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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



























 






OBITUARIES COURTESY OF "THE COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"

Geneva Grace Campbell Latimer, Class of 1942, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2021, at her home in Columbia.

Donna Drummond, Class  of 1965, passed away in Clifton, Colorado, Thursday, December 25, 2021.

Stephen Young, Class of 1966, passed away in his home at Oak Harbor, WA,  Thursday, December 23, 2021.

Linda Louise L’Hote, Class of 1959, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at her home in Stillwater, OK.

Jeannine Lionberger Bezler, Class of 1948, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.

Richard Young, Class of 1979, passed away on December 13, 2021 at Boone Hospital in Columbia.

Dell Lane Cunningham, Class of 1935, passed away during the night on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Gregory Scott Crane, Class of 1987, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Rochester MN.

Cameron D. Acton, Class of 2014, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Barbara Ott Levacy, Class of 1958, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Arrowhead Care Center in Lake Ozark, MO.

William (Bill) Ferdinand Payne, Class of 1969, passed away Saturday December 4, 2021 in Prescott, Arizona.

Andrew Taylor (A. T.) Dorsey, Jr., Class of 1953, passed away on November 28, 2021.

Donald Richard Lorton, Class of 1952, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Martha Frances Glodo Phelps, Class of 1950, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue Washington.

Carolyn Mitchell Lewis, Class of 1966, passed away Friday, November 26th, 2021 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Cheryl Lea Rule Benthall, Class of 1980, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021.

Thomas Robert Ridge, Class of 1966, passed away on November 22, 2021.

Robert "Butch" McBaine, Class of 1961, passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at his home in Ashland, Oregon.

Garland Ray Douglas (G.R), Class of 1947, died on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Dorothy Jewell Calvin McBee Metzinger, Class of 1943, passed away Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at The Neighborhood Nursing Home in Columbia.

Nyles Brendan Naylor, Class of 2019, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Lucy Samantha Cox Winkler 'Lulie 'Moore, Class of 1965, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021 in Katy, Texas

Phyllis Ann (Workman) Parsons, Class of 1954, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in Fallmouth, Massachucetts.

Rona Pierceall Duncan, Class of 1986, passed away Monday, October 25, 2021.

Tamara Ann Page Ray, Class of 1963, died Oct. 17, 2021, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Colorado.

Robert "Bobby" Kenneth Russell, Jr., Class of 1980, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Jeffery Martin Pelousky, Class of 1977, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Karen J. Smarr Ardrey, Class of 1972, died  Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at McLaren Hospital in Lapeer, Michigan.

Dolores Theresa Damian Crouch-Stone, Class of 1972, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2021 at University Hospital.

Sandra Lee Conner Hombs, Class of 1958, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

John Hunt, Class of 1963,  passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Boone Hospital Center.

Rick Gray, Class of 1963, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2021.

Robert "Dan" Ronchetto, Class of 1984, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Daryl Keith "Bish" Buescher, Class of 1965, died at his home in Mesa, Arizona Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Brenda "Janie" Kemper, Class of 1969, died Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at her home in Columbia.

Ronald "Ronnie" Dale Thornton Sr., Class of 1962, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Edward Lee "Eddie" Sutton, Class of 1963, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021  at his home in Conway, Arkansas.

Andrew John Thurman, Class of 1996, passed away at his home in Columbia, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Larry Reed “Hush Puppy” Stone, Class of 1962, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021, in Spokane, Washington.

William Gary Goodson, Class of 1965, passed away on September 5, 2021 in Aiken, South Carolina.

Lonnie Gilpin, Class of 1952, passed away at his home in Ashland, Missouri, Thursday, September 2, 2021.

JoAnn Denney Fisher, Class of 1963, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Alan David Shinn, Class of 1972, died Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Linda Diane Mitchell Kelly, Class of 1969, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021, at University of Missouri Hospital.

Elaine (Hume) Wrubel, Class of 1968, died August 26, 2021 at a local nursing facility in Three Rivers, Massachusetts.

Donald D. Farris, Sr., Class of 1956, passed away Friday August 20, 2021 at The Bluffs in Columbia.

Neal Ellen Moore George, Class of 1965, died at her home in Rifle, Colorado, Friday August 20, 2021.

Harold E. Sims, Class of 1955, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021, in Columbia.

James Latimer, Class of 1953, passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at his home in Sturgeon, MO.

Mark Stephenson, Class of 1968, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in Columbia.

Edward A. Lightfoot, Class of 1964, died Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Horizons Care Center, Eckert, Colorado.

David Ralph Richter, Class of 1982, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at his home in Millersburg, MO.

Clifton "Earl" Hopper, Class of 1955, passed away in St. Louis on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

Jack Palmer, Class of 1963, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Margaret Lee Hart, Class of 1954,  passed away on Friday, August 6th, 2021.

Judi Hall Andrews, Class of 1962, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Daner Hans Schoengarth, Class of 1999, passed away on August 1, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Woody L. Wright, Class of 1957, passed away July 29, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

William C. Staehle, Jr., Class of 1972, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Mark Stephen Dalton Dunlap, Class of 1968, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Carl Willis Vaughan Jr., Class of 1977, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Kevin Don Linger, Class of 1975, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Life Care Center of Evergreen in Evergreen, Colorado.

Sally Sue Fancher Houdersheldt, Class of 1951, passed away at her home in Columbia,  Friday, July 16, 2021.

Douglas D. Miles, Class of 1969, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at his home in Lenexa, Kansas.

Barbara D. Rice Gilpin, Class of 1955, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Marc Griffin, Class of 1968, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Dale Nichols, Class of 1954, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Betty Gayle Smith, Class of 1963, passed away on June 29th, 2021, in Columbia, Missouri.

Micheal Lee Grant, Class of 1969, passed away in Houston, Texas in July, 2021.

Ronald Edward Knudsen, Class of 1959, passed away at his home in Columbia, Missouri, Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Betty Jean Brown Smith, Class of 1950, passed away June 24, 2021 in Columbia, MO.

William Fred Perkins, Class of 1958, passed away Wednesday, June 16,2021.

Willie Griffin, Class of 1973, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Timothy Stapleton, Class of 1985, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Carolyn Maxine Roberts Douglas, Class of 1958, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Lois Dean Watson Shaw, Class of 1949, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Robert Wayne Ader, Class of 1964, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

David Leon Anderson, Class of 1976, passed away Wednesday May 19, 2021 at his home in St. Louis Missouri.

John C. Baldridge, Class of 1954, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Missouri.

Walter “Sam” Sorrels, Class of 1947, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly, Missouri.

Nicholas Michael Reed, Class of 1998 , passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home in Centralia, Missouri.

Richard Charles Wilson, Class of 1963, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

George Neal King, Class of 1954, passed away on May 5, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

James G. Cleveland, Class of 1952, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Hawthrone, Florida.

Donna Lee Crenshaw West Gray, Class of 1951, passed away at her home in Hernando, Mississippi on April 29, 2021.

Marciele Mueller Maledy, Class of 1944, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021.

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden, Class of 1954, died on April 26, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri.

Darrius Kendall Tyrone Edwards, Class of 2010, passed away Sunday,  April 25, 2021.

Paul Dysart, Class of 1968, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Kay Ellen Shelton Kapp, Class of 1969, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

Lawrence "Allen" Mayes, Class of 1989, of Columbia, passed away April 16, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Ida Belle (Herrin) Malewski, Class of 1938, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Hico, Texas.

George William Gibson, Class of 1971, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

William Fred Cunningham, Class of 1965, passed away April 14, 2021.

Linda Jo Petrauskas (McKinstry), Class of 1964,passed away April 13, 2021 at her Soquel, California home.

Gary Dale Grindstaff, Class of 1974, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Mary Wright Novak, Class of 1961, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 at her home in Columbia.

Tanisha Danielle Peal, Class of 2010, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, in an automobile accident in Cahokia, Illinois.

Lewis Henry Sutton Jr., Class of 1948, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Fayette Caring Center.

Sharon Ann Brock Sessions, Class of 1972, passed on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Jane Murdock, Class of 1963, passed away March 18, 2021.

Steve Nowell, Class of 1972, passed away Sunday March 7, 2021.

Billy Jack “BJ” Smith, Class of 1953, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Anita Faye West Wade, Class of 1959, passed away on March 1, 2021.

Robert Paschang, Class of 1959, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Redenna Williams, Class of 2002, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home in Columbia.

Mark Derryl Schake, Class of 1982, passed away on February 21, 2021.

Kathryn “Kathy” Frala Martin, Class of 1975, passed away at her home in Columbia Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Jo Ann Thomas, Class of 1971, passed away at her home in Winona, Minnesota on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Maya Leah Nicole "Nicki" Wootton, Class of 2006, left us Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Phyllis Elaine Terry Willingham, Class of 1956, passed away Saturday February 13, 2021 at her home in Columbia Missouri.

Ralph Perry Flint, Class of 1969, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at a Moberly hospital.

Albert Paul "Bunny" Sutton, Class of 1955, passed away February 6, 2021 at his home in Columbia.

Verna Dean (Crane) Price, Class of 1946 passed away at the family home in San Diego, CA on February 5, 2021.

Betty Ann Wade Fenton, Class of 1954, passed away at The Timbers, assisted living home in Holts Summit on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Nellie Aurita Prince Caldwell, Class of 1971, passed away  Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Harley Wayne Hyde, Class of 1963, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Glen Nelson Thurman, Class of 2006, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

William Emmett Gwatkin, III ("Bill"), Class of 1946, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021.

Jennifer M. (Rybolt) Ethridge, Class of 1997, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Charla (Emmons) Kleopfer, Class of 1965, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Dennis Whitesides, Class of 1974, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Ronald Lee Burks, Class of 1953, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.

Libby Coats Ellis, Class of 1971, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021.

 















































 










Published on January 06, 2021

On Friday, January 1, 2021, Libby Ellis went home to be with the Lord.

Libby was born on April 3, 1953 in Columbia to Lawrence and Louise (Ferguson) Coats. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1971, worked at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics for nearly 30 years. On August 21, 1995 she married David Lee Ellis. They have two daughters, Dava Coats and Melissa Coats, both of Columbia.

Libby enjoyed many aspects of life. She was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou sports teams. She enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, and talking on the phone. She also enjoyed taking car rides and listening to gospel music. Her greatest joy in life was being Mema to her grandkids.

Libby was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence; mother, Louise; sister, Leta Stemmons; special aunt, Etta Lee Banister; paternal and maternal grandparents. She is survived by her husband, David; sister, Lois (Wilfred) Tolson; daughters: Dava and Melissa (Darrell); grandsons: Treyvon and Jalen Barnes; aunts: Dorothy (Harold) Hickam, Winnie Freelon; uncles: John Richard (Louise) Ferguson and Howard (Cora) Turner; special cousins: Doris Ferguson and Kay Smith; in-laws: Anthony (Glenda) Ellis, Bonita Ellis, Roy Stemmons, Sr.; step-daughters: Davina and Shanda Schroeder; grandchildren: Jacob, DJ, Skylar, Emmett; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will be received from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, January 9 at Millard Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. at Millard Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Russell Chapel CME Church Building Fund (108 E. Ash, Columbia, MO 65203).

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.

Published by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.

Ronald Lee Burks, 85, of North Little Rock went to his heavenly home on January 1, 2021 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born October 17, 1935 in Columbia, Missouri, to the late Lloyd and Elma Burks. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and a 32nd Degree Mason. He retired after a successful sales career with Bryan Smokey Hollow Meats. In 1989, he was named nationwide “Salesman of the Year.”

Ronald was a kind, gentle and caring Christian man who loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends. He was always so proud of his family and their accomplishments and never missed an opportunity to tell each how proud he was of them. Even though the effects of Alzheimer’s diminished his mind, the sight or sound of family- especially the children- always brought a gleam to his eyes. As a caring Christian man, he was always far more concerned with the needs of others over his own. Ronald was a giver, not a taker, and always seemed to see the good in other people regardless of their situations or standing.

He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in NLR, which held a special place in his heart, and where he had many loving friends, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Burks; sister, Debbie Smith of Columbia, MO and a stepdaughter, Gina Larkin of NLR. He is survived by his sons, Ronnie Burks (Brenda) of Maumelle; Randy Burks of Johnstown, CO, and Rick Burks (Yvette) of Denton, NC; stepson, Brian Bentley of NLR; sisters, Sue Farlow of Asheboro, NC and Martha Strawn of Spring, TX; 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the doctors- especially Dr. Scott Harrington- nurses and staff at Baptist Springhill Medical Center for their loving care, concern, and lifesaving efforts.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns, a private family visitation and memorial service will be conducted for family members only. Interment with military honors will be held at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in NLR.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following which were dear to Ronald’s heart- Central Baptist Church, 5200 Fairway Ave, NLR, AR, 72116 or Special Olympics AR, 2115 Main Street, NLR, AR 72114.

Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.

Published on January 08, 2021

Dennis Whitesides passed away on January 6, 2021 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

There will be no service. He will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. A luncheon in his honor will be held at a later date when we all are vaccinated for COVID-19.

He was born in Columbia on September 29, 1956 to Donald and Laverne Whitesides. His parents preceded him in death. He was a lifelong Columbia resident, graduating from Hickman High School in 1974. Dennis worked in the lumber business for 40 years.

Dennis was a devoted husband to his wife of 30 years, Pranny Cook Whitesides, and she survives. Along with his wife, Dennis is survived by his sister, Debbie Sheldon (Roger); his son, Eric Whitesides; three beloved grandchildren: Grayson, Jackson and Aria; and adoring nieces and nephews.

He loved traveling with his wife, always returning with adventurous tales to tell, whether that was from San Diego, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Chicago, Las Vegas or their countless St. Louis Baseball Cardinal trips.

Dennis was an avid fan, loving: Cardinal Baseball, MU Tigers Football and Basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs and of course Tropical Liqueurs.

Dennis will be missed immensely. The absence of his quiet steadiness, and gentle humor will leave an empty space in his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on January 24, 2021

Charla (Emmons) Kleopfer, of Columbia, passed into eternity January 19, 2021. Her earthly passage ended in her home, encircled by her husband Lynn of 39 years and daughters Natalie R. Thomas, Kim P. Wuest, Nichol A. Gottman, their husbands, and newborn granddaughter. Charla’s legacy is known to her family and friends for interests in music, research in genealogy and family history, and unrestrained love and charity for all.

Charla was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma June 5, 1947 to Charles L. Emmons and Leah L. (Van Kirk) Emmons. She spent her early life in Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas where her parents were teachers. She moved to Columbia in 1957 with her parents. Her father, Charles, was for 25 years an accomplished University of Missouri Professor of Instrumental Music and served as Director of Bands, Conductor of the University Philharmonic Orchestra and Chairman of the Music Department.

To no surprise, Charla followed her father’s lead and herself became an accomplished musician. She enrolled at Mizzou and supplemented her studies as a member of Marching Mizzou, as well as one of the first Golden Girls, which her father Charles founded in 1957. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969 with a BA in History. She went on to work for the state historical society. In 1979, Charla received her Masters of Arts in Library Science from the University of Missouri, where she contemporaneously built her career as a librarian in the medical library.

Charla and Lynn Kleopfer met in 1980 at the University of Missouri Health Sciences library, while he was doing his medical residency. They married Dec. 12, 1981 and subsequently spent 39 beautiful years together in Columbia. In addition to their tenured time in Columbia, Charla, Lynn, and their daughters accomplished many family excursions to condos in Florida and Branson, and far off destinations in America and Europe to enjoy Charla’s passion for history and genealogy. Charla truly felt blessed to cherish these adventures away with her family.

Charla was outgoing and gregarious and gave her time and resources generously to many family, friends, and charitable organizations. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Kentucky Historical Society, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, Ohio Genealogical Society and numerous other state and local societies. She became an expert in her family and friend’s genealogy and created family history books which she shared all across the country. She also enjoyed many hobbies, most of all to scrapbook and quilt with her best friend Marcia Willis.

Charla never met a stranger and was always making new friends. She was an extremely giving person with passion to help others anywhere there was a need. She loved those around her with so much love and intensity, that if you were lucky enough to know her, you absolutely felt her generosity and compassion.

Charla is survived by her husband of 39 years, Lynn Kleopfer; daughters and sons-in-law: Zach and Nichol Gottman, Michael and Kim Wuest and Jacob and Natalie Thomas; two grandchildren and her aunt, Dot Van Kirk of Arizona.

