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Robert “Bob” Wayne Hendren, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024.

Donna Wayland's daughter, passed away Thursday,  Jan 11, 2024  in her hometown of Columbia, Missouri.

Jay Spangler, passed away at his home in Ballwin, Missouri, on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

John Brown,  passed away Friday, December 22, 2023 while in Independence, MO.

Kenneth “Joe” Wade, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at his home in Columbia.

Karen Gay Harris, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

Norman "Dale" Holman, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023, in Columbia, Missouri.

 Roy Lee Clayborne's brother,  passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023, at Boone Hospital Center.

Lynn Johnston's brother, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

Susan Rodgers' mother, passed away  on April 16, 2023 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jack Wonneman's, sister, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2023.

Sharon Lay, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023, in League City, Texas.

Mike Bruner's sister, passed away Wednesday,March 1, 2023, at her home in Columibia.

Jerome Mathis's brother, died Friday, March 3, 2023 at his home in Columbia.

Terry Sapp's wife, passed away Wednesday,  February 22, 2023 at University Hospital in Columbia.

John Douglas, passed away in 2022. (No details)

Judy Perkins', husband  passed away at his home in Columbia, Monday, December 19, 2022.

Phillip Robinson's, father passed away in his Blue Springs, Missouri home on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

Bobbia Williams', father passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

Rufus Blair Long, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

JT Barnes wife, Shirley J (Bigham) Barnes, passed away on October 15, 2022.

Sharon Reed Bosch, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Johnnie W. McBaine Jr., died at home Saturday, September 3rd, 2022, in Largo, Florida.

John T Barnes III (Jay), passed away on July 31, 2022 in Sedona, Arizona.

Gary Saunders, passed away July 27, 2022 of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonany Disease. (No details)

Miriam Dyak, "Suzanna Weinberg",  passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Glenda Hawkins' mother, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022.  

Carter Burton,  passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at the University of Missouri Hospital.

Tamara Ann Page, died Oct. 17, 2021, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Colorado.

Bill Montgomery's mother, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021.

 John Hunt, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Boone Hospital Center.

Rick Gray, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2021.

Eddie Sutton, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his home in Conway, Arkansas.

Jo Ann Denney,passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Jack Palmer, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Betty Gayle Smith, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, Missouri.

Richard Wilson, passed away Friday, May 5, 2021.

Jane Murdock, passed away March 18, 2021.

Harley Wayne Hyde, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Sandy Smith's mother, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Tessie Jean Redmon, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020.

Sharon Milhollin's mother, died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 while at Cox Monett Hospital in Monett, Missouri.

Jean Ellen Pace,  passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 in her home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Johnnie Windsor's mother, died July 5, 2020.

Robert Ray Parker, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Winchester Medical Center near Basye, VA.


Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jun. 30, 2020.

Robert Ray Parker, 75, of Basye, Virginia, died Wednesday, June 24 at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Parker was born March 10, 1945 in Ironton, Missouri. He was the son of the late Robert Vernon Parker and Rubye (White) Parker McKinney Gold.

Mr. Parker was a member of the Hickman High School class of 1963 in Columbia, Missouri. He was a proud Eagle Scout and he briefly served in the National Guard and the United States Navy.

Mr. Parker worked as a general manager for Virginia Management for over 22 years. Prior to working for Virginia Management, Mr. Parker worked for a variety of real estate management companies in the Mid-Atlantic region including Calmark Realty. Early in his career, Mr. Parker owned a home improvement company.

In recent years, Mr. Parker had a kettle corn business and was affectionally known to many as the 'popcorn guy' at festivals and fairs throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. In addition, Mr. Parker created Bob-B-Que, a barbeque sauce that was loved by family and friends alike.

Most notably, Mr. Parker was known for being quick with a smile and a story for every person he met. He had a gift for making people feel important and he was well known for helping people acquire jobs and get back on their feet after difficult times.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife of 53 years, Andrienne Hall Parker; one daughter, Sarah Parker Hughes and husband Christopher Dixon Hughes of Annapolis, Maryland; a son, Graham Robert Parker of Baltimore, Maryland; four grandchildren, Nathan Parker Collins, Andrienne McHale Hughes, Sophia Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jane Hughes; one sister, Anne Parker Sheetz and her husband the late George Harold Sheetz of Edinburg, Virginia; one nephew, Jason T. Sheetz, his wife Brandi Hottel Sheetz and their children Parker and Bailey Sheetz of Woodstock, Virginia; and numerous other relatives and friends.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" for family and friends in Annapolis, Maryland at a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Feeding America at or Helping Up Mission at In addition, Mr. Parker would have encouraged everyone to vote this November, as well as do something kind for a stranger in his memory.

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Carlie “Connie” Windsor, 93, of Columbia, was called home on July 5, 2020.

Graveside Services will be at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Fairview Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and at that time leave for Fairview Cemetery. According to Columbia COVID-19 guidelines, please wear facemasks and practice social distancing.

Connie was born on March 10, 1927 in Panama City, Florida, the daughter of William and Mauzie Johns Wells. On Dec. 10, 1944 she married Floyd “Bill” Windsor at Tyndall Field (now known as Tyndall Air Force Base), Panama City, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2015. She was very proud to be a military spouse and having moved many times before settling in Columbia. Connie retired from the University of Missouri as an Administrative Assistant, working for the Radiology and Pathology Departments where she made lifelong friends. She enjoyed many years of playing the piano and organ at all the churches they attended. She was known for her generous heart and beautiful smile and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Connie is survived by six grandchildren: Pam Windsor, Stacie Windsor Friedrich (John), Debbie Windsor, Col. Jason Scott Windsor (JoEllen), Vecie Windsor, Jonathan Paul Windsor (Mandi); eight great-grandchildren: Heather, Suzanne, Christine, Zackary, Nathan, Gabriel, Victoria and Jonathan, Jr.; her beloved cat, Fifi; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the loving care provided by her home caregivers: Phyllis Ward, Brenda Chapman, Wanda and Susan, as well as for the loving care provided by the staff at Candlelight Lodge.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by two sons: Floyd “John” Windsor, III and Gerold “Jerry” Windsor; two great-grandsons: Tony “Windsor” Spangler and Josh Friedrich; and sister, Reba Pollock.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Salvation Army of Columbia, ℅ Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Jean “Ellie” (Pace) Abraham, 75, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.

The visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 30 at the Firefighters Union Hall, 6320 Manchester Ave., Kansas City, Missouri. Graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 31 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jean was born May 18, 1945 to Micajah D. and Nina Hazel (Burnett) Pace. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. Continuing her education she graduated from M.U. with her teaching degree and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. She taught in the Center School District for 47 years. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, attending K.C. Chiefs games and her biggest joy was her three grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, retired KCFD Battalion Chief, James Abraham; and her parents: M.D. and Nina Pace. She is survived by her sons: James Ryan Abraham and Justin Abraham (Laney); sister, Deanna Jacobs; brother, Jim Pace; and grandchildren: Jack, Maryn and Vivienne Abraham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America,

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements: McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home.

Published Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Mary Elizabeth Milhollin, 93, of Monett, formerly of Columbia, died on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 while at Cox Monett Hospital.

Mary was born on Nov. 8, 1926 in Sturgeon. She was one of 11 children born to the late Leslie Austin and Nellie (Brown) Stephens. As a nurse, Mary dedicated her life to helping others. She spent her entire career in nursing and after retirement continued to volunteer her time in the Auxiliary at the Boone County Hospital. Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church as well as the American Ex-P.O.W. Organization. Her greatest joy came from being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those closest to her will miss her laugh, her orneriness, her fudge, and her secret Chex mix recipe.

On May 13, 1946, Mary was married to Robert J. “Bud” Milhollin. They were blessed with over 51 years together until his passing on Feb. 13, 1998.

Mary is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law: Sharon and her husband Chuck Nelson of Atlanta, and Carol and her husband Dr. Stephen Stidham of Monett; four grandchildren: Jay Nelson and his wife Linda, Rob Nelson and his wife Karen, all of Atlanta, Stephanie Belk and Timothy Stidham and his wife Leigh, all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; as well as seven great-grandchildren: Chase and Cory Nelson, Ana and Zoe Nelson, Jackson Belk and Emery and Anna Stidham.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; eight brothers; and two sisters.

Service arrangements are pending at this time. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Memorial Cemetery in Columbia at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Monett Community Kitchen in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences can be made at Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

Published November 18, 2020 by Parker-Millard, Columbia, Missouri

Tessie Jean Redmon, 74, of Columbia, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 13, 2020. She was born December 27, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri to the late Robert and Lillian (Rolley) Redmon, Jr.

Tessie attended Douglas High School then graduated from Hickman High.

Tessie was a hard worker! She was a licensed beautician. She was also a phlebotomist at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital for 30 years, and Boyce and Bynam for over 10 years.

