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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




Eva Jean Crowson, mother of Sandra C Mead (Class of 1974), Robert J Crowson II (Class of 1976), Craig S Crowson (Class of 1978), Paul M Crowson (Class of 1979) and Kimberly A Delfino (Class of 1984) passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023,  in her home in Columbia.

Arvine Eubanks, father of Adrienne Eubanks (Class of 1975) passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

Donald Dee Waller, father of Pam Waller (Class of 1975), Tim Waller (Class of 1977) and Mark Waller (Class of 1980) passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Boone Hospital Center.

James E. Porter Jr., father of Janice Porter-Posey (Class of 1969), Cynthia Thompson (Class of 1982) and Kimberley Slater (Class of 1984) passed away Wednesday,n March 8, 2023.

Dr. Roger W. (Dad) Bumgarner, father of Ann Blystone (Class of 1973), Carrie Bumgarner (Class of 1977) and Bill Bumgarner (Class of 1988) passed away at home Friday, February 24, 2023.

Lael Hunt Powers Von Holt, mother of Gardner Von Holt (Class of 1973), passed away Monday,  February 20, 2023.

Mark Allen Foreman, father of Paul Michael Foreman (Class of 1972), passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023, in Columbia.

Jeanette Ruth Leroux, mothe of Steven Leroux (Class of 1978) and Stephanie Leroux, deceased (Class of 1981) died Thursday,  February 16, 2023 in Columbia, Missouri.

Graple Louise Ross, moher of Daniel Ross (Class of 1984) passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Ben Frank Nelms, father of Katherine Hughes (Class of 1987)  passed away Monday, February 13, 2023, in Columbia.

Stephen M. Archer, father of Steve Archer (Class of 1978) passed away Monday, February 13, 2023 at Columbia Post Acute.

Vernon Lyle Jennings, father of Terry Hume (Class of 1973) and Doug Jennings, deceased (Class of 1978), passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Robert Joel “Bob” Harris, M.D., father of Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Harris (Class of 1983) and Julie Lee (Harris) Shaw (Class of 1986) passed away Saturday, February 11, 2023, in Columbia.

Gary Hamilton father of Jeffrey Hamilton (Class of 1995) , 80, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023, in Columbia.

Larry A. Hale, father of Julie Hale, deceased (Class of 1984) and Gina Ganey (Class of 1986) passed away at home Wednesday,  February 8, 2023  in Browning, Missouri.

Marie Ilene Drennan, mother of Tim Drennan (Class of 1970) passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Janice F. Theroff, mother of Angela Theroff (Class of 1981), Ellen Theroff (Class of 1983) and Cary Theroff (Class of 1987) passed away Monday, February 6, 2023, in Saint Charles, Missouri.

Delores Fay Niles, mother of Tammy Jean Lenau (Class of 1983) passed away Monday,  February 6, 2023 at her home in Columbia.

Wanda Dohrn, mother Caroll Dohrn, Jr. (Class of 1979), Tami Murray (Class of 1982) and Lori Savage (Class of 1984) passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Paul S Szopa, father of Derek Szopa (Class of  1992) and Charlene Ervin (Class of 1994) passed away Friday, February 3, 2023.

Josephine J. Kelly, mother of Dorothy Preston (Class of 1975) and E. Lynn Kelly (Class of 1983) passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Stanley Eugene Manahan, father of Valerie Manahan (Class of 1988 ) and Veronica Manahan (Class of 1990)  passed away Sunday,  January 29, 2023 in Columbia.

Charlene Doherty Jayamanne, mother of Tony Jayamanne (Class of 2003) and  Andrew Jaymanne (Class of 2008) passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Thomas Odum, father of Elizabeth Odum (Class of 2004) and Emily Roper (Class of 2007)  passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023. 

Anthony Carl Wayne,father of Anthony Wayne, Jr. (Class of 1987) passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023 in Columbia.

Gertrude May Minnick Brown Combs, mother of William Combs (Class of 1977) and Melanie Combs Karrick (Class of 1982) died January 24, 2023, at her home in Columbia.

Woodie Albert McElduff, father of Jeremy McElduff (Class of 1992) passed away at his home in Columbia, Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

Roger Hubbard Allbee, Jr., brother of Robert Allbee (Class of 1953) passed away Monday,  January 23, 2023.

Randa Sue Dumas, mother of Debbie Wilson (Class of 1988) passed away Monday, January 16, 2023 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.

Zachary Scott Curry, son of Debbie Curry Woods (Class of 1981) passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Ruth Ann Thompson, mother of Kevin Thompson, deceased (Class of 1975) and wife of Russell Thompson (Hickman High School Principal and Superintendent of School), passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Doris Ann Barnes Dill, mother of Curtis Atkins, deceased (Class of 1973) passed away Friday, January 6, 2023 at University Hospital, in Columbia.

Betty Rose Musbach, mother of Larry Gene Musbach (Class of 1965) and  Linda Lou Powell Linsenbardt (Class of 1969) passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Ruth Strodtman mother of Jonathan Strodman, deceased (Hickaman Soccer Coach 1999-2007) passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Deloris Johnson, mother of Jan McElroy (Class of 1968), Gary Johnson (Class of 1972) and Jim Johnson (Class of 1982) passed away Wednesday,  January 4, 2023.

Brenda Joyce Christmann, 65, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2022.

Posted by Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Brenda Joyce Christmann, 65, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2022. A visitation will be held Saturday, January 7, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm followed by funeral services at 2:00 pm, both at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Brenda was born May 13, 1957 in Hannibal, MO to William Thomas and Aldie Jane (Morris) Purvis. She was a graduate of Rock Bridge High School and worked as a service member at Sam’s Club. Brenda enjoyed reading, car shows, collecting Precious Moments figures, and the shows and lights at Christmas time. But all these things were made better by her love of family, friends, and her darling dog, Cody.

She is survived by her children, Michelle Ewens and Brad Christmann; siblings, Jackie Curry, Rita Christmann, and Roger Purvis; grandchildren; Alexis Christmann, Samantha Wren, Noah Wren, Katelyn Wren, Hunter Brown, Griffin Clark, and Brendan Morse; and great grandchild, Cooper Morse.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Harlen, Doris, Doyld, Rebecka, and Ronald.

Posted online on January 06, 2023

Deloris Johnson, age 95, of Columbia, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on January 4, 2023.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St. in Columbia. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, followed immediately by a funeral service officiated by Rev. Robert Johnson.

Deloris was born in Montauk, Missouri on October 14, 1927 to the late James Eli and Susan Lula (Foust) Cook. She was united in marriage on December 25, 1947 to Clinton L. Johnson, who preceded her death on March 8, 1988. From this union three children were born: Jan, Gary, and Jim.

Deloris was primarily a homemaker and was famous for her pecan pies. She loved making memories at the family cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks, which she and Clint started building in 1978. They also enjoyed going to St. Louis Cardinals games and notably attended the World Series in 1982.

After Clint’s passing, Deloris took multiple trips to Israel with her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sonja Johnson, where she planted a tree in memory of her husband. She was very involved with all of her grandchildren’s lives and loved sharing her love of Beanie Babies with them. She thoroughly enjoyed a family trip to Las Vegas on her 80th birthday, when they took her to see Celine Dion.

As her health declined, Deloris looked forward to visits from the local Meals on Wheels volunteers. Her greatest wish was to live independently and Meals on Wheels helped make that possible.

Deloris is survived by her children, Jan (Glenn) McElroy, Gary (Tammy) Johnson, and Jim (Leah) Johnson; brother-in-law, Bob Johnson; grandchildren, Erin McElroy, Ryan McElroy, Meghann Theobald, Tristan Johnson, Sara Reese, Riley Johnson, and Hayden Johnson; as well as six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Columbia at mealsonwheelscolumbia.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
Posted online on January 07, 2023

Ruth Strodtman joined the heavenly choir on January 5, 2023.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023, at Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Ave. Columbia, Missouri 65202, with the family greeting friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service, burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery, 2929 E. Oakland Church Rd., Columbia, Missouri 65202.

Ruth Strodtman was born to Aleph Goff Pierce and Clara Mildred McCauley Pierce on October 8, 1933, in Brown Station, Missouri. She attended rural schools in Boone County Missouri and graduated from University High School in 1951, after which she attended Christian College in Columbia. She graduated from there in 1953. She then attended the University of Missouri where she received a degree in education in 1955. After she graduated, she worked in a doctor’s office in Columbia until she was hired as a music teacher in Hallsville, Missouri. She taught there until 1959.

She met her husband, David, while she was the music director at Fayette Baptist Church. She married him in June of 1958 while he was a student at the University of Missouri. They moved to Lakewood, Colorado in 1962 when David found a teaching assignment in the Denver Public Schools. After rearing three children, she taught music at Dunstan Junior High School and taught there for twenty years. During their 42 years in Colorado, Ruth was very active as a church music director, working with youth, adults, and senior adults at her home churches. She took several youth choirs to youth church competitions as well as tours to various states, including one through the state of Missouri to sing at local churches. Many of her senior choirs entertained at senior care centers in Colorado and Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and her son, Jonathan who was a master craftsman, shop teacher, and soccer coach in Colorado and later at Hickman High School. He was married to Kay and they had four children. Ruth leaves behind her husband of 64 years, David, a son, Paul (Barbara), a daughter, Leah (David), grandchildren Grayson, Stephanie, Levi, Cassandra (Nathan), Chelsea (Dan), Garrett, Kaitlyn (Ally), William and great-grandchildren Annabelle, Harper, Rory, Evelyn, and Noah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105

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

Posted online on January 10, 2023

Betty Rose Musbach went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 5, 2023, with her children and family surrounding her. Betty Rose was born July 3, 1926, in Columbia, Missouri, at Boone Hospital to George and Floy May Bright. Betty Rose married her high school sweetheart, Gene Edward Musbach, on October 14, 1945, in Columbia, Missouri. As of October 2013 they had been married for 68 years. (He passed on March 7, 2014.)

