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love truly never die
year by year the sad memorial wreath--
and flowers, types of life and death--
upon their graves.
is she who has a dear one dead
she has whose face will never change,
communion that will not grow strange.
of a life is death.
no death, nor change, nor any ending.
journey, and so many go
who stay at length discern the blending
two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
ourselves, made beautiful instead.
"Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
by, Helen D. Williams
COURTESY OF "THE
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"
Cody A. Meserve, Class of 2005, died
Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 in his home in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.
Carl Clayton Hill, Class of 1970, passed away
Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.
Phillip Allen Hinshaw, Class of 1972,
passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.
Jacquelyn Kay Crane Stamper, Class of 1959,
passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020.
McBaine Acton, Class of 1952, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
Michael Sequinne Bruner, Class of 2010
passed away Monday, January 27, 2020.
Jillian Nicole Worley, Class of 2001,
passed away Friday, January 24, 2020.
Denise Ann Withrow Batton, Class of 1974,
passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Joy Acton Gardner, Class of 1945, passed away
Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Bluffs in Columbia.
Betty Sue Arnold Casteel, Class of 1952, passed away
Monday, January 6, 2020.
Grace Coats Tietz, Class of 1969, passed away
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Boone Hospital.
Krista M. Jones White, Class of 1984, passed
away Thursday, December 26, 2019.
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Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Krista M. White passed away at home on Thursday, December 26, 2019
surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born to Dona and James
Jones on May 25, 1966 in Roswell, New Mexico. Krista lived in Denver,
Colorado until she was 11-years-old, at which point she moved to
Columbia with her mother, Dona. Krista attended Oakland Middle School,
and later earned her degree from Hickman High School, where she ran
track and graduated with honors. Krista attended Mount Holyoke College
and Sorbonne University in Paris, where she received a bachelor’s degree
in education. Krista married John Barak White on Sept. 23, 1989. Krista
went on to receive her master’s degree in foreign language from the
University of Missouri.
Krista had many hobbies, including
running marathons and training dogs in agility and obedience. She ran
nine marathons, and even won the Heart of America, the Columbia area
marathon. Krista also participated in the AKC national tournament of dog
agility with her beloved dog, Spark.
Krista was preceded in death
by her father, James, and his brother, Robert Jones, and all of her
grandparents: Burl and Jo Wilkerson, and Robert and Pauline Jones.
Krista is survived by her three brothers: Marcus, Mike and Rob;
stepbrother John Everson; her two sisters: Amy and Jamie; her mother
Dona; her two sons: Jonathan and Nicholas and his wife Maria; and her
Krista made a friend out of every person she came
into contact with, and had a large following in the dog agility and
running communities. Any donations on Krista’s behalf should be directed
to the Vincent P. Gurucharri MD Foundation or the Columbia Second
Betty Sue Arnold Casteel, Class of 1952, passed away Monday,
January 6, 2020.Published Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Grace Coats Tietz,
69, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Boone Hospital.
Grace was born to parents Bob Coats and Helen Easley Coats Dec. 30,
1950. Grace loved growing up on her family farm with sisters and
wonderful parents, which she always held very dear to her heart. Grace
attended Columbia schools and graduated from Hickman High school in
1969. Grace moved to Houston, Texas in 1975 with her sisters and was
employed by the Johnson Space center. She married in 1976 and had two
amazing daughters. Grace moved back to Columbia in 1997. She enjoyed
spending time with her daughters and grandchildren who meant the world
to her. Grace also loved the country life and enjoyed learning new
crafts, especially working with leather.
Grace is survived by her
daughters: Kristen Tietz Launius and husband Steve and Candace Tietz
Jackson and husband Brian; grandchildren: Gaberial Launius, Dylan
Launius, Isabella Launius and Samuel Launius; sisters: Jean Coats and Jo
Ann Coats Hofeditz and husband Vincent; nephew, Karl Hofeditz and wife
Jamie; and niece, Lisa Hofeditz Craig and husband Thomas.
condolences may be made to the family at
Published Friday, January 10, 2020
Betty Sue Casteel,
85, of Columbia, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 6, 2020
surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to
noon on Monday, Jan. 13 at Memorial Funeral Home, with funeral services
at noon. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Sue Arnold was born on June 15, 1934 in Columbia, the daughter of L.H.