Tessie was a lifetime member of The Fifth Street Christian Church. She enjoyed music, cooking (especially peach cobbler). She was a strong person and was “Momma” to everyone. She didn’t mind giving advice and her opinion, but especially loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian Redmon Jr.; sister: Ida Mae Ricketts, brother, Samuel Redmon, uncle, Walter Rolley, and god-daughter, Leiona Redmon.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her sons: Sean Tucker of Columbia, Mekyle “Shayne” Tucker of Moberly; daughters: Lintoshia Redmon of Kansas City, Fertonya Tucker of St. Louis; god-children: Sharon Kay Ricketts, Simone Ricketts, Robin Ricketts, all of Columbia; brothers: Robert Redmon III (Essie), Charles Redmon (Geraldine) all of Columbia, Walter Andrew Redmon (Janice) of Milwaukee; grandchildren: Deja, Sjhonquail, Sontierre, Brittney, Demeyon II, Kourtnei, Brineja, Quadrez, Journei; great-grandchildren: Dante, Caila, Messiah, Amayah; and a host of other nieces and nephews that are like her children.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with a Homegoing Celebration to follow at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published on December 09, 2020

Mary Lou Smith, 91, of Columbia, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020.

A private family graveside service has taken place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mary Lou was born October 3, 1929 in Boone County, the youngest daughter of James Audley Martin and Bessie Evelyn (Sapp) Martin. On June 29, 1944, she was united in marriage to Robert E. “Bob” Smith. This union lasted for nearly 68 years before his passing.

For Mary Lou, her life was all about her family. She loved and cared for her children and grandchildren. Her family can tell you that she was the greatest cook, and her desserts were everyone’s favorite. She took great pride in keeping up her home, tending to her flowers and yard all for her family to enjoy. She enjoyed watching Dancing with the Stars, the Hallmark Channel, and old western movies. Mary Lou was also a fan of the Mizzou Tigers football team.

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

Mary Lou is survived by her two children: Dr. Sandra Thornhill and husband Dr. Jerry Thornhill, and Robert (Shannon) Smith, all of Columbia; one sister, Opal Surtin of St. Peters; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at

Published on February 02, 2021

Harley Wayne Hyde, age 76, of Columbia, passed away on January 27, 2021.

He was born to Tilford and Edith Hyde on September 1, 1944. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1963. Harley married Judith (Lee) Hyde on August 9, 1963.

Harley worked a variety of jobs throughout his life, including Hays Hardware, Newberry’s, Phillips Electric, Boone County Oil, and MFA Bulk Plant. He described his life experience as “jack of all trades and master of none.” His life-long passion and career began December 12, 1971 with the Columbia Fire Department until his retirement as a Fire Engineer on January 5, 2001. He continued to remain close with his fellow firefighters and stopped by routinely to visit, drink coffee or meet up for breakfast after completion of their shift, until recently due to his declining health. All while working with the Columbia Fire Department he worked during his days off at Koonse Glass, Tommy Lee Construction Company as a plumber, and March Heating and Air Conditioning. He also helped found the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 and served as Chief until his retirement in 2012. Although he retired in 2012 you could still find him at the firehouse daily, his role had officially changed but his passion to serve the fire district and his beloved community never did. The lives he changed are countless!

Outside of his passion for his service with the fire departments, he immensely loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He carried pictures with him and loved showing them off to everyone along while sharing stories about them. Harley loved telling stories, jokes, and was always quick-witted.

Harley is preceded in death by Tilford Hyde (father); Edith (Melloway) Hyde (mother); Beatrice (Hyde) Voyles (sister); David Hyde (brother); Clarence Hyde (brother); Cecil Hyde (brother); Ronald Wayne Hyde (son).

Harley is survived by his wife, Judith (Lee) Hyde; children: Patricia (Hyde) Fischer and husband, Donald of Fulton, Scott (Chelsey) Hyde of Okinawa, Japan; eight grandchildren: Brandi (Fischer) Hassien and spouse, Joe, Ashley (Fischer) Hoer and spouse, Ben, Haylee (Fischer) Middaugh and spouse, Ryan, Abigail Fischer, Nathan Hyde-Burton and fiancé’, Courtney Lewis, Jonathon Hyde-Burton, Christopher Hyde, Jason Hyde; four great-grandchildren with another on the way: Brylinn Terry, Joseph Hassien, Jordynne Hassien, Gannon Hoer, and baby Middaugh. One sibling, Jacquetta (Hyde) Merriott and spouse, Rolla; numerous nieces and nephews; two wonderfully close friends and former colleague fire fighters: James Jones and wife Kelly; Gene Windmiller and wife Mary.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. Services will be held at 54 Country, 400 Gaylord Dr., Fulton, MO 65251 with processional and motorcade to Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. Harley specifically requested that everyone in attendance dress casual and comfortably, and to come prepared to share stories. COVID-19 protocol will be followed for the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Callaway Volunteer Fire Department or the Fire Fighter Memorial in Kingdom City.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 14 to Apr. 18, 2021.

Jane Murdock

Jane Murdock passed away suddenly and peacefully on March 18, 2021, just days shy of her 76th birthday. Following a successful social work career in public welfare in Missouri, Jane moved to Phoenix more than 20 years ago to begin working with Hospice of the Valley as a social worker until her retirement. Prior to moving to Phoenix, Jane lived primarily in Missouri, growing up in Columbia, going to college in Springfield, working in St. Louis and getting her masters degree in social work from Washington University.

Jane was a dedicated musician, moving from the accordion to the French Horn to the guitar. It's been the guitar that formed and informed Jane's music. Calling herself a singer/song interpreter, Jane was well known in folk music circles around the country. She began entertaining while in college, singing every summer in Kimberling City, Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Here in the Valley, Jane performed at Tempe Center for the Arts Walk-In Wednesday, their Artist Showcase, the Laverne and Glendale Folk Festivals, Tucson Folk Festival and Pride celebrations around the State. Jane was a member of AZWIT (now Phoenix Women's Chorus) and of the Valley Women's Ensemble. She was a proud Alto One, as proclaimed on her car's license plate.

In addition to her music, Jane was an active volunteer with the Harp Society, the Black Theater Troupe and was a docent for the Tempe Center for the Arts Art Gallery. Jane also attended Community Church of Hope, and often performed special music for their services.

Jane is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Bonny and Tom Thrower of California and by hundreds of her chosen family and friends around the country. Memorials will be held on Zoom in North Carolina, Missouri, Tucson and Phoenix. Information regarding the memorials will be posted on social media. Her friends and family ask that donations in Jane's name be made to the Tempe Center for the Arts Foundation, Community Church of Hope, the Phoenix Women's Chorus and the Valley Women's Ensemble.

Published on May 07, 2021

Richard Charles Wilson, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at home with his family by his side.

Richard was born in Denison, Texas on December 6, 1944 to Charles and Melba Redding Wilson. The family moved to Franklin, Missouri in 1954 and Columbia, Missouri in 1958. Richard graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went right into the army, where he served active duty and active reserve duty from 1963-1966 as a part of the Army's historic 128th Artillery.

He attended MU for three semesters, then went to work for the United States Post Office in Columbia in 1965, where he worked for 41 years. He married Janet Ballew on October 17, 1969 and they were married over 51 years. They moved to Hallsville, Missouri in 1971. They had two children, Lisa Kathleen Wilson Martin and Gregory Scott Wilson. He was a Christian by choice and a Baptist by preference.

He belonged to Hallsville Baptist Church from 1975-2010, then Heritage Baptist church from 2010-2019 and Calvary Heritage Baptist Church from 2019 to present after Calvary Baptist and Heritage Baptist merged in 2019. He served his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years. He retired as a letter carrier in 2007 and worked as a courier for Boyce & Bynum Labs from 2007-2018, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with Pastor John Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time for the service. Burial will follow the service at Grandview Baptist Cemetery.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Scott Wilson; mother and father-in-law, Elgin and Marie Ballew; sister-in-law, Willowdean Moore Robinson; brothers-in-law: Eugene, Richard and Ronnie Ballew.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and John Martin; grandchildren: Joy, Matthew (Abbey Laws), Grace and Adam Martin; brother, John (Karin) Wilson of San Diego, California; nephew, Ben (Candace) Wilson and their children; brother-in-law, Bill Ballew (Pat); sisters-in-law: Margie (Paul) Van Horn, Kathryn Houston, Dorothy Ballew, Karin Ballew; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be given to the donor’s charity of choice.

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Published on July 06, 2021

Betty Gayle Smith

Columbia - Betty Gayle Smith, 76, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Celebration of Life Service, with Rev. Marci DeVier, will follow at 2:00pm.

Betty Gayle Smith was born on May 16th, 1945, in Boone County, Columbia, MO. She grew up on the family farm on the west side of Columbia. She graduated from David H. Hickman High School with the class of 1963. She went on to attend school at the University of Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Education. She then moved to Houston, TX, where she taught 7th and 8th grade history for six years. She would later attend the University of Houston from 1973-1974, where she received certification in auto insurance. In 1979 she married Raymond Jenkins and in 1980 they had a child, Deidre. In 1984 she divorced and returned to Columbia. From 1974-2003 she worked on and off for various insurance companies such as St Paul Companies, Crawford and Company, self employed as a PCA, Progressive and then Cornerstone Insurance until her stroke in 2003.