Betty Rose is survived by her son, Larry Gene Musbach (Sandi) of Wildwood, MO; her daughter, Linda Lou Powell Linsenbardt (Tom) of Lohman, MO. She is also survived by four (4) grandchildren: Laura Lee Musbach Drake, Bradley Gene Musbach (Ashley Whitesell Musbach), Amanda Lou Powell Wells Tomson (Travis), Jennifer Lou Dampf (Nathan); ten (10) great-grandchildren: Alexis Simonne Drake, Nataleigh Rose Wells, Colton Joseph Whitesell, Hayden Lee Drake, Lillian Grace Marie Whitesell, Payton McKenzie Dampf, Conner Harland Tomson, Samantha Rose Wells, Brynna Renae Dampf and Mia Ann Tomson; a sister, Nannie Lou Mallett and several special nieces and nephews also survive her.

Betty Rose is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Edward K. Bright, sister-in-law, Shirley Ann Bright and brother-in-law, Jesse (Bud) Mallett.

Services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Christ The King Lutheran Church, in Lake Ozark, MO. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a lunch will be provided by the Comfort Dog Team from Christ The King Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Millersburg, MO.

It was Betty Rose’s wish that any memorials be given to Christ The King Comfort Dog Ministry or Hospice Compassus, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109.

Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Posted online on January 10, 2023

Doris Ann Barnes Dill, 88, of Columbia passed away Friday, January 6, 2023 at University Hospital.

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am with funeral services at 11:30, both at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. Interment to follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Centralia.

Doris was born to Curtus and Annabelle Smith Barnes on August 20, 1934 in Hallsville, MO and was a graduate of Hallsville High School. She retired from the University Hospital Linen Department after 26 years of service. Doris loved to spend time with her family, friends, and her beloved four-legged fur babies, Lil B and Pip. Her hands were skilled in making candy and crocheting afghans for others to enjoy. In her later years, Doris would often be found on her iPad playing Words with Friends and keeping in touch on Facebook.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Darla) Atkins, Jr; sister, Clara Carter; grandchildren, Heather (Cord) Atkins, Lindsey (Kyle) McCoy, and Brad (Amanda) Atkins; and great grandchildren, Andrew, Brendan, Hannah, Conner, Cameron, Colleen, Ethan, Ren, Simon, Charlie; nephew Bruce (Becky) Carter, great nieces, and great great nieces & nephews, and many other loving family and friends.

Doris expressed love of her family, especially the kiddos, by saying “I love you a bushel & peck, and a hug around the neck.”

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and son, Curtus Atkins.

Donations in Doris’ memory may be made to Columbia Second Chance, www.columbia2ndchance.org or The Safetynet of Missouri, PO Box 104204, Jefferson City, MO 65101

(Venmo @SafetyNetofMissouri).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com  for the Dill family.

Posted online on January 11, 2023

Ruth Ann Thompson passed peacefully from her family’s arms into the arms of the Lord on Jan. 7, 2023. She was born on Jan. 25, 1935, to Walter and Laura Steeve in Clarinda, Iowa. She married her high school sweetheart Russell Thompson 66 years ago.

Ruth was a loving, friendly, caring and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. During her 87 years, she was known for her upbeat positivity and the genuine affection she showed to all. Her husband called her the joy of his life.

Throughout her youth she exhibited a range of natural talents and was involved in many school activities and organizations often in school leadership roles, as well as being a member of the cheerleading squad, crowned in beauty queen contests and was known for her musical talent. At 16, she was an ardent musician and the youngest organist in the history of a large church in her Iowa community. After moving to Columbia, she served as the organist, choir director and president of the women’s guild at Campus Lutheran Church.

As a mother, she was involved in her children’s activities and education. She served as the PTA President of the elementary, junior high schools and also at Hickman High School. She also was a secretary of the Columbia Council PTA.

Ruth was a longtime and committed member of the nonprofit King’s Daughters and was a member of the Missouri Symphony Society. She volunteered with the United Way, Heart Fund, Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

Ruth was a people-person and they, in turn, responded to her, which no doubt played a role in her success in real estate throughout mid-Missouri. She was highly dedicated and accomplished as a realtor with ReMax Boone Realty, where she was recognized as one of the Top 100 salespeople in Mid States (Missouri and Kansas). Among her other realty accolades: Realtor of the Year, Leading monthly salesperson, Award of Excellence, BCR member of the year, the 100 Club. She was also a member of the Million Dollar Club.

Ruth was a devoted and very hands-on grandmother, reveling and participating in all of the sporting and social activities with her three grandchildren. She would always bring them surprises – usually something sweet.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Russell, daughter Lisa (Phil) Griggs of Columbia and three grandchildren: Tucker (Ashley) Griggs of Scottsdale, Arizona, Tyler Griggs of Kansas City, and Sydney (Collin) Masters of Columbia. She leaves behind a sister Leonora (Jim) Hubbard of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a brother Bernard (Sandra) Steeve, also of Colorado Springs, as well as nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by two sons: Kevin and Russell, Jr., as well as her parents and a brother Don (Vera) Steeve.

The family would like to especially thank and recognize the professionalism and kindness of the caregivers at Lenoir Woods where she spent her final days. So much so that the day before her passing, there were smiles and laughter with her family gathered around.

Ruth and Russell are members of the United Methodist Church where a funeral service will be held in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2023 with a reception to follow.

Posted by the Columbia Missourian

Zachary Scott Curry, age 37, of Hallsville, Missouri passed away January 11, 2023 after an illness. He was born on July 30, 1985 to Debbie Woods (nee Curry) in Columbia, Missouri.

Zachary loved playing guitar and played in several bands in the Columbia area.

He is survived by his parents, Lawrence Woods and Debbie Woods of Hallsville, Missouri; his biological father Greg Engstrand of York, Pennsylvania; his siblings, L.T Woods of St. Louis, Amberly Woods Schulz and Jake Woods, both of Columbia, and Isiah Woods of California; his son, Caleb Curry of Hallsville; his aunt, Jackie Curry of Columbia; and numerous uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and one aunt.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Hallsville Community Center, located at East Hwy OO, Hallsville, Missouri 65255 on January 17, 2023 from 6-8 p.m.


Randa Sue Dumas, 84, passed away January 16, 2023 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia after a long life spent loving God, family, travel, and music.

Randa was born Feb. 5, 1938, in Hazen, Arkansas to Ralph and Dora Belle Sims and was one of five children. She married the love of her life, Wayne Dumas, on July 20, 1957. They had recently celebrated 63 years of marriage when he passed away on May 26, 2021. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph Sims, Bill Sims (Jewel) and Joe Sims (Sybil). She is survived by her sister, Maribel McKinney (Ted), of Ruston, Louisiana, and brother-in-law Ernie Dumas (Elaine), of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Randa is also survived by four children, Ralph Dumas (Annette), Alesia Dumas (John Lewandowski) and Jackie Long (John), all of Columbia, and Debbie Wilson (Taylor), of Omaha. She had six grandchildren: Sean Dumas (Breck), Justin Dumas (Ashley), Kelsy and Slade Long, all of Columbia, and Bailey and Brielle Wilson of Omaha; four great grandchildren: Tyler, Kinsley, and Brinley Dumas of Hallsville and Drake Dumas of Columbia; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Randa was known for her devotion to Wayne and her giving, loving, and humorous nature. Her giggle became a staple at family gatherings, where Randa always put everyone else first. She was a carefree person—she turned her troubles over to God and went about her days without worry. In the end her faith carried her home to be with Wayne. The legacy of their love will live on in their family for generations.

Deceased’s Funeral Arrangements

A memorial service will be held at Lenoir Woods, Eppel Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11:00 AM. Visitation begins at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


On January 23, 2023, at the age of 90, Roger Hubbard Allbee, Jr., faded quietly to black, as was appropriate for a man who had worked in the television industry his entire professional life. Roger started working at KOMU-TV in August, 1957, and, though he technically retired in 1992, he continued working at KOMU-TV until the week before his passing.

Roger was born at Walter Reed General Hospital, on September 16, 1932, to Roger Hubbard Allbee and Marion Moore Berry Allbee.

As Roger, joined by a younger brother, Robert, grew up, the brothers traveled internationally due to their father’s service as an Army surgeon, during and after WW2. Their travels included a stint living in Panama, travels on large ships, and many moves from Army base to Army base.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Roger joined the US Army through ROTC while earning his BA in English at MU. He became active duty in June 1955, and left the Army as a first lieutenant, in June 1957.

Though he did follow his father’s military service example, a medical career was not for him. Roger was always fascinated by electronics and loved to tinker with radios and gadgets. He applied for a job at KOMU-TV after leaving the Army and there he stayed, from the infancy days of tube television all the way to the amazing digital world of modern television. He was known for his skills in lighting and was a stickler for perfection in all things audio. In August, 1992, Roger officially retired from KOMU but the next day returned as a part-time production department employee and worked every weekday until the pandemic forced him to take a break. The break was hard for Roger because his KOMU family was his family, his familiar place, and he missed his co-workers, the j-school students, and the bustling energy that is a television station. After the pandemic slowed, Roger returned to KOMU one day each week – Wednesday – and was back at his home away from home again.

Though he was never on-the-air and the general public didn’t know him, the journalists who came to and through KOMU – professional and students – knew him well and remembered him years later when they came back to visit. He hired many people in his years as Production Manager and delighted in telling people that he hired the man who is now KOMU’s General Manager. Roger was quietly generous to many struggling young people, helping them through financial difficulties. He was always the go-to person for advice on car purchases because he loved cars. The many behind the scenes people who worked with him over the years share lots of “Roger” stories and catch phrases and will miss seeing him at the station.