Private services will be held on Sunday, January 24. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Charles Emmons Scholarship or Leah Lou Emmons Orchestra-String Music Scholarship at the University of Missouri. Donations can be made online at giving.missouri.edu or mailed to Mizzou Gift Processing 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211. Please visit www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.

Published on January 28, 2021

Jennifer M. (Rybolt) Ethridge, 43, of Paris, Missouri, passed into a peaceful sleep until God called her to come home on January 20, 2021.

She was born December 15, 1977 in Columbia to Robert Rybolt and Sarah J. (Worstell) Ethridge.

She went to Hickman High School. She had a big heart, tried to please everyone. Beautiful inside and out, Jennifer and her mother had a special bond. She had a rough 43 years but managed her fears. She is now at peace. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. Jennifer left us way too soon.

Surviving four beautiful kids: Kayla M. Benton of Kansas City, Missouri, Noel L. Bullock of Columbia, Chris A. Bullock of Georgia, Shawn D. Ethridge of Paris; mother, Sarah J. Worstell Ethridge and stepdad Ross Ethridge of Paris; two brothers: Jeffery Rybolt of Paris, Jesse Rybolt of Columbia; stepbrother, Ronnie Ethridge and stepsister, Trisha Ethridge, both of Texas; three grandkids: Alynia Jones, Embersyn Jones, Tobias Stoddard; numerous cousins; aunts and uncles.

Preceded in death by her father, grandparents.

No services at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial Center. Condolences may be shared at Nilson-Millard Cremation and Burial.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2021.

William Emmett Gwatkin, III

William Emmett Gwatkin, III ("Bill") of Santa Rosa, California, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021, at the age of 91 from complications of COVID-19.

Bill was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1929, in Columbia, Missouri, to LeMay Ryan Gwatkin and William Emmett Gwatkin, Jr., a classics professor at the University of Missouri. He grew up in that university town and remained a loyal "Mizzou" sports fan throughout his life. During those years, he also bonded with "The Lee School Boys," a group of pals from elementary school with whom he remained lifelong friends.

After graduating from Hickman High School in 1946, he attended The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1950. He then joined Harvard Law School's Class of 1953, but his studies were interrupted by military service. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, attending the Navy's Officer Candidate School and serving on the USS Colahan DD 658 as a lieutenant junior grade during the Korean War and while on active duty on the island of Guam. Following his time in the Navy, he returned to Harvard Law School's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and completed his law studies, earning a Juris Doctor.

While on Christmas leave from the Navy in 1953, Bill married Carol Enid Anderson, whom he met while working at the Wianno Club in Osterville, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. An extremely devoted couple, they had recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

After his law school graduation, Bill worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Admiralty and Shipping Section for some 20 years. He began his career in Washington, D.C., and later transferred to San Francisco, California, to head the section's West Coast office. After retiring from the government, Bill continued in private practice for numerous years and served on the board of trustees of the Marin County Law Library in California from 1990 to 2000.

Bill was an active member of The Episcopal Church in the communities where he lived. He served on the vestry at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California, and was a faithful parishioner at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood, California, where he will be laid to rest in the Memorial Garden.

He will be remembered fondly for his remarkable singing skills. A true Welsh tenor, he lent his voice to the St. Stephen's Follies and was a longtime member of the Tiburon/Marin Men's Chorus in California. Each year at the chorus holiday concert, his family would wait anxiously during his "O Holy Night" solo in fear he would miss the high note. He hit it every time.

Bill had a remarkable encyclopedic memory, a profound fascination with all things meteorological and a fondness for waterfalls. His taste in music ranged from Broadway show tunes to cool jazz. Despite being reared in Missouri, he was happiest when beside the ocean. Bill never seemed to mind the water temperature and would jump into frigid surf with Carol by his side. Pajaro Dunes in California and Cape Cod remained favorite spots.

Bill loved a good meal! The Lee School Boys affectionately deemed him "Bones" due to his tall, thin build as a young man. His nickname would stick long after he married Carol and became accustomed to her wonderful cooking. He especially loved her Swedish meatballs, array of Christmas cookies and "hot soup on a cold day."

Bill is survived by his wife, Carol, and three children: Christina Moghadam (Hamid), Cynthia Rowland (James) and Claire Jones (Marc). In addition, Bill leaves behind his four grandchildren, Cyrus Moghadam, Marshall Jones, Brooke Rowland and Charlotte Jones. He is also survived by his brother, Davidson Ryan Gwatkin (Nina) of Washington, D.C.; his nieces, Li Gwatkin and Kathryn Goulding, and their families; and numerous cousins. In his later years, Bill was particularly amused by the moniker bestowed on him by Kathryn's daughters: "Gruncle" for great-uncle.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to a charity of your choice.

Published on February 03, 2021

Glen Nelson Thurman, 33, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 24, 2021.

He was born in Columbia to Donald G. Thurman and Laura M. Thurman on December 20, 1987. He attended Hickman High School, Central Methodist University, Clairmont University, and Stephen’s College. He loved language and spoke German, studying at the Gottigen Institute, Germany. He also loved philosophy, ethics, and the study of religions. He loved to write.

Glen had a big heart, was playful and full of life, he was also a private person unless you knew him. He spent much time in the outdoors and loved to fish, hunt, bike, hike, and go on adventures. He especially loved to spend time on our land in Howard County where his ashes will be spread.

Surviving are his parents: Donald G. Thurman and Laura M. Thurman; brother, Troy Thurman; beloved sister, Bethany M. Thurman; beloved nephew, Giani G. Parker, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his beloved cousin, Timothy Bunton and two sets of grandparents: Gene and Jean Thurman and Nelson and Marion Koerner.

There are no services planned at this time. Spreading of his ashes will occur at a later date. Donations are asked for in his name to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue, unchainedmelodies.org or APA Animal Protection Association of Mo., apamo.org.

Published on February 02, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on February 05, 2021

Nellie Aurita Prince Caldwell transitioned to her eternal place in God on January 27, 2021.

Preceding her in death are her parents: John Alfred Sr. and Alice Pearl Smith Prince; a brother, John Alfred Prince, Jr.

A native Columbian, she came into being on October 5, 1953. During her purpose on earth, she attended the Columbia School District, graduating from Hickman High School. She achieved her B.A. at Northeast Missouri State University then on to Lincoln University (Jefferson City), obtaining DOUBLE Masters degrees in Education and Public Health. She was employed by the State of Missouri Department of Health from July 1, 1978 to her retirement June 1, 2008 after 30 years of service, having served as Bureau Chief of the Department of Health.

Surviving is her husband, Rev. Dr. Carlton R. Caldwell; four children: Latisha, Keith, Carnisha, and Weslyn; two very special and dear children: Helen Harrington and Robert “Bobo” Simmons; three brothers: Brian, Raimon and Harlan; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews.

St. Louis Viewing: 4-7 p.m., Friday, February 12, Granberry Funeral Home, 8806 Jennings Station Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63136.

Columbia Funeral: Saturday, February 13, Sugar Grove Baptist Church, 5400 Sugar Grove Road, Columbia, Missouri 65201. Wake: 9-11 a.m.; Funeral: 11 a.m.

Published on February 03, 2021

Hartley “Carl” Fenton, age 89, of Columbia, passed away at Boone Hospital on January 25, 2021, with his loving wife, Betty, and daughters by his side. Betty Ann Fenton, age 84, of Columbia, passed away at The Timbers, assisted living home in Holts Summit on January 29, 2021, surrounded by family and staff.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of respect to our family and friends, a private memorial and graveside service will be held only for immediate family, but the services will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 6 on the funeral home's Facebook page at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia.

Carl and Betty were both born in Columbia. They were married May 20, 1955 at First Christian Church in Columbia.

They are survived by daughters: Debra Guthrie (Stephen) and Connie Fenton of Columbia; grandchildren: Jason Guthrie (Kim) of Jefferson City, Sara Noda (Tyler) of St. Charles, and Carlee Fenton of Columbia.

Carl and Betty were preceded in death by their daughter, Peggy Leigh Fenton, in 1961.

Carl was born September 22, 1931 to Hartley Banks Fenton and Mora Pearl Phillippe. He is survived by his sister, Helen Graves, and brother, Dale Fenton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hartley and Mora Fenton, and brothers Ralph, Donald, and Nelson Fenton.

Betty was born June 27, 1937 to Emmitt (Ray) Wade and Helen Amanda West; both preceded her in death.

Carl and Betty both attended the Wade School, in north Columbia. Carl went on to graduate from University High School in 1949, and Betty graduated from Hickman High School in 1954.

Carl grew up working in the family’s dairy business, except for two years of military service with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Carl returned to the family business following his discharge.

Shortly thereafter, Carl saw Betty at the Missouri State Fair where he commented to his brother, “Someday, that girl will be my wife.” After their first date, it was destined that they would spend 65 glorious years, inseparable, making memories together.

Following their marriage, Carl decided to become a barber and graduated from the Barber School in Kansas City. He opened his own barber shop, Route B Barber Shop, in 1966 and successfully operated as a proud, small business owner for 37 years. He loved barbering and serving his customers. When he would go out to eat, it was common to have multiple people come over during the meal to pay their respects. He had a passion for people and always loved telling a good story whether it was politically correct or not. He was a man who did not shy from his beliefs and always gave everybody he met a fair shake.

Betty chose to stay at home and committed herself to supporting Carl and raising their family. She was an excellent cook (no different than her mother, Helen) and was always making the “family favorites” for special meals and occasions. If you had the privilege to enjoy a meal at the Fenton household, you knew you would be leaving the table uncomfortably full. The way she could effortlessly prepare a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings was only genuinely appreciated a year ago when the rest of the family all pitched in to try and replicate the meal during the holiday season.

For Carl and Betty, “family was first,” which meant: traveling out-of-state over 30 years to celebrate special occasions with family; Jason never having a haircut from anyone other than his Grandpa till age 15; attending all of (and sometimes Carl dancing at) Carlee’s dance recitals; and Sara sharing with Grandma a passion for quilting which she continues to this day.

Carl loved his farm and his cows. Even though he had many run-ins with his livestock over the years; most notably falling in the trough while feeding, and jumping into a frigid creek to save a calf, both events occurring when he was well into his 70s, he always cared deeply for them and they brought him great satisfaction.

Betty loved the holiday season when the family would all be together. Nothing brought her greater joy than her family all being around her and sharing the same stories and traditions we have had for a long time. You always knew she was telling a great story that she found funny because before she could even finish the punchline or ending, she would usually start cackling so hard we all wondered if she would get through it. This passion for life and being with ones she loved, made for so many special moments we will cherish forever.

The last two years of their lives Carl and Betty lived at The Timbers of Holts Summit (family owned and operated assisted living home) which allowed them to see their daughter and grandson every day, and surrounded by caring and compassionate caregivers.

While the passing of both Carl and Betty within a five-day period is very emotional and traumatic, neither of them could have imagined living without the other. We are all blessed they continue to be together forever.

The family wants to express their sincere appreciation to the many, many family and friends who have shared their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to: Coyote Hill, PO Box 1 Harrisburg, MO 65256, coyotehill.org/waystohelp/tributes.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Brooks, Dale Fenton, John Graves, Phil Graves, Bandy Jacobs, Denny Russel.

Provided by Ed Elliott, '51 Kewpie - February 21, 2021

Verna Dean (Crane) Price passed away at the family home in San Diego, CA on February 5, 2021 with loving family members by her side. “Deanie” was 92 years old and a 1946 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri.
She married Bill Price of Harrisburg, MO in 1948 and together they had five children: Tandy, Jim, Billy Dean, Liz and Cindy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Price, her parents, Channing Tandy Crane and Opal Crane, sisters Laura Beth Purcell and Dorothy Turner and her sons Jim and infant Billy Dean.

She is survived by her sister Martha Lee (Crane) Elliott of San Diego, CA and 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Published on February 12, 2021

Albert Paul Sutton, 83, a lifelong Columbian, passed away February 6, 2021 at his home. He was born July 26, 1937 to Albert and Thelma Sutton.

In 1957, he married Betty Jo Creason. They had two sons together, Clifford and Chris.

The ironically nicknamed “Bunny” was actually a large man, with a voice and personality that matched his stature. A manager at the Gerbes meat department for many years, he also owned a farm and especially loved cattle.

Bunny loved following sports, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers. He was also a bowler, youth baseball coach, and a member of the award-winning 1953 Tribune Tigers baseball team. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1955.

Bunny is survived by his wife, sons, three siblings: Edward Sutton, Ozella McCasland, and Sandie Umstead; five grandchildren: Jacqueline Sutton, Melissa Miller, Justin Sutton, Cooper Sutton, and Lexi Sutton. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Theodore Sutton and Ava Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Mary Wright and Bonnie Shockley.

A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, with a service following at noon; Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202; 573-443-3173.

Contributions may be made to Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, 9501 W Coyote Hill Rd, Harrisburg, MO 65256; 573-874-0179.

Published on February 14, 2021

Ralph Perry Flint, age 69, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at a Moberly hospital.

He was born June 1, 1951 in Shelbina, the son of Earl and June Flint.

He lived with his family in Bethany, where he went to public school through the 9th grade. The family moved to Columbia, where Ralph graduated from Hickman High School in 1969, then went on to the University of Missouri, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Ralph worked in Kansas City for the Black and Veatch Engineering Company for a number of years until his health caused him to quit.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his siblings: David Flint, Teresa (Flint) Hodges and Jennifer Flint; sister-in-law, Maureen Flint; brother-in-law, Frank Hodges; as well as four nephews: Christopher Flint, Curtis Flint, Alex Flint, and Matthew Hodges.

Burial will be held in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date, yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, Missouri, 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.


Published on February 18, 2021

Phyllis Elaine Willingham, 82, of Columbia Missouri passed away peacefully on Saturday February 13, 2021 at her Cedarhurst residence in Columbia Missouri.

Phyllis was born April 4th, 1938 in Columbia to Lewis Jackson Terry and Estelle Catherine [Anderton] Terry. Phyllis was raised and attended school in Columbia, graduating from David Hickman High School. She worked for the University of Missouri at Jesse Hall. Phyllis attended New Horizons United Methodist Church in Columbia.

December 1st, 1956 Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Ever Ray Willingham whom preceded her in death on February 14, 1987. They had three children, Mike Willingham [Margaret], Randy Willingham [Donna] and Greg Willingham[Tammy] all of Columbia. Phyllis’s love of children led her to 30 + years of day care for children. She had seven Foster children throughout that time and is testament of her loving heart and kind nature.

Phyllis raced go-karts in her younger days, attended Turkey shoots was often a winner, loved humming birds, walking, and going to the Broadway Diner downtown to order her favorite, biscuits and gravy. She enjoyed playing the harmonica for those whom enjoyed a tune. She attended many Shriner events with her husband and made life-long friendships.

In 1988, Phyllis was introduced to Ezra “Fuzzy” Nichols who became a loving companion for over 30 years. He preceded her in death.

Phyllis was the youngest of five children. She was preceded in death by sister, Juanita Palmer and is survived by sisters, LaVerne Sartin, Lois Vogt; brother, Paul Terry. Phyllis has four grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle and Marshall Willingham and Kalyn Pilsudski. She has four great grandchildren, Hazel and Madeleine Willingham and Nora and Samuel Pilsudski. She had ten nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was a kind, happy and joyous person to be around. She will be missed.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home,1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 from 1:30pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:30pm. A private burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences and to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

Published on March 14, 2021

Maya Leah Nicole Wootton was born November 30, 1987 and Left us February 18, 2021.

Nothing about her tragic end matched Nicki’s spirit. She was bubbling over with life, light, and joy despite some dark times and difficult challenges.

A proud graduate of Hickman High School and an Associate’s degree, Nicki focused her passion in life on helping people and animals. Given her own struggles with addiction, which she talked about with refreshing honesty, Nicki earned a career certification in peer support counseling. This was a perfect blend of all the things she excelled at: connecting with others, using her humor to put people at ease, listening with an open heart, and sharing her story with candor and grace.

Nicki was a warrior in every sense of the word. She ran into a neighbor’s burning home once to try and save their cat. She saved numerous animals and a number of friends and strangers over the years. She was the embodiment of this quote by Stephanie Sparkles: “I love when people that have been thru hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire.”

Our beloved Nicki leaves behind a loving family, including her mother, Tammy Hickman; and her Nana, Beth Young; uncles: Paul Comier, Davin and Ian Tipton; aunts: Chris Tipton and Carleton Tipton-Montie and Susan Cormier; and many more extended families as well as too many friends to name. She was preceded in death by her father, David Wootton and her beloved aunt, Tara Tipton and her uncle Martin Wootton. Her beloved pugs Henni and Ro who loved her fiercely have found a loving home with family where they will continue to be spoiled to the end of their days.