After 2003, she volunteered at many local community organizations. She enjoyed being a Lay Chaplain at her church, Unity of Columbia, along with helping programs such as Course of Miracles and Interfaith. She also enjoyed volunteering with Plant a Row for the Hungry Project through the Food Bank, English as a Second Language, at the Columbia Senior Center and Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners. Betty was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved to read, visit with her friends and family, and take lots of amazing photographs. She also loved to travel and has been to Great Britain, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. She had a passion for building and designing labyrinths and peace poles for meditative and healing purposes. She had a tremendous amount of love to share and only wanted peace and happiness in the world.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Beatrice Smith.

She is survived by daughter, Deidre Henry; husband, Matthew; her sister, Joyce Ardrey; her niece, Christine (Jack) Crouch; her great-nieces, Meredith and Katie; great-nephew, Jett and great-great-niece, Parker.

Posted online on August 12, 2021

Jack Palmer

Jack Palmer (1945-2021) 76 years old, went suddenly at his home on August 7, 2021. He is at home now with the Lord that he served faithfully. Jack was born February 21, 1945 to Audrey Palmer and Jack Palmer in Columbia, Mo. Jack was a good-hearted man, and faithful to God, who he loved to talk about. One of his friends described Jack as one of the Lord's favorites. He was a great storyteller and never met a stranger. Jack was also a Gideon.

Jack worked at Benton Homes for 25 years. He is a former Cosmopolitan Club member, a real estate broker, member of Missouri Association of Realtors, owner of Palmer and Associates, and 443- Stop property management company.

Jack is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Palmer; mother, Audrey; and father, Jack.

Jack is survived by wife, Nancy Rebecca Palmer; son, Troy Palmer; Patti Palmer (mother of Troy); daughters, Tiffany Matney and Jennifer Gray; grandsons, Christopher Palmer, Jacob Palmer, Justus Palmer, and Matthew Gray; granddaughter, Sydney Palmer; as well as Rylie and Dreamer, his beloved golden retrievers.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Second Chance 24687 MO-179 Boonville, MO. 65233 (Animal Shelter).

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Published by SCNow on Sep. 2, 2021

JoAnn Denney Fisher passed away Tuesday, August 31st surrounded by her family.

Born on March 21, 1945 in Missouri, JoAnn was the daughter of the late Ida Ilene Tucker Denney and the late Arthur Hugh Denney.

JoAnn is survived by her husband Raymond; daughters Amy Fisher Urquhart and her husband Derick and Carrie Fisher Sherard and her husband Reid; and her four doting grandchildren Catherine Dawes Urquhart, Raymond Fisher Urquhart, Ann Fisher Sherard, and Goodman Tucker Sherard.

JoAnn was a graduate of Hickman High in Columbia, Missouri and of the University of Missouri where she earned a bachelor's of science degree. Growing up in Missouri, JoAnn spent her formative years enjoying the natural beauty of the Blue Springs and Currant River. JoAnn worked as a devoted physical therapist for years prior to she and Raymond opening Fisher Jewelers, Inc. in Florence, South Carolina in 1978. JoAnn loved owning and operating a small family business where she treated all customers and associates like friends and family. Having grown up as a Girl Scout, she later led her two daughters' Girl Scout troops for nearly a decade. Over the years, she made room in her heart and home for many stray dogs and cats. JoAnn loved life in abundance and she always greeted life's adventures, including her multiple cancer diagnoses, with good-humored courage.

The family would like to thank McLeod Hospice for providing compassionate care the past year. The family would also like to thank Mrs. Jannie Green, Ms. Nicky Hickson and Ms. Martha Bell for the love and dedication they provided to JoAnn and Raymond.

A private family service will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The JoAnn Fisher Animal Welfare Fund of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, PO Box 1615 Florence, SC 29503 or The McLeod Health HOPE Fund, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502.

Arrangements are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Published September 9, 2021, by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076

Edward Lee Sutton roared into the world on February 1, 1945 in the great “Show Me State” of Missouri. He departed peacefully at home in Conway, AR on September 8, 2021 for the Kingdom of Heaven to be greeted by Jesus, his beloved mother, Thelma, father, Albert, sisters, Mary and Bonnie, and brother, Bunny. He has also been reunited with Bill and Wanda Srygley, his much loved father in-law and mother-in-law, as well as other departed friends and family.

Ed grew up poor, but with a sense of rare self-reliance that had him picking strawberries during the Summer to pay for shoes in the Fall for the new school year. Known as “Eddie” in his youth, he had a way with people from the beginning– he was class president and was popular in school. While carousing his way through the University of Missouri, he was set up on a blind date with a Stephens College girl, Jeannie Srygley. This was sort of a joke of a set-up, with Eddie having a little bit of a wild reputation and Jeannie being a straight-laced girl, from Arkansas. The spark ignited on that first date to a football game, led to the flame of an enduring love, a 55 year marriage, three daughters, ten grandchildren, and one great grandson-Miles!

Ed’s intelligence was only matched by his humility. Count yourself lucky if he ever accepted a compliment from you! He had an absolute gift with people, and treated everyone he met with dignity and kindness. Ed knew how to make you feel like the most important person, not only in the room, but in the world. He was a natural born salesman, and enjoyed a long and successful career in the corrugated packaging industry. After retiring from Willamette Industries (Weyerhaeuser), Ed owned and managed Interpack, Beaver Pallet and Sutton Trucking in Berryville, Arkansas.

Faith was always an important part of his life. He knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and served faithfully through ministries at Goddard United Methodist Church and Holiday Island Baptist Church. Ed exuded a boundless generosity and helped countless people throughout his life, whether it was lending a hand or anonymously contributing to individuals and worthwhile causes. He possessed a deep love and appreciation of country, and served in the National Guard. If you were blessed to call him a friend, you felt his unwavering love and loyalty.

Words fall far short of describing what he means to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, sisters, extended family and friends. He was a lover of music, a good time, race horses, fishing, puzzles, sports, and laughter. Ed had an endless work ethic and love of learning. As kids, growing up, we thought he knew everything, and, as adults, we became certain of it.

Ed is survived by his cherished wife, Jeannie Sutton; his daughters, who he adored, and sons-in law, who he dearly loved, Stephanie & Glenn Crockett, Leigh & Dan Gillett, and Melanie Sutton & Chris Clausen. Ed’s pride and joy were his grandchildren, and as their “Pops” was proud of every single one: Edward Crockett (Ragan), Grace Walter (Blake), William Crockett, Caroline Crockett, Chris Crockett, Kelli Newsome (Jessi), Kate Gillett Seyman (Mike), John Gillett, Joseph Gillett, and Elizabeth Gillett. Ed is also survived by his beloved sisters, Ozie McCasland (Danny), Sandie Umstattd (Bob), and Chaise Myers, who was like a son to him, along with many treasured family and friends.

We want to extend our gratitude to the following people who provided compassionate care to Ed: Dr. Jonathan Dranoff, Dr. Brad Tilley and staff, Kindred Hospice, HomeWell Care Services, and Conway Fire Station 5.

In accordance with Ed’s wishes and humble nature, there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be made to United Way of Fort Smith Area (120 North 13th Street Fort Smith, AR 72901) and United Way of Central Arkansas (PO Box 489 Conway, AR 72033). Ed’s life will continue to be celebrated by each of us extending kindness to one another.

Cremation under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400

Submitted by Rick's son, Mark Gray.

Rick Gray gave ALS an incredible fight for over 11 years. He passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021.

For our San Diego friends, a memorial service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with a reception following at our home in Lakeside.

For our friends and family in the Kansas City area, a memorial service is scheduled for noon on February 26, 2022. A reception will follow. The service will be at Johnson County Funeral Chapel at 11200 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

As many of you know, my Dad, along with his brother Bruce, was an avid golfer. A memorial scholarship fund at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, was established for Bruce, and my Dad's name has now been added.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Columbia Public Schools
Business Services
C/O Bruce & Rick Gray Scholarship
1818 W. Worley Street
Columbia, MO 65203
(Checks should be made payable to Columbia Public Schools)
Thank you to friends and family, near and far, for all the support you have given us these past 11 years.

Posted online on October 04, 2021

John Hunt

Columbia - John Hunt, age 75, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on September 22, 2021 at Boone Hospital Center. He was born on October 27, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri; a son of Daniel Hunt and Maguerite Ruth Zaring Hunt, and they precede him in death.

He married Marcia Diane Oser Hunt on November 7, 1977 and she survives.

After graduation from Hickman High School, he enlisted in the US Army and training at Fort Leonard Wood. During his tenure in the Army, he was stationed in Germany, Turkey, Berlin, and many other places.

John is survived by his wife Marcia Hunt, a daughter Erica Hunt of Columbia, sons Phillip Hunt of Columbia, Robert Hunt of Casper Wyoming, John L. Hunt and a sister Sonie Robertson of Reno, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Connie Cloud and brother Robert.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Grandview Cemetery in Centralia, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to VFW and Disabled veterans.

