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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



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.

Mary K. 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.

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 husband John.

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 Chance.

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.

Online 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.

Betty 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 funeral home.

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 Columbia.

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.

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

Published by Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home, Macon/Shelbina/Clarence, MO July 21, 1956 - January 15, 2020

Denise 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 family.

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

Jillian Nicole Worley, 37, of Columbia, unexpectedly left this earth on Friday, January 24, 2020.

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 Salem Cemetery.

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 and family.

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

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Michael Sequinne 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 Douglas.

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

Published Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mary K. Acton, 85, of Hallsville, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

A 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

Published Saturday, February 1, 2020

Jacquelyn Kay Stamper, loving wife of George Stamper, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 78 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

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.

Jackie was 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 and activities.

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 Judith Denney.

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 ( or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phillip Allen Hinshaw, 66, of Columbia, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020.

A 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.

Phillip was 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 home.

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.

Memorial 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.

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