Nicki in her own words when she was 23.

“If I died today I would be thankful for the love that I was lucky enough to feel. If I died today I would be thankful for having so many good friends that I have to count them on my fingers AND toes, and to know that I would gladly walk to the ends of the earth for them if they asked me.”

Celebration of Life service will be planned for the Summer months – when hopefully hugging will once again be allowed.

Published on February 28, 2021

Jo Ann Thomas, age 67, of Winona, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Friday, February 19, 2021, surrounded by her family. All those who knew and loved Jo Ann admired her strength and perseverance throughout her 25-year battle and recurrences of cancer.

Jo Ann was born on July 8, 1953 in Columbia to two physicians, Dr. Helen Yeager Thomas and Dr. Horace Thomas, and received her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. She began her professional career as a community organizer, working for People Involved in Rice County, Minnesota COACT (Citizens Organizations Acting Together), and the Land Stewardship Project. A strong feminist, she then applied her organizational skills to the empowerment of women, serving as the director of Houston County Women's Resources and then as co-director of the Women's Resource Center in Winona.

She met her husband, Douglas Nopar, while working together at Minnesota COACT in Minneapolis. Jo Ann and Doug later relocated to Winona. They were married on August 16, 1986 at the Winona Arts Center. Raising two daughters to be caring, intelligent, wise, loving and powerful young women gave Jo Ann the greatest joy of all — she loved being a mom.

Relationships were very important to Jo Ann, and it is no surprise that she had a large network of close friends who adored and revered her. That included five friendships from kindergarten that she actively carried forward throughout her life. She had a way of making others feel loved and welcomed in her presence, and she was someone that people gravitated to and wanted to be around. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Jo Ann was wise, insightful and perceptive. A great listener, she was always interested in getting to know and learn about you. Jo Ann could also be fiery and sassy — she was never afraid to speak her mind, but did so in a straight-forward and loving way. She constantly sought new reasons for living and making a difference in the lives of others.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, Jo Ann dedicated herself to her own healing and that of others. Armed with ten years of previous lay experience providing homeopathic remedies to family and friends, she shifted her career path to become a certified classical homeopath. She was inspired by her own journey and the desire to help others. Jo Ann completed the three-year clinically-based training at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, graduating in 2000 and opening her practice in Winona, where she served clients for 20 years.

Alongside some conventional medical treatments for her cancer, Jo Ann also sought out alternative treatments and healing, not only of her body, but also of her mind and spirit. Jo Ann firmly believed that mind-body healing was possible, and she led and supported many on their healing path. In recent years, she was dedicated to the healing practice of Qi Gong meditation.

Jo Ann could often be found in the afternoons chatting with friends at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse or walking around Lake Winona. She was an incredible cook and baker. She also enjoyed her perennial garden, knitting, reading novels, and swimming in Lake Superior. Jo Ann was deeply committed to social and economic justice, women's rights, and care of the Earth.

Jo Ann is lovingly survived by her husband, Douglas Nopar, Winona; children: Elizabeth (Sebastian Veloso Olave) Thomas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sylvia (fiancé Fernando Cesar Silveira Queiroz) Thomas, Minneapolis; sisters: Mary (Wayne Davis) Thomas, Ingram, Texas, Carol Thomas, Columbia, Davika Thomas, Columbia, Nancy (Christopher McLean) Thomas, Berkeley, California, and their children: Reed and Helen; father-in-law: Richard Nopar, Wilmette, Illinois; brother-in-law: Kenneth (Carolyn) Nopar, Arlington Heights, Illinois and their children: Katherine and Lauren Nopar; as well as her many friends, locally and abroad. She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Nopar.

Honoring Jo Ann's legacy, memorials would be appreciated to the following organizations: the Advocacy Center of Winona (formerly Women's Resource Center); Ridgeway Community School; Simonton Cancer Counseling Center; Land Stewardship Project; or the Winona Catholic Worker.

Funeral services, via Zoom, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Shiva will be held, via Zoom, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Those wishing to participate in the service and Shiva should e-mail lmack@templeisrael.com for the Zoom contact information and links.

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home of Winona is assisting the family with arrangements.


Published on February 28, 2021

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and retired registered nurse, Kathryn “Kathy” Frala Martin, passed away peacefully at her home on February 21, 2021, at the age of 63. Her family was with her through the end. At this time, no services are scheduled.

Kathy was born to Robert “Bob” and Erma (Sechrest) Frala on February 25, 1957 in Evanston, Illinois. She moved to Columbia at the age of 9 and went on to graduate from Hickman High School, Class of 1975. Kathy and her husband, Gregg, were set up on a blind date by their parents in February of 1983. It was love at first sight, and they married on October 29, 1983. Their relationship was one to be admired – full of love, respect, laughter, family, and friends.

Kathy’s nursing career was a source of great pride. She began as a licensed practical nurse at Columbia Regional Hospital. There, she was selected by the Pink Ladies as the recipient of a scholarship to further her nursing education. She graduated as a registered nurse from Central Methodist University. Her talent, skill, and pleasant personality were recognized by Dr. Jerry D. Kennett, M.D., who hired her as a private nurse. Kathy continued working for Dr. Kennett until the birth of her first child, after which she took a break from nursing to raise her and Gregg’s two children (son Casey and daughter Kelley). After Casey and Kelley were in school, anxious to return to nursing, Kathy began work at Boone Hospital Center as a part-time RN in the newborn nursery – a job she enjoyed very much. From there, she became a full-time member of the specialty nursing staff at Boone Hospital Center’s GI Lab. Kathy retired in 2018, after 25 years of service at Boone Hospital Center. She was respected by all as a strong member of her exclusive team and was very proud to work for such a recognized, first-rate hospital.

Kathy’s passions included her family, her children, her dogs, her home, her friends, attending music festivals, her pool, and her gardens. Two of her biggest joys were her granddaughters, Drew and Darcy. She was an active, fun, and amazing grandmother, who loved every minute of her role as such. Kathy’s care for her father, throughout his later years, was exceptional – The decisions she helped make, time and time again, prolonged his life. Kathy was a board member of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center and cared very much for its purpose. She will be missed dearly by many.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Gregg D. Martin of Columbia; her son, Casey Martin, his wife Jamie, and their two daughters: Drew and Darcy, all of Columbia; her daughter, Kelley Rebert and her husband Casey of Denver, Colorado; her mother, Erma (Sechrest) Frala of Columbia; her brother, James “Jim” Frala of Columbia; her sister, Julie Frala (George Marshall) of Hartsburg; and her brother-in-law, Terry Martin and his wife Michelle of Jefferson City. She is also survived by nephews and nieces: nephew, James “Jimmy” Frala and his wife Kristen of Wentzville, niece, Carly Frala of St. Louis, nephew, Benton “Ben” Frala of Pacific, nephew, Patrick Martin and his wife Amber of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and niece, Jenny Snyder and her husband Dillon of Boise, Idaho.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Frala; her father-in-law, Lynn Martin; and her mother-in-law, Ruth (McKinney) Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathy’s honor can be made to Boone Hospital Foundation (by mail: Boone Hospital Foundation, 1600 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201; online: www.boone.org/Foundation/Donations) or Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center (by mail: 4895 East Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65201; online: cedarcreek.missouri.org/home/donate).

Condolences may be shared online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on June 15, 2021

Mark Derryl Schake

Mililani, HI - Mark Derryl Schake, of Mililani, HI, formerly of Columbia, passed away on February 21, 2021, from injuries sustained during a bicycle accident.

Mark was the firstborn of Derryl and Lynette (Lamb) Schake, on March 4th, 1964. He was a 1982 graduate of Hickman High, and then accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated near the top of his class in 1986.

While serving as a 1LT, Mark was medically retired due to a hand injury on active duty. He joined the staff of the Navigators (military ministry) right after leaving the Army in 1990. He met his wife, Molly, in Colorado Springs, and they were married in 1992.

Mark and his family spent their lives ministering to military servicemen and women in Colorado, New York and Hawaii, including West Point. Mark's love for Christ and his deep heart for those who didn't yet know Christ has always motivated him.

Mark had become an experienced cyclist in Hawaii, but little did we know on that particular Sunday, he would "ride on Home!" He is deeply missed by many. Aloha 'Oe, Mark!

Mark is survived by his wife, Molly and children Emily Schake, Wendy (Schake) Lyons, son-in-law Daniel Lyons, Nathan Schake and Brooke Schake. Also, siblings and their spouses, Paul and Melissa Schake, Victor and Laura (Schake) Bowles, Trent and Heather Schake, Eric and Kerri (Schake) Anderson and Caleb and Sarah (Schake) Moore, all of Missouri. Also, brother-in-law Chad and Therra (Ebwe) Weinberg of Alexandria, VA and mother-in-law Joanna Weinberg of Scotts, MI, and including 31 nieces and nephews, and 12 great nieces and nephews!

Mark has been laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

A memorial service is scheduled at Rocky Fork Fellowship, 12095 N Route B, Hallsville, at 11AM (CDT) on July 3, 2021.

Published on March 03, 2021

Redenna Williams, age 36, of Columbia, passed away on February 22, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on June 13, 1984, a daughter of Lee and Bertha (Spears) Williams.

She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia. Redenna worked in claims the claims department at State Farm as a dispatcher.

Redeena loved shopping, going to the movies, taking beautiful pictures, listening to music and going to the casino. She also loved spending time with her family.

Redenna is survived by her parents Lee and Bertha Williams, brothers, Tyrone Williams, Demetrius Johnson (Starla), Kelan Williams, Leslie L Williams all of Columbia, a sister Latoya L Williams of Columbia, her son, Dorian Williams-Webster, and her grandmother Willie Jean Spears, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her sister Nadia Johnson.

Friends will be received from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Second Baptist Church-Columbia. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Second Baptist Church-Columbia.

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.

Published on March 03, 2021

Robert Paschang, age 79, of Columbia, passed away on February 25, 2021 at his home. He was born on July 19, 1941 in Audrain County, a son of Edmond and Adeline Paschang.

He attended Hickman High School and was a member of the Missouri National Guard. He worked for the Columbia Tribune for over 20 years.

He was a collector of all things. He was an avid reader and loved going to the Daniel Boone Library in Columbia where he spent countless hours.

Robert is survived by a sister, Joan Wright (Lester) of Centralia; and a brother, Walter Paschang (Arvie) of Imperial; and many, many nieces, and nephews. Robert was preceded by his parents and brothers: Alan, Ronald, and Chester Paschang; and a sister, Patricia Foster.

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.

Published on March 04, 2021

Anita Faye Wade, age 79, of Columbia, passed away on March 1, 2021.

She was born on July 8, 1941 to Virgil and Nadine West. Anita was a lifelong resident of the Hinton community in Columbia. She was also an active member of the Dripping Springs Christian Church and went on several mission trips abroad. Anita took great joy in fostering for Second Chance Animal Rescue, volunteering at the senior center and Habitat for Humanity.

Anita is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Wade; and former spouse, Robert Stevens; and parents.

She is survived by her sons: David Stevens, Andy Stevens, and Michael Stevens; grandchildren: Robert Stevens, Elizabeth Stevens, and Travis Loyd; great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Stevens; and nephews: Kevin West and Karl West.

A visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 with funeral service to follow.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences.

Donations may be made in Anita’s honor to Second Chance Animal Rescue at columbia2ndchance.org/donate-now or by calling 660-882-5050.

Published on March 07, 2021

Billy Jack “BJ” Smith, 85, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at Memorial Cemetery Park. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. until time of the services at the funeral home. Burial to follow with full military honors.

Billy was born August 31, 1935 in Boone County to Leona (Smith) Slaughter. After graduating from Hickman High School in 1953, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he reached the rank of Corporal as a marksman sharp-shooter.

After his military service, he went to work for Coca Cola Bottling Company as a route salesman for 23 years, until he changed careers in 1979 to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Columbia until his retirement in 2000.

Billy started playing pool in his teenage days and was hooked for life. He absolutely loved playing billiards and he would practice the same shot for hours at a time to perfect his game. One of his proudest moments was beating one of the best pool players of all time, Minnesota Fats, in an exhibition game at the Columbia National Guard Armory in the early 1970s. As a member of the NAPA, APA and TAP pool leagues, he played in innumerable pool tournaments over 70+ years. He was especially fond of playing with all his friends and continued right up until the last few months prior to his death.

Billy loved watching all kinds of sports and he was a huge fan of the MU Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to have family near, especially family meals where he always told entertaining stories of growing up.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Frances (Harmon) Smith of the home; children: Karen Renae (Smith) Borgers (Robert) and Derek Keith Smith; as well as two grandchildren: Brittney Danielle Dyson and Zachary Noah Smith; and one great-grandchild, Kamdyn Veyda Dyson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Slaughter; a son, Jeffery Duane Smith; two sisters: Carol Tyrrell and Connie Norman; and one brother, David Slaughter.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. 758541, Topeka, KS or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Published by Darrell Howe Mortuary
1701 W. South Boulder Road
Lafayette, CO 80026

Steve was born in Boonville, Missouri on February 5, 1954 to Sheldon and Nancy Nowell. He passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2021 surrounded by family after a lengthy illness.

His wife Kate holds him in her heart as "the love of her life". They met at a concert at the Boulder Theater in July, 1996, and it was "love at first sight". They were married just a little more than a year later. Together they had many adventures. While Steve enjoyed running, as a couple he and Kate enjoyed hiking, scuba diving, snowshoeing, and travel. They attended many concerts and enjoyed many excellent meals together over the years. Steve loved music, wrote songs, and played the guitar. A theater major in college, he loved to sing and dance and was a fun, gregarious person. He had a somewhat silly sense of humor and his mere presence could light up a room. It was impossible not to like him!

Because of his friendliness and kindness, he made friends wherever he went, having many of them all over the world. He nurtured these relationships always seeing the best in everyone.

Steve spent 40 years in the insurance industry, starting his work in Germany. After moving to Boulder, he continued in the industry then later started his own agency. His many clients respected his friendly manner, attention to detail and thoroughness in all that he did.

He is survived by his wife Kate Kellett, daughter Charissa Nowell, step-daughters Kelly Kaminski and Kalen Kaminski, his grandson Sebastian Carvajal, his sister Sheila Nowell Mannix, niece Haley Mannix, mothers-in-law Diana Dean and Daisette Kellett, sisters-in-law Kris and Josephine Kellett, brother-in-law Bill Kellett and cousins David, Debbie and Dale Greenbury.

Steve was taken from us far too young, but his lightness and love of life will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Contributions in his honor can be made to CurePSP.

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

Jane Murdock

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

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

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

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

Published on March 24, 2021

Sharon Ann Brock Sessions, 66, of Columbia, passed on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Family and friends will be received at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 4 p.m. All family and friends are invited and please remember to wear a mask. A private family interment will follow at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Sharon was born on March 23, 1954, at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas to Robert N. Brock and Margaret Grace Broom Brock. She was raised all over the country as her father’s career in the Army Reserves sent the family to Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and eventually Missouri. Sharon graduated from Hickman High School in 1972 and attended the University of Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1976.

In 1979, Sharon married Gerald Sessions and was the proud mother of two children, Jonathan and Sara.

Sharon’s nursing career started at Ellis Fischel Hospital in 1976 following her graduation from college. After the birth of their daughter, Sara in 1985, Sharon began working as an IV Therapy Nurse for University of Missouri Hospital, where she stayed for the majority of her career until she transferred within the system to Nursing Case Management in 2008. After transferring again to the clinics at the University, she retired January 2015 and cared for her parents until their passing.

As a long-time member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Sharon generously volunteered and held many positions over the years. From serving as acolyte in high school to Sunday School Coordinator, where she helped run the Children’s Christmas Pageant, Sharon was dedicated to the Calvary congregation. Sharon also found a great job in volunteering with the Advent Bazar each year and helped run the bakery with her good friend and their daughters. Sharon was also a member of the White Alloe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Parkville, Missouri, as well as several nursing organizations.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Gerald of the home; son, Jonathan Sessions of Columbia (Carrie Gartner); daughter, Sara Sessions of Riverside, Missouri; one sister, Susan Daniel (Craig) of Columbia, Missouri; one niece, Jennifer Sirois (Shaun) of Sturgeon, Missouri; two nephews: Sean Daniel of San Diego, California, and Spencer Brock; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert “Bobby” Brock, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church.

Please visit the funeral home’s website at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com to leave condolences to access the livestream of the memorial service via Facebook.

Published on March 27, 2021

Lewis Henry Sutton Jr. passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Fayette Caring Center. He was 91 years old.