In addition to his extended KOMU family and alumni, Roger is survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Allbee, and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law, Marion Allbee, a niece, and his beer and building stuff “son”, Brian Cottle.

His other family, Amelia Miner Cottle and Chris Cottle, would like to thank the staff at Lenoir Woods for providing a lovely community and home for Roger, and the KOMU Family for their respect and generous care for our quirky and lovable Roger.

Roger was an anonymous but very generous charitable donor to many Columbia community charities. If you would like to do so, memorial donations can directed to two organizations that Roger supported: the Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association – Columbia Walk (because he hated Alzheimer’s disease; see Brian’s name above) or KBIA/KMUC-Columbia for classical music programming (because he loved classical music; he chose his houses based on how music would sound in them!).

Roger requested no service.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Allbee family.

Posted online on February 21, 2023

Woodie Albert McElduff, 70, of Columbia passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

He was born on February 11, 1952, in Wynne, AR to Woodie and Thelma (Brown) McElduff. Woodie was a 1970 graduate of Texas City High School in Texas City, TX who went on to attend Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. On August 7, 1971, he was united in marriage to the love of his life Jacquelyn Lockhart in Texas City, TX. In 1972, Woodie joined the United States Navy where he would serve his country aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Simon Bolivar. This experience in the Navy would serve Woodie well in his civilian life, and upon being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1980 he accepted a position with the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant. Woodie went on to work in various positions throughout the years at the power plant and climbed the ranks due to his dedicated work ethic. Woodie's life changed following an accident in 2008 and he was sustained in the years that followed by Jackie's devoted care while he followed his passions.

Among Woodie's passions in life were woodworking and cooking. His cooking skills were highly regarded by all who had ever had a meal prepared by him. His specialties were clam chowder and other seafood, French onion soup and anything on the grill. His woodworking talent is evident in nearly every room of the family home. He also enjoyed traveling with Jackie, visiting the Rocky Mountains and Mexico, gardening, following all levels of soccer, supporting MU Basketball, and was a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He loved celebrating the 4th of July with a cookout and extended fireworks session. His greatest passion was taking care of his family.

Woodie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Jackie McElduff of Columbia; one son Jeremy McElduff (Becky) of Leawood, KS; two sisters: Sandy Selinidis of Texas City, TX and Rita Goodwin (Jim) of Iowa Park, TX; two grandchildren: Audrey McElduff and Lem McElduff both of Leawood, KS; three godchildren: Elise Pilger of Columbia, MO, Jaime Rachell of Omaha, NE, and Stephen Welsh of Johnstown, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Woodie and Thelma McElduff.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Shakespeare's Pizza West, 3304 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri (https://sharefoodbringhope.org/).

Posted online on February 07, 2023

May 20, 1932 - January 24, 2023

Gertrude May Minnick Brown Combs, 90, died January 24, 2023, peacefully at home in Columbia, MO.

Gertrude, “Gertie”, was born in Independence, Missouri, on May 20, 1932, the third child and only daughter of Oley Price Minnick, Sr. and Frances Gertrude Bollinger Minnick. She graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City in 1949 and the University of Missouri in 1955 receiving a B.S. in Education. As an all-around athlete while at Mizzou, Gertie achieved the prestigious “M Woman” status. Her favorite sport was Field Hockey where she was a goalie. In 2015, she was the oldest living recipient when Mizzou honored pre-Title IV female athletes with official letter jackets.

She was married to Fred Volney Brown on October 22, 1955, until his death in 1957. During this time she taught PE at East High School in Kansas City from 1955-1959. While at Mizzou, she and Fred became acquainted with Bob Combs in their circle of friends. Gertie always wondered if Fred had a “conversation” with Bob before his death because he became a supportive friend turned interested friend! On August 12, 1958, Gertie married Robert Glade (Bob) Combs and shared a life of 39 years. They enjoyed a life of partnership including camping, fishing, family, and church in their later years. He preceded her in death as well as her parents, two brothers, and five sisters-in-law.

The couple lived in Raleigh, N.C., and Lincoln, N.E. where he taught Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Son William was born a Cornhusker in November 1959. In 1962, the family moved to Gainesville, F.L. where Bob earned a Ph.D. and daughter Melanie was born a Gator in April 1964. In January 1965, they returned to Columbia where Bob was a member of the Electrical Engineering faculty for over 35 years. There they enjoyed attending Mizzou athletic events as a Tiger family. The Robert G. Combs Language Preschool in Clark Hall was established and dedicated in his memory by the Columbia Valley Scottish Rite and the MU School of Health Professions after his death.

Her lifelong love of sports and children carried over into the Columbia community where she was responsible for the restart of the Columbia Parks and Recreation 4-5-6th grade girls softball program, the revival of Ban Johnson Baseball and active in the start-up of the Columbia Diamond Council. She and Bob were Junior Bowling Coaches at Town & Country Lanes for many years. From 1976-1979, she wrote a byline column for the Columbia Daily Tribune, first on bowling, then on area girls’ sports. She won state and national awards for her Tribune columns on bowling as well as for articles in “The Bugle”, the publication of the Missouri State Women’s Bowling Writer’s Association. As a result, Gertie was inducted into the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame in 1979. She enjoyed playing recreational volleyball and softball until the age of 60 and never missed a sporting event for her children or grandchildren.

Gertie was involved throughout her life with singing groups. She was a member of the Columbia Mothersingers for over 40 years. Many now-grown children in the area will remember her portrayal in the “Around the Corner” musical number. Gertie was the “girl” with the window curtain umbrella shouting “Ooh Hoo” and chasing Henry Lee (Sally Antimi Stucker).

Gertie was a long-time member of Broadway Christian Church and served in several capacities through the years including office volunteer, Chancel Choir, Chancel Bell Choir, Elder, Stephen Minister, founder of Covenant Bible Study group, and Ensemble choir.

In May 2022, numerous family and friends shared in celebrating her 90th birthday. It was a party for the ages, and she radiated joy and gratitude for living, the essence of her life. Especially since she was a 30-year breast cancer survivor. She touched the lives of all those around her due to her cheerful, generous, welcoming, and loving spirit.

Throughout her life, Gertie was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and Grammie. She was extremely proud of her family. She is survived by son, William Combs, daughter, Melanie Combs Karrick (Jeff Westwood), and her grandchildren Jonathan Combs and Michaela Frances Karrick. Also surviving is sister, Janice Combs Jones, Godson, Jesse Cheng, and special friend, Homer Wiederanders along with many loved ones and cherished friends.

A celebration of life will take place May 20, 2023, at Broadway Christian Church where her ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Robert G Combs Language Preschool at mizzougivedirect.missouri.edu, or Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.

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 www.ParkerMillard.com.

Posted online on February 04, 2023

Anthony Carl Wayne, 72, of Columbia, MO passed away on January 28, 2023 in Columbia.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202.

Anthony was born in Columbia to Archie C. Wayne and Judith M. Wayne on September 30, 1950. He attended school in Columbia and after graduating from University of Missouri High School, he went on to serve in the National Guard. He married Ramona J. Wayne on September 26, 2009 in Columbia. He had a lengthy career as an insurance adjuster with State Farm and after retirement, his favorite pastime was working part time at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports. He had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help anyone he could. Anthony loved his family, was always up for a BBQ, and if he could he would throw a few jabs at you in the process. He truly was the happiest man in the world.

Anthony is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by spouse, Ramona Wayne; children, Anthony (Natalie) Wayne Jr, Corey (Gabryel) Wayne, Jennifer Hicks, and Valerie Theberge; brother, William (Susan) Wayne; grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Noah, Sebastian, Augustus, Tyler, Auston, Alexandra, Axton, and Athon; nephew, Benjamin (Sarra) Wayne; niece, Tory Roberts; former wife, Peggy Wayne; sister in-law, Cheryl Williams; and brothers in-law, James Jennings and Joe Carrone.

Memorials may be given to the Ronald McDonald House or the Wounded Warrior Project.

The family of Anthony Wayne wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the nurses and doctors of University Hospital for their care.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Wayne family.

Posted online on January 31, 2023

8/18/1947 – 1/29/2023

Thomas Odum, 75, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, January 29th with his family by his side. Visitation will be 10-11am, Friday, February 3rd at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive in Columbia. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am at the church followed by burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Tom was born August 18, 1947 in St. Louis, MO to George W. and Lorraine F. Stetina Odum. In 1965, he graduated from St. John the Baptist High School in St. Louis. Just after high school, he served in the US Army. He then attended the Gradwohl School of Laboratory Technique in St. Louis. After working for several years in the laboratory at Incarnate Word Hospital, Tom felt drawn to the area of patient care. He then earned his nursing degree from St. Louis Municipal School of Nursing. On November 27, 1971 he married Beverly Mullis and they moved to Columbia, MO in 1977. Tom worked locally for 37 years as a registered nurse at Columbia Regional Hospital and University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Tom was a devout Catholic and began each day with scripture, spiritual reflections, and prayer. His hobbies included fishing, camping, and hiking. He always looked forward to the Odum family and friends fishing trip. He enjoyed reading and was an avid student of history and nature.

Tom will be remembered for his compassion, storytelling, and jokes. His devotion to his wife of 51 years and daughters was reflected throughout their lives. He supported Elizabeth and Emily’s goals and activities. He rejoiced in celebrating their accomplishments and ended each day in prayer with them. He was most proud of having recently become a grandpa. Each evening he texted prayers and words of wisdom to Baby Nolan.