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

Posted online on October 02, 2021

Caroline J. Harr

Columbia - Caroline J. Harr, 97, passed away on September 27th. Caroline was christened Caroline Josephine Jaroszewski by her parents Nick and Mary Jaroszewski on February 22nd, 1924. Caroline was born and grew up in rural Ottertail county on a farm near the small town of Dent Minnesota. Times were tough during the depression years and farm chores took priority over education requiring Caroline to attend to her farm chores and discontinue school after the 8th grade. She also began waitressing in a small café where she met her future husband Joe Montgomery. They were married in 1942 and moved to Kansas City and then to Columbia in 1943 settling first on a farm northwest of Columbia and then into town.

Joe started an excavating company and together they started a family raising three boys, William F. (Sandy) Montgomery; George W. (Lynn) Montgomery and Clifford J (Pam) Montgomery. Caroline worked in the construction office doing whatever was needed but included bookkeeping, accounting and quantity takeoffs. After her husband's death in 1969 Caroline ran the company for three more years before selling the equipment at a major machinery auction sale in Columbia.

Caroline met Charles Harr at a Parents without Partners meeting and they subsequently married in 1975 at Caroline's church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Caroline was for many years an avid bowler but had to make way for square dancing where the couple enjoyed 22 years on the dance floor, mostly with the Dudes and Dames, and including many national square dance conventions. They also traveled every year to Minnesota even as Caroline was in her 90's to see her relatives and escape the summer humidity in Missouri. Other travels included trips to Europe and England.

Caroline volunteered at the Wardrobe and also at Sacred Heart church where she was a member for more than 75 years. She was well known for her outstanding quilting, crocheting, basting and knitting skills.

Caroline was preceded in death by Joe and Charles, her parents and two sisters. Survivors include a brother and a sister, her 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held along with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Sacred Heart Church, 105 Waugh St, Columbia, MO 65201 or The Wardrobe, 715 Park Ave, Columbia, MO 65201.

Received from Tammys daughter, Wendy Bellantoni

Tamara Ann Ray, 76, died Oct. 17, 2021, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

She was born May 2, 1945, in Bexar County, Texas, to Girthie Elizabeth Tallmage Page and Dean Page.

Friends and family said she was a loving, devoted wife, mother, aunt and grandma.

They said they would love her always.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly Weller; her parents; sister Chanda Ball; and brother, Dean Page, Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years John Edward Ray; daughter Wendy (Matt) Bellatoni; sons, James Ray, Wesley Ray and Lyn (Debbie) Ray; grandchildren, Brianna, Frankie, Anjelika and Kieran; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Braysen, Caysen, Aubreyella, Josiah, Jaxon, Alaska and Ariella; nieces, Melissa (Dan) Gutowski and their children, Amy Nichols and Sheena McAroy (Richard) Riley; nephews, Cliff (Kim) Selkoe and their children and Ed O’Brien; and a sister, Deannay (Ray) O’Brien.

Memorial services have yet to be determined.

Arrangements were with Science Care Colorado.


Carter Burton, 76, of Columbia, MO, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at the University of Missouri. No services are planned.

Carter J Burton was born October 2, 1945 in Moberly, MO, the son of Jay and Mary Frances Carter Burton. He worked for many years for JC Drywall and was very accomplished at his craft. He loved spending time with his wife white water rafting and he loved spending time with his friends in the “Good Old Boys Club”.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Melissa Counts Burtn, his two daughters Ashley Counts of St. Louis, MO, and Lindsey Mueller (Daniel) of Columbia, MO, one Brother Bob Guthrie (Suzanne) of Columbia, MO, his sister Beverly Carmichael of Boonville, MO, his niece Jennifer Allen of Mexico, MO, his nephew Jeff Carmichael of Boonville, MO his cousin Mary Guthrie and two grandchildren Dawn and Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of HT May & Son Funeral Home.

Posted online on February 08, 2022

Lorene E. Hawkins, 99, of Columbia, MO passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Services will be private for the family.

Lorene was born in Harrisburg, MO on January 9, 1923 to Raymond and Betty (Cunningham) Perrigo. She was united in marriage to Thornton Hawkins on September 25, 1940. He precedes her in death. Lorene worked as a cook for the Columbia Public School system. The most important thing in her life was her family.

Lorene is survived by children, Glenda (Gary) Shipley, Kenneth (Diana) Hawkins, Carol Brown, and Keith (Melinda) Hawkins; eight grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Phyllis; and son in law, N. Wayne Brown.

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In loving memory of Miriam Dyak who peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge on July 20, 2022.
Born on April 24, 1946 in Manhattan, New York, United States
Passed away on July 20, 2022 in Seattle, Washington, United States
For Miriam with love...

We will miss your irrepressible, irreverent, and compassionate presence in our lives. We will miss seeing your ever-present smile and hearing your tinkling laughter. And needless to say, we will miss the sight of your recently-purple hair. You are a true original! And we treasure your unique contributions to our lives.

We have loved your brilliance, your non-judgmental appreciation of the depth and complexity of the human experience (including your own), and your keen observations of the many deep contradictions within each of us. You remained sunny and optimistic, but never without an awareness of the contrasting dark side. And you were able to describe your multifaceted observations clearly and elegantly – but always with the soul of a poet.

We are grateful for the rich body of work you leave behind: your poetry, your esoteric writings, your feminist and political writings, and your Voice Dialogue teachings, books and articles. I’m so glad that the Miriam’s Memorial Fund has been created to honor you and move your work forward.

From your earliest years in Greece to your final years in Washington, your fearless journey has been one of exploration, observation, and great creativity. We wish you a fascinating continuation of this journey in the new realms on the other side of the rainbow bridge. You’re an extraordinary being - may you fly joyfully and free!

Sidra Stone
Those who know and love Miriam can attest to her unwavering commitment to her husband Richard, and to her family, friends, and her work in the world as a counselor, author, artist, and poet. Her beautiful soul, brilliant mind, generous heart, and Mother Bear nature has touched many of us and will continue to do so for generations to come.

This online memorial is intended to support a healthy grieving process for all of us; to connect with others who loved Miriam, and to share what Miriam meant to you.

Please scroll down to leave a tribute to Miriam; upload photos, video, or audios to the Gallery tab above; or add a memory of Miriam in the Stories tab.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund is being set up for donations to support the continuation of Miriam’s work: the completion and publication of The Voice Dialogue Facilitators Handbook Part 2 and future scholarships for those attending trainings developed by Miriam in collaboration with Cassandra Cosme DePree of the Voice Dialogue Institute.

Please check back to this site. Once Miriam’s Memorial Fund is established contribution information will be posted here. Memorial Service Information will also be posted, and notices will be sent out once it is planned.

Thank you for love and light, and for contributing.

Posted online on December 11, 2022

John T Barnes III (Jay) passed away on July 31, 2022 in Sedona, Arizona.

His wife, Shirley J (Bigham) Barnes passed away on October 15, 2022.

John is survived by a brother, Bob. Shirley is survived by a brother, Robert and sister, Patty Loper. The couple is also survived by multiple nephews and nieces.

The couple were truly devoted to each other and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 13th.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Humane Society of Sedona 2115 Shelby, Sedona, AZ 86336.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

John William McBaine Jr.
MAY 3, 1945 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2022

Obituary of John William McBaine Jr.
IN THE CARE OF Serenity Funeral Home & Serenity Gardens Memorial Park

Johnnie W. McBaine Jr. died at home September 3rd, 2022 surrounded by family after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He is survived by his children Marci, Johnnie Ill, Christopher, Kelly, and Craig. His loving wife, Carole, passed away in 2010.

John had an amazing career with General Motors in Flint, MI that spanned four decades. Once retired from General Motors, he relocated with his family to Largo, FL in 2000.

He loved to golf and play softball. He was active in various leagues around Pinellas county.

He will be missed greatly and loved always.

May God bless him and rest in peace.

Services will be held at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL 33774 on Friday September 9th, 2022. Johnnie's visitation will be held from 10-11am, his funeral service will begin at 11am, with a graveside to follow at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park.

Posted online on September 22, 2022

Sharon Reed Bosch, 76, of Columbia, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until time for the service. A private family burial will follow the service at Dripping Spring Cemetery.

Sharon was born December 3, 1945, in Boone County, to the late Howard Dell “Punk” and Virginia “Lucille” (Level) Reed. She lived her entire life in Boone County and was a 1963 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. She was employed with the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics and Columbia Regional Hospital as a Nurse-Certified Medical Tech for 30 years. She also worked for Stephens College.

Sharon loved to entertain, having card parties and parties for her grandchildren, their friends and neighborhood children. She loved her dogs, but most of all loved spending time with family.