Arnold and Allene (Potts) Arnold. She was united in marriage to Wallace
“Wally” Dale Casteel on June 13, 1954. Their marriage lasted 49+ years
until his passing in March of 2004.
Throughout her working career
she held jobs at the Missouri State Teachers Association, Holiday Inn
East and Atkins, Inc.
Betty Sue enjoyed dancing, roller skating,
ceramics, knitting, cross stitch, crocheting, and spending time with
family and friends at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. She and
Wally always enjoyed their time spent dancing with their friends.
Survivors include her two sons: Steven (Holly) Casteel and David
(Ryanne) Casteel; and three grandchildren: Bryan Casteel, Brandon
Casteel and Chloe (Casteel) Rimer (AJ).
In lieu of flowers, the
family asks for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the
Online condolences may be made at
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020
Joy Acton Gardner, 92,
of Columbia, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Bluffs in
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday,
Jan. 20 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 10 to
11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery
following the service.
Joy was born on May 19, 1927 in Harrisburg
to James Richard and Sena (Buckler) Acton. Joy met Virgil Gardner while
attending Lathrop County School. They were married Aug. 27, 1950 and
were married for 68 years. Virgil passed away May 2, 2019. Joy was a
lifelong member of the Woodlandville United Methodist Church and served
as organist for over 50 years. Joy was a graduate of the Lathrop County
School and Hickman High School. She also attended the University of
Missouri. Joy worked at Central Dairy and Ben Franklin in Columbia, then
worked for the U.S. Forest Service many years until her retirement. Joy
was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing her famous Scotcheroos!!
She is survived by her sister: Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) Fenton of
Columbia; two nephews: Rick Fenton of Lake Ozark and Randy Fenton of
Rocheport; one great-niece: Nicole Norvell, husband Clayton and daughter
Sadie of Pleasant Hill; one great-nephew: Kyle Fenton and fiance’ Yamile
Oberlechner of Pleasant Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may
be sent to Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home.
are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory;
12 East Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences
may be left online for the family at
Published by Greening-Eagan-Hayes
Funeral Home, Macon/Shelbina/Clarence, MO July 21, 1956 - January 15,
Ann Batton, daughter of Frank and Pat Withrow, went to be with her Lord
January 15, 2020 after a valiant fight against cancer. She and her
husband Edward lived in Clinton, Mississippi. She was born and raised in
Madison, MO but later moved to Columbia where she attended and graduated
from Hickman High.
After graduation she worked at State Farm and
retired from that company three years ago in Winter Haven, Florida. She
loved traveling and crafting, but mostly loved spending time with her
She is survived by her husband Edward of Clinton,
Mississippi, her daughter Amy and husband Derick Wenzel of Columbia, MO,
her son Kyle and Sarah Roberts of Edmond, OK, her grandchildren, Sophie
and Emma Wenzel and Campbell and Sloane Roberts, her sisters Lissa Adams
(Mark) of Jefferson City, MO, Stacey Cooper (Jim) of Macon, MO., Holly
Leigh Withrow of Jefferson City, MO., Tammy Melott (Joe) of Watonga,
OK., and Lesley Schwartz (Lew) of Weeping Water, Nebraska and her
brothers Rick Campbell (Sabrina) of Dallas, Georgia, Doug Campbell of
Moberly, MO and her mother Pat Withrow (Frank) of Macon, MO. Also
several very well loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in
death by her Father Charles Campbell of Moberly, MO, her maternal
grandparents Hershel and Minnie Bugg and her paternal grandparents
Norman and Daisy Campbell of Madison, MO.
Memorial service will
be 12:00 pm on January 21, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Macon,
MO. Inurnment will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in
Jacksonville, MO. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to
Wreaths Across America. Arrangements are under the direction of Hutton &
McElwain Funeral Home in Macon, MO.
To know her was to love her.