Tom is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughters, Elizabeth Odum of Jefferson City, and Emily (Jeff) Roper of Columbia; grandson, Nolan Roper; siblings, David (Judy) Odum, Mary (Dennis) Trueman. Steven (Irene) Odum, and Cathy (Doug) Scherrer all of St. Louis; many nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Francis and Lillian Stetina and David and Ann Odum, loving aunts and uncles, and great niece Ansley Odum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive Columbia, MO 65202 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on February 04, 2023

1/24/1953 – 1/29/2023

Charlene Doherty Jayamanne, 70, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, January 29th. Visitation will be Friday, February 10th at Sacred Heart Church, 105 Waugh Street Columbia, MO from 2-4:30pm and Saturday from 9-11am at the Church. Mass will follow at 11am on Saturday. Charlene’s ashes will be inurned in their family plots in New Hampshire.

Charlene was born January 24, 1953 in New Port, RI to James and Barbara Doherty Millea; she was the eldest of 8 children. For much of her childhood the family moved around for her father’s military career before they settle in Springfield, Mass. She graduated from Mercy High School in University City, MO and was a graduate of Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA. She worked as a recruiter for the Our Lady of the Elms before leaving to pursue further education. She earned her Master’s Degree in teaching from Cleveland State University. For a short while she worked for the Chief of Surgery at Downstate Medical College in New York. In 1988, she moved to Columbia and started the Sacred Heart Montessori pre-school and daycare. In 1992, she began her Network Marketing Career with the Juice Plus Company from where she had recently retired.

She is survived by her sons; Andrew (Anna) Jaymanne of Columbia and Tony Jayamanne of Columbia; a granddaughter, Jocelyn; siblings, Barbara (Steve) Loughman of Kansas City, MO, Anna Doherty of Columbia, Helene (Jeff) Conrath of Dayton, OH, and Dan (Sandy) Doherty of St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Sargent; two brother, Thomas & Jim Doherty, and her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Pro-Life / 40 Days for Life 400 St. Andrew Drive Holts Summit, MO 65043.

Condolences and fond memories can be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on February 17, 2023

Stanley Eugene Manahan, age 85, passed away on January 29, 2023 in Columbia, MO. He was born on September 5, 1937 in Hillsboro, Kansas; a son of Lawrence Manahan and Ethel Blackmur Manahan. He was united in marriage to Anne Fisher on March 29, 1969 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia.

After surviving a life-threatening bout of rheumatic fever that necessitated his being homeschooled for two years during childhood, Stanley regained his health and graduated from Peabody High School in 1956. He earned an AB in chemistry at Emporia State University in Kansas in 1960 and a PhD in analytical chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1965. Stanley then joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he served as thesis advisor for 30 PhD and 15 Masters candidates and taught until his retirement as a full professor in 2002. Since 1968, his primary research and professional activities in which he was considered a pioneer were in environmental chemistry, with more recent emphasis on hazardous waste treatment. He was the author of approximately 100 research papers and 18 chemistry textbooks, the most well-known being “Environmental Chemistry.” He taught courses on environmental chemistry, hazardous wastes, toxicological chemistry, and analytical chemistry and lectured on these topics throughout the United States as an American Chemical Society Local Sections tour speaker and in a number of countries, including France, Italy, Austria, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. Stanley also spent many summers researching and teaching in Wyoming and Michigan. In addition to his numerous textbooks, Stanley also authored a humorous book about his life in Kansas called “Lat Me Thank.”

Stanley made frequent visits to his beloved Kansas, and Estes Park, Colorado, where he felt a spiritual connection with nature. He enjoyed hiking in the Rockies, and later in life, riding his recumbent bicycle where he delighted in the occasional wildlife sighting. Always a friend to animals, he also loved his dogs, Towser, Fritz and Bunny.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Valerie Manahan (Chadwick J. Smith) of Los Alamitos, CA; Veronica Manahan (Carlos Alvarado) of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Robert Manahan of Huntington Beach, CA; a sister, Lenora Manahan (Kaye Johnson) of Oklahoma City, OK; and three grandchildren Destry, Madeleine and Cormac, who he adored.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Stanley’s name to:

Stanley E. Manahan Science Scholarship, Peabody High School Alumni Endowment Association, c/o Emma Pease, Vintage Bank, PO Bo, 201 N Walnut Street, Peabody, KS 66866

Friends and well-wishers are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Stoney Creek Hotel, 2601 S Providence Road, Columbia, MO.

A private internment will take place at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody, Kansas at a later date.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 06, 2023

Josephine J. Kelly passed away on February 1, 2023. Josephine was born to Arthur and Melinda Johnson on March 2, 1940 in Stephens, Missouri. She was a graduate from Frederick Douglass School in Columbia, Missouri in 1957. Josephine was married to Owen Kelly, their daughters are Dorothy Preston and E. Lynn Kelly. She has one granddaughter, Lekel Lyons, and one great grandson Kane Thomas.

Josephine was a devoted member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia, Missouri for over 50 years, and served on the Usher Board Ministry and for Mt. Carmel District.

She began her career in 1957 working at the University Hospital and Clinics. In 1972 she continued working at Harry S. Truman Hospital for the next 36 years as the Lead EKG Technician Supervisor, retiring in 2008. Among many recognitions and honors, she received the Hands and Heart Award in 1984.

She is survived by a sister, Nora Johnson, sister-in-law, Jenny Johnson. She is preceded in death by both parents and siblings, Willie Johnson, Evalena Johnson, Artwell Johnson, and Maybelle Brown.

Josephine will always be remembered for her service to others and her survivor spirit.

Online condolences may be made at www.htmay.funeralhome.com.

Donations in lieu of flowers to American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.

Visitation and service will be at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Columbia, Missouri on February 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM, visitation 10:00 AM. Interment will be private for the family.

Posted online on March 22, 2023

Paul S Szopa, 77, of Columbia, MO passed away February 3, 2023 after losing his battle to cancer. His wife, Kathy, was by his side.

An informal Gathering of Friends will take place from 11 AM until 1 PM on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Paul was born on March 19, 1945 in Kansas City, MO to MaryBelle (Edwards) Szopa. In 1962, he graduated from Fayette High School then put himself through college. He graduated from Central Methodist University in Fayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. On July 5, 1969 he married Kathryn Peterson and they moved to Columbia. Paul worked at the University of Missouri School of Fisheries and Wildlife as a research specialist in commercial photography. Budget cuts gave him an opportunity to continue his passion for taking pictures at the University with the Academic Support Center. The Missouri Academy of Science and the State Historical Society published his articles and photos. After retiring from the University, he enjoyed some time off before going back to work as your helpful neighborhood hardware man at Westlakes.

Besides capturing his love of nature and the outdoors in pictures, he enjoyed target shooting, duck hunting and fishing and making new friends using morse code on his ham radio. Yearly trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota always provided family time with fresh caught fish for dinner, pancakes with blueberries just picked and boating on the lake. His vast knowledge of American History and geography was creatively reflected in his children’s school projects. Always a caring, encouraging and wonderful father.

Paul is survived by his wife Kathy, son Derek (Yasmine), granddaughter Sofiana, grandson Henry, son Stephen (Randi) and daughter Charlene Ervin (John), granddaughter, Alexis. He was preceded in death, by his mother, brother, Ted, and grandparents, Marie and Charles Edwards

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior project or charity of your choice

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Szopa family.

Posted online on February 10, 2023

Wanda Dohrn, 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 5, 2023 in Virginia Beach, VA. She was born in Kansas City, MO on April 11, 1938.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carroll Dohrn, Sr. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Caroll Dohrn, Jr. (Julie), Tami Murray (Mike), and Lori Savage (Liz); grandchildren: Alex Dohrn (Madison) and Justin Dohrn (Sarah); great-grandchildren: Gavin, Marleigh, Robbie, and two on the way; siblings: John Mangialomini and Gloria Hill; and many extended relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Wanda's honor to the SPCA.

Posted online on February 08, 2023

Delores Fay Niles, age 81, of Columbia, Missouri passed away peacefully on February 6, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 21, 1941 in Boone County, Missouri; a daughter of Arthur Jones and Ella (Carter) Jones. She was united in marriage to Billy Niles on August 25, 1956 and he survives.

Delores was fondly known as "Grandma" for the 14 years she worked at Oakland Junior High as a cook. Delores loved to go dancing to country music, shopping, working in her yard and cleaning her house. Her friends and neighbors will fondly remember her obsession with cleaning, including mopping the front porch. She had the cleanest porch in Boone County! Her family will remember her as feisty, spunky, very funny and will miss her terribly.

Delores is survived by her husband, Billy Gene Niles, daughters, Deborah Ardel Stone, and Tammy Jean Lenau; three brothers, Jerry Dean Jones, Billy Dale Jones, Ronnie Wayne Jones, a sister, Anna Lee Williams; grandchildren Christy Curl, Craig Stone, Lance Lenau, 5 great grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, Delores was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends will be received from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Nilson-Millard Cremation & Burial Center. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm with Jeff Higbee officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center, 5611 E. St Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-8443. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.

In Care of Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Janice F. Theroff, age 78, passed away on February 6, 2023, in Saint Charles, Mo. Janice was born to the late Edmond and Celeste Renken on October 4, 1944, in Moniteau County, Mo. On June 23, 1962, she was united in marriage to Clyde Theroff in Kansas City, Mo. Janice grew up on the family farm near High Point, Mo. and attended high school in Russellville where she excelled as a student and at softball and basketball. She attended Olean Christian Church during her formative years. She proudly worked at MFA Incorporated for almost 30 years, where she made life-long friends.