Sharon is survived by her son, Jerry G. Cockrell, Jr. (April) of Columbia; three step daughters,

Paula Wager (Brian) of Columbia, Karen Berger (Justin) of Rolla, Tammy Back (Kenneth) of Rolla; brother, Gene Reed (Jean “Dede”) of Columbia; sisters, Gloria Reed Ewens and Ruth “Ann” Reed Shaon, both of Hallsville; grandchildren, Katelyn Dawn Cockrell Smith (Nathan) and Kortney Lynn Cockrell (Matthew McFall) and step-grandchildren, Ashley Wager Turley (Ross), Matthew Wager (Kali), Haley Owens, Wyatt Owens, Bridgett Owens, Henry Berger, Gracie Berger, Ivy Berger and Aiden Back; great grandchildren, Everett Wager and Maysen Smith and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by sister, Anna Mae Reed and brother, Bobby Dell Reed.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at

Posted online on October 21, 2022

R. Blair Long, 76, of Stoutsville, Missouri, passed away on October 18, 2022 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was born December 17, 1945, near Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, to Rufus Long and Ethel Davies Long. When Blair was six months old he moved with the family to Boone County where he resided for several decades.

Blair graduated from Hallsville High School in 1966 and, soon after, married Sue Baugh Long and started a family. He worked for 3M Company in Columbia for 26 years, retiring in 1996. During those years he also raised cattle, horses, sheep and hogs on the family farm near Hallsville. In retirement, and after divorcing and moving to Monroe County, he continued to help neighbors farm. He also bought property in North Dakota and helped area farmers there with planting and harvesting for several years. He later married Jill Quade.

Blair loved horseback riding much of his life, and especially looked forward to trail rides with friends in Eminence, Missouri, and Rudolf Bennitt Wildlife Area in Howard County. Farming, horses and good friends enriched his life.

Survivors include two sons, Matt Long of Centralia and his friend Cassie Gray, and Marc Long and wife Lisa of Yankton, S.D.; grandchildren Ruby Long of Hallsville, Alex Long and wife Haley Canaday of Columbia, and Andrew Long of Hallsville; brothers, Ross Long and wife Mary of Centralia, David Long and wife Vicki of Centralia, sister Florence Nelson and husband Larry of Centralia, and sister-in-law Vicki Long of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dean Long, and a sister, Rita Long.

At Blair’s request he will be cremated and no services will be held. A gathering to remember Blair and his famous sayings will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Spirit Hall, Knights of Columbus, 20650 Highway 124, Centralia.

Posted online on October 28, 2022

Sehon Williams, Jr., passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Born July 29, 1922, to Sehon Williams Sr. and Effie Eubanks Williams, Sehon was a lifelong resident of Columbia. He graduated from Fredrick Douglass High School and attended Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO. prior to being drafted into the United States Army during World War II.

From 1941 to 1945, Sehon served in the 92nd Infantry Division, commonly known as the Buffalo Soldiers, with a tour of duty in Italy. From 1945 to 1958 he worked as a Spotter for Dorn Cloney Laundry and Cleaning. From 1958 to 1991 he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as an Account Representative.

Sehon married Dora Ozelia Coates on September 8, 1942. This union lasted 58 years and 9 months and produced six children, Senora, Bobbia, Larry, Ronald, Sandra, and Terry.

Active in the community, Sehon served on the Human Rights Commission, was a member of the Two Hundred Year Bicentennial Commission, the Minority Men’s Network Community Scholarship Board, a member of the NAACP, a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, and a member of the Board of Directors, U. S. Postal Service Advisory Board, Mayor’s Task Force on Solid Waste, the Noble Court Neighborhood Association, Lay Member of the Paula J. Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging and member of the Sharp End Committee. Sehon was a dedicated and life member of the historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. His favorite music was jazz, he loved the blues, and he enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. The Minority Men’s Network sponsors a Sehon Williams Jr. Heritage Scholarship for a deserving graduate of Frederick Douglass High School annually.

Sehon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers Wolf, Claude, and Victor, and a sister, Maudela, a son Terry Lamont and a daughter Sandra Lee Taylor. He leaves to cherish his memory his two daughters, Senora Mae Christopher (William Sr.), of Oklahoma City and Bobbia Banton of Indianapolis, and two sons, Larry Sehon Williams of Columbia, and Ronald Q. Williams (Gilda) of Indianapolis, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren, cherished friends and neighbors who have been so supportive over the years.

Funeral Services will be held November 2, 2022, at the 2nd Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO., with viewing from 10 am to 12 pm and a closed casket service from 12 pm to 1 pm at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. William Christopher Jr., eldest grandson, officiant. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at

Posted online on November 03, 2022

Surrounded by loved ones, Charles R. Patrick, age 98, peacefully passed away in his Blue Springs, Missouri home on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

Born on June 7, 1924, in Columbia, Missouri to Milton and Myrtle Patrick, Charles was the second born of 10 children. As a young boy, he and his family were members of Mt. Celestial Baptist Church where Charles accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.

A true servant at heart, Charles went on to defend the United States of America during World War II and the Korean War as a member in multiple military branches. From 1944 – 1946 he served in the Navy followed by 2 years in the Marine Corps from 1953 – 1955. After receiving an honorable discharge, Charles later retired from the Boone County Courthouse where he proudly worked as a certified custodian for many years.

Charles was blessed with a large and loving family. On October 5, 1985, Charles married his best friend and soul mate, Carrie Lou Gregory. When he wasn’t caring for his family or watching one of his favorite TV shows, you could find Charles on a nearby dance floor jigging to some Rhythm and Blues with his beautiful wife by his side.

A man of honor and humility, Charles Patrick went out of his way to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He devoted his life to his family and friends and was graced with 98 abundant years of life to bear witness to the fruit of his labor in the five generations that followed him.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Myrtle Patrick; his beautiful wife of 37 years, Carrie Patrick; six brothers James Patrick, Lewis Patrick, Howard Lee Patrick, Robert Patrick, Raymond Patrick, and Carl Richard Patrick; two sons Phillip Robinson and Nathaniel Gregory; one daughter Regina Robinson; one grandson Phillip Dawson; two great grandsons Charles M. Bowers and Tedarrian Robinson.

Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his five children, Delores Ann Bowers (KCMO); Barbara Smith (KCMO); Tyrone Robinson (MaryAnn) Great Falls, MT; Tonette Lawson (Columbia, MO); and Crystal Gregory (KCMO); two brothers Milton Patrick (Norma) Columbia, MO and Floyd Patrick (Jennie) Fayette, MO; one sister Barbara Jean Patrick (Boonville, MO); 23 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; 71 great great grandchildren; 4 great great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Charles Patrick was a rare man in a class all by himself. He was adored by everyone who was blessed to experience life with him. His steady, steadfast, and abounding love provided security and certainty in an unpredictable world. Like dew in the morning, the memory of Charles R. Patrick will forever rest in our hearts.

Friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia, Missouri. Funeral service will be held immediately following at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia, Missouri. Interment with full military honors will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at

Posted online on December 19, 2022

Thomas Woodson Crane, 80 years old. of Columbia passed away at his home December 19, 2022. He was born February 19, 1942, in Boone County the son of John and Iva Dunn Crane. He married Judy Perkins on May 18, 1961 and she survives. Tom retired from City Water & Light in Columbia as a foreman. He was a member of Nashville Baptist Church, Englewood Coon Hunters Club. He loved his family and his animals

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm Robinson Funeral Home on December 21, 2022. Burial will follow in Nashville Cemetery, visitation will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 prior to funeral.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; his daughters, Marjorie Beam, Teresa Crane and Becky (Gary) Lewis; one brother, Mel (Martha) Crane; one sister, Ruby Dean Marsden; his grandchildren, Danielle (Justin) Cook, Jonathan Mings, Alorie Beam, Cameron Brandkamp, Ashley (Christian) Follin; great grandchildren, Lucas, Kate, Wayne, Haven, Addie, Mason, Zailey, Mackenzi and Deklan.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Joe Paul and Earl ; his sisters, Margaret and Kathryne and Bessie

In lieu of flowers, Memorial to Nashville Cemetery in care of the family.

OCTOBER 6, 1947 – FEBRUARY 22, 2023

Obituary of Glenda Kaye Sapp

IN THE CARE OF, Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Glenda Kaye (Glass) Sapp, age 75, of Rocheport, passed away on February 22, 2023 at University Hospital in Columbia.

Glenda was born October 6, 1947 to Bob and Kathleen Glass in Columbia, Missouri. Glenda graduated from Hickman High School in 1965 and married her husband, Terry Sapp, March 6, 1965. She worked as a bookkeeper most of her life for the family construction business and in her spare time ran Good Time Country from 1976 – 1989, where she spent many fun Saturday nights. Glenda was outgoing, fun-loving, and always up for a game of cards, a trip to the Amish, or a weekend at the lake before her debilitating stroke in December 2018. Her husband, Terry, took loving care of her in the years after her stroke and was by her side until the end.

Glenda is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Terry; her daughter Denise Nelson (Rick) of Columbia; son Nathan Sapp (Anjee) of Columbia; three grandchildren, Nicholas Nelson, Brittany Nelson, and Talon Sapp. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Kathleen Glass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, which was special to Glenda.

Private services and interment will take place at Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Park Cemetery of Columbia.

Posted online on March 08, 2023

Lawrence Gerald "Jerry" Mathis lived a great life. Born September 17, 1942 and died peacefully at home on March 3, 2023. He never met a stranger, and he cared fiercely for those he loved.