Lewis was born on January 19, 1930 to Lewis Henry Sutton Sr. and Margaret Lucille Gravitt in Columbia, Missouri. Lewis attended Grant Elementary and Hickman High School in Columbia. In 1947, at the age of 17, he began what would be a long military career. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1947-1956, and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. After the Navy, he came home and was a member of the Columbia Police Dept. from 1957-1959.

In 1960, Lewis joined the military for the 2nd time by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed numerous places stateside and abroad, also serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War for a year. Of all the places he was stationed, Scotland was by far his favorite. On June 18, 1963, Lewis married Sheila Wilson of Ayr, Scotland, and the two shared almost 58 years together. After his retirement from the military in 1971, the couple stayed in Scotland until 1980 when they moved back to his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, where he drove a bus for the city of Columbia for several years.

In 1984, the family bought a farm and moved to Fayette, where he stayed until May of last year. After his military career, Lewis was a truck driver, including owning his own dump truck business until the age of 83. Lewis loved to golf, and while stationed in Scotland, took the opportunity to play any chance that he could get.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Sheila, of the home and their six children: Lew (Deb) of Shelbina, Missouri, Jim of Carrollton, Missouri, Matt (Damla) of Methwold, U.K., Paul (Shana) of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, Jon (Leslie) of Fayette, Missouri and one daughter, Lynne (Travis) Dodd of Columbia, Missouri. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Barbara Jo Baker, Patricia Gayle Benzenhoeffer and Linda Darlene Sutton. A military ceremony will be held Monday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to: Missouri Veterans Cemetery 1479 County Road 1675, Jacksonville, MO, 65260.

Posted by Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203

Tanisha Danielle Peal, 28, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, in an automobile accident in Cahokia, Illinois. She was born May 27, 1992 in Columbia, Missouri. Tanisha was a 2010 graduate of Hickman High School, where she played on the school basketball team.

Tanisha was self employed and worked various jobs in and around Columbia. She enjoyed playing basketball, loved to cook, loved traveling, and spending time with her family & friends. Most of all, she loved taking care of and spoiling her kids.

Tanisha is survived by her mother: Shirlene (Dudley) McClain; four children: Jalayis Hammers Peal, Ghia Peal, Lena Peal, and Nijah Jean Bradford; her significant other: Regis T. Bradford; five brothers: Jerome Peal, Demetrius Peal, David Adams, Leon Taggert, Michael McClain; four sisters: Chanda Williams, Tanika Gross, Tonisha Jones, and Shamon Williams; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Tanisha was preceded in death by her grandma: Carole Jones; grandpa: Bill Jones; and cousin: De’Audre Johnson.

A Special Thanks to Charlesetta from One Mother to Another.

Friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with the Funeral Service following at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Donations are suggested to be made to the Tanisha Peal Children’s Education Fund.

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.

Published on April 07, 2021

Mary Novak, 78, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 at her home in Columbia. Mary was born March 15, 1943. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Exie Wright. Mary is survived by her husband, Gaylen Novak. They were married on August 27, 1977. Mary also leaves a daughter, Callie (Bill) Morgan of Litchfield, Illinois, and two sisters, Lorna Lownik of Yorktown, Virginia and Nancy Wright of Jefferson City, as well as a grandson and great-granddaughter.

Mary was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on March 7, 1970. She loved people and enjoyed teaching them Bible truths. She was kind-hearted and loved by many. She enjoyed the outdoors, horses, fishing and camping. A Zoom memorial will be held at a future date.

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.

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Gary Dale Grindstaff, 64, of Centralia, Missouri, passed away on April 3, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Harrisburg Lions Club, 120 East Sexton Street, Harrisburg, Missouri, on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 2pm-6pm.

On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Gary left this earth and has gone fishin’. He is now in a place where he is free of pain and suffering, where there is no such thing as cancer. A place filled with blue skies and crystal blue lakes with no limit on the number, size, or length of crappie he can catch. Trust me, he is in Heaven!

Gary was born on June 7, 1956 to Jessie Carson and Emma Jane (Shipe) Grindstaff.

On June 25, 1977, Gary married the love of his life, Roberta (Robin) Lynn Vogt and they have three children.

Gary retired from Iron Workers Union Local #396 in 2011. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, golfing, and tinkering in his shop.

He was the resident go-to guy for anything, from telling you how to spell a word or solve a math equation, from fixing your broken reel to repairing your tractor.
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#Gary Dale
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He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Carson Grindstaff; his grandparents, Aubrey and Dorothy Grindstaff, and Tom and Essie Shipe.

Gary was surrounded by the love of many. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Robin Grindstaff; his children: Jessica Marie Norden, (Ryan); Samuel Ross Grindstaff, (Melissa); McKenzie Jade Wanner, (Frank); his grandchildren: Brendan Gray, Aiden and Ava Grindstaff, Carson, Mya, and Elsie Wanner, Hope Norden, and his beloved dog Tess; his mother, Emma and step-father, Kenneth Zimmerman; his brothers: Douglas Wayne Grindstaff, Mikel Lloyd (Cathy) Grindstaff, and Gregory Kirk (Debbie) Grindstaff; his father and mother-in-law, Bob and Linda Vogt; sisters and brothers-in-law Mike and Christi Burwell and Dan and Michelle Vogt; his step-siblings Candace Palmer, Bethany Hall, and Tim Zimmerman and their families; as well as many nieces and nephews whom he held dear to his heart.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Research Institute
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Published on April 18, 2021

William Fred Cunningham, 74, a lifelong Columbia resident, passed away April 14, 2021, ending his battle with cancer.

Bill was born February 20, 1947 to Anna Kassman and William Fred Cunningham. They preceded him in death, as did his cherished baby son, Terry Lynn.

A 1965 Hickman graduate, he worked for MFA Oil for 40+ years. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Arrangements by Heartland, 573-442-7850. Share memories at www.heartlandcremation.com.

December 1, 1946-April 13, 2021

Resident of Soquel, Kona, and Orcas Island

Linda Jo Petrauskas (McKinstry) passed away peacefully at her Soquel, California home, surrounded by family and close friends, at the age of 74. Born in Columbia, Missouri, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Missouri in 1968. That summer, while touring Europe, she met a fellow traveler in Munich, Germany who became the love of her life and partner for the next 51 years, Al Petrauskas. In 1975, they settled in Soquel to raise their two children: Lisa and Joey.

Growing up in Columbia; Linda participated in skydiving, swimming, lifeguarding, and dancing. After retirement, Linda became an avid golfer, of which she learned how to play from her son. She was honored to have lifelong friends with whom she golfed and played cards on the Big Island of Hawaii and Orcas Island, Washington; where she lived when not in Soquel. Linda also became an accomplished, self-trained, artist specializing in beautiful stained-glass creations.

Fond memories will continue to be shared by her loved ones, as she made friends easily. She always had a love of travel: spending a semester of high school in Guadalajara; journeying off to visit and have adventures with her daughter in Alaska, South Carolina, and Georgia; visiting the tight-knit Hickman HS class of 1964; and exploring local and far off places with her husband, family, and close friends.

Linda is survived by her husband of 51 years, Al of Soquel, Hawaii, and Washington; her daughter, Lisa of Soquel; her grandson, Braxton of Capitola; her daughter-in-law, Christa of Capitola; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Martha McKinstry of Houston, Texas; and her three nieces, Kim, Kelly, and Katie. She is preceded in death by her son, Joey and her parents Joe and Frances McKinstry.

Published on April 25, 2021

George William Gibson, 68, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his home.

George was born on October 17, 1953 in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from David H. Hickman High school in 1971, and received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia College in 1982. He served in the United States Army for five years, where he served overseas and was honorably discharged in 1977.

George was a photography enthusiast and loved all things racing.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Carla Gibson.

He is survived in death by his daughter, Taylor Gibson and his two grandchildren, Owen Gibson and Carla Gibson-Thompson.

He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Phillips and Jennifer Gibson Garner and their children, Graham Phillips, Rachel Walker, Casey Garner, and Jozie Garner.

Published by: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055


Ida Belle (Herrin) Malewski died April 15, 2021 in Hico, TX at the age of 98.

She is predeceased by her parents Smiley C„ Sr. (Mabel Lewis) Herrin; 2 siblings and their spouses: sister Philetha (Jim Rice) and brother Smiley C., Jr. (Evelyn Thurston) Herrin; and Ida Belle's husband of 52 years, Frank W. Malewski.

She is survived by 3 children and their spouses: Charles (Jennifer) Malewski, Edward (Connie) Malewski, and Mary Lea (Stan Wright); 9 grandchildren: David (Kellie) Malewski, John Malewski, Jenelle (Wayne Henry), Nick (Timberlyn) Malewski, Erin (Adrian Goettemoeller), Father Christian Malewski, Ben Malewski, Shannon (Zack Carleton), and Christopher (Kimberly) Wright; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.

For 19 years Ida Belle taught typing, general business, and English at Northeast Jr. HS in Kansas City, MO. For 13 years she and Frank did genealogy research and compilation, living in Independence, MO. For 28 years she lived with Mary Lea and Stan Wright in Irving, TX, Rocky Mount, MO, El Paso, TX, and Hico, IX.

Ida Belle (Mama) (Aunt Ida Belle) (Grandma) will be missed by her family, her friends, and her former students.

Interment will be Friday, July 9 at 11am next to Frank at Mt Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)



Puplished on April 25, 2021

 
Lawrence "Allen" Mayes, 51, of Columbia, passed away April 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Columbia on April 17, 1969. Larry had a passion for movies and collecting movie memorabilia. Larry was survived by his mother, Margaret Mayes of the home; sister, Sherrie Brown of Ashland; brother, Randy (Connie) Mayes of Columbia; and sister, Cathy (Paul) Evans of Blue Springs. He was preceded in death by his father, Randy M. Mayes and brother, Mark Mayes.

Funeral services will be private. Please visit www.MemorialFuneralHomeColumbia.com to leave condolences.

Submitted by Cook Funeral and Creamation Services, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center MI 49315

Kay Ellen Kapp, age 69, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, April 23, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Quata Shelton and husband, Harry Kapp.
She will be lovingly missed by her children Andrew (Marlene) Cohle, Dustin (Jodie) Cohle, Corey (Elisa) Cohle; stepchildren Dany Kapp and Dana Kapp; grandchildren Ashton, Trenton, Braxton, Lorelei, Vincent; brother, Darrell (Joyce) Shelton; nieces Natalie Shelton and Leigh Shelton; nephew, Max Shelton; and many friends.

Kay was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, graduating high school in 1969. She attended William Jewell College, receiving a bachelors in History in 1973. She obtained a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri. Kay and family moved to Michigan in 1982, where she raised three boys. Kay enjoyed playing tennis, watching sports, traveling, volunteering for multiple organizations, and spending time with her family and friends. Kay made friends easily and enjoyed socializing and gathering with others. She always made sure her family and friends felt loved.

Memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home, 2067 84th St., Byron Center.

In honor of Kay and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Humane Society of West Michigan. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresbyron.com.

Published on May 16, 2021

Paul Dysart, 71, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021, after a long battle with ALS. His graveside service was Friday, April 30 in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia.

Paul was born December 18, 1949 in Columbia, Missouri to Jasper Robert and Lora Mae Betz Dysart. In 1968 he graduated from Hickman High School and was soon drafted into the U.S. Army. He served three years stateside before he was honorably discharged. He went to work for the University of Missouri for a short while before beginning his career with Shelter Insurance. He worked 25 years with Shelter, retiring as a Computer Analyst. November 1, 2003 Paul and Valerie Miller were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. Away from work, he enjoyed fishing and spending time at Lake Ozark. He also loved his Corvettes, owning three over his lifetime, but he loved his most recent 1976 model the most. Paul always looked forward to the Tuesday Happy Hour at Truman’s with his buddies. He was also a kind man with a jokester personality.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie Dysart; children; Chris Dysart along with his wife and children, Andrea Colgin and her husband and children; stepchildren: Katie (David) Ehlmann, T.J. Miller both of Columbia, and Kyle Miller of Olathe, Kansas; sisters: Donna Etherton and Nancy Haberstroh; and his grandson, Tyson Ehlmann, to whom he will always be known as PeePaw. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the ALS Association Mid America Chapter, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66202.

Online condolences may be shared at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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A young King was born on January 14, 1992 in Kansas City, Missouri, he was named Darrius Kendall Tyrone Edwards. His name fit him as it means King in Persian. Darrius was the first-born son to his mother, Lori Edwards and to his father, Darryel Pennington.

Darrius Kendall Tyrone Edwards AKA “D-RO” AKA “The Last Savage'' 29, entered into his heavenly home on April 25, 2021 at 12:23 a.m., where he was welcomed by loved ones who had gone before him. He was the second child of Lori Edwards and he was a big brother to all his cousins born after him. Darrius attended elementary school at Melcher Elementary in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended middle school at John B. Lange Middle School in Columbia, Missouri. Darrius attended high school at Hogan High School in Kansas City, Missouri and David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. It was at Fredrick Douglas High School in Columbia, Missouri where Darrius excelled and grew. Darrius was a star basketball player at Douglas High School playing point guard. He led his team The Douglas Bulldogs to a victorious season in 2008- 2009. Several articles were written about Darrius and the team during that time.

Darrius was always a curious child and a daredevil at heart. He had no fear of anything and was not afraid to try anything, especially after he tied on his superhero cape and went charging through the house. He kept not just his mama’s nerves on edge as a child but his grandmother’s and his aunts’ as well. You could hear his grandma yell, “Darrius Kendall Tyrone!” all day long. But his energy was infectious as he made you smile and at times made you wish for his innocent exuberance for life.

Darrius was a true King amongst men. His energy was truly positive and attracted people to want to be around him as his calm, cool soul was almost Zen like in nature. Darrius would always tell those he loved that “it’s alright, don’t worry about it, it will be okay.” He loved his family with his whole heart and was a protector of his sisters, his cousins, his brothers, and his mother. Darrius was prepared to go to war over his family and with his family as he was loyal to a fault and took being family seriously.

Darrius was baptized at an early age at Russell Chapel C.M.E Church in Columbia, Missouri.
Darrius was met by those who went before him, his biggest fan, his grandmother Dorothy Jean Edwards-Rowles; his great grandparents Jessie and Louella Edwards; his great uncles Roscoe Harvey, Roy Hicks, and George Edwards; his uncle Morris Pennington; his great aunts Mary Cross, Patsy Nelson, Wanda Incle and Vicky Battles; his cousins Cynthia “Lauper” Nelson, Reginold Romell Blake and his cousin/brother/best friend Tevin Nelson; and he is reunited with his first love J. Mckinzey Cave and many other friends and family members.

Darrius leaves to cherish his memories, his mother Lori R. Edwards, his father Darryel Pennington; his paternal grandmother Regina Lockheart; his brothers: Dalen Edwards, (Rakia Edwards), Devin Edwards, Darryel Pennington Jr, Tyshawn Pennington, Tyler Pennington, Daryus Pennington, D’Anthony Pennington; his sisters: Daisja Edwards, Mikaysha Edwards, Shekia Pennington and Tyshia Pennington all of Kansas City, Missouri; his nephews, King K. Edwards, Jonathon Brown-Edwards, and Jon’Mirh Brown-Edwards; his nieces: Farrah Edwards, Royal Edwards, and Ma’layzia Stapleton- Edwards; his uncles: Byron “Chuck” Edwards, (Cynthia Edwards) of Jacksonville, FL, Kenneth Edwards, Thomas Pennington, Sam Pennington, and Reggie Pennington; his aunts: Veronica Edwards, (Reggie Brown), Stacey Edwards-Webb, (Donald Webb), Manasha Edwards and Tamika Pennigton all of Kansas City, MO and his maternal great aunt and uncles; host of cousins and friends.

Friends and family will be received at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday, May 8 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday , May 8, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service.

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

Published on April 28, 2021

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden, 1935-2021

Virginia Lee (Todd) Alden died on April 26, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. She was the widow of Jack Edwards Alden. They shared 58 years of marriage together before his passing in 2011.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 in the chapel at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. There will be a brief visitation, starting at 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Born in Columbia, Missouri, she was the daughter of Luther Todd and Gertrude (Adkins) Todd. She attended Keene School through the 8th grade and graduated from Hickman High School in 1953. She worked at the University of Missouri Bookstore and as a secretary at the Boone County Extension Office until 1959.