Janice was dedicated to, and very proud of, her family. She instilled in her children an appreciation of education and planned annual family vacations focused on visiting historical places and memorable activities. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to always do their best at every endeavor. She taught them perseverance and discipline and always made sure that they had what they needed to succeed. She was a fixture at her children’s recreational league, junior high and high school sporting events and was “famous” for always bringing a book to read during breaks in the action.

She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, the Missouri Botanical Gardens and being outdoors, and she was an avid landscaper. Later in life, she was a recreational golfer and enjoyed going to the driving range to hit balls with her husband.

Survivors include her daughters, Angela Theroff of Harrisonville and Ellen Theroff of Saint Charles; son, Cary Theroff of Columbia; four granddaughters, Chelsea Clarke and Sara Clarke of Harrisonville and Celeste Theroff of San Antonio, TX and Madison Theroff of Mexico; two grandsons, Andrew Clarke of Jefferson City and Cary Theroff Jr. of Columbia; one great-grandson; sisters, Frances Engelbrecht of Eugene, Deloyce Barry of California and Elaine Morris of Brazito; brother, Gayle Renken of Centertown; sister-in-law, Jill Renken of California; brothers-in-law, Marvin Theroff of Russellville, and Larry (Sandy) Theroff of Jefferson City; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Janice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde; brothers, Donald Renken and Keith Renken; brothers-in-law, Harold Barry, Curtis Engelbrecht and Daniel Morris; and sisters-in-law, Janet Renken, Lila Renken and Annita Theroff.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia. The family will greet visitors beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Mercy Hospital, Resource Development, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108, or a charity of your choice.

Posted online on February 21, 2023

Marie Ilene Drennan, 92 of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. She was born on June 18, 1930 in Kirksville, Missouri to Carl and Thelma (Still) Guffey.

Ilene graduated from Kirksville High School and Missouri State Teachers College (Truman State), receiving degrees in Sociology and Education. Ilene was active in many activities and groups in Columbia, many involving her children and the First Christian Church. She taught Reading and Special Education at Jefferson Junior High School in Columbia for 23 years.

After retiring from teaching, Ilene earned her Masters in Social Work from Kansas University. She worked for Boone County Council on Aging, Charter Hospital, and the Salvation Army. As a licensed counselor she opened her own consulting business, counseling seniors.

Ilene was an avid reader. She was proud of her family and had wonderful friends that she loved and appreciated. She was a long-time member of PEO and the Drennan Circle at First Christian Church, and was currently a member of the Unity Church of Columbia. Ilene served on the board of Welcome Home and was on the Board and a founding member of Rainbow House.

She is survived by four sons: Tim (Maggie) Drennan, Todd (Mary) Drennan, Tyler (Shari) Drennan, Tony Drennan and one daughter, Tristen Drennan (Wes Thomas). She had six grandchildren: Taylor (Kaci) Drennan, Rachel (Wes) Cunningham, Patrick Drennan, Thomas Drennan, Kelsey Drennan, Riley Drennan; and five great-grandchildren.

Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Tyler Maxwell, and brother Harold Guffey.

A Celebration of Life will be held May 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 at Unity Church.

Donations in Ilene’s honor may be made to the charity/organization of your choice.

The complete obituary is posted online and condolences may be left for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 10, 2023

Larry A. Hale, age 88, passed away at home on February 8. Larry was born on May 11, 1934 in Browning, Missouri and was the only son of the late Everett and Edith (Dickinson) Hale.

Larry held various positions over the years in his career with The University of Missouri and Cooperative Extension. Starting in 1956 as an Ag Agent in New London, he was promoted to an Area Director, Regional Director, State 4-H Director, Director of Planning and Evaluation, and finished working an assortment of administrative level jobs for the University Director of Extension, including serving as Interim Regional Directors in SE and SW Missouri. He served and led county leadership councils, staff, and faculty across Missouri with his unusual and loved brand of humor, his uncanny way of processing a group of people through tough system-wide change, and his love for agriculture and 4-H.

Larry is survived by his wife Michele, his sister Elaine (Pipes), youngest daughter Gina (Ganey), granddaughters Addison (Ganey) and Haley (Ganey), grandson Noah (Pinkerton), and a niece and nephew.

In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by his son Michael, his daughters Susan and Julie, and his beloved Uncles Archie, Niles and Hugh.

No memorial services will be held. An announcement to celebrate Larry’s life will be sent to family and friends at a later date. If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation, please consider the Missouri 4-H Foundation (https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/missouri-4-h-foundation) or the Missouri Dept. of Conservation.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 10, 2023

Gary Hamilton, 80, left this world on February 8, 2023, in Columbia, MO. Gary, also known as Paw Paw, was born on June 23, 1942, in Moberly, Missouri. He graduated from Higbee High in 1960.

Gary worked in this life as a barber and a repo man. After this, he transitioned to Shelter Insurance Companies, where he worked his way up and retired as Vice President of Consumer Lending from Shelter Bank in 2004 after 34 years of service. Gary’s work took them around the Midwest working in Missouri, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas and back to Missouri (pronounced muz-zur-uh, NOT muh-zur-ee)!

Gary loved traveling with his bride, taking cruises and cross-country road trips. He could always be found with a small red Swiss Army knife ready to tackle anything that came his way, but most importantly, he would cut every straw his grandchildren placed in front of him. Gary loved working on his family farm on never-ending projects. His hobbies included tinkering in his in-home shop, working on rebuilding old cars, everything from a ’66 Mustang to a ’56 Ford Sun Liner, driving his candy apple red Mustang down Route 66, and most recently took to rebuilding a ’60 Ford 801 tractor.

Gary proudly served on the board of Coyote Hill, a Foster Care Ministry. He was a member of Compass Church in Columbia, MO. He was also a member of the Central Missouri Mustang Club, Old Wheels Car Club, and Crown Victoria Club.

While his hobbies and work added value to his life, Gary’s family was one of the most important things in his life. Gary took pride in each of his family members. Gary is survived by his lifelong love of 59+ years, Anne Hamilton, two children: Leslie Sneller and husband Mark Sneller and their two children, Ashton and Nathan; also Jeffrey Hamilton and his two children, Jaxon Hamilton and Dani Patterson with her husband Dalton Patterson. Gary also had one great-grandson, Sawyer Patterson. Gary is survived by his sister, Rita Perkins and two sisters-in-law, Denise Hartley and Rebecca Hartley. And numerous nieces, nephews, and more.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Compass Church, 600 Silvey St., Columbia, MO 65203. Celebration of life to follow directly after at 3:00 PM at Compass Church.

Memorials can be made to Coyote Hill in memory of Gary Hamilton. Gifts can be made online or checks can be sent to Coyote Hill, 9501 W. Coyote Hill Road, PO Box 1, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 14, 2023

Robert Joel “Bob” Harris, M.D., 88, of Columbia, passed away February 11, 2023, in Columbia.

A celebration of life will be held on March 5, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Parker-Millard Funeral Home, 12 East Ash St., in Columbia.

Bob was born on January 20, 1935, to Millard and Lucille (Moore) Harris in Poplar Bluff, Mo., because their hometown of Piedmont in southeast Missouri did not have a hospital. An only child, Bob was doted on by his loving parents and enjoyed spending time in his youth with his train sets in a playhouse, complete with electricity, that his parents built for him behind their home. Bob grew up helping his parents at their dry goods and clothing store, T.W. Harris & Son, in Piedmont. As a youth, he spent months receiving medical care in St. Louis recovering from an eye injury sustained in a slingshot accident, but he never let the fact that he was legally blind in one eye prevent him from doing anything. Bob’s interest in medicine began as a young boy when he would fish with his grandfather and then watch him clean the fish, leading him to discover that he was fascinated by the fish’s last meal and the contents of its stomach more than the fishing itself. He attended Piedmont public schools and graduated from Piedmont High School in 1953, where he lettered in basketball and played saxophone in the band.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957 from Central Methodist University. Among other honors, he received the Best Actor award at Central Methodist for his role in a school theatrical production. He made extra money in college playing the saxophone in local rhythm and blues bands. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1961 and completing a residency in pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1964. It was at Mizzou where he met his wife, Jerena “Jerry” Lee Arthur. Bob and Jerry were married on August 20, 1961, in Jerry’s hometown of Rolla, Mo., and made their home in Columbia for all 61 years of their marriage. Frequently, and without hesitation, Bob would tell anyone that Jerry was the love of his life and the best thing that ever happened to him. Jerry worked with Bob as a scheduler and manager for the last 30 years of his medical practice. Two children were born of the marriage, Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Harris and Julie Lee (Harris) Shaw.

Bob was considered an icon in the local medical community, as one of the longest practicing physicians in the history of Boone County and one of the longest practicing pediatricians in the state. He started his private pediatrics practice in August 1964 in Doctors Park in Columbia and continued to practice for nearly 56 years until his retirement in January 2020 because of illness. He was a founder of Boone Clinic Pediatrics and was later the senior pediatrician at (in a partial nod to his medical school nickname of “Tiger”) Tiger Pediatrics. He was a staff member at Boone Hospital Center and a clinical professor of pediatrics at Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia.

Throughout his medical career, Bob made a lasting and positive impact on the health and well-being of thousands of children in Central Missouri. As he said many times, pediatrics for him was a passion, not a job. When families could not afford to pay their medical bill, Bob still ensured that his patients received the best care possible. He was there to attend the deliveries of his patients, and he made house calls if needed. There are still families in Columbia where multiple generations – grandparents, parents and children – were patients of “Dr. Bob.” He also served as a mentor and took great pride in training many future physicians.

His concern for the well-being of children extended to his service on the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education, where he served as a member from 1981-1990 and as board president from 1984-1986. As a school board member, he handed both Jeff and Julie their diplomas at their high school graduations. Among other accomplishments as a board member, Bob was instrumental in establishing the Partners in Education program in the Columbia Public Schools.