She will be greatly missed. Follow your arrow sweet Denise. #bigbearhugs
"Best memories are made in flip flops." - Denise Ann Batton
Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Worley, 37, of Columbia, unexpectedly left this earth on Friday, January
Friends and family will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 31 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service. A funeral service
will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Prairie Grove Baptist
Church, 860 NE Park Lane, Columbia. Interment will follow in the New
Jill was born on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1982 at
Reynolds Army Hospital, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
She was a graduate
of David H. Hickman High School in 2001. Jill received an Associate
Degree in Science Nursing on May 8, 2008 from Columbia College-Columbia
and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on Dec. 17, 2015 at Central
Methodist University-Fayette. Recently she was working towards being a
Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jill has
been working in the medical field for the past 13 years and has lived in
Columbia since March of 1986. She loved cooking, crafts, reading, movies
Jill is survived by her son: Wesley, 14; parents:
Mark and Rita Worley; brother: Jacob Worley (wife Jackie); sister:
Stefani Worley; three nephews: Ethan, Eli and Noah; paternal
grandparents: George and Phyllis Worley; and numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal
grandparents: Edmund and Mary Ann McGary.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations in her honor may be made to
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
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Bruner, 29, of Columbia passed away Monday, January 27, 2020. He was
born in Columbia July 3, 1990 to Anna “Marie” Bruner and Michael Patrick
Visitation: 12 to 1 p.m. Funeral service: 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1707 Smiley
Lane, Columbia, MO 65202.
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.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Mary K. Acton, 85,
of Hallsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 at
Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel with Pastor Travis Fritz officiating. Family
will receive friends from noon until time for the service. Burial will
follow the service at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mary was born on
July 1, 1934 in Columbia, the daughter of William Henry and Jewell
Thornton McBaine, who preceded her in death. She retired from 3M and was
a member of Dripping Spring Christian Church. She was an artist and
craftsman that enjoyed working with her hands and wanted everything done
perfectly. She was very kind and loving.
Mary is survived by her
children: Charles Edward Acton (Patty) of Pilot Grove, Randy Acton
(Diane) of Ashland, Mitchell Earl Acton of Columbia and Rhonda Kay Acton
of Hallsville; siblings: Helen Turner of New Franklin, Henry Dale
McBaine of Boonville and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by siblings William Junior McBaine, Ruth
Harris and Frank McBaine.
Online condolences and tributes may be
shared with the family at
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Stamper, loving wife of George Stamper, passed away peacefully on
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 78 after a battle with
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Broadway Christian Church with a Celebration of Life
immediately following at the Country Club of Missouri.
born Dec. 2, 1941 and was a lifelong resident of Columbia. She graduated
from Hickman High School (Class of 1959), Christian College and the
University of Missouri (College of Education). She was a member of the
Delta Gamma Sorority and remained active after college, serving as
President of the House Corporation for many years. She received the
Delta Gamma Cable Award for her years of extraordinary efforts and
loyalty to the organization.
Jackie was a teacher in the Columbia
Public Schools for more than 25 years, with most of her time teaching at
Robert E. Lee Elementary School. She and her family were especially
proud of her receiving the Columbia Community Teachers Association
Teacher of the Year Award in 1983-84.
She was an active member of
King’s Daughters, Margie Rogers Circle, a social bridge player, an
officer in the Rock Bridge High School Booster Club, and a proud
supporter of all of her children and grandchildren’s sports interests
While Jackie was active in the community and
within her profession, her greatest love was her family. A mother of two
and step-mother to five, Jackie embodied motherhood and surrounded all
her children with love and compassion.
She is survived by her
husband of 45 years, George; her children Ronald Graves (Deborah),
Robert Graves (Stacey), Leesa Ingalls (Kerry), Laura Nunnelly (Ron),
George “Buster” Stamper, Jr. (Annie), Geoffrey Stamper (Shivani) and
Leslie Stamper; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild and her sister
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne
and Alice Crane and her sister, Gwendolyn Cockrell.
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement
(https://thewomensalzheimersmovement.org) or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Hinshaw, 66, of Columbia, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.
Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at
Nilson Funeral Home.
Phillip was born in Marshall, Mo. on April
16, 1953, the son of Cecil Allen Hinshaw and Hazel (Hampton) Hinshaw. He
was a 1972 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia. He followed in
his father’s footsteps, working as a commercial plumber throughout his
life. He enjoyed spending time at his home away from home, Elks Fork
Campground in Paris, Mo., where he enjoyed crappie fishing, boating on
Mark Twain Lake and being surrounded by all the wonderful friends he
made there throughout the years. Kerrie and Jay Garrett were among those
special friends, along with his best friend, Frank England, who preceded
him in death. Phillip was also an avid golfer, and loved spending time
with his family, especially his grandkids.
