitude, approach and courage, and certain issues that she shared with him gave him a different viewpoint.

In recognition that many of the best and most memorable teachers are patients, the University of Missouri School of Medicine created the Legacy Teachers Program to celebrate and recognize these special teachers’ contributions to their students’ lifelong learning and development.

What unites this diverse and remarkable group of people and their families is that they have all taught important lessons to a physician in training that will last that person’s practice lifetime and positively affect all their future patients.

Surviving family are her son, Nicholas James O’Neill; his father, Dwight D. O’Neill; grandchildren Hayden Kohl and Hailee Gayle Williams; parents Richard T. and Dorothy Gayle Atterberry Ballew; sisters Cara E. Baker and husband Mark, and Melinda L. Boice; nephews Nathan A. and Jared L. Baker; and her goddaughter, Kylie Atterberry, who was born on Melissa’s birthday.

Also surviving are a multitude of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as her special little Poppi Puppy.

Family preceding her in death are a son, Dennis Canyon Williams; brother Weston Lane Ballew; maternal grandparents R. P. and Gayle Brooks Atterberry; and paternal grandparents Elgin T. and Marie Old Ballew.

Melissa asked us to share with you these two wishes:
   1. Instead of flowers, she wanted a college fund established for Nicholas. Contributions can be sent to Nicholas J. O’Neill Educational Fund, c/o Bank of Missouri, 3610 Buttonwood Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65201.
   2. Hug your family and tell them how much you love and value them. Today might be your last opportunity.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, November 4, 2009

William “Billy Joe” Martin, 79, of Columbia died the evening of Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Fitzgibbons Hospital in Marshall.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Millersburg Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Pastor Bonnie Cassida of Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia.

Born June 20, 1930, in Boone County, he was the son of the late Joe A. and Wilmoth C. Martin. Bill was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as deacon, on the board of trustees and was a Sunday school teacher. He worked as a sales representative for a local office equipment company, served on many levels in the Boone County 4-H Clubs, he loved to fish and be in the great outdoors; however, his greatest enjoyment was when his family came home for Sunday dinner.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 59 years; three sons, Michael J. Martin of Millersburg, Rocky Martin of Moberly and William K. Martin of Armstrong; a daughter, Brenda Ryan of Marshall; a sister, Jean Crowson of Columbia; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and sister Sue Fenton.

Memorials are to be sent to Bethel Baptist Church, 201 East Old Plank Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203 or to the Missouri Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Friday, November 6, 2009

Clarence D. Carnes, 77, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009.

Services were privately held.

He was born in 1932 in Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lurline Carnes.

He is survived by a daughter, Evelyn Hoban; a son, Ed Carnes; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and beloved friend and companion Mitzi Simpson.

Arrangements were made by Buchholz Math Hermann Mortuary Cremation Center Service.


Published Saturday, November 7, 2009

Marzene Hickam, 53, of Columbia died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at H.T. May & Son Funeral Home in Columbia with the Rev. David Ballenger officiating. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Marzene Hickam was born Dec. 5, 1955, in Columbia, the son of Roger L. Hickam Sr. and Francelle Coleman Hickam. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Jacob Rohr and Marlos Hickam; three brothers, Antonio Hickam, Roger L. Hickam Jr. and Byron Hickam, all of Columbia; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Keith Hickam.

Online condolences may be left at www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Published Sunday, November 9, 2009

Susan Ann Norman, 64, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at her home in Columbia under hospice care.

Memorial services will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Superior Garden Center, 3100 Old Highway 63.

We will be celebrating her life in the manner and style that would bring a twinkle to her eyes and a smile to her lips.

Susan was born Aug. 17, 1945, in Rochester, Minn., the second child to J.P. and Jeanette Norman.

She is survived by two brothers, Richard and William; one sister, Elizabeth; three nephews, Nathan, Matthew and Kevin; one niece, Megan; and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Missouri River Hospice.


Published Saturday, November 14, 2009

Betty Louise Griggs, 76, of Hallsville went to our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Friends and family will be welcomed between 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born April 5, 1933, to Robert and Emma Tomlin in Boone County, Betty loved spending time with her family, fishing, canning and searching for treasures at garage sales.

She is survived by her children, Terry Griggs of Billings, Mont., Carol Hefley of Dallas, Denny Griggs of Hallsville, and Laura Reddick of Hallsville; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Larry Tomlin of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Griggs; three brothers; and four sisters.