In addition to his work, he authored two children’s books, The Curly Headed Bird and The Floppy Eared Beagle. He was a lifelong, and sometimes loud, Tigers and Cardinals fan and enjoyed attending Mizzou games with his family. He also enjoyed antiquing with his wife.

Among his many awards and honors were the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist University, the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri Medical Alumni Association, the Missouri Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Humanitarian Award from the University of Missouri International Center for Psychosocial Trauma. In 2017, Inside Columbia magazine recognized Bob in the Health Care and Medicine category as one of “The Como 100 Who Have Shaped Columbia.” In 2018, at age 83, Bob received the Columbia Daily Tribune Reader’s Choice Award as “Best Pediatrician.”

In addition to his many accolades, he served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund, the Safe Kids board and the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri chapter. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Most of all, he will be lovingly remembered by his family to whom he was forever and unfailingly devoted: wife Jerry; son Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Harris and wife Katie Perry Harris and children Grace and Ted; and daughter Julie Harris Shaw and husband Stuart and children Jack and Caroline.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Bright Star for their care at home and the staff of Columbia Post-Acute for their care. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dr. Robert J. Harris Scholarship for graduating high school seniors with an interest in medicine. Tax-deductible donations, with Harris Scholarship on the memo line, may be sent to the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 14, 2023

Vernon Lyle Jennings, 94, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023. Visitation will be 4-6pm, Thursday, February 16th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Private family services and interment will be Friday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Vernon was born April 25, 1928 in North Salem, MO to Ellis and Irene Jennings. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1945. After graduation, he attended North East Missouri State (now Truman State) and studied Business and Accounting. In 1950 he began his career with MFA/Shelter Insurance. Over his career, he worked many positions including Accounting and General Services. He was also instrumental in establishing the MFA/Shelter Credit Union. In 1993, after 43 years of service, he retired from Shelter Insurance as the Vice President of General Services.

In 1951, he put his young career on hold to serve his country with the US Army. He proudly served in the Korean War from November 1951 to November 11, 1952. He returned to work as soon as he had completed his military service. He loved trout fishing at Bennett Springs, and took up golfing in his 50’s. He made two holes-in-one from the same course over his golf career. He lived in Florida in the winter and loved to read. He also cheered for the MIZZOU Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed a big bowl of ham and beans with cornbread.

He survived by his wife, June; daughter, Terry Hume; daughter-in-law, Amber Jennings; stepson, Kevin Gromer; stepdaughter, Kari Brady; grandchildren, Corey King, Kendra Jennings, and Douglas Jennings; four step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his dog, Yadi. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Reva Guyer; and his son, Douglas Lyle Jennings.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church 3200 Chapel Hill Rd, Columbia, MO 65203 or the Salvation Army 1108 West Ash Street Columbia, MO 65203

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on February 17, 2023

Stephen M. Archer, age 88, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on February 13, 2023 at Columbia Post Acute. He was born on May 14, 1934 in Winfield, Kansas; a son of William A. Archer and Cecelia (Kumbera) Archer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years (Paula Karalyn) Kelly (Agrelius) Archer in 2012.

His first eight years of public schooling were spent in a one-room schoolhouse while growing up on a farm outside Winfield. He graduated from Winfield High School and earned BA, BS and MS degrees from Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in Emporia, Kansas, ‘57 and ‘58, and in 1964 his doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Theatre History. Stephen taught at Argentine (K.C.) High School, Black Hills State, Kearney State College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and was a Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Missouri for 27 years. In addition to teaching, directing plays & guiding dissertations, Stephen was an author of seven books, including textbooks, reference books, a biography of Junius Brutus Booth and a personal memoir, “I, Clodhopper”. Travel was a treasured experience, domestically and abroad. A voracious reader, he credited the Winfield Public Library and the works of Burroughs, Conan Doyle & Twain for giving his young mind a notion of life beyond the farm. Most years, he re-read Huckleberry Finn because he figured it couldn’t hurt him. He also enjoyed a near lifelong devotion to baseball in general, and Our Beloved Cardinals in specific.

Stephen is survived by his son, Steven Archer, sisters-in-law Judith Agrelius and Betsy (Agrelius) Zindle and brother-in-law Kenneth Zindle, all of Columbia, nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, a sister, Katherine Leonhart, and a brother, William H. Archer.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Stephen’s name to Doctors Without Borders at https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on February 22, 2023

Ben Frank Nelms - husband, father, professor and teacher - passed away on February 13, 2023, in Columbia, MO. Ben's life was dedicated to his family, to the training of teachers, and to the teaching of literature. Books were the tool of his trade but also one of his life's passions.

If his own life were a book, it would have the humblest of beginnings. He was born in the small rural town of Cornersville, Tennessee on May 12, 1936, the fourth child of Avon Elbert Nelms and Ocia Clift Nelms. He was born 15 years after his closest sibling and most of Ben's raising came from his two sisters, Ruth and Merle, and especially his oldest brother, Ward. Ben was a bookish and curious child in a farming community, and he spent his high school years hiding his good grades to avoid teasing. Even so, he finished valedictorian of his small class and was fortuitously discovered by a college recruiter who offered him tuition at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee. Ben sold a cow he'd raised to help with room and board while he attended college.

If his life were a book, it would honor the art of words and the joy of teaching. Ben graduated with an English and Speech degree from Lipscomb College in 1958, a Masters in English from the University of North Carolina in 1959, and a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Iowa in 1967. He taught in Tennessee, Texas, and Iowa before settling in for 24 years as a Professor at the University of Missouri. He then moved to the University of Florida where he was Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and where he was ultimately promoted to the Dean of the College of Education before retiring in 2005. He had many appointments and honors beyond those positions, such as directing the Missouri Writing Project for 24 years and the Florida Writing Project for six, as well as serving as the Editor of national journals such as English Education and the English Journal for seven and eight years, respectively. But if his life were a book, he wouldn't think to write it as a resumé of accomplishments; rather, he'd write it as a personal memoir of the joy of teaching and, more importantly, the privilege of knowing his students, who were not only his purpose and challenge, but in their response, also his reward.

If his life were a book, it would be a love story. Ben met and fell in love with Elizabeth (Beth) Donnell while at David Lipscomb College, and they married on December 27, 1962. They celebrated their 60th anniversary just two months ago. He once wrote, "I have been blessed, as few men are and none I think should expect, in a wife who is ideal in every way. Ideal for me, at least. Even her flaws are flaws I need in my life. Wherever she is, is home: personal, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual. To make a home requires two, and for me one of them had to be Beth."

If his life were a book, it would be filled with children. Ben and Beth had five children - Keats (Fiona) Nelms, Robert Nelms, Elizabeth (James Hudson) Frank, Katherine (Steve) Hughes, and Benjamin Nelms, and five grandchildren - Abigail, Leigh, and Aislinn Hughes, and Jackson and Joshua Nelms. Ben once wrote of his children, "As Beth taught me the meaning of home, they have taught me the meaning of family. And, ironically, it has been in my children that I have learned how much I have been blessed. In each of these five children I see repeated what I loved, respected, and sometimes resisted in all the forebears we are heir to. There has never been a day that I haven't loved them as myself."

If his life were a book, Ben's children would remember him faithfully reading aloud to them from his wooden rocking chair, taking them to places like Narnia, Middle Earth, and Sunset Towers on weekdays, and on Sunday, in the footsteps of the heroes of Old and New Testament faith. They'd remember his fairness and strictness, but they'd also remember his dependable help and wisdom. As pages turned, they'd remember growing to be not just his children, but his friends, each in their own way.

If his life were a book, the chapter on the so-called "golden years" would tell stories of how Ben and Beth would drive cross-country to fellowship with friends and family, to lose themselves in concerts and theater, and to peruse crafts and vintage bookstores. Back at home in Columbia, they enjoyed so much, including volunteering, leading adult education classes, being active in church, sharing their days with their beloved shelter dogs (Peanut, then Honey-B, who introduced them to the community at the dog park), and sitting down for friendly meals at Peking restaurant.

If his life were a book, the last few pages would admittedly be less grand as Ben's earthly body yielded to time. But the very last page would be (and was) full of long hugs, warm tears, and personal testaments. In the end, our friend, father, and husband on earth became our brother in eternity.

"There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will." - Hamlet 5.2

Posted online on February 17, 2023

Graple Louise Ross, age 81, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on February 15, 2023 at Boone Hospital. She was born on July 8, 1941 in Tiplersville, Mississippi; a daughter of Laurel Greene and Lessie (Bullman) Greene. She was united in marriage to James Ross on July 1, 1959 and he precedes her in death.

Louise and James moved from Portageville, Missouri to Columbia in 1968 and she worked as a cook at Lee Elementary and then earned her CNA certificate and worked at Lenior Nursing Home. In the mid 70’s she went to work at Candelight Lodge Assisted Living and remained there until her retirement in the early 90’s.

Besides her family, Louise’s big love was her faith and her church. She was a long-time member of the Bethany Church in Columbia and later became a member of Calvary Heritage Baptist Church. She also loved to sing and could often been heard singing in the home or even in the yard for the neighbors. Her favorite music was gospel and bluegrass. Louise enjoyed attending gospel festivals with friends, going to plays at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre or Branson and playing cards. She was meticulous about her appearance, getting her hair done every week, always making sure that her jewelry matched her outfit, and that her make-up was perfect.