He was born in Mexico, MO and raised in Sturgeon. He moved to Columbia with his family when he was a sophomore in high school, and graduated from Hickman High. To the day of his death he cherished many friendships from high school. He was a distance runner for the Mizzou track team in college where he earned a BS; later he earned a Master's degree from Iowa State University. He was in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. He later earned his Master's in Social Work which is where he spent most of his professional career.

He is survived by his brother, Jerome Mathis, ex-wives Kit Williamson and Sharie del Rio; daughters Liz Boyles (Diego Heras) and Anise Foster; grandchildren Caleb (Sonia) Boyles, Bekah (Andre) Alger, Noah (McKenna) Boyles, Zach Boyles, Avery Foster, and Gus Foster; and great grandchildren, Sovereign and Bodhi Boyles, Jeremiah and Isaiah Alger, Krew and Kove Boyles. He was preceded in death by his dad, Eldred Mathis, son-in-law, Brett Foster, mother, Lola (Winn) Mathis, and wife Sally Mathis.

Jerry was an avid golfer, often commenting that work was the paycheck, but golf was life. He was passionate about everything Mizzou, but most recently, he supported and focused on Mizzou softball.

Jerry's memorial will be July 1st, at Gustin Golf Course. His family will be holding a golf scramble in the morning in his honor with a celebration of life service following at 1:00. Donations can be made to Mizzou Softball in Jerry's honor.

Posted online on March 10, 2023

Betsey Jones passed away on the evening of March 1, 2023, in home hospice care after valiantly fighting ovarian cancer for six months.

An informal celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Parker-Millard Funeral Home, 12 East Ash St., in Columbia. Smart casual attire is preferred.

Betsey was a funny and witty daughter, sister, wife, mother, professional secretary, friend, volunteer, and loving grandmother.

She was born in Bloomington, Indiana on October 4, 1947, to Edmond and Betty (Sutphin) Bruner. Her father, a Marine veteran who took part in the Guadalcanal campaign (receiving a battlefield commission), was going to school on the G.I. Bill at Indiana University when she was born. Both Edmond and his wife, Betty, were natives of Bloomington and had been high school classmates.

Tragedy struck in 1955 when her father died of heart problems when Betsey was 8 years old. Luckily, she and her older brother, Michael, had a strong mother and her Sutphin grandparents to shepherd them through the crisis. Her mother married Joseph M. Wood in 1957 and they moved to Columbia where Joe taught at the University of Missouri. She attended Hickman High School and received an Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in 1972.

On December 26, 1971, she married Conway Jones, a fellow Hickman classmate, after a courtship of 4 months. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, he had happened to notice her name as attending Stephens College in the newspaper and called her for a date. To this union was born Benjamin Wood Jones, their only child.

Like her mother, Betsey pursued a career as a secretary and administrative assistant. She worked at Stephens College for 12 years first in the History and Social Science Department and then the Art & Fashion Department. She then worked for the Columbia Public Schools for 17 years. For 10 of those years, she was the principal’s secretary at Rock Bridge High School. She also worked at the Rock Bridge High School Media Center, the Columbia Area Career Center, and Douglass High School.

In retirement, she was a volunteer with the Friends of the Library serving as their treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri working as a volunteer at the Upscale Retail Shop. She also enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong with her friends.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Conway; their son, Benjamin (Susan) Jones and their children, Roger and Warren of Kansas City, Missouri; and her brother, Michael (Donna) Bruner and their children, Nola Bruner and Franny (Briant) Nickens of St. Louis, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

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

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March 21, 2023 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Posted online on May 01, 2023

Randall Brown Johnston, an accomplished attorney, music lover and devoted husband passed away from prostate cancer on March 28, 2023, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife Gabriele McCown and her daughter Colleen and his children, Tricia Flesner and Shan Rich and three grandchildren, as well as sisters Lynn Benson (Jack) of Leawood, Kansas; Grace Elder (Ron) of Columbia, Missouri; and brother Phil Johnston (Leslie) of Alamo, California; and six nieces and nephews.

Born on May 20th, 1948, in New Jersey, Randall's parents relocated the family to Columbia, Missouri, in 1951. His father, Lennie P. Johnston grew up in Columbia where he met his wife, Mary Lee (Prunty) Johnston. Randall's father, Lennie P., joined his father, Lennie D. Johnston, in the family paint and wallpaper business.

Randall learned to play saxophone, his father's musical instrument, and participated in basketball, baseball and golf growing up. He assisted his maternal Grandfather, Dr. Merle C. Prunty, by working in his large garden. In conversations with his grandfather, Randall developed interest in philosophy, religion, and literature. This influenced his decision to major in philosophy. He also worked summers in construction developing skills in building and remodeling. He later taught his son, Shan, his craft, and Shan later made construction his life-long profession.

After graduating prep school from Mount Hermon in Northfield, Massachusetts, Randall attended UC Berkeley graduating with a bachelor's in philosophy in 1971. He attended law school at University of San Francisco for three semesters before returning to Columbia in 1973. He launched Johnston Audio and married Roxanne Reed in 1980. He later sold his audio business to D&M Sound and returned to law school at the University of Missouri graduating in 1986. He then served as Callaway County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney before building a successful law practice.

In 2002, Randall married Gabriele McCown, an occupational therapist for Columbia Public Schools. Gabriele is now retired and still resides in Columbia.

Randall shared his family's passion for Missouri Tiger football and basketball. He enjoyed listening to a wide range of music including classical, jazz and classic rock. He had an excellent wine tasting palate and enjoyed sharing wine with his friends.

He was very active in public service including roles in the community as vestry member at Calvary Episcopal Church, board of Salvation Army, board of Mareck Center for Dance, and president of Boone County Bar Association.

A celebration of his life will be held at Country Club of Missouri on May 27th, from 4-6pm. In his memory, in lieu of flowers, Randall and his family request that donations be made to Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center at 1509 Hinkson Avenue, Columbia MO, 65201,, or an organization of choice.

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Sharon Sue Lay, age 77, of League City, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride!” Hunter S. Thompson

One of Sharon’s favorite quotes and she lived it! Nobody loved and lived life more than Sharon. She was a giant force of nature in a petite frame. Sharon’s energy lit up a room, with contagious laughter and relentless positive attitude – all who knew her, loved her.

Sharon was born on October 8, 1945 in Rush Hill, MO to Omer and Ruth Lay. A humble upbringing was rich in love, laughter, song, faith and Ruth’s delicious fried chicken. Sharon was the third child to Omer and Ruth following siblings Bonnie and Ken. Sharon’s family was a source of strength and comfort and Sharon always brought the joy of life to her brother and sister, even in tumultuous times. Sharon was a graduate of Hickman High School (where she was a human cannonball!) and of the University of Missouri with a major in Drama and Music – of course!

The family and extended family spent holidays in Omer and Ruth’s home gathered around the piano singing carols and hymns late into the evening. The family was tight to the end, celebrating the life of each as they passed knowing they would all reunite one day in the kingdom of Heaven – where Sharon now joins them for a celebration unlike any other!

An avid sailor – Sharon raced her Orient Express throughout the Gulf Coast – one time even through a hurricane where her boom broke. The sailing and boating community was an extended family to Sharon whether in Houston, Coconut Grove, the Bahamas or wherever her boat may have taken her, much of it shared with the love her of her life, Joe Ellis.

Joe and Sharon met in 2000 and were married shortly after. They enjoyed many adventures together; boating in the Bahamas and the coasts of America, traveling, watching polo in Houston and in South America, and many, many family gatherings and parties. Joe was by his “sweetheart’s” side until the very end with loving care.

Sharon was an accomplished businesswoman – converting her love of travel to a successful travel agency. After traveling the world – Sharon made a second home for herself, family and friends in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Her house in Uruguay was always full of friends from around the world – Asados would last hours with delicious food, wine and best of all – conversation. Not to anyone’s surprise, Sharon bought land near her house and developed a beautiful vineyard where her Cuatro Caballos wine received awards and accolades.

As Alzheimer’s disease took a toll on Sharon over the past few years, she still maintained her wit, enthusiasm and a sparkle in her eye. The loss of Sharon is a loss to so many – while she lived large, she loved even larger. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Joe Ellis, her bonus children, Dee Dee and Eric and their children, Zoie, Megan and Parker. In addition, Sharon is survived by her nieces and nephews, Liz Lay, Mark Lay, Mary Elizabeth Bourne, Michael Bourne and John Bourne and their families. It cannot go without saying, she is survived by countless friends across the globe who loved her dearly and mourn the loss of this beautiful person who impacted so many. Sharon’s wish for her family and friends is her favorite toast: “Salud, pesetas y amore y tiempo para gozarlos!”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s such as the Alzheimer’s Association.

Posted online on April 14, 2023

Christine (Wonneman) Levi, 81, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2023. She was born in Audrain County, Mexico, MO, on December 7, 1941, one hour before Pearl Harbor was bombed in World War II. Her parents, Forrest Audrain Wonneman and Virginia (Kellerhals) Wonneman, each instilled in her two passions. Her father gave her the love of the outdoors, gardening, sports, and athletics. Her mother inspired her desire to learn and teach.