Memorials can be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, November 15, 2009

James Vincent Pinet, 69, of Columbia passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Memorial Baptist Church on Paris Road. Services will immediately follow.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jim was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Columbia to French and Edith Pinet.

Survivors include his mother, Edith; sons Darron and Damon; daughters Dena and Vicki; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published in the ljworld.com, Tallahassee, Florida

Funeral services for William A. “Bill” Troelstrup, 81, Tallahassee, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Culley’s Meadow Wood Chapel in Tallahassee.

Mr. Troelstrup died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Tallahassee.

He was born March 30, 1928, in Princeton, Minn., the son of Arch W. and Annabelle Peterson Troelstrup.

Mr. Troelstrup was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri as well as the FBI National Academy.
Mr. Troelstrup moved to Tallahassee in 1967 from Lawrence, Kan., where he had been the chief of police. He was employed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from 1967 to 1979 when he retired. He had been the director of operations and later served as the commissioner under Gov. Askew. He enjoyed growing and sharing his prize roses.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joan Knowles Troelstrup, of the home; two sons, William W. and Michael B. and wife Lynne, Tallahassee; a daughter: Teresa “Terry” Edmonson, Lawrence; a brother, John F., Chicago; a sister, Susan Gabert, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; five grandchildren, Michael and Thomas Troelstrup, and Jason, Shaun and Adam Edmonson; and a great-grandson, Matthew Edmonson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the chapel.

The family suggests memorials to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.


Published Wednesday, December 2, 2009

James Daniel True Sly, 62, of Columbia passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Columbia.

Private family services are pending.

Mr. Sly was born Aug. 21, 1947, the son of Artie Edward and Juanita Beal True.

He is survived by a sister, Betty M. Mix; and a brother, Artie True.

Arrangements are by Nilson Funeral Home.


Published Sunday, November 29, 2009

Una Mae Pace, 79, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Una was born on Sept. 7, 1930, to William and Estelle Rice Buescher in Columbia.

Una was a lifelong resident of Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1948.

She began her career as a bank teller at Exchange National Bank, which became First National Bank & Trust Co. and is now Landmark Bank. She worked there 42 years before retiring in 1998.

Una’s teller window was the first one when you walked in the bank from Broadway. She loved her customers, and they loved her, waiting in line for her window to become available.

Una’s passions were reading and collecting butterflies, many of which were brought to her by her customers.

Survivors include daughters Linda Carruth LaVere, Hollis Stolz and husband Bill, and Heather Lewandowski and husband Stephen; grandsons Deven and Justin LaVere; sisters Rose Corgan and husband Jim, and Maribeth Jackson, all of Columbia, and sister Sara Brown of Rockledge, Fla., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lahmon P. Pace; brother Jim Buescher; sister Carolyn Willis Elder; and ex-husband Bobby W. Carruth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Sunday, December 6, 2009

Eunice Bower Smith died at age 99 on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center in Columbia.

Eunice was cremated. There are no funeral services at her request. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery at Graham at a later date.

She was born Nov. 8, 1910, to Edward and Elizabeth Will Bower in Bethel.

Eunice graduated from Columbia High School in 1928 and the University of Missouri in 1935. She taught home economics in Sweet Springs, Hamilton and St. Louis Public Schools.

In 1939, Eunice married Harold Smith of Barnard. He preceded her in death in 1967.

Eunice was a member of First Christian Church in Columbia; Ophelia Shepherd Extension Club and Deer Park Extension Club; and the University of Missouri Jefferson Club.

Surviving are nine nieces and nephews: Alene Ford Lewis; Bernita Ford Bartel; Duane Ford; Michael, George and Kenneth Kavanaugh; Edward Bower; Florence Setzer; and Sharelle Smith Leicke.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; her four siblings, Kenneth (Hazel) Bower, Edna (Emmitt) Ford, Myrna (George) Kavanaugh and Orletta (Logan) Setzer; and nephew Maurice Ford.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, December 3, 2009

Philip Howard Meyer, 89, of Houston, originally of Columbia, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009.

He was buried at Columbia Cemetery in a private graveside service conducted by his son-in-law the Rev. Douglas Mullins.

He was the son of A.J. and Illma Meyer. He married Mary Gwendolyn Million, and they had just celebrated their 70th anniversary.