Louise is survived by her three sons, James “Tim” Ross (Meghon) of Columbia, Edward Anthony Ross (Elizabeth) of Springfield, Daniel Alan Ross (Melanie Bourgeois) of Rohnert Park, California, her sister Laura Jane Terrell, grandchildren Andy Ross (Heidi), Alex Ross, Mason Ross (Jenn Cooper), Olivia Ross, Jonathan Ross, Ethan Ross, Adelia Horner (Kyler), Parker Ross, Wylie Ross; great grandchildren Jake, Braden, Owen, Kallen, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters Mildred Maerine Sticklin, Mary Nell Warren, Georgia Delle Greene and brothers, Fay Dywone Greene and Ray Lavone Greene.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2023 at Calvary Heritage Baptist Church, 1703 W Worley St, Columbia with funeral services immediately following.

In lieu of flower, memorial donations can be made in Louise name to Calvary Heritage Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center, 5611 E. St Charles Road, Columbia, MO 65202 (573) 474-8443. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.

NOVEMBER 7, 1930 – FEBRUARY 16, 2023

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

Jeanette Ruth Leroux age 92, died on February 16, 2023 in Columbia, Missouri. Jeanette was born in Hays, Kansas on November 7, 1930 to Roger Leigh Hefling and Edith Alice Hefling. She married Lawrence L. Leroux on June 9, 1957 in the First Methodist Church in Halstead, Kansas and he preceded her in death March 11, 2008. She is also preceded in death by daughter Stephanie Leroux; brothers James Hefling of Halsted, KS, and John Hefling of Danville, IL.

She is survived by son Steven Leroux and wife Tammy of Holts Summit, MO; grandson Allen Leroux of Fulton, MO; brothers Jerry Hefling of Paola, KS, and Joel Hefling of Platte, SD. Additionally, Jeanette is survived by 6 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Leroux family.

Mark Allen Foreman, 91, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023, in Columbia, MO. Mark was born May 24, 1931 to Josephine (Zimmerman) and Daniel Ernest Foreman at their family farm. The small livestock and poultry farm was in Adams County, South of Decatur in NE Indiana, and this is where Mark and older brother, Howard, grew up.

Mark attended Senior High School in Decatur, IN. Mark then attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN where he majored and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Agriculture Economics.

Mark was asked to join the internationally acclaimed Purdue Varsity Glee Club. The glee club had 56 voices who dressed in black tails at all their performances. Under the direction of Albert Stewart, they became one of the most outstanding college glee clubs in the nation. Mark was one of several lead soloists in the club for two years, and in his last year, they performed over 100 concerts. They were considered ambassadors of Purdue both in the US and Internationally.

In 1951, Mark met Joan Menge of Fort Wayne, IN, who, at the time, was attending Stephens College in Columbia, MO. They were married in West Lafayette, IN, while Mark completed his senior year at Purdue, graduating in 1953.

In his freshman year at Purdue, Mark had enrolled in the Army ROTC program, which required a commitment of two years of active-duty service in Germany with the US Army following graduation.

Back in Fort Wayne, Mark was offered a sales position and became employed by Central Soya’s McMillen Feed Mills. He was promoted to territorial successor manager in the established Columbia, MO, area territory. His new territory covered a wide range of counties across central Missouri, and the family moved from Salem, IN, to Columbia.

In 1964, Mark decided to change his career path and become an agent for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Columbia for the next 44 years. Over those years, he earned accolades from both his primary company and from peers and agents of other fine companies.

He ranked in the top 1% of all Lincoln producers in the US in 1990 and qualified as a 30-year member of the International Million Dollar Round Table. Mark’s wife, Joan, joined his staff in 1986. Joan was a superb director of marketing and promotion at the Lincoln Financial local office.

In July 1965, following a presentation at an Optimist Club meeting, Mark and two other members were asked by the program presenter, Lewis Stoerker, a professor at MU, to join him and assemble a small group to create a memorial for the Stoerker’s 9 year old daughter, Carol, who had been struck by a car in 1961.

Mark knew Lewis as a friend and choir member from his Presbyterian Church choir. Lewis asked Mark and three others to help create a non-profit corporation to raise funds to buy the land surrounding the well-known rock bridge, 5 miles South of Columbia to create a large park.

By acquiring about 2000 acres of the beautiful, rugged land surrounding rock bridge, the park would serve as a memorial for Carol. Mark was asked to serve as both director and secretary. The original team numbered 5 men and 2 women and two months later, 6 outstanding men were added to meet the goal of buying the land.

They raised $180,000 and obtained the State Park Board’s recommendation to gain a federal funding grant matching the $180,000, providing $360,000 needed to pay the 9 different land owners. The 9 tracts of land were then transferred by the corporation to the Missouri State Park Board in 1967-68 totaling 1,830 acres.

Mark served as the official secretary of Rock Bridge Memorial Park, Inc. during the corporation’s existence. The beautiful Rock Bridge Memorial State Park now totals 2,373 acres with over 25 miles of trails. The prior landowners were very pleased with their decision to sell their land to create a park that will be enjoyed into perpetuity.

Throughout his accomplished life, Mark was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and a member of the church choir since 1961. He was an ordained Deacon and Elder, served as a trustee, and was asked to serve on several ministerial committees. Mark was also an active member of the Columbia NW Rotary Club since 1971, and served as the president in 1974-75.

Mark is survived by his wife, Joan, and son, Paul Michael Foreman. Mark also enjoyed a precious few years spending time with his goddaughter Ayla Granberg Hidborg.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Walter and Stephen Foreman; brother, Howard Foreman.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 7th from 4-7pm at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. A memorial service followed by a time of fellowship will be held, 1pm Wednesday, March 8th at 1st Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St, Columbia, MO 65201 or to the Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial Park, PO Box 7642, Columbia, MO 65205.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com for the Foreman family.

Posted online on March 11, 2023

We lost a gracious and kind advocate for voting rights and mental health services when Lael Hunt Powers Von Holt died on the afternoon of February 20, 2023.

Lael had a long career helping people with mental health, initially through her social work in New York City, later work in a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, and her decades of work in Missouri as a mental health counselor.

Her career was important. But Lael’s family is what she prized the most. Born Lael Hunt Powers in 1927, she had a close relationship with her mother, Rea, with whom she shared an April 9 birthday, and her father, Merritt. Her three sisters, Glenna, Judy, and Debbie, all passed before her, but she greatly enjoyed keeping communications flowing with them and their families. She is survived by her brother Merritt, Jr. of Massachusetts.

Lael met her future husband, Henry W. Von Holt, Jr., through both work and chance. They worked at the same psychiatric hospital. But their lasting relationship was sparked by a chance meeting one evening away from work. Henry was driving in Northborough, Massachusetts looking for an address that he couldn’t find. He stopped at a house on South Street to ask directions. It just happened to be the Powers family home, and Lael answered the door. They recognized each other and spoke briefly. Lael gave Henry directions and he left. Inspired by that surprise meeting, a few days later, Henry approached Lael in the hospital cafeteria and asked her out. Their relationship blossomed and they married on September 18, 1954, at First Parish Church, a beautiful white church on a hill in Northborough.

Lael and Henry moved to Eugene, Oregon after the wedding and had two sons there, Gardner and Dudley. Lael’s mother Rea died soon after the wedding, and Lael grew close to Henry’s mother, Alice, who lived in Portland, Oregon, as well as the entire extended Von Holt family. In 1960, Lael, Henry and the boys moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and she had a third son, Edward. Lael loved raising her boys and was a supportive mother. She encouraged her sons in whatever they wanted to do and was always ready to support their school work, extracurricular activities, lessons, and just about anything else.

In 1967, the family moved to Columbia, Missouri. Lael earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Missouri and provided mental health counseling in Hermann, Jefferson City, and other parts of Missouri. At the same time, she kept the family active with frequent short and long trips - to Stephens Lake and Rock Bridge Park in Columbia, to New England to visit her family, and to Portland, Oregon to visit Henry’s family.

Lael’s culinary skills were strong. Believing that dinner together was an important part of maintaining a strong family, she prepared dinners every night. When it was time to eat, she would ring a bell in the garage and her sons would come running home from wherever they were playing in the neighborhood.

Lael was proud of the fact that she was a descendant of the Adams family that produced two presidents and a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden, who arrived on the Mayflower.

Lael loved dogs, of which the family had several. Her favorites were three German shepherds, Lady, Pepper, and Silver.

Although busy with work and family, Lael was a long-term active member of the Missouri League of Women Voters. She strongly believed that supporting voting rights should be a non-partisan issue. She was involved in numerous League efforts, tracking city council meetings, following legislative efforts related to mental health, and moderating candidate discussion panels and debates, among other duties. She had many League friends, whom she greatly admired.

Lael loved the addition of daughters-in-law to the family, Lisa, Mary, and Anne. She and Mary shared an affection for the study of ancestry and Mary worked on a family ancestry research project that Lael appreciated. Lael and Lisa saw each other often, both had a love of cooking, and Lael grew close to Lisa’s family, particularly Carey and Richard Chapple, who visited Lael frequently. Although they knew each other only a short time, Lael and Anne shared the counseling profession and mutual admiration.

Lael’s love of family grew even greater with the birth of her three granddaughters, Julia in 1988, Anna in 1991, and Catherine in 1995. She followed their lives closely and loved exchanging correspondence, often snail mail, with them.

Lael and Henry’s happy marriage lasted for 60 years, ending only upon his death in 2014.

Lael was overjoyed with the birth of her great grandson, Simon, in 2021. She enjoyed visits from him at two Christmases and kept a close eye on her internet-connected digital picture frame, which would often update her with new photos of Simon.

In 2021, Lael moved from the family home on Crown Point to the Tiger Place senior residential facility, where she found a wonderful community of residents and staff. She was grateful to all those who made her feel so welcomed and at home there. Her apartment’s screened porch looked out over plants, trees, and the entrance to the facility. She enjoyed sitting there, soaking in the view, the green of growing things, and keeping track of the action. When not on the porch, Lael enjoyed discussions with other residents, sharing her views on women’s rights, playing bingo, and kicking around an exercise ball. She also enjoyed keeping track of news, usually having CNN going on the tv, but with the sound muted. With no sound from the tv, she could engage in another favorite activity — discussions with her caregivers from Home Instead and Phoenix, interesting and compassionate people who made her life better.