Chris graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, MO, in 1959, followed by degrees at Stephens College in 1961 and the University of Missouri (physical education) in 1963. She completed her Master's degree in physical education in 1971, also at the University of Missouri. As a Mizzou student athlete she set the women's javelin record which stood for 35 years, and played for Mizzou on the women's tennis and field hockey teams. She taught physical education at Stephens College, and also at the University of Missouri. At both institutions she coached women's athletics in volleyball, basketball, field hockey, archery, billiards, and riflery.

At Stephens College - a women's school - 10 women were selected annually for representing one of the school's 10 Ideals. Chris was selected as most representative of the Service Ideal. She lived her life with service as her guiding principle. She volunteered through Girl Scouts leading numerous camping excursions in the Missouri area, as well as directing the Lake of the Ozarks Girl Scout Camp. Her service to Girl Scouts did not end until her daughters both aged out of the program. At the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby, KS, and the Stockton Missouri United Methodist Church, she was a leader in the United Methodist Women organization. She also supported women's higher education through the Stockton, MO, PEO chapter.

Chris was preceded in death by her daughter, Stacy Lynn (Levi) Watson, her brother Carl Wonneman, and both her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don Levi of Stockton, MO, her daughter Kelly (Levi) Sartorius of Lawrence, KS, her brother Forrest "Jack" Wonneman of Columbia, MO, and three grandchildren, Drake Watson and Lauren Watson both of Memphis, TN, and Jonathan "Jack" Sartorius of Lawrence, KS.

Her celebration of life funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 21st at the Stockton United Methodist Church. Flowers may be sent to the Brumback Funeral Home in Stockton, MO. The family requests that any memorial gifts support the Stockton United Methodist Church Creation Care Ministry which houses the Go Green Team, and the Pollinator Garden - both of which Chris supported with her philanthropy and her service.
Submitted by Susan written by her daughter Sarah

Dorothy Llewellyn Rodgers, M.D.
August 25, 1923 - April 16, 2023

Dr. Dorothy “Dottie” Llewellyn Rodgers passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 16, 2023 in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was 99 years old.

Dottie was born Dorothy Anne Llewellyn on August 25,1923 in Kashmir, India, where her parents were serving as Presbyterian missionaries. She attended boarding school at Woodstock School in India from 1930-1939. While at Woodstock she played piano and many sports, including hockey and badminton. She graduated at age16 and came to the United States via a five week boat trip.

Dorothy went to Western College in Ohio for one year, then transferred to West Virginia University, where she graduated in 1943 with a BA. She played basketball during college, was in premedical and womens’ honoraries, was president of her sorority, and was active in the YWCA. She received her medical degree from Washington University in 1950, where she was one of six women in her class of 106. She completed Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at St. Louis Maternity and Jewish Hospitals in St Louis, Missouri.

Dottie met her husband Elrie Parker Rodgers in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1941. They wed on June 26, 1943 and remained married until his death in 1985. He, too, was a physician.

In 1955, Dr. Rodgers opened a private practice in Columbia, Missouri. At the time she was one of only two female physicians practicing in Columbia. She took a pause from her professional career in 1956 to stay at home with her three children - soon to become five! During this time she volunteered for La Leche and as the Health Chair for the PTA. She also served on the Boone County Task Force against Sexual Assault. She lobbied for progressive obstetric initiatives such as local anesthesia for childbirth and rooming-in for newborns.

Dr. Rodgers returned to the medical profession fifteen years later, when she was almost 50. After working at the Cancer Research Center, Planned Parenthood, and Stephens College, she found her professional passion in Student Health Services. Dr. Rodgers founded the gynecology clinic at the University of Missouri-Columbia Student Health Services, and served as Head of Gynecology from 1975-1990. She created and taught a protocol for treating sexual assault victims, entitled “Sexual Assault: Empathetic, Immediate, and Proper Care of the Victim.” She also volunteered at the Abuse, Assault, and Rape Crisis center. She taught at the University as an associate professor until 1996.

Dorothy retired at the age of 73. She moved to California in 2000, where she enjoyed gardening, water aerobics, tai chi, and romance. She remained involved in her community, volunteering at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital and Rotary International. Dottie traveled and remained very physically active well into her 80’s.

In 2011 she moved to Bloomington, Indiana, near her daughter Susan. Everywhere Dottie lived, she seemed to collect close friends and admirers who kept in touch with her throughout her life. In 2017 she moved to Maryland, where she spent her final years at Sunrise Senior Living in Silver Spring. While at Sunrise, Dottie enjoyed frequent visits from local family. During her first several years there, she was an active participant in a writing club and a knitting club, and she persuaded the director to create a program in which she could regularly read books aloud to local school children. Dottie continued to read voraciously, and to record her daily activities meticulously, until her very last few years.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, Eleanore and Frank Llewellyn; husband, Elrie Parker Rodgers; daughter, Ann Elizabeth Rodgers; life partners, Oliver Harwood and Richard Wilson; and sons-in-law, Dennis McGreer and Sean Strickland.

She is survived by four of her children: Susan (Michael, Dennis), Kathy, David (Carol), and Mary (Sean); her seven grandchildren: Sarah (Krista, Mary), Deborah (Andrés), Daniel (Kelsie), Iris, Titus, Hannah (Kyle), and Lydia; and her six great grandchildren: Parker, Nicolai, Jackson, Alexis, Kai, and Remi. Remarkably, all six great grandchildren were together with Dottie just three weeks before she died.

Dr. Dorothy Rodgers strongly believed in the importance of increasing educational and professional opportunities for women worldwide. She loved learning about the backgrounds of people she met. She read A.A. Milne, medical newsletters, and mystery novels. She had a deep appreciation for nature. She enjoyed mango lassis, garam chai, and hot cocoa. She was polite yet opinionated; deferential yet assertive. She was exceptionally accepting and supportive of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered as a charming, determined, intelligent woman with a flower in her hair.

At Dottie’s request, her body has been donated for medical education. There will not be a public memorial gathering at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the American Association of University Women, Heifer International, or a charity of your choice.

Submitted by Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 North Garth Avenue, Columbia MO 65202

William R. (Bub) Clayborne, 81, a resident of Columbia, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023, at Boone Hospital Center.

William was born on August 10, 1941, in Stephens Store (Callaway County), Missouri. The son of Ruben and Gladys (Sallee) Clayborne.

William went to Douglass High School, where he was a star on the football field and basketball court, as well as serving as the student government president.

In 1965, William married Lula Marie Minor, his forever best friend of 58 years. He worked at the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 35 years of carrying mail. During his free time, he could be found rooting for the Minnesota Vikings on Sundays or cheering on the beloved Boston Celtics. Upon retirement, he knew he didn't want to stop working. So he practiced his favorite motto "Be the captain of your own ship", finding him a new retirement gig at Landmark Bank in the mail room. Where he went on to work for 19 years.

William was a great father, an outstanding husband, a loyal friend, and confidant to many. He had a way of always having the right thing to say at the right time. Always giving you some kind of lesson. Of course, there was always a sports reference attached to the information.

He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his wife, Lula Marie (Minor) Clayborne of Columbia; three daughters, Myra Clayborne Cason of Columbia, Twila Clayborne (Walls) and husband Sylvester of Columbia, and Tracy Clayborne of Charlotte, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Tarron Cason, John Cason, Irving Cason, Trasha Clayborne, and Darius Walls; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Wilkerson of Aurora, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Anna Clayborne, Roy Clayborne, and Helen Clayborne Sheley; one grandson, Tershawn E. Kitchen

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Carl Chaney, Harold Chaney Jr., Darren Chaney, John Chaney, Michael Chaney, Aaron Sheley, David Sheley, and Roy Stephens. Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin Clayborne, Rodney Sheley, Dale Sheley, and Darius Walls.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Ballenger officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral service, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Following the service, William will be laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Clayborne Family.

Posted online on October 04, 2023

Norman "Dale" Holman, age 78, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Dale was born February 16, 1945, in Texas to parents, Norman and Elsie Afton (Brown) Holman. He graduated from Hickman High School and became a master technician at Perry Nissan. August 16, 1991, Dale and Cheryl Sue (Shettlesworth) were married. Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the shooting range.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his step-daughter, Catheryn Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, children: Michael (Tammy) Holman and Travis (Teresa) Perkins, grandchildren: Rachel, Amanda, Sarah, Amber, Devon and five great-grandchildren, sister: Mary Rini and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for Dale will be held Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, Missouri 65202.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Posted online on October 22, 2023

Karen Gay Harris Howard, was born May 12, 1945 to William Coe and Cora Payne Harris. Lived 78 years, 5 months, and 5 days. She passed from this life on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

Her purpose in life was to love unconditionally and mentor. You may have come to know her from one of her father's churches, at school in Columbia, Moberly or Ashland, a church she attended, playing piano for church, weddings, or funerals, the University of Missouri where she worked 28 years, Stretch 'n Sew Fabrics, Maupin Funeral Home, Soul Sentiments Scrapbook cottage - or been in front of her in line at the grocery store, in an elevator, or eating out somewhere. Like her father, she never met a stranger.