As a young girl growing up on a farm just outside of Columbia, she was a member of the 4H Club and won multiple ribbons showing her family’s sheep in competitions at the Boone County Fair. As an adult, she joined a local Hallmark Club as a leader/member for many years and collected multiple ornament and miniature series. Some, like her grandsons, will remember her for her delicious apple pie and Beanie Baby collection. But many will remember her for her extensive daylily flower beds that adorned her backyard. She took great care and pride in the multiple varieties and colors of the daylilies, which included name plackets she made for each flower species.

Known as Virginia or Gennie, she will be remembered fondly for her big hugs, warm smiles, and welcoming heart. She was generous with her children, grandchildren, family, neighbors, and the many long-term friendships that she adored. She loved to visit with her guests and always had cream soda in her refrigerator and a kitchen counter full of sweet treats in the yellow brick house that Jack built. A house full of her antiques, collections, and photos, including fond memories of the many gatherings she hosted for friends and family, over the years, in the basement and big backyard.

She is survived by her two children: Rebecca Barthol (husband Craig Barthol), and Todd Alden (wife Lori Alden); her two grandsons: Jaden Barthol and Raleigh Barthol; and two step-granddaughters: Katie Benthall and Kelsey Benthall. Virginia’s parents, six sisters and one brother have all preceded her in death.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made online at www.arthritis.org/donate or by mail to the Arthritis Foundation: P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.

Her children want to thank Bluff Creek Terrace Assisted Living, Bluff Creek Terrace Memory Care and The Neighborhood by Tiger Place for their outstanding care of their mother over the past year.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on May 02, 2021

Marciele Mueller Maledy, 95, of Columbia, passed away peacefully Monday, April 26, 2021.

Marciele was born on March 29, 1926 in Wellington, Kansas to Henry Rollo and Floy (McHenry) Mueller and moved to Columbia in 1927. She attended the University of Missouri Laboratory School and graduated from Hickman High School in 1944. She earned an A.A. degree in Business from Stephens College in 1946 and a B.A. in Home Economics from MU in 1949. On June 24, 1949 she married Ralph G. Maledy in Columbia, and they shared the next 61 years together prior to Ralph’s passing on February 2, 2011. Throughout her life Marciele worked in her family’s business, H.R. Mueller Florist, becoming an owner/operator of the business with her husband Ralph. Marciele was also a loving mother, raising her three children and managing a home. Throughout the years she served as PTA president, room mother, den mother and Campfire leader; was a member of the PEO Chapter GK; an active member of the Stephens College Alumni Association; and was a member of Delta Gamma and King’s Daughters. Marciele was devoted to Missouri United Methodist Church, having been a member for more than 83 years and serving the Church in various capacities.

Marciele loved life and didn’t know a stranger. She loved Columbia, and was an avid supporter of the Tigers, Kewpies, Bruins, Cardinals, and the Chiefs. She would often dress in her Black & Gold to watch games on TV.

Marciele is survived by three children: Steve Maledy (Michele Warmund), Susan Tapia (Lonnie), and Scott Maledy (Teresa), all of Columbia; grandchildren: Jesse Tapia (Clare), Niko Tapia (Taylor), Grant Maledy, Grace Maledy, Jazmine Maledy, Grace Ann Maledy and Jakob Maledy; step-grandchildren: Michael Rouse (Tyler Laughlin), Troy Rouse (Michelle) and Tiffany Rouse; great-grandchildren: Leo, Jase, Gannon, Miriam, Alden, and Kyron.

In addition to her husband, Marciele was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Donald Keith Mueller; nephew, Hank Mueller; niece, Michelle Griffits; and two special friends: Marion Guffey and Sharlyn Sappington.

Marciele’s family would like to give thanks to her church family, to Home Instead Senior Care and special thanks to Krysta Kyd, Mary Ellen Buddemeyer and Kim Salmons. They would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Boone Hospital, the Missouri Heart Center and Boone Hospital Wound Healing Center.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 5 at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201, with Pastor Fred Leist officiating a memorial service at 11 a.m. The church appreciates your consideration in observing COVID guidelines for social distancing and mask requirements. Posted signage will direct you appropriately. Inurnment will be private for the family at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Missouri United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.

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.

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Donna Lee West Gray, 88, passed away at her home in Hernando, Mississippi on April 29, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born on February 9, 1933 in Columbia, Missouri and was a homemaker for her family, seeing that they had everything that they needed her entire life. She also worked as a cashier in the cafeteria for Memphis City Schools for a few years. She was the widow of William R. West

Visitation will be from 1 pm until a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 2 pm on Saturday - May 1, 2021 at Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home - 2470 Hwy 51 S - Hernando, Mississippi.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen King of Nesbit, Mississippi and her son Bill West and his wife Lynn of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She also leaves behind her brother Dean Crenshaw of Marietta, Georgia
(8)Grandchildren; Kim Pickering, Kristin Beloate, Kelsey Summerford, Will West, Taylor West, Devin West, Jennifer Estes and Randy King.

(7) Great-Grandchildren; Bentley, Brayden, Gatlin, Rowan, Jason, Anniston and Braylen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Gray, the father of her children, William R. West and her parents, Joe and Karline Crenshaw. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Karla Hallmark and Kathy Grainger and two brothers, David Crenshaw and Loren Wayne Sapp.

In lieu of flowers of flowers the family requests donations to the Palmer Home for Children at palmerhome.org or the charity of your choice.

Published on May 16, 2021

James G. Cleveland, 86, of Hawthrone, Florida, passed away on May 4, 2021.

Jim was the son of James Longstreet Cleveland and Gertrude Perry Cleveland Cook of Providence, Missouri.

Jim graduated from Hickman High School in 1952. He received his bachelor’s and master's degrees from the University of Missouri. He served with the Marine Corps in Korea.

In April 1962, he married Barbara Stevens of Portsmouth, Ohio and she survives at their home in Florida.

A memorial service will be held in Florida at a later date.

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George Neal King
JANUARY 17, 1936 – MAY 5, 2021
George Neal King, of Tampa, FL, passed away on May 5, 2021, at age 85. George was born in Columbia, Mo, on January 17, 1936, the only child of George and Abigail Louise King. He attended Hickman High School in Columbia, where he played trumpet and varsity baseball. At Hickman, George began dating his future wife, Anne Sutton. They met years earlier in the nursery of their church.

As a young man, George spent many summers fishing and camping with his uncles at the Lake of the Ozarks. If not fishing with his father or uncles, George and friends biked to favorite fishing holes, mowed yards, built forts and played baseball.

After high school graduation, George attended the University of Missouri and joined Sigma Nu fraternity. Anne and George were married in Columbia at the First Baptist church in 1956. George graduated in 1960 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne Sutton King; four adult children - Lizabeth (FL), George E & Nancy (MI), David & Lori (TX), and John & Jennifer (FL); eight grandchildren - Morgan (FL), Lane and Phillipe(MN), George S(IL), Sarah and Aaron(TX), Amanda and Tyler(TX), Katie and Matt (IL), Zack(FL), and, Bailey and Andy(CA); plus bonus grandchildren Brennan, Cassidy, Evan, Sean, Joshua, and Marc. great-grand children - Ella, Everett, Evelyn, Claire, Noel, and Oliver; nieces - Elizabeth(Shawn) MO, and Eaddy(Josh) CT; and great-niece and nephews - Ella and Theo(CT) and Graham(MO).

George worked at GTE/Verizon for 39 years. He began his career as a lineman in the 1950’s where he learned the value of hard work. He held various operation positions in Columbia, then in 1977, George became VP - Operations at GTE of the Midwest, based in Grinnell, IA. Five years later, he was promoted to VP - Network Engineering and Construction of GTE Florida and moved to Tampa, FL. George’s first accomplishment in Florida was the completion of GTE Center, Tampa Bay’s original skyscraper. The building was renamed Tampa City Center and it remains the third tallest building on Florida’s west coast at 39 stories.

George became VP - Planning, Engineering and Standards in Dallas, where he oversaw the construction of the new headquarters location in Los Colinas at 500 and 600 Hidden Ridge. He led the acquisition of the telecom business in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. George retired in 1993.

George was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to fish with family and friends, including salmon fishing in Alaska. A favorite destination was River Ranch in his bass boat at Kissimmee River near Lake Wales, FL. He enjoyed activities with his children and grand children, played couples bridge with friends on a regular basis, dined out, traveled with Anne to six continents and many countries along with annual vacations in North Carolina, and of course fishing, fishing, and fishing with friends and family.

George served as an officer of Westgate River Ranch Owners Association where he had many friends. He served at his church, and during his long career at GTE he participated in numerous community and charitable endeavors.

A funeral service will be held at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa, FL, on June 12, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Published on May 07, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

Published on May 13, 2021

Nicholas Michael Reed, age 41, of Centralia, Missouri, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 4, 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri; a son of Timothy and Dolores (Rhode) Reed.

He attended Hickman High School in Columbia and worked as an auto mechanic at various places, including Factory Motor Parts, Midwest Auto Works and OATS.

Nicholas enjoyed playing pool, as well as slow pitch softball, where he played in a traveling league and enjoyed participating in charity events. He was an avid sports fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos and KC Chiefs.

Nicholas is survived by his parents; brothers: Randy (Melissa) Reed of Columbia and Timothy (Tabatha) Reed Jr. of Centralia; his children: Tyler, Angelina, Alex; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Centralia United Methodist Church. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centralia United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Schnackenberg officiating.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the “Reed Grandchildren Education Fund” at Central Bank of Boone County or contributions can be made to help with funeral expenses at www.millardfamilychapels.com/services/e-pay and searching for Nicholas Reed.

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.

Published on May 12, 2021

Walter “Sam” Sorrels, 92, of Waverly, Missouri, passed away May 9, 2021 at Apple Ridge Care Center.

He was born April 28, 1929 to Melvin and Isabelle (Pierce) Sorrels in Boone County, Missouri. He was a graduate of Hickman High School. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Whitesides on May 1, 1950.

Walter owned and operated Sorrels Used Auto Parts since 1954. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and the Sunrise Optimists. He had a passion for racing and old vehicles.

He is survived by wife of 71 years, Dorothy; sons: Mark (Debby) Sorrels of Columbia, and Kevin (Cheryl) Sorrels of Crescent City, California; brother, Richard Sorrels of Columbia; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Susan Cheryl Kallenbach.

A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., both at Memorial Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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John C. Baldridge
January 11, 1937 — May 19, 2021
John C. Baldridge, 84, of Marshall, Mo., died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

At John’s request, no services will be held. Memorials are suggested to Saline Animal League or Wayside Waifs in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Jan. 11, 1937, in Milan, Mo., he was the son of the late John Elliott Baldridge and Ruby Irene Cole Baldridge. On Aug. 29, 1964, he married Anna Mae Twitchell, who survives of the home. He lived in Marshall since 1978, moving from Sedalia, Mo., and was a retired parts manager. He was a Shriner and of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae; four children, Debbie Thomas (Gary) of Ashland, Mo., Daniel Baldridge (Cathy) of Warrensburg, Mo., Johnn Baldridge (Barb) of Rayville, Mo., and Megan Baldridge of Marshall; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry Baldridge of New Franklin, Mo., and Jim Baldridge (Gloria) of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Emma Baldridge of New Franklin; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by one son, Mike Baldridge; and one brother, Don Baldridge.

Published on May 26, 2021

David Leon Anderson

St. Louis - David Leon Anderson, 63, passed away Wednesday May 19th 2021 at his home in St. Louis Missouri. David is survived by his wife of 39 years, Denise and his two sons Tyler and Colin. Also survived by Parents Neil Anderson (Ann) and Janice Whitworth (Orville), Brothers Scott (Michele) and Doug (Karen) and many Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Sandy. David was a loving Father, Husband, brother, uncle and Friend to all.

David was born March 5th 1958 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He excelled in sports Lettering in both Football and Baseball while attending Hickman High School in Columbia Missouri. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity while attending and graduating Northeast Missouri state university. David was an avid supporter of the University of Missouri. He could be found at most home Football and Basketball games.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday June 5th at Broadway Christian Church. 2601 West Broadway in Columbia Missouri. Terry Overfelt will be. There will be a final tailgate celebration of David's life proceeding the funeral service. Location TBD. Please contact family for details. Memorials May be made to the American Cancer society in lieu of flowers.

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ROBERT WAYNE ADER, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on May 20, 2021. He was born on September 9, 1946, in Moberly, Missouri.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, John and Agnes Ader. He is survived by his brother Charles and sister-in-law, Kathy, of Rockville, Maryland, and nephews Christopher and Michael Ader.

Bob was a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in mechanical engineering. During his career he had worked for Chevron, Arco, and Alyeska Pipeline.

Bob loved his family, friends, and travel.

Bob will be interred in Columbia, Missouri, at a later date.

Published on May 26, 2021


Lois Dean Shaw

Columbia - Lois Dean Shaw, 89, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service in Columbia. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Shaw was born on November 23, 1931, in Boone County to Mansel and Stella Watson.

On September 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Jack V. Shaw and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Lois graduated from Hickman High School in 1949. During her high school years, Lois worked at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital and later became a full-time homemaker.

Mrs. Shaw is survived by her children; Lanetta Woodland of Jefferson City, Loretta (Donald) Forsee of Columbia, Vernon Shaw of Harrisburg, Nancy (Dennis) Palmer of Columbia and Troy (Meredith) Shaw of Columbia. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Jason Forsee, Amber (Lance) Brown, Krystal (Paul) Robb, Kristina (Corey) Prater, Tristen, Wyatt and Mason Shaw; five great-grandsons, Devin Forsee, Palmer and River Brown, Larson Prater and Koltyn Robb and one great- great-grandson, Kai Forsee.

Lois loved music and dancing, vacationing in Branson, antiquing, and spending many week-ends at Bennett Springs with family and great friends. She was a super gardener, wonderful cook, exceptional pie maker, and even better maker of delicious breads, fudge, and divinity at the holidays.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings Wilford Watson, James T. Pollock, Nelson Charles Watson, and son in law James Woodland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Cemetery Association c/o Alice Cook, 982 County Road 417, Fayette, MO 65248.

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

Life Reflections - submitted by Carolyn's sister, Evelyn Harned - January 28, 2022

Carolyn Maxine Douglas, 80, of Columbia, Missouri passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021. Carolyn was born June 24, 1940 to Mack and Gerry (Coleman) Roberts.

Carolyn grew up as one of the infamous "Roberts" twins. She was blessed to grow up with her best friend by her side and that twin connection was witnessed by those around her. Carolyn graduated from Hickman High School in 1958.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Rackers (Jerome) of Columbia; two grandchildren, Emily Rackers of Columbia and Cory Rackers of Lee's Summit; two sisters, Evelyn Harned and Janet Myers of Columbia; two brothers Allen Roberts of McKinney, Texas and Jeffrey Roberts of St. Louis; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Douglas and her parents.

Published on June 11, 2021

Timothy Stapleton

Timothy Stapleton, age 54, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on June 7, 2021 from a canoeing accident. He was born on April 7, 1967 in Columbia, Missouri; a son of Robert Stapleton Sr. and Nora Johnson.

Timothy worked as a carpenter and loved anything outdoors. He was also a proud member of Narcotics Anonymous for 31 years.

Timothy is survived by mother, Nora Johnson of Columbia, a daughter, Mohogany Dawson of Killeen TX, a son, Taye of Kansas City and his brother, Tony Johnson (Wanaca) of Columbia. He was proceeded in death by his father, a brother, Robert M Stapleton, Jr., and his sister, Rhona Chamberlain.

Friends will be received from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory.

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.

Published on June 15, 2021

Willie Griffin

Columbia - William (Willie) E. Griffin

10/11/1955 – 6/13/2021

Willie Griffin, 65, of Columbia, MO passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. Funeral Service will be 11am, Saturday, June 19th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitations are from 10-11am on Saturday.

Willie was born October 11, 1955, in Columbia, the only child of James (Junior) E., Jr. and Lois (Puddin) Weable Griffin. He was a Hickman High School Alum. In his younger years he worked at the Stein Club as a bartender, before beginning a long career in Construction. On April 22, 1982 he married Friedericke(Freddie) Konold Griffin and started his family while living in Texas. They returned to Columbia to be near family in 1986.

He loved to work and took great pride in his craft as a builder and wood-worker. He was an excellent cook and skilled at BBQ and smoking meats. He enjoyed family gatherings with his extended family while playing cards, eating tasty food and having a good time. He adored his time with his "Little Buddy", Forrest.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Matt) Kohler of Maryland Heights, MO and their son, Forrest; his mother, Lois (Puddin) Griffin, and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freddie in 2007 and by his father Junior in 1991.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to lungcancerresearchfoundation.org

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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William Fred Perkins, age 81 of Brandford, passed away Wednesday, June 16,2021.