Lael’s passing on Monday, President’s Day, was quiet and peaceful with sun streaming in through the window. Family members in the room had been looking at family pictures and reminiscing just before, which provided a comforting background to her passing. She will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, beside Henry, whom she always described as “elegant,” a word that really applied perfectly to her.

A memorial service celebrating Lael’s life will be held April 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St., Columbia, Missouri. Share memories and condolences online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on March 15, 2023

Dr. Roger W. (Dad) Bumgarner, an accomplished anesthesiologist, philanthropist, and devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully at home on February 24, 2023, at the age of 99, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Heyssel Bumgarner, his son-in-law George Blystone Jr. and his granddaughter Remy Ann Blystone. He is survived by his three children Ann Blystone, Carrie Bumgarner (Wallace Greene IV), and Bill Bumgarner (Christine), three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, in-laws, nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of friends, who considered him family.

Born on June 11, 1923, in Odessa Missouri, Dr. Bumgarner led a remarkable life, characterized by a passion for travel, a love of gardening, and a commitment to excellence in his chosen field. He was widely recognized by his peers for his skill, compassion, and expertise. Dr. Bumgarner was proud to have been the first anesthesiologist in Columbia, Missouri, have served in MASH units in Korea, and have volunteered as a nursing home ombudsman for over 25 years (until the age of 97).

In addition to his professional achievements, Roger was also a very kind man, who cared deeply about the people around him. He always had a kind word or a helping hand for those in need, and he will be remembered for his compassion and generosity. Roger was an avid gardener and took great joy in the beauty of nature. He would want us all to take a moment to enjoy the flowers around us, as he often did.

Beyond his family, Dr. Bumgarner was also an extensive philanthropist, supporting a wide range of charitable causes over the course of his life. He believed deeply in the importance of giving back, and dedicated himself to helping those in need. Roger and Mary were passionate supporters of local charities, especially the Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri and in lieu of flowers for the family, please consider making a donation to that organization or a similar one in their honor, and planting a flower or tree.

Dr. Bumgarner's passing is a great loss to all who knew him, but his memory will live on through the many lives he touched and the lasting impact he made on the world around him. He would want us to take the time to enjoy the natural world coming to life, to be kind to one another, and to treat everyone with equity.

At the request of Dr. and Mrs. Bumgarner there are no services at this time. A celebration of their lives will be planned at a later date when the flowers are in full bloom.

Posted online on March 14, 2023

James E. Porter Jr., 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend was called home by his Heavenly Father on March 8, 2023.

He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Georgia of 72 years and a cherished role model for his daughters and many in the community.

James was born October 2, 1929, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of James and Eugenia (Drew) Porter. James’ mother died when he was young and was raised by his father and loving stepmother Mary (Norman) Porter.

James, fondly known as Jim, had a passion for fishing, riding his motorcycle, and collecting Lionel trains. He loved working with his hands whether it was fixing something that wasn't broken or working on old cars. Service was a big part of his life. He was an Elder at 5th Street Christian Church, a lifetime member of the Masonic Rising Sun Lodge, and a member of the Big Brother program. He was a father to the fatherless in the community and never met a stranger.

Jim was a Veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Korean War alongside his twin brother Clarence receiving an honorable discharge. Jim worked as a Maintenance Foreman for the Columbia Housing Authority and retired after over 32 years of service.

Jim is Survived by his beloved wife Georgia Porter, daughters Janice Porter-Posey (John), Boston, Massachusetts, Deborah Greene Turner (Gary), Columbia, Missouri, Cynthia Thompson (Eric), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Kimberley Slater (Aaron Jr), Reisterstown, Maryland, Lisa Porter-Jones (Kenneth), Carmel, Indiana, 9 Grandchildren, 4 Great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clarence and Carl, sister Lula, and grandson Miles Jones.

Services will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, Mo 65203. Visitation 10:30am - 11:30am, Masonic Last Rites Service 11:30am, Funeral Service 12 Noon, Interment to follow, Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family request donations to either the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Nora Stewart Early Learning Center in Columbia, MO.

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on March 16, 2023

Donald Dee Waller, age 89, of Columbia, formerly of Laddonia, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Boone Hospital Center. He was born on December 10, 1933 in Laddonia, Missouri to the late Roy and Elsie (Shugart) Waller.

Friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with a Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment of ashes will follow at a later date.

Don graduated from Wellsville High School. He served his country in the Navy where he was a corpsmen, working at Camp Lejeune hospital in the pediatrics department.

He married Dolores Johnsten in Laddonia, Missouri on December 24, 1954 and they were married 62 years until her passing in 2016.

Donald worked in Carpentry until he moved to Columbia, where he worked at the Physical Plant at the University of Missouri. He then became the locksmith for the University and then for the University of Missouri Hospital for the remainder of his career.

Donald was a friendly, outgoing jokester that liked everyone he met. He took pride in his meticulous care of his yard and caring for “his birds”, spoiling them with food, heated baths, etc.

Don is survived by his children: Pam Waller of Columbia, Tim (Angela) Waller of Hallsville, and Mark (Faith) Waller of Warrenton; grandchildren: Brittany (Andrew) Lynch, Zachary (Kathy) Waller, and Ian Waller; sister Ruth Ann(Steve) Dunn of Wildwood, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Dolores.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd. Suite 7A, Box 334, Columbia, Missouri 65203

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 www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on March 28, 2023

Arvine Eubanks, age 89, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

Arvine was born on September 16, 1933 to Millicent and Odessa Eubanks in Hillsdale, Missouri. After Arvine graduated from Douglass High School in 1951, he enlisted in the Army, fought in the Korean War conflict and served honorably.

From a previous marriage, four children were born, Adrienne, Debra, Arvine, Kellee. In addition to the four, Teresa Bryant Redd was born. In 1985, Arvine met Sharyn Cole which proceeded into marriage, which included daughter Stacey Williams.

In 1967, he was employed by the United States Postal Service which he worked for 47 years before retiring in 2012. Additionally, he was a current member of Richard T. Kelly American Legion Post 238 and a longtime member of St. Paul AME church were he was a Trustee. He was also a former member of the Peacemaker Motorcycle Club.

Arvine is preceded in death by both parents, Millicent and Odessa Eubanks and his daughter Debra. He is survived by his wife Sharyn and children Adrienne of Connecticut, Arvine of Florida, Kellee (Eric) Columbia, Teresa of Springfield, IL and Stacey (Lenard) of Chicago; as well as a sister-in-law, Alberta of Kansas City; and grandchildren, Arvetta, Nasia (Joseph), Taalor (Ben) and Kennedy; along with several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 31, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at St. Paul AME Church. The funeral service will take place Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM, also at St. Paul AME Church. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on March 31, 2023

Eva Jean Crowson passed away on March 28, 2023, at the age of 94 peacefully in her home in Columbia MO with her family by her side. She was born October 5,1928 in Columbia MO on their farm in Boone County MO to Joseph A Martin and Wilmoth (Crane) Martin, Jean was preceded in death by her husband R Joe Crowson (Joe Crowson), her parents and her siblings, Sue Martin and Billy Joe Martin.

Jean married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Joe Crowson on March 18, 1951. Together in their 70 years of loving each other, Jean and Joe loved and raised 5 wonderful children: Sandra C Mead (Jensen Beach FL), Robert J Crowson II (Susan), Georgetown TX. Craig S Crowson (Mary) Palm Coast FL, Paul M Crowson (Becky), Hobe Sound FL, and Kimberly A Delfino, Jensen Beach FL. Jean was a loving grandmother to 6 wonderful grandchildren: Chris Adamson, Zachary Crowson (Kayla), Kiersten Adamson-Castro (Mariano), Madison Crowson, Chase Adamson and Nicholas Crowson. Special mention to her loving niece Donna Russell (Denny), like a daughter to Jean, a sister to her daughters.

Jean started school at the old 1 room Bethel School. After 8th grade she attended and graduated from the University of Missouri Lab School in 1946. She went on to get an AA degree at Christian College in 1948. Jean was an Administrative Assistant at Stephens College from 1973 to 1994. She began her career as Administrative Assistant in the Math Department. She ended her career as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Academics.

Jean had many talents. While at Christian College (Now Columbia College) she played field hockey. Jean also developed a love for volleyball. She played volleyball for years at the Armory with her team the “Oldies” while Joe was left at home with the kids! She also played tennis with her kids, helping them to become better players.

All grew up loving fishing, blessing each of her children with the same love. For years she and her family fished at her parent’s cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. She later learned to fish off a dock in Florida on the Indian River. She was called “The Queen of the Dock.”

Jean was an amazing stay-at-home mother, wife, aunt and friend. She was a fabulous gardener and had beautiful flower beds. She maintained her garden up until the ripe age of 93! Her love of gardening passed on a love of nature to her children. Mom had green hands. We were lucky to get green fingers from her!

Jean was a wonderful cook of “down home” foods. She made sure Joe and the kids always had fruit and vegetables. But her specialties were fried chicken, pork chops, and amazing cherry pie!

She and Joe worked out in the gym at the YMCA in FL and their beloved ARC in Columbia MO. They made many wonderful friends wherever they went. All the friends she made were blessed to know her. She never met a stranger nor anyone she could not talk to. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

At Jean’s request, there will be no visitation or service. A graveside ceremony and burial will be held at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton MO at 10:00 on April 7, 2023. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Preferred Hospise of Missouri Central, LLC or to a charity of your choice, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St, Fulton, MO 65251

Online condolences may be made at www.debofuneralhome.com. 




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