Phil was a 1937 graduate of Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II and was an engineer at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis and later a vice president at the Marison Co. in Elgin, Ill.

He is survived by his wife and four children, Karen, Donna, Linda and Michael, all of whom have given him grandchildren and some of whom have given him great-grandchildren.

His wife is the sister of June Million Haseman of Columbia.


Published Wednesday, December 9, 2009 *(Updated May 11, 2010)

Brian Gene Heath, 39, of Springfield lost his courageous fight with cancer Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.

Brian Gene Heath, 40, of Springfield lost his courageous fight with cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. 

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

He was born on March 19, 1970, to Wyman and Mary Jane Aholt Heath in Columbia.

Brian graduated from Hickman High School in 1988 and was most recently working on completing a degree in American history from Columbia College. 

He was two classes short of graduation.

He was an avid outdoorsman; he loved music passionately, loved American history and above all loved his family, especially his newest nephew, Cannon. His friends describe him as a gentle soul, caring for others above himself.

He is survived by a maternal grandfather, Alvin Aholt; his parents, Wyman and Jane; a sister, Belinda Welch and her family; two half brothers, Dennis and his family and Jerry; a half sister, Jackie and her family; and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.


Published Sunday, December 6, 2009

Patricia L. Thomas, 77, of Columbia passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Visitation will start at 1 p.m. with services immediately following at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born March 22, 1932, to John Riley and Mabel Riley in Flint, Mich. Mrs. Thomas was united in marriage on Feb. 25, 1951, to Colby William Thomas Jr. in Columbia, and he preceded her in death.

Patricia graduated from Hickman High School in 1949 and retired from GTE in 1981 after 33 years of dedication. She loved spending time with her family and friends and always had a loving smile as well as a funny story. She loved the outdoors, camping and especially riding around on her golf cart.

Patricia was a member of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church

Survivors include three children, Karen Stephens and husband Ronald, Kerry Thomas and wife Cindy, and Gary Thomas; grandchildren Misty Page, Billy Stephens and wife Tamanatha, Ayla Stephens, Destiny Thomas, Michelle, Krystle Thomas, Heather, Amanda Thomas, Justin Thomas and Braden Thomas; great-grandchildren Anna Stephens, Camryn, Emme, Elliot and Audrey Thomas, and Joseph Stephens, who is due to be delivered in March of 2010, all of Columbia; and one brother, Myron Riley and wife Gerry of Kansas City.

She was preceded in death by infant daughter Debra Thomas; sister Orene Hall; and two grandsons, Joseph Stephens and Cody Thomas.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Monday, December 7, 2009

Edwin Charles Bryant, 64, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1945, in Columbia, the son of Wilbur E. and Gertrude Eldridge Bryant. He was united in marriage to Gail Jones on April 25, 1981, and she survives.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Vickie Rae Traylor and her husband, Steven, of Parkville; siblings James D. Bryant and Debbie A. Dupree and her husband, Steve, all of Columbia; aunt Alma Ausburn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur E. Bryant; and nephew Bryan D. Dupree.

Ed was deeply involved with many organizations, including the National Federation of the Blind, which he joined in 1979. He was editor of the Voice of the Diabetic for 21 years. This publication reached more than 300,000 subscribers in 17 countries. He was very active in the organization and took part in several fundraisers until his death. He worked alongside the late Dr. Ron James with Camp Hickory Hill for diabetic children. Ed was named volunteer of the year in Columbia in 1989.

Ed was an advocate for the blind and spent several years fighting for their independence. This included trips to Washington to testify before Congress in order to send their message. He will be remembered as a champion for the underdog. Ed was also involved with the Diabetes Action Network and held major leadership roles within the organization until his death. Ed was a devoted Tiger fan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Action Network or Columbia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mae Helen Hayes, 68, of Columbia went home to the Lord on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, after a long battle with lung disease.

A memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service.

Mae Helen was born July 15, 1941, in Columbia, to the late Edward and Dora Lee Hayes.

Mae Helen leaves to treasure her memory two brothers and three sisters. Mae Helen was a loving mother of five children, Mitzi C. Enlow, Lewis V. Hayes, Hadley T. Hayes, Dominic S. Hayes and Dequan Hayes. She also leaves to cherish her memory her 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; an honorary nephew, pastor Melvin Stapleton Jr.; and a host of many other family members.