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Published on June 22, 2021

Shirley Ann Wegener

Columbia - July 18th, 1931- June 18th, 2021

Shirley Ann Wegener Semon, 89, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away at Columbia Post-Acute Center on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Shirley was born at home on the Semon farm in Woodlandville, MO on July 18th, 1931, to William "Bill" Semon and Pauline "Polly" (Blakemore) Semon. Her older brother Henry remembers the event well because he did not get lunch that day. She spent her early years doing what farm kids of the era did, chores and helping with farm work as well as helping her mother with housework. It was at this young age that she began to develop a love for cooking, sewing and being outside tending a garden or a flower bed. Growing up on a farm meant that you grew or raised what you ate, and Shirley gained the skills needed to feed a family of six early in her life. I remember how skilled she was at taking a live chicken and serving it for lunch. Along with the work and life at home there were activities off the farm. Her social life in the farming community consisted of going once a week to the Woodlandville United Methodist Church and 4-H once a month in the church building. Highlights of her Boone County farm life included things like the county fair, church social events and an annual trip to the Missouri State fair. It was at a Woodlandville UMC that she met her future husband Leslie "Spencer" Wegener. The church held regular dart tournaments in the basement, and it was at one of these tournaments where Shirley and Spencer met for the first time. They got married on August 1, 1953, at the Semon home, surrounded by friends and family. For a short time, Shirley and her new husband lived in "town" in a small apartment south of Boone Hospital. With the death of Spencer's father, the couple and their first son Leslie, moved back to the farm to help run the Wegener farming operation. Not long after moving back to the country Shirley gave birth to her second son Bill adding another son to her family. Shirley was a devoted homemaker and well known for her cooking which she enjoyed. She was involved in Woodlandville community as a 4-H leader and the Boone County Extension, being a member of the Boone's 25th extension club. for many years, as well as participating in Women in Ag. She enjoyed knitting and quilting, giving many items to family, friends, and charities. She as tended to a most beautiful garden where she grew large collection of irises and daylilies flowers. She enjoyed comradery of new friends while showing flowers in the Central Missouri Hemerocallis Society. Even hosting a regional show in her garden.

Shirley is survived by two sons: Leslie (Colleen) Wegener; Bill Wegener; three grandchildren: Duane Wegener; Carl (Maeghan) Wegener; Holly (Jordan) Gremmel; one brother: Henry (Anita) Semon; one sister: Sue McConnell; one sister in law: Mary Ann Semon. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and one brother: Harold Semon.

A memorial to Coyote Hill Children's Home at 9501 West Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg MO 65256 is suggested in leu of flowers.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on July 01, 2021

Betty Jean Smith

Clark - Betty Jean Brown Smith, 88, passed away June 24, 2021 in Columbia, MO. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 pm as well as burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Betty was born July 24, 1932 to Frank and Eddie Mae (Johnson) Brown and was the oldest of eight children. Being the oldest set the tone for the rest of her life. Her destiny was to be the leader, teacher, organizer, and mentor to countless people throughout the years. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1950 and then married Lewis E. Smith on March 1, 1952. Betty was a self-described homemaker until she went to work at GTE in 1972 until her retirement in 1991. She took great satisfaction in both careers.

Being a country girl at heart, Betty found wonder in everyday life. She loved any activity that got her outside, especially gardening, swimming, and camping with family and friends. Ever talented, she could crochet cozy throws, quilt beautifully, and sew clothing, sometimes without even using a pattern. You could also find Betty in her kitchen, baking for those she loved or canning the bounty from her garden. Betty was active with the area OATS Transportation, holding the treasurer position, and enjoyed the rich friendships she made both there and through her membership with the Englewood Club. Above all, her favorite way to spend the time was throwing parties where she was surrounded by family and friends. Her parties were loved by all.

She is survived by children, Pamela (Michael) Marinelli and Michael (Harriet) Smith; grandchildren, Roman Schuh, Amanda Smith, and Maggie (Dustin) Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Lydia Campbell, Ada Fletcher, and Ila Fletcher; siblings, Mary Joe Stephens, Anna Mae Stephens, Frances Lee Stephens, and Emily Kay Whelton; as well as many beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mae; husband, Lewis; son, Paul Smith; sister, Lois Fern Batye; and brothers, Walter Brown and Bill Brown.

Betty gave each day the opportunity to challenge her, and she met each one with optimism, grit, and a little prayer to God. She was a devoted daughter, a loyal sister, a loving wife, a remarkable mother, and a cherished friend. She will be deeply missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or to the Missouri Department of Conservation.


Published on June 30, 2021

Ronald Knudsen

Columbia - Ronald Edward Knudsen

5/12/1941 – 6/26/2021

Ronald Edward Knudsen, 80, of Columbia, Missouri passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Memorial services will be officiated by Pastor Bruce Williamson at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. The family will receive guests from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will occur after the service in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ron was born on May 12, 1941 in Kirksville, Missouri to the late John Edward and Alice May Grothe Knudsen. He was married to Marsha Norris on April 4, 1981 in Columbia and she survives.

He was a 1959 graduate of Hickman High School. In 1966 he received his B.S. in Education, and in 1970 earned his Masters Degree from Northeast Missouri State College.

For seventeen years he taught general science, biology, chemistry and physics at Malta Bend and Montgomery County High Schools. Ron served as the Mayor of High Hill, Missouri in 1976.

In 1982 he became a Professional Photographer, and for the next twenty-four years he owned and operated Knudsen Photography in Columbia along with his wife Marsha. In 1993 Knudsen Photography was named the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.

Ron was a proud member of the Columbia South Rotary Club, and was elected Treasurer for eight consecutive years. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2005-06 and in 2018 he became a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

His genealogy research eventually led to his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution

The man loved everything about trains: riding trains, owning model trains and creating model train layouts. Ron also had a passion for automobiles old and new, fast and slow.

Ron was an avid fisherman whose favorite time to be in his boat on the lake was early morning at sunrise. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mizzou Tigers and enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR races.

He is survived by his wife Marsha; daughter Kelli (Randy) Schnell; son Kent (Lori) Knudsen, all of Columbia; brother, J.R. (Vicky) Knudsen of Greenfield, Missouri; brother-in-law, Howard (Kathy) Norris of Liberty, Missouri; grandchildren Ryan, Sara, Randy, Becky, and Coleman; nephews Rob and Kevin; great-grandchildren; great-nephews and many other loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Foundation in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri 65202 or to Columbia Parkinson's Support Groups, 1311 Vintage Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published on July 01, 2021

Micheal Lee Grant

Houston - Micheal Lee Grant was born on August 31, 1951 in St. Joseph, Missouri. At the age of two he was adopted by Roy Lee and Pearlie Mae Grant. He grew up in Columbia, Missouri. At an early age he knew God for himself and was a member of Fifth Street Christian Church, until he made the move to Texas in 1984. He was a proud graduate of Hickman High School class of 1969. He believed in the power and importance of education, and graduated from the University of Missouri where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Public Health Education. Micheal held various jobs throughout his career but frequently shared his fondest memories of Mid Missouri Mental Health Center, Super X Drugstores and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union. He had an entrepreneurial spirt, was the co-owner of G &G mowing and Mr. Grant's Smoke Easy. In March 1972 Micheal married the love of his life Olivia. He was looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year in grand style. He truly loved his wife through sickness and in health. They have two amazing daughters Rev. Michelle Grant and Dr. Marla Fielder. Micheal bragged about his children and family often, to friends and strangers alike. In 1984 Micheal made the move to Texas ahead of his family for better opportunities at Drugs For Less in Duncanville, TX. The family followed in the summer of 1985. He had a passion for justice, equality and employee protections. Through his work as a business manager for AFSCME, he was instrumental in hundreds of employees of the City of Dallas receiving years of rightfully earned overtime pay. As a freelance researcher and writer, he wrote many articles on various health topics for the Dallas Weekly Newspaper. While in Dallas, in his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his masonic brothers at Kind David Lodge #151 PHA and singing in the male chorus at St. Philips Missionary Baptist Church. In 2013 Micheal decided that Houston, TX is where he would retire. As age and health conditions began to catch up with him, he decided to fight back and start a water aerobics class. He taught class several times a week at The Mansions at Hastings Green Senior Apartment Community. When he was no longer able to teach, the members kept the program going. Micheal was a fighter and was often described as a "tough old bird". Every time he was faced with a health crisis, he found the strength and grit to fight another round. He loved to read, write, talk politics, research history and religion. Micheal was an avid football fan he loved his Missouri Tigers and his Kansas City Chiefs. Micheal was a member of Living Faith Baptist Church and enjoyed fellowshipping as often as he could.

Micheal was preceded in death by his parents Roy lee and Pearlie Mae Grant, a beloved sister Linda Connor. He leaves to cherish his memory: His loving and devoted wife Olivia Grant. Daughters Rev. Michelle Grant of Dallas TX, Dr. Marla Fielder,(Danel) Houston, TX, Sister Glenda Coleman of Columbia, MO, Brother in Law Donald Connor of Columbia, MO, Granddaughters Ashley Jelks (Joseph) of Houston, TX, *Dani Fielder of Baton Rouge, LA, *Destiny Reescano (Junior) of Houston, TX, Great grandchildren: Jaedyn Merritt, Joley Jelks, *Micah Jelks,* Omari Jelks, *Jaxson Arturo,* Bryson Arturo, *Savanna Arturo, Nieces: Angela Grant, Tasha Grant, Nita Connor, Brittany Connor. Nephew: Timmy Grant. Brothers by Bond Lewis Tucker, Jr. and Ron Green. Daughter by Bond Valarie Sculark (Lawrence, Lauren), Caregivers Cassandra Henry and Tammy Edwards. A host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. (*Bonus family)

Services will be held Saturday July 3 at Living Faith Baptist Church, 4310 Holloway Street, Houston Tx 77047. Viewing 11-1 service at 1pm.

Published on July 06, 2021

Betty Gayle Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on July 07, 2021

Dale Nichols

Columbia, MO - Dale Nichols, 86, went home to Jesus on July 2, 2021. Private graveside services were held for family.

Dale was born March 7, 1935 to Stanley and Grace (Sandker) Nichols in Columbia, MO. He graduated from Hickman High, and attended MU until he was drafted into the Navy. He was married to his sweetheart, Louise, for 63 years. Dale worked as a State Farm Insurance agent for 40 years, on Board of Boone National Savings and Loan, Jaycees, and Edward Jones. He also helped to start Daniel Boone Little League. He loved his dogs, fishing, time with family, and never met a stranger. He loved the Lord and attended Woodcrest Chapel.

Dale had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. He lost a son in 2011.

Published on July 09, 2021

Marc McClure Griffin

Marc Griffin, age 71, of Ocala, FL passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021. Marc was born in Columbia, Missouri to Francis and Helen Griffin and graduated from Hickman High School in 1968. He attended the University of Missouri before moving to Louisiana for his career as a sales manager and he met his wife Carol Bankston of Baton Rouge, LA.

Marc and Carol married in 1979 and had 2 daughters, Marisa Griffin and Elizabeth Griffin. For the past 12 years, Marc worked at True Value Hardware in Ocala, FL. Marc was passionate about woodworking, playing golf, football and enjoyed helping people.

Marc is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Katie Griffin Gooch. Survivors include his wife Carol, two daughters Marisa and Elizabeth, his brother Eric Griffin and his sister Lenzy Griffin Bond.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24th, 2021 at 3:30pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Chapel at 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc. at https://www.handsofmercyeverywhere.org/donate

Published on July 10, 2021


Barbara Dean Gilpin

Columbia - 7/12/1937 – 7/8/2021

Barbara D. Gilpin, 83, a lifelong Columbia resident, passed away Thursday, July 8th after a long battle with cancer. Funeral service will be 2pm, Monday, July 12th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia with visitation from 1-2pm. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barbara was born July 12, 1937 in Columbia to Norris & Edna Mae Whitesides Rice. In 1955, she graduated from Hickman High School and shortly thereafter, she married William Donald Gilpin on June 3rd at Little Bonne Femme Church. She worked for over 40 years as a bookkeeper for the Columbia Missourian, retiring on more than one occasion. She was a family-first woman and loved spending time with all her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William Donald Gilpin; son, Don (Mary) Gilpin of Owasso, OK; daughter, Julie Williams of Columbia; four grandchildren, Talia and Jeremy Williams of Columbia, Bill (Kristi) Gilpin of St. Elizabeth, MO, and Lauren Gilpin of Webb City, MO; 6 great-grandchildren, Ty & Averi Gilpin, Zaniah, & Elinah Williams, Nalii Cowherd, and Elijah Dodson, and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, E.L. Rice; and a great-grandson, Zaidrien Williams.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Provided by Doug's sister, Marlene Frohmuth, Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Douglas D. Miles passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack on July 10, 2021 at his home in Lenexa, KS. Doug was born in Columbia, MO on April 21, 1951 to the late James and Margie Miles, longtime residents of Columbia, MO.

In his youth, Doug was very active in the local tennis teams with Coach Odor in Columbia. About the time Doug received a driver’s license, he fulfilled a long held aspiration by earning solo flight status at age 16.

Doug was in the Hickman high School class of 1969 when he entered the United States Air Force. Initially, Doug was an aircraft mechanic and later a munitions specialist on B-52 bombers while in Guam. Doug also volunteered and served a year in Viet Nam, while stationed out of Richard Gebaur Air force base in Kansas City. While in the Airforce, Doug earned his civilian flight instructor certificate and spent many flight hours teaching flying to others to earn extra money while in the service.

After completing his 4 years enlistment, he left the service and followed his passion as a successful corporate pilot flying a variety of turbo prop and business jets for Garney Co, a large construction company in Kansas City for many years. One of Doug’s memories while flying corporate, was flying, then senator, Bob Dole.
In 1981 Doug married Cindy Boos from Severance Kansas. They were blessed with 2 sons, Ryan, of Lenexa, Ks & Shawn, currently completing his second degree in Electrical engineering in Denver, CO.

Doug was always an avid supporter for his son’s soccer teams, attending numerous games with them from grade school thru college. Doug spent many hours enjoying water sports and snow skiing with his sons, too.

In the eighties, Doug was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration becoming an Airline Principal Operations Inspector. After many years with the FAA, he left to become an Airline Captain on DC-9 and Boeing 737’s with a local start up airline.

Doug is survived by his widow, Kay Earnshaw-Hobbs Miles of Lenexa, KS and his 2 sons, Ryan & Shawn Miles, 2 Granddaughters, Lydia and Ava Miles, his brother, Gene Miles of Longbeach, Washington, and his sister and her husband, Marlene & Brian Frohmuth of Montgomery, TX.

A memorial zoom service was held at Doug’s home in Lenexa, KS.
 

Published on July 19, 2021

Sally Sue Fancher

Columbia - Sally Sue Fancher, 88, of Columbia, passed away at her home with family by her side on Friday, July 16, 2021.

She had requested a Celebration of Life which will be held at noon on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. Please stay and share memories with her family and each other as we enjoy a meal hosted by mother. There will be private graveside services. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory.

Mom was born February 22, 1933, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Ruth and Roy Houdersheldt. At the age of 3, her family moved to Columbia, so her father could manage the J.C. Penney store. Other than a couple years in Kansas City following college, Columbia was always her home. She was a graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia and taught kindergarten.

On August 4, 1956, mom married Donald W. Fancher at First Christian Church. Over the next 13 years, the family grew by five with the birth of four sons and one daughter: Preston, Paul, Philip, Patrick and Abby. We were raised enjoying time outdoors; floating, camping, hiking, washing cars and spending time together at the lake cabin. Mom especially loved feeding and watching birds, gardening, labeling, and organizing. It took some convincing after our father passed away to get mom out to travel, but once we did, she was always excited for the next adventure. National Parks were her favorite.

Another important aspect of mom's life was her community of friends. Such a strong and beautiful network of ladies that have been there until the end. Know that she loved you all so much. Mom also found a second home at Broadway Christian Church with even more people she built special connections with. It is the strength of that community that paved the path for her final physical journey. Sally was preceded in death by her mother and father, and her husband Don. She is survived by her sister, Abby Goodman of Richmond, VA, and five children: Preston (Cindy) Fancher of Clayton, MO, Paul (Barb) Fancher of Shawnee, KS, Philip (Julie) Fancher of Columbia, Patrick (Deanna) Fancher of Columbia, MO, and Abby (Kenny) Herl of Kansas City, MO. Additionally, Sally had 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, or Boone County Historical Society 3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201.