Survivors include his
wife: Sharon Hinshaw of Columbia; two daughters: Bridget (Clint) Gallup
of Columbia and Jamie (Pete) Stoops of Columbia; and grandchildren:
Jaden Gallup, Sophie and Harper Stoops.
He is also survived by
his step-daughters: Rhonda (Bruce) Begemann of Hartsburg and Angie
Miller of Hallsville; grandchildren: Colby McKee, Tanner McKee, Carson
Middaugh, Kamryn Offineer; and great-grandchildren: Colton, Cayden,
Chase McKee, Harper Turner-McKee.
He is also survived by
siblings: Justin (Marty Howell) Hinshaw of Boonville, Kevin (Janice)
Hinshaw of Rocheport, Becky (Danny John) Hinshaw of Hunstdale, Eric
Hinshaw of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by his parents, sister: Shelia Hinshaw, father- and
mother-in-law: Robert (Bob) and Eunice Bangert; two sisters-in-law:
Carolyn Johnston and Tammy Lepper.
Expressions of sympathy may be
made to: The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the
Central Missouri Humane Society.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Road, Columbia, MO
65202; 573-474-8443. Online condolences may be left for the family at
Published Thursday, February 6, 2020
Carl Clayton Hill, 67,
of Columbia, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Neighborhoods.
Visitation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 and
Funeral Services will follow at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home.
Graveside Services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at Park
Cemetery in Carthage.
Carl was born Nov. 26, 1952 in Carthage,
the son of Clayton Robert Hill and Jeanette (Miller) Hill. Carl became
an Eagle Scout at 14-years-of-age. He earned a bachelor’s degree and an
MBA from the University of Missouri. Carl worked in many aspects of the
construction industry and was a particularly talented carpenter as well
as computer tech whiz. He enjoyed playing chess and backgammon online
and with friends. He was an avid reader, a devotee of Star Trek, The
Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Carl was also a fan of the World
Champion Kansas City Chiefs, and delayed leaving his Earthly bonds until
mere hours after their Super Bowl victory!
Carl is survived by
his mother: Jeanette; his daughter: Holly Linneman; two granddaughters:
Moxie and Joey; two sisters: Nancy (David) Foote of Fulton and Mary
(Tim) Felshaw of Simi Valley, California and a host of aunts, uncles,
cousins, nieces, nephews and great nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his father, Clayton Robert Hill.
Memorial donations may
be made to: Windsor Street Montessori School in care of the funeral
Online condolences may be made at
Published Thursday, February 13, 2020
Cody A. Meserve, 33,
of 3rd Street, Lehighton, Pennsylvania, formerly of Columbia, died
suddenly Sunday evening, February 9, 2020 in his home.
Services: 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview
Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. Call, noon-2 p.m. Friday in the funeral
home. Entombment with Military Honors: 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17,
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Born in Truckee,
California, he was the son of Corey Meserve of Salem, Oregon and the
late Donna (Augustine) Meserve.
Cody served as a career soldier
HEALTH CARE SPECIALIST and Infantryman, achieving the rank of SGT
(E-05). He was awarded ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL/ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
(2ND AWARD)//NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL//GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM
SERVICE MEDAL//IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL W//CAMPAIGN STAR//ARMY SERVICE RIBBON
(2ND AWARD)//COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE//AIRBORNE. Cody was a graduate of
Columbia High School. Cody was an active volunteer for Wounded Warriors
Association, Valor House-Jonas, DAV, and the 22 Vets a Day Supporter.
Survivors: father; step-mother, Belle (Nava) Meserve of Salem;
fiancée, Melissa C. McGowan with whom he resided; daughter, Lola of
Erie; sons: Ean of Missouri, Gunnar of Erie; stepsisters: Gabriella
Grey, Sierra Grey, Rachel Nava; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Paul’s House Valor
Foundation Clinic, 1130 Scenic Drive-Jonas, Kunkletown, PA 18058.
Online Condolences may be left for the family at