Online condolences may be sent to www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Owanna Booth Allen, 84, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loving family members on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in Springfield, Ill.

A celebration for the life of Owanna Booth Allen will be held Saturday, May 8, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. in Columbia. Friends and family are invited to gather at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. 

She was born on Dec. 6, 1925, in Columbia, the daughter of famed Sgt. Benjamin Booth of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Alice Booth. Owanna enjoyed a loving marriage with Wayne B. Allen, who preceded her in death in 1996. 

The Allens had three children, Danielle, Kelly and Andrew. 

Mrs. Allen is survived by her three children and five grandchildren, Moses, Clovis, Milo, Noah and Solomon, all of whom brought her great joy.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.


Published by Null & Son Funeral Home, Rolla, Missouri

Kenneth B. Loy, of Rolla, passed away at his home on Friday, December 18, 2009, at the age of 65. He was born in Ashland, Missouri on January 2, 1944, to A. B. Loy and Evelyn (Mitchell) Loy. On August 6, 2006, he married Karen (Wilson) McIlwain, who survives.

For over 35 years Ken worked as a claims representative for the State Farm Insurance Co.

He will be sadly missed by his surviving family which includes: his wife, Karen McIlwain, of the home; three sons, Scott Loy and wife, Julie, and Chris Loy and wife, Lisa, Bloomington, IL, and Eric Loy and wife, P.J., Dubuque, IA; stepson, Jeffrey McIlwain, West Plains, MO; stepdaughter, Susie McIlwain, Pittsburgh, PA; former wife, Mary Haley, Booth Bay Harbor, ME; a brother, Willis Loy and wife, Diane, Kirkwood, MO; one sister, Linda Neenan and husband, Mike, Kansas City, MO; eight grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held on his upcoming birth date, January 2, 2010, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Oak Meadow Country Club just east of Rolla.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Russell House, Phelps Regional Hospice or the scholarship fund at andFLEW!


Published Monday, December 28, 2009

Vernice Walden, 88, of Columbia passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Ashland.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia with visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service Tuesday. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Vernice was born Jan. 31, 1921, to Robert and Edna Barnes Pauley in Columbia, and they preceded her in death. She married Fred Walden on April 28, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan. and he also preceded her in death.

Vernice loved to cross-stitch, crochet, go bowling and golfing.

She is survived by a brother, Robert Pauley Jr.; a niece, Linda Harpham and husband Tom, all of Columbia; and nephew Dean Walden and wife Rennie of North Carolina. She is preceded in death by a son, Gary Walden, in 2005; a brother, William Pauley; and an infant brother and sister.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lakeidra Kemp, 32, of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Sedalia as the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Lakeidra Lynn Kemp was born Sept. 23, 1977, in Columbia, the daughter of Oscar and Anna Rich Kemp.

She was a 1995 graduate of Hickman High School and also a graduate of Lincoln University. She was employed at Fulton State Hospital as a caseworker.

Survivors include her parents; one brother, Oscar Kemp Jr. of Rolla; her grandmother, Vernell Rich; and her adopted grandmother, Mary Sutton.

Online condolences may be sent to www.htmayfuneralhome.com.


Published Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jacob Frank Oliver Jr., 89, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at First Christian Church in Columbia with Dr. John Yonker officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to time of services Sunday at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The fourth of seven children, Frank was born on Oct. 16, 1920, to Jacob Frank Oliver Sr. and Mary F. Allton Oliver.

He attended Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Hickman High School in 1938.
He was employed by the Columbia Daily Tribune, the Columbia Missourian, Stephens Publishing Co., A.B. Chance, American Press and MFA, from which he retired in 1982.

Frank was a longtime member of First Christian Church, where he was a deacon and board member for Woodhaven Christian Home for Exceptional Children.

He belonged to the Twilight Masonic Lodge and was active in the Columbia Rotary Club.

Frank was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and staunch supporter of the University of Missouri football team.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, J. Harold Oliver, Charles Edward Oliver, William Owen Oliver and Richard Earl Oliver; and one sister, Mary Frances Kuhlman. He is survived by one brother, Jack Eldon Oliver; and three generations of nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Frank’s memory to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


Published Thursday, December 31, 2009

Joyce Lee Hourigan Purdy, 72, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at her home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at Parker Funeral Service with the Rev. Tracy Wood officiating.
Visitation will be from noon until time of service Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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