Published on July 22, 2021

Kevin Don Linger

Evergreen - Kevin Don Linger, 65, passed away on July 16, 2021 at Life Care Center of Evergreen in Evergreen, Colorado. He was born February 3, 1956 in Las Cruces, NM, the son of the late Don Albert and Debora (Greiner) Linger of Colorado Springs, CO. His family moved to Columbia in 1965 where his mother married his step-father, Parker Hulett.

Kevin graduated from Hickman High School in 1975, and worked as a bicycle and auto mechanic. In 1983, Kevin suffered a traumatic head injury in a motorcycle accident which left him physically disabled, but not in spirit.

Kevin loved bicycling, boating on the Missouri river and fishing with friends. He was an accomplished guitarist, singer and pedal steel guitar player. He was a Believer, a student of life and despite health challenges, remained grateful, positive, and lived in the moment.

He is survived by two brothers, Chris (Melanie) Linger of Silverthorne, CO, Steve (Victoria) Linger of Santa Fe, NM, nieces Jennifer and Heather Linger, nephew Michael (Lauren) Linger and grand niece Eliza Linger, step-sisters Mary (Jorgen) Hulett and Andrea (Skip) Wiggins, step-brothers Brad and Bill Hulett and Ted (Tamara) Greve.

No services are planned.

Published on July 21, 2021

Carl Willis Vaughan Jr.

Columbia - Carl Willis Vaughan Jr., 62, of Columbia, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri. He was born December 19, 1958 in Columbia Missouri, son of Carl W Vaughan Sr, and Joy Ann Wyatt-Vaughan.

Carl graduated from David H Hickman High School in 1977, following that he had several jobs, finally landing in construction at Little Dixie Construction where he made his life long friends. Most recently working at Columbia Ready Mix and Gallup Trucking.

Married Julie Vaughan 1977 who survives,with children including daughter Leslie(Billy) Hubbard, sons Rocky Vaughan III, Kurt(Presley) Vaughan, grandchildren Cole Ehtridge, Catlin Ethridge, Alex Vaughan, Natalie Vaughan, Gracelynn Vaughan, Tyler Vaughan, Haystin Vaughan, Nora Vaughan, three sisters, Liz Vaughan, Lori(Mark) Winscott, Connie(Bud) Hutchison, several nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews and lots of cousins.

In addition to his grandparents, he was predeceased by his father Carl Willis Vaughan Sr, and Joy Ann Wyatt-Vaughan, and a great nephew Mark Winscott III.

He enjoyed his hunting, playing softball, and golf, but most of all rooting for his Dallas Cowboys, and a good margarita.

He will be missed by so many. A celebration of life will be handled by the family at a later date.

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

Published by Published by Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory
12 East Ash Street
Columbia, MO 65203

Mark graduated form Hickman High School; and upon graduation, he entered into the United States Army. Mark served with the173rd Airborne Brigade (The Herd) for two years. After his active service, Mark served with the Texas Air National Guard at camp Mabry Texas where he supported the 143rd Ranger Company and the 1136th Pathfinder Detachment out of Austin. He also supported Green Beret units out of Dallas and San Antonio. Mark supervised the parachute shop at Camp Mabry for more than 20 years with a total of 30 plus years of military service to his country. Mark was Airborne all the way and was a mentor to soldiers young and old. His fellow airborne friends nicknamed him “Skygod.”

Mark loved skydiving. He performed many military and civilian jumps to include a record breaking highest number of participants in a single jump. He also loved military history, music, all things Scottish, and cooking; but most of all, he loved the role of being a “Big Brother” to his siblings. He lived life to the fullest, and we will always remember his generosity and jolly laugh.

Mark is survived by his daughter: Megan Dunlap of Indiana; granddaughter: Moya; siblings: William Earl Dalton (Yolanda Lopez) of Tucson, AZ, Richard M. Dalton (Dru) of Columbia, Virginia Milbourn of Overland Park, Kansas, Robert A. Dalton (Dolly) of Florida, Dick Dalton (Marsha) of Jefferson City, David Dalton (Patsy) of Columbia, Don Dalton of Houston, Texas; his beloved dogs: Dolly and Pachelbel, and many nieces, nephews and other family members. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Kevin Milbourn.

Blue skies forever, Lap.

A Celebration of Life will be held in mid-September (date yet to be determined) after which Mark’s ashes will be interred with full military honors at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.

Memorial donations in his honor may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 17 (DAV) 5054 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City, Missouri 65109; or VFW Post 280, 1509 Ashley Street, Columbia, Missouri 65201.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203. Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on August 12, 2021

William C. Staehle Jr.

Columbia - William C. Staehle, Jr., 66, of Columbia, MO passed away July 28, 2021.

Billy was born August 17, 1954 in New Braunfels, TX to William and Mary (Grover) Staehle. He was a graduate of Hickman High School.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Staehle, Sr.

Billy is survived by mother, Mary Ann Stricklett; brother, Herman Staehle; sister, Edna Staehle; 2 uncles; 1 aunt; 4 nieces; 14 great nieces and nephews; as well as a host of cousins and friends.

A graveside service will be held later this year once Billy's marker has been placed.

Posted online on July 31, 2021

Woody L. Wright

Columbia - Woody L. Wright, 82, of Columbia, Missouri passed away July 29, 2021. He was born the son of Woodrow W. and Dorothy Hudson Wright on November 7, 1938. He married the love of his life, Mary I. Sutton on August 22, 1958. Mary preceded him in death August 4, 2010.

Woody lived his life by The Golden Rule and family was always his focus.

In 1968, Woody and Mary founded Park Manor Flowers and Gifts of Columbia and Centralia and owned and operated this business until they sold it in 1990.

After retirement, he and Mary moved to Arizona for five years. Woody took up watercolor and oil painting and was a member of several art associations where he hung and sold numerous paintings. The events of 9-11 prompted them to return to Columbia to be closer to their two sons and their families.

He is survived by sons Jay (Laura) Wright of Columbia, Missouri, and Jeff (Kathy) Wright of Branson West, Missouri, and grandchildren Wilson (Jane) Wright, Maura Wright, Wesley Wright, Jessica Wright and Megan (Ben) Buschjost, great granddaughters Jocelyn and Avery Buschjost, his dog Bennie and a special friend, Evelyn Harned.

Donations are suggested to the Central Missouri Humane Society. A graveside service will be held at 11:00a.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Memorial Park Funeral Home of Columbia.

Posted online on August 05, 2021

Daner Hans Schoengarth

Columbia - Daner was born on April 9, in Columbia, Missouri to L. Don and Dassel Schoengarth. The fourth of five children, he was a bright and friendly soul. He was a lover of all things sports and outdoors, playing soccer, country line dancing, disc golfing, hunting, fishing, free soloing El Capitan, skiing, and was an avid fan of all Missouri sports teams. He was charismatic in life and a friend to all.

Daner was senior class president at Hickman High School and on the Dean's list his first semester at the University of Missouri. He then began his excruciating 20-year battle between addiction and recovery, ultimately losing his life on August 1st. Despite his struggles, the second half of his life was characterized by his compassion and love for, and from, friends from all walks of life. While employed, or unemployed… whether in high spirits or down in the dumps… Daner would give you the St. Louis Cardinals shirt off his back if you needed it. He was as kind and caring as they come despite his personal hardships.

Daner was baptized during high school and continually practiced his faith at various Christian churches within the local community. He always wore a cross upon his neck and leaned on his belief and faith in God for guidance, comfort, and support.

Daner is survived by his parents and four siblings: Ericka (Mike) Slivinski, Regan Schoengarth, Travis Schoengarth, Liesl (Mason) Stevens, as well as nine nieces and nephews, many cousins, and one great-nephew.

Friends will be received from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday, August 9, 2021, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service, with a Memorial Service to follow at 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Dress is casual; Daner requests you wear a t-shirt, polo, or jersey of your favorite Missouri sports team!

In lieu of flowers, memorials in remembrance of Daner Schoengarth may be sent to Phoenix Program Inc., 90 E Leslie Ln. Columbia, MO 65202. Donations will stay within the local area to directly aid our community.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203. Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on August 07, 2021

Judi Hall Andrews

Judi Andrews, 77, of Columbia, MO passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Memorial service will be 11am, Monday, August 9, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia with a private committal service in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Columbia. Friends may gather Monday at the funeral home from 10-11am.

Judi was born March 3, 1944 in Yakima, WA to Fred C. and Edith Pearl Brock Hall. They moved to Columbia, MO when her father got a job working on the natural gas pipeline. She was a 1962 graduate of Hickman High School. On June 1, 1963, she married Dale Andrews at Prairie Grove Baptist Church. She was a registered nurse and over time, she worked for each of the local hospitals and for Dr. Silvers' Neurology practice. She loved to spend time with her family, great grandchildren, and her pets. She had a talent for crafting, especially crochet and sewing, she was also a talented painter. She was a kind lady that liked to spoil people, and an amazing cook.

She is survived by her children, Julie Nations of Columbia, Chris (Marty) Smith of Jamestown, and Tom (Heather) Andrews of Englewood; brother, Freddie (Darlene) Hall of Florence, AL; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale; brother, Donald Hall; and her beloved pets Peanut & Missy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center 1121 Business Loop 70 E, Columbia, MO 65201 or to the ALS Association.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on August 20, 2021


Margaret Lee Hart, the happiest and most loved woman in the world, passed away on August 6th, 2021, at the age of 84, after a long fight with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer's. She was born in January of 1937, to James Leftwich and Esther Ray Lee, the fifth of seven children. She spent most of her life in Missouri, predominantly in Columbia and Maryville, and she loved her years in Colorado and most especially Hawaii. Margaret instilled a love for learning in her children and set the example with her own life-long learning, graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1958, a master's in education in 1977, and a specialist in education in 1985. She served as an operating room nurse and a nursing instructor for many years, eventually becoming a real estate agent where she loved interacting with others.

Margaret was married to her best friend, Richard Hart, enjoying 63 years of adventures together as they traveled the world and visited their many friends and family members. Her infectious smile and joyous laughter brightened the lives of all those she touched.

One of Margaret's greatest legacies was her nurturing and care for the Monarch Butterfly, creating a haven for Monarchs and caterpillars in her backyard and establishing a Monarch tracking station from their home.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, David (Joan) Lee, James L. Lee, Jr., and Robert (Marilyn) Lee; and her sister, Mary Marie Schmidt.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Hart; her children Jeff (Dara) Hart, James (Sheri) Hart, and Mary-Louise (Pernell) McDonald; her grandchildren Claire (Kurt) Proepper, Mark (Amber) Hart, Holly (Kyle) Fanning, Katie Hart, Megan Hart, Brittani McDonald, and Cristian (Khira) McDonald; great grandchildren Riley, Jack, Mellina, Tyson, and Alaina; sister Louise (Jack) Hart, brother Owen (Evelyn) Lee, sister in law Laverne Lee, and brother in law Don Schmidt; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Margaret's name to the Alzheimer's Association at https://act.alz.org. Select DONATE, and then indicate that this is a memorial gift. Please send notification of donations and remembrances to RememberingMaggie@outlook.com.

Posted online on August 12, 2021

Jack Palmer

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

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

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

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

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

Share memories and condolences for the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on August 20, 2021

Clifton "Earl" Hopper

St. Louis - Clifton "Earl" Hopper began his life journey on December 27, 1936, in Columbia, Missouri and it ended in St. Louis on August 10, 2021. It lasted 84 years. Earl was the youngest son of Fred and Tillie Hopper. His early education began at the University Lab school and was completed at Grant Elementary. Earl attended Jefferson Jr. High and was a 1955 graduate of Hickman High School. At Jeff Jr, he was introduced to organized sports and was a member of the Jeff Jr Cyclone basketball team. As a Kewpie, Earl was a member of the "C" club, Key Club, Purple and Gold Sports Editor, Most Popular Jr. Boy, Vice President of the Student Body and Co-Captain of the Basketball Team. He attended Boys State and was in the Verse Choir and on the baseball team. Earl enrolled at the University of Missouri where in 1962 he received a B.S. degree in Education and later his Masters degree in Education in 1971.

Earl was Biology Teacher and coach for basketball and cross-country at Clayton High School for 37 years. His stewardship and guidance touched three generations of students and athletes. He held the distinguished honor of Elder Emeritus at Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood, MO. During retirement Earl was a ranger at Old Warson Country Club and owner of Hopper's Antiques and Restorations.

Earl is survived by his wife Mary Leftwich Hopper and Sons Troy (Barbara) and Whitney (Pamela) and two stepchildren Charles (Jo Alyce) and Grace (David). 11 Grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren.

Earl was laid to rest at the Columbia Cemetery on August 14, 2021.

Posted online on August 13, 2021

David Ralph Richter

Millersburg - David Ralph Richter, 57, of Millersburg, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 7, 1964, in Macon, MO, to Ralph L. Richter and Mary D. Ann (Walker) Cleeton. He was a 1982 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia.

David owned and operated R&R Car Audio in Columbia for over twenty years. After closing R&R Car Audio, he worked at Watlow and EDI. David was one of the founding members of the Mid West Infidels, and was also a member of Mid Missouri Radio Control Association (MMRCA). He loved riding motorcycles, and always enjoyed being involved in Honor Flight escorts, and the Central MO Riders (CMR). David was fondly referred to as "Captain Overkill". David was dearly loved by his family and friends. He always looked forward to bringing a smile to the faces of those who knew him as well as complete strangers.

David is survived by his wife: Staci Matney of the home; daughters: Caitlin Holland and Caitlyn Lowe; granddaughters: Annabelle Harris and Ariana Lowe; stepmother: Elizabeth Richter; sisters: Le Ann Welsh (William) and Susie Edwards (Tom); nephews: Zach and Cody Edwards; and his loving dog: Dixie.

David was preceded in death by his father: Ralph L. Richter; and his mother and stepfather: Mary D. Ann Cleeton & Randy Cleeton.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at Nilson-Millard Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Rd.; Columbia, MO 65202. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Nilson-Millard Funeral Home, with Pastor Ross Mutrux officiating. Interment will follow in Columbia Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society, Welcome Home, or the American Cancer Society.

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

Posted online on September 17, 2021

Edward A. Lightfoot

Edward A. Lightfoot died August 12, 2021 following a sudden illness at Horizons Care Center, Eckert, CO. He was born in Columbia, MO May 27, 1948 and was the son of the late William and Alice Lightfoot.

He was known in his life for being a long distance cyclist, enjoying 50 to 100 mile rides just for fun. His best talent was bicycle repair and he was a good artist. He lived in Columbia MO most of his adult life, took care of his parents for many years and moved to Delta, CO in 2006 to be closer to family.

Although he was a quiet and private person, everyone who knew him genuinely liked him as he was a kind and gentle person with a dry wit.

He is survived by his brother, Robert "Robin" (Anne) Lightfoot of western CO and his sister, Patricia Lightfoot Sponseller, and 3 nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date in Fayette, MO at the Ashland Cemetery near his parents.

Posted online on August 23, 2021

Mark L. Stephenson

Columbia - Mark Stephenson, 71, of Columbia, Missouri went to heaven on August 17, 2021. Mark will be so truly missed by his family, friends, and radio audience.

This well-known Radio Host spanned the air waves for more than 50 years and had a great following of listeners and friends. His Jack Daniels personality exuded frankness and honesty. He had a Great love for God and this country, and he so valued his friendships. Mark enjoyed people, life, love, and laughter. His sense of humor never left him even during his illness, he brought much laughter and smiles to so many. He was warm and courageous and carried a true belief that we should stand up for what we believe in and do more for others.

Marks greatest love was his family, his Stepchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer and Justin and his five Grandchildren whom he adored, Ethan, Emily, William, Christopher and Katie. His sister, Jan and brother, Brad were both near and dear to his heart.

His wife of 34 years, Teresa Stephenson, was his first priority and Mark truly felt blessed for the times and years they spent together.

Mark I will love you forever, forever and ever. Amen.

Posted online on August 23, 2021

James Latimer

Columbia - James Otis Latimer

3/21/1935 – 8/18/2021

James Latimer, 86, of Sturgeon, MO passed away August 18, 2021 at his home. Funeral Service will be 11am, Saturday August 28, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery will follow. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 9-11am before the service.