While she never had biological children, she collected them and kept up with their lives. You all know who you are - each very special and loved.

She was married to Billie George Martin, Delbert Eugene Howard, and Lloyd Harley Barrow.

Her parents had 2 other daughters, Glee (Dale) Ross and Coellette (Richard) Jorgensen. The rest of her family includes their descendants and other dear ones added through long time close friendships. Again, you know who you are and that she loved you.

At her request there will be no formal services. Her body, which had endured the chronic pain and many other side effects of Post Polio Syndrome, as well as a mixture of other interesting conditions, was donated to the University of Missouri Medical School for research and cared for by the Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. Its final resting place will be the Auxvasse Cemetery.

Instead of formal services, she asks that you have gatherings of your circles of friends, tell stories about this person who loved to laugh, seriously discuss (in the words of poet Mary Oliver) "WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE?", and eat. She loved food events.

Instead of memorials, she asks that you use the money for a cause dear to your heart, or plant trees, or buy real hardback books for yourself or to give to a child. Then spend some time alone with yourself, journaling, listening to beautiful music, experiencing nature, listening to your heart, and listening for God to speak to you.

The two most important things in Karen's life were her faith through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and her prayer life. If you haven't experienced that in your own life - or have let it slip away - find it at a church near you.

Her last request is that you examine your relationships with family and friends. If there is any discord or bitterness in your heart, seek reconciliation immediately. Forgive or ask to be forgiven.

Then her life as we know it here will not have been wasted. Live in the present, mindful of each moment's beauty and joy.

Love unconditionally. KGH

Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Kenneth “Joe” Wade, 78, of Columbia passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at his home. A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be conducted on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will take place at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Joe was born on November 11, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri the son of Robert Austin Wade and Amy Oleta (Stone) Wade. He graduated from David H Hickman High School and Columbia College. He served his country in Vietnam in the US Army. On August 8, 1969 he was united in marriage to Nancy Fisher who survives at their home.

Joe had a successful career with State Farm Insurance Company in agency training. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and just about anything outdoors. He was proud of his ten-acre grove of walnut and pecan trees. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy; their children: Patrick (Patricia) Wade of Wentzville; Krista (Matt) Blansett of Auxvasse; two grandchildren: Macyn & Ryan; his brothers: Dale (Betty) Wade; Russell (LaVerne) Wade; Dennis (Vickie) Wade; his sisters: Glenda Stahl; Florine (Bob) Jenkins; Barbara (Bill) Wehmeyer; Cindy Spires (Bobby) and a host of nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Vernon Wade and one sister: Fay Hopper.

Memorials in Joe’s honor may be made to Coyote Hill at or mailed in care of the funeral home.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Posted online on December 29, 2023

John Allen Brown

5/17/1945 – 12/22/2023

John Brown, 78, of Columbia, passed away Friday, December 22, 2023 while in Independence, MO. Visitation will be from 10-11am, Wednesday, January 3rd at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Masonic service will immediately precede the funeral service at 11am, and burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

John was born May 17, 1945 in Columbia, MO to Melton and Mildred Williamson Brown. In 1963, he graduated from Hickman High School. He attended a trade school in St. Louis, MO where he studied welding and pipe fitting. He then worked the next 50 years as a Union Pipefitter before his retirement. On January 11, 1990, he Married Karen Sue Brown in Fulton, and she preceded him in death in August 2017. He and Karen enjoyed going to estate sales and gun shows together, as well as spending time at the lake in their cabin. They most enjoyed spending time together with their friends and family. John also enjoyed hunting, and was a life-time member of the NRA. He also served many years as a Mason and was a member of Union 562 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

He is survived by his children, Michele (Brad) Bates of Johnstown, CO, Michelle (Mike) McGhee of Kingdom City, Keith Miller of Columbia, Susan Brown of Chesterfield, and Stephane (Mark) Howard of Mason, Michigan; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Kate) Karnik, Kayla (Grant) Christensen, Josh Gotfried, Owen Gotfried, Thomas Brown, Aiden Brown, Caleb Howard, Anneliese Howard, and Elaine Miller; six great-grandchildren, Jax, Liam, and Nash Christensen, and Kristin, Eliana, and Charlotte Karnik; sisters, Cheri (Pat) Wilson of Millersburg and Bobbi Brown of Yuma, AZ; a sister-in-law, Carla Brown of Eagle Point, OR; a dear friend, Eddie Hutchison, several nieces and nephews, and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Karen Sue Brown; two brothers, Joel and Andy Brown, and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at Memorial Funeral Home.

Submitted by,SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin MO

James (Jay) Savage Spangler III, aged 78, of St Louis County, passed away in his home on January 3, 2024. Born in Kansas City, MO on March 4, 1945, Jay is survived by his loving wife Patricia (nee Schmidt), sons James Spangler IV (Jeannie) and Tom Spangler (Melissa), cherished granddaughter Morgan, as well as his brothers Klein Spangler (Pam) and Danny Spangler (Marty), and his many friends and family. Jay was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Tull (Hamlin) and father, James S Spangler II (Billie Mae).

Jay was a 1963 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, MO and recently attended his 60th high school reunion. His early love of sports would inspire his lifelong passion for collegiate football, as an avid fan of the Mizzou Tigers. Jay was also a member of the Clinton, Missouri Elks Lodge #1034. Having been employed in the railroad industry for 33 years, Jay retired in 2000 from Norfolk Southern as a National Account Manager. During his time with Norfolk Southern, Jay served multiple terms as the President of the St Louis Rail Sales organization, and also served on many Transportation Club boards. Jay and Pat lived in several cities during Jay’s time with the railroad, including Kansas City, Cleveland, Decatur, and New Orleans, before settling in St Louis. Of the many cities they lived in, Jay and Pat have always had very fond memories of their time in New Orleans. Jay served as a Krewe member with the Krewe of Centurions for several Mardi Gras seasons. He was installed as King Centurion XXXIV for the 2013 Mardi Gras season, and regally presided over that year’s Mardi Gras festivities. Having married the love of his life in 1972, Jay and Pat celebrated 50 years of marriage in September 2022. During his free time, Jay enjoyed catching the latest Mizzou game, watching John Wayne westerns, pursuing his interest in numismatics, hunting on the family farm, and recounting stories from various travels, adventures, and treasured time with loved ones.

All hail King Centurion XXXIV, James Savage Spangler III.

Services: Visitation at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Friday, January 12, from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Charley Blackmore's Class of '63 Scholarship, Community Foundation of Central Missouri, P.O. BOX 6015, Columbia, MO 65205-6015. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at 

Posted online on March 13, 2024

Lisa Wayland Moore (Nov 1, 1964 - Jan 11, 2024) passed away in her hometown of Columbia, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna, and her grandparents, Ella and Edgar. She is survived by her three children Ana (Sam) Stanley, Joseph (Rebeca) Boettcher, Louis (Molly) Sproeker, as well as three granddaughters and many friends and loved ones.

She was a remarkable woman and will be missed deeply by those that knew her.

Service at UUCC 2615 Shepard Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201 on Saturday March 16th at 1:00pm.

Submitted by, Nilson-Millard Cremation & Burial Center, 5611 E. St. Charles Rd.; Columbia, MO 65202

Robert “Bob” Wayne Hendren was born at home in Huntsdale, MO on August 3, 1944, to Taylor Robert Hendren and Mary Frances (Turner) Hendren and passed away March 29, 2024.

He spent most of his young life in the Huntsdale/McBaine area, and attended Huntsdale school, Midway Elementary, Jefferson Jr High and Highman High School.

Bob joined the US Army in October 1965 and was a Vietnam Veteran where he served as a Specialist 4th class. He was Honorably discharged in October 1971.

Bob spent much of his life driving a concrete truck where he was first hired at Dalton Concrete in 1969, and then drove with Columbia Ready Mix until 1987.

Bob then began working at Broad Building Supply in 1987 driving a tractor trailer until his retirement in 2005 due to health issues.

Bob was always humble and the calm in the storm.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with all his family, and serving our God. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and had served 3 times as a deacon.

Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janet, of the home. His sister, Ida (Hendren) Gash, his children; Kristi Phelan, Kari Hallowell, Angela Miller (Corby), Mary Acton, Robert Hendren Jr (Jacque). He was very blessed with grandchildren; Reagan Strough (Jared), Shawn Miller (Brittany), Kortni Davis (Nick), Kassiti Walters, Steven Hendren, Kolten Phelan, Hunter Acton. Great-Grandchildren; Emerson Phelan-Lomas, Gunner Strough, Mason Miller, Bennett Davis, Ayla Walters, Kendrix Walters, Lucas Kline.

He was preceded in death by his parents Taylor and Mary Hendren, brother Thomas Hendren, son-in-law Billy Acton, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and his grandson Hayden Holt.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation & Burial Center, 5611 E. St. Charles Rd.; Columbia, MO 65202. (573) 474-8443. Online condolences may be left for the family at       









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