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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

Joan E. Martin Crosby, Class of 1949, died at her home in Columbia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Donald G. Calvin, Class of 1954, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018.

Carolyn Ann Kemper, Class of 1963, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Manor at Elfindale in Springfield, Missouri.

David Rybolt, Class of 1967, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at his home in Columbia.

Dean Hathman, Class of 1956 passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.

Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dean Hathman, 79, of Columbia, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 surrounded by his family at Landmark Hospital in Columbia.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow on Wednesday, Jan.10 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dean was born on Jan. 16, 1938 in Columbia, the son of Willard and Ava May (Blevins) Hathman.

He was married in 1957 in Columbia to Martha Lou Snodgrass who passed away in 2011.

He was married on April 26, 1986 in Columbia to Shauna (Gailey) Seiling who survives of the home.

He owned Dean Hathman Masonry Company and took pride in the commercial projects he completed. He was a member of Union BAC Locals #11 & #15 from 1956-2017.

He was President of Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex where he enjoyed spending time with his son, Scott and grandson, Dean. He was truly passionate about micro sprint racing and NASCAR.

Other survivors include four children, Connie Hathman-Albers (Paul Albers) of Chickasha, Okla., Scott Hathman (Theresa) of Columbia, Tony Seiling (Dawnelle) of Columbia and Daniel Seiling of Columbia; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Albert Hathman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Online condolences may be made at

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kenneth David Rybolt, 69, of Columbia passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at his home.

Friends will be received from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service where a funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private for the family.

He is survived by his sons, David Owens, Rodney Anderton, Kenneth David Rybolt II and Kurtis.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Mo., 65203; (573) 449-4153.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018

Carolyn Ann Kemper, 72, of Columbia, entered the Kingdom of Heaven after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Manor at Elfindale in Springfield, Mo.

Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In the days leading up to her passing, family members gathered around her to reminisce and say goodbye. Her sisters, Wanda Kay and Marilyn, were by her side in her final moments. Carolyn was a member of Faith Baptist Church where she worshiped our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Carolyn was born March 12, 1945 at Noyes Hospital (University Hospital) in Columbia to Annie Mildred (Rader) Kemper and Harold Glenn Kemper. She was born 6 minutes after her twin sister, Marilyn Sue (Kemper) Sunderland. Carolyn and her siblings grew up on the 125 acre family farm northeast of Columbia where many happy memories were made.

She was a Hickman Kewpie who graduated in 1963, and she later studied at Columbia College.

In 1981, she became a Certified Professional Secretary from the Professional Secretaries International. She proudly worked for 35 years for the University of Missouri. During the last 23 of those years she held the position of Executive Staff Assistant II for no less than three Vice Chancellors; most recently Kee Groshong. After much soul-searching and hand wringing, Carolyn took early retirement in 2002 and soon wondered when she had time to work!

Carolyn had a lifelong love of country music; particularly Alan Jackson. She loved country line dancing as well as square dancing. Carolyn filled her retirement days pursuing her passions, including photography, genealogy and gardening. She continued the work of her mother in researching and documenting her family history, and she was a member of the Mid-Missouri Genealogical Society. With Carolyn’s support, her mother wrote her life story resulting in a cherished book and Carolyn was also a proud member of the Fortney Family Cemetery Trust.

Carolyn was equally passionate about her gardening and she had a particular love of daylilies. She was a member of the Columbia Garden Club. In 2011, her gardens were featured in the Mokanok, a daylily magazine, and that same year her personal gardens were included in a bus tour bringing people from all over the country.

Her garden was filled with common, and not-so-common daylilies, and she loved them all! These flowers were a perfect reflection of Carolyn. Her nephew, Brian, described her best, “Carolyn walked through life with a positive attitude. She wasn’t a bloom that withered away; she lived her life like a field of daylilies with new blooms every day just as beautiful as the day before!”

Survivors include sisters, Wanda Kay Mitchell (Phil) of Springfield, Mo., and Marilyn Sue Sunderland of Riverton, Utah; nephews, Brian Lockwood (Roxanne), Chris Lockwood (Kristi), and Chadd Ashby; niece, Michelle Ashby Brown (Danny); and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Mildred and Harold Glenn Kemper; brother, Billie Dale Kemper; and great-nephew, John Eli Lockwood.

Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Calvin, Donald G. 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, surrounded by his devoted family. Beloved husband for 58 years of Beatriz Elena Calvin (nee Arauco), loving father of Cynthia (Thomas) Baumgartner, Suzanne (Jonathan) Dalton, Donald (Stacie) Calvin, cherished grandfather to ten and great-grandfather to one, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Don proudly served in the U.S Marine Corps (1955-58), attended the University of Missouri, was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and worked in the personal lines insurance business for over 50 years. His agency, D. G. Calvin Associates, was acquired by Anderson, Hall and Marsh, where Don worked until his retirement.

Services: A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 110 North Warson Road, Ladue, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washing ton Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Arrangements by Bopp Chapel. Condolences may be left online at

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Joan E. Crosby, 86, of Columbia, died at home surrounded by her children and supported by Boone Hospice on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Memorial Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Reverend Francis Doyle officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1931 in Columbia to William R. and Bertha (Boos) Martin Jr.

She was a graduate of Hickman High School, Christian (now Columbia) College and the University of Missouri.

She was employed as a secretary for Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School and worked in food service supervision for Sacred Heart School, Central Missouri Area Agency for Aging, and retired from Stephens College.

On August 20, 1952, she married James E Crosby III who preceded her in death on May 7, 2017.

Joan was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was on the first parish council and served for many years as Eucharistic Minister. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with several bridge groups.

She is survived by her brother, William R. “Bud” (Marcia) Martin III of Live Oak, Fla.; sisters, Betty (Bob) Martin of Victoria, Texas and Marge Burk of Plano, Texas; and five children, James “Ed” of Columbia, Bob of Houston and triplets, David (Heather) of Crystal City, Don of Kirksville, and Doris Dixon of Ballwin. Additionally, she is survived by seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents.

Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at

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