James was born March 21, 1935 in Columbia, MO to Mathew A. and Minnie Morris Latimer. In 1953 he graduated from Hickman High School then attended MU where he earned his Associate's Degree in Electronics. On July 3rd, 1955 he married Wanda Winn in Columbia and she preceded him in death on June 10, 2013. James opened a TV repair shop with his brother in Columbia, and after a few years he went to work for Lockheed-Martin in California. After a few moves with Lockheed-Martin he found himself back in Columbia where he opened A-1 Electronics. From there he went to work as an Engineer for Hewlitt-Packard. He had a long career and a love of electronics and the outdoors; he and Wanda traveled to many places in their Motor Homes. He was always checking out the newest programs to learn their ins and outs.

James is survived by his four children, Richard Latimer of Loveland, CO, Pamela Griffith of Sturgeon, MO, Ronald (Charlene) Latimer of Loveland, CO, and Shawn Farmer of Sturgeon, MO; eight grandchildren, Scott Latimer, Jason Griffith, Brenda Osmena, Ryan Latimer, and Anthony, Brian, & Matthew Latimer; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Jewel Shaw of Columbia; many nieces & nephews and a loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; a brother Rueben "R.L." Latimer; two sisters, Frances & Irene Crane, and his parents.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on August 22, 2021

Harold Sims

Columbia - Harold Edward Sims

8/16/1937 – August 20, 2021

Harold E. Sims, 84, of Columbia, MO passed away Friday, August 20, 2021. Funeral Service will be 11am, Wednesday, August 25 at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Friends may gather Wednesday from 10-11am at the Funeral Home.

Harold was born August 16, 1937 in Hartsburg to Paul H. and Frona V. Wells Sims. On June 28, 1968 he married Fern Nichols in Midway. For 35 years he worked for the University of Missouri Power Plant where he retired as Assistant Superintendent. He was an active member at Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church where he held several roles. He was also very active at the Columbia Senior Center and had served as President. He enjoyed playing time at casinos, watching Cardinals baseball and a good golf match. He loved spending time with his family during family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Fern; sister Linda (Dan) Hankins; daughter, Eileen (Ken) Edmunds; grandchildren, Jennifer & Alex; step-daughters Debbie (Jim) Obley and Cynthia Loyd; step-grandchildren, Justin Duve & Tim (Whitney) Duve, and Travis Loyd; and a step great-granddaughter, Zoe Alexandra Duve. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Jr. & Ben; and a sister, Ethel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Senior Center 1121 Business Loop 70 E, Columbia, MO 65201 or to Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church 702 Wilkes Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201

Online condolences may be shares at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Submitted by - Rifle Funeral Home, 1400 Access Road, Rifle, CO 81650, Phone 970-625-1234, theriflefuneralhome@gmail.com

NEAL ELLEN GEORGE
February 4, 1947—August 20, 2021

NEAL ELLEN GEORGE died at her home on the evening of Friday August 20, 2021, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on February 4, 1947 to Kenneth Oral Moore and Frances Elizabeth Silknitter Moore. She and Frances moved to Columbia, Missouri when she was three years old and later attended Hickman High School and the University of Missouri. After graduating in 1969 with a degree in special education, Neal set off for her next adventure. She and two friends piled into her new car and drove to Boston to find work.

She was quickly hired to teach severely developmentally challenged children and began a lifelong passion for teaching those most in need. Three years later she met a law student thus commencing another lifelong passion.

She and Russell George married in Columbia, Missouri on November 24, 1972. Shortly thereafter they shifted their focus and joined VISTA Volunteers and served on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. In 1976, they moved to Rifle where they remain today. Neal followed her passion for education and counseling and taught at Grand Valley Schools while Russ joined Tom Stuver’s law practice. The couple started their own family and Neal eventually began her next career as a mother.

In 1978 Russ Junior was born, followed by Charlie, Tommy and Andy—who were all staggered two years apart from each other. Within a few years nephew Charles joined the household to test her mothering skills with five robust boys—a task Neal was more than able to command. Eventually Neal returned to education at Wamsley Elementary in Rifle to teach reading.

Neal loved to boast with Russ about their growing collection of grandchildren: Maren, Laine, Brandon, Natalie and Charlie Junior. To them Neal became the most fabulous “GiGi.” Nobody anywhere had a better, more loving or more giving grandmother and they will surely treasure her memory all their lives.
Neal is survived by Russell; Russ Junior and Sarah; Charlie and Cheyenne; Charlie Junior’s mom Nikki; Tommy and Carolyn; Andy and Nadia; all the grandchildren; nephew Charles, Aspen and their brood; niece Roxanne; cousin Marsden and “Sister Sally” Paterni.

Neal genuinely cared about others and had many lifelong friends. She especially loved her Theta Sisters who she kept up with over the years and the Kewpie girls from Hickman High School.

By her nature, Neal was the epitome of motherly love and exhibited her skill on the boys’ friends who came around the house (and many did) and anyone else who needed a little tenderness and advice from time to time. This is how Neal will be remembered, treasured and loved forever.

A celebration of Neal’s life will occur at 11 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church.

Posted online on August 26, 2021

Donald Farris, Sr.

Columbia - Donald D. Farris, Sr.

7/13/1938 – 8/20/2021

Donald D. Farris, Sr., 83, of Columbia passed away Friday August 20, 2021 at The Bluffs in Columbia. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30pm, Tuesday August 31 at Memorial Funeral Home. Family visitation will take place at 2pm before the funeral service.

Don was born July 13, 1938 in Caseyville, IL to Floyd Eugene and Hazel Jackson Farris. He retired as President of Sentinel Industries, a family owned and operated hardware and lumber company that began operations in 1957. Don was a founding member of South County Bank and served on the board for 30 years including serving as board chairman for many years; and was an active member of many industry and trade organizations including the National Frame Building Association. He also served as Campaign Treasurer for former Governor Roger Wilson for multiple campaigns spanning two decades; and was co-founder of the 10-33 Benevolent Fund which helps families of public servants killed in the line of duty. Don was a 50 year member of the Ashland Masonic Lodge, and a Shriner in the Tiger Shrine Club where he served as President in 1973. He was also a member of Woodcrest Church in Columbia. Don loved traveling the U.S., spending time with family, a good joke, and most of all his beloved wife of 64 years, Anna Lou Farris. He was known for his generous heart, dedication to family and friends, community leadership, and a strong business ethic.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Lou Farris; sons, Donald Farris, Jr. (Giselle) of Columbia & Ronald Farris (Laurie) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Collin Farris, Troy Farris, Mathew Farris, & Sophie Farris of Columbia; Kennedy Farris of Dallas, TX and Weston Farris of Ft. Worth, TX; brothers, Charles C. Farris of Blue Springs, MO & William E. Farris of Santa Ana, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Farris; and a sister, Gail Farris Arnold.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support neurodegenerative disease research at the University of Missouri, Advancement Programs, 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211, or to Woodcrest Church, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd., Columbia MO 65203. Please note "In memory of Don Farris" on your donation.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Published by Beers & Story Funeral Homes, 1475 N Main Street, Palmer MA

OBITUARY OF ELAINE H WRUBEL

Three Rivers/Wilbraham-Elaine (Hume) Wrubel, 70, died August 26, 2021 at a local nursing facility under the care of hospice. She was born on October 24, 1950 in Columbia, MO to William Stanton Hume and Mary Mason Clark. Her father, William, was a painter and cartoonist who published two books of cartoons about American servicemen's experiences in Japan during World War II.

Elaine grew up in Columbia, MO where she attended Hickman High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of MO where she obtained her bachelors and masters degrees, the latter in library science. She lived with her family in Montana, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, arriving in Wilbraham in 1991.

“Who wouldn’t love being surrounded by books?” Elaine told the Wilbraham-Hampden Times in 2015, the year of her retirement from Wilbraham Public Library.

She spread this love throughout her family and community, serving as head of the library’s Children’s Department for 24 years. This capped off a long career as a librarian: prior to moving to Wilbraham in 1991, she worked as an adult services librarian in Woodbury, Minnesota; in serials at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana; and at the reserve desk at the library of the University of Missouri, her alma mater.

Library Director Karen Demers told the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, “Elaine… introduced so many great programs and services for the children and families of Wilbraham.” During her time at the Wilbraham Public Library, Elaine launched the “Discovery Kit” collection, developed strong relationships with elementary schools, and collaborated with staff and students from Mount Holyoke College to offer science-related programs for kids. Her last project at the library was to initiate the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. She continued her community engagement after her retirement, as a volunteer at Mile Tree School in Wilbraham and at the Palmer public library.

She remained youthful throughout her life, enjoying the latest pop culture in books, music, and television. Her curiosity about the world was nourished by an ability to engage with anyone of any age and background, and her genuine enthusiasm for others’ interests. Skiing in the winter and the beach also brought much enjoyment to Elaine.

Elaine leaves her husband, Wayne Wrubel; her brother David Hume (Rebecca Springer); her son Justin Crane (Sarah Roszler) and daughter Chelsea Desrochers (Jason Desrochers); and four grandchildren. She was a dear friend to John Crane, former husband and father of her children; her Mizzou sorority sisters; the extended Wrubel, Hume, Crane, Roszler, and Desrochers families; and all who crossed the threshold of the Wilbraham Public Library.

A gathering of remembrance will be held Friday September 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Beers & Story Palmer Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to the Wilbraham Public Library.

Posted online on September 08, 2021

Linda Diane Mitchell Kelly

Columbia - Linda Diane Mitchell Kelly, age 70, of Columbia passed away August 27, 2021, at University of Missouri Hospital.

Linda was born March 5, 1951, a daughter of John X. Mitchell and Victoria Warren Mitchell. Linda grew up in Columbia, Missouri and graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1969.

Linda was a hard worker and worked in hospital food service and housekeeping.

Linda was an all-around fun person to spend time with, and she loved spending time with her family, from small family dinners to annual family reunions Linda was always apart and willing to help.

Linda leaves to cherish her memory, her three children; Leo Mitchell, Diane (Stanley) Mitchell-McDaniel, and Patrick Wayne Stapleton, four grandchildren; Aleshya Samuels, Josh Stapleton, Sydney Ray, and Alexandria Ray, four great grandchildren; Jayden "JJ" Renfro, Zaylen Stapleton, Elijah Stapleton, and Kehlani Ray, four brothers; John Mitchell Jr., Carl Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ, Robert Mitchell, and Ronald Mitchell, one sister; Rosie Warren, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Linda is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Kelly, parents, John and Victoria Mitchell, one brother, Michael Mitchell, two sisters, Linda Doris Mitchell and Patrice Hayes, two nieces, Esther Victoria McHenry and Evette McHenry, and one nephew, Shaunathan McHenry.

Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday September 11, 2021, at Parker-Millard Funeral Services, with a Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203. Condolences may be left for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

Posted online on September 04, 2021

Alan David Shinn

Surrounded by the love of his family, Alan David Shinn died peacefully on August 29, 2021.

Born June 7, 1954, to the late Stephen and Anna Ruth (Bailey) Shinn in Kansas City, Missouri, Alan moved to Columbia, Missouri, at a young age. A graduate of Hickman High School, he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri, where he also met his forever sweetheart and wife, Christine Eggeman. They married on June 11, 1977. Alan and Chris celebrated over 30 years of marriage and raised two children together before her death in 2008.

The couple moved to Lubbock for Alan to earn his Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University. He taught band at Monterey High in Lubbock shortly after graduation, then served briefly as Instructor of Percussion and Jazz at the former Southwest Texas State University.

In 1982, two momentous events occurred: Alan accepted a job at Texas Tech as Professor of Percussion and Chris and Alan welcomed their first child, Erin. The birth of their second daughter, Lauren, completed his family in 1985, the same year Alan also took over as Director of Jazz Studies. He continued his summer jazz program through 2013. He served as Chair of Winds/Percussion Area from 2004-2007 and was Associate Director of the School of Music from 2005-2015.

Alan retired from the university in December of 2020 after receiving the Chancellor's Medal of Honor in 2019 and later receiving the designation of Professor Emeritus in 2021. Alan was honored in 2009 as recipient of the William Kerns Performing Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Lubbock. In November 2012, at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX, Alan received the Society's Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. In 2015, Alan was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lubbock Roots Historical Council in conjunction with the Caprock Jazz Festival. Over 150 percussion students have graduated with music degrees at TTU since 1982 and are enjoying careers in education and performance as well as the music industry.

Alan served as the Principal Timpanist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for many years. He performed all over the world as a percussionist, timpanist, and drum set artist. His love of life and music was contagious and his legacy on this earth will endure.

Alan was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He was a loving husband, father, brother, mentor and friend, and all those around him loved him in return.

Among those left to cherish Alan's memory are his two daughters, Erin (Rahul) Shinn Sreenivasan of Austin, Texas, and Lauren Shinn of Austin, Texas; partner, Lisa Rogers of Lubbock, Texas; brother, Eric (Mary) Shinn of Round Rock, Texas; sister, Amy (Jim) Elliott of Brookfield, Missouri; sister-in-law, Martha Tatman (Pete) of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Milo, Ruby, and Rian Sreenivasan; and numerous nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Family and friends, along with the greater music and education communities of West Texas, will celebrate the life of Alan through a memorial concert on Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m. in Hemmle Recital Hall on the Texas Tech Campus in Lubbock, Texas. The concert will be streamed online for those who cannot attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the "Shinn Rogers Percussion Scholarship Endowment" at Texas Tech, which can be made at https://give.ttu.edu/Shinn-Rogers-Scholarship online.

Published by SCNow on Sep. 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted online on September 03, 2021

Lonnie Gilpin

Ashland - Lonnie Gilpin of Ashland passed away at his home on September 2, 2021, he was 87 years old. Lonnie was born December 20, 1933, the son of Trocy and Nellie Martin Gilpin.

He married Bernice Blythe on January 18, 1957 and she preceded him in death. He was a member of the Nashville Baptist Church. Lonnie graduated from Ashland High School in 1952. He worked for the highway department prior to joining the service. He joined the US Air Force September of 1952. He was a certified lifeguard, training pilots to swim. He spent most of his service time in Anchorage Alaska. He left the service in 1956. He spent time as a meat cutter at the University of Missouri. He also worked for the postal service. In 1968 he went to work at JC Penney where he was the warehouse manager. He retired from Penney's in 1996. He was also a part-time farmer and bus driver for Southern Boone County School.

After retirement he and Bernice bought a boat and camper and spent many hours traveling and fishing. Nothing pleased Lonnie and Bernice more than spending time with their children and later their grandchildren. They logged many bleacher hours watching sporting events, such as baseball, basketball, track and rodeos. Later in his life his passion was riding his John Deere mower and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Funeral Services will be held at Nashville Baptist Church Wednesday September 8th at 11:00am with burial following in Nashville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Robinson Funeral Home on Tuesday September 7th 4:00 to 6:00PM.

Survivors include his children, Lester (Roxanne) Gilpin of Ashland, Diana (Seth) Conner of Malta Bend and Alison (Dave Stone) Gilpin of Ashland; Grandchildren, Dr. Leigh (Dr. Rikat Baroody) Gilpin, Lucas Gilpin, Kyle Stone and Kelci (Dusty) Weter, Bailey (Clayton Tieman) Conner and Shea Conner. Two great grandchildren, Kamryn and Reece Weter: two special nieces, Alberta Gilpin and Nancy Buckner.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Wayne Gilpin and Joe Gilpin, two sisters, Margaret Old and Betty Gilpin.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions are suggested to Central Missouri Honor flight or to Nashville Cemetery in care of the family.

Published by George Funeral Home &Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC

William Gary Goodson Obituary

Here is William Gary Goodson’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William Gary Goodson of Aiken, South Carolina, born in Columbia, Missouri, who passed away on September 5, 2021, at the age of 74, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of William Gary Goodson to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of William Gary Goodson.

He was predeceased by : his parents, William Buster and Mary Elizabeth Again Goodson. He is survived by : his sister Elizabeth Turnquest of Aiken.

Posted online on April 07, 2022

Larry Reed Stone, who was born, raised and spent most of his life in Columbia, Mo., passed away on September 5, 2021, at the age of 77. “Hush Puppy,” as he was known by close friends and family, had a quick wit, strong work ethic, and sense of humor that will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

After graduating from Hickman High School in 1962, Larry married Susie Niemeyer and celebrated the birth of their son, John Fitzgerald, before joining the United States Army. He was wounded in the line of duty in Vietnam and awarded the Purple Heart medal.

After his years of service, Larry returned to Columbia and became a top salesman at Gene Glenn’s. Then he changed course and followed the Stone family’s dedication to the golfing industry. And for many years, he owned and operated the pro shop at the original Stephens College Golf Course.

Once he retired, Larry moved to Spokane, Wash., and lived with his son’s family, who filled his final years with memorable adventures, good times and love.

Larry is survived by his son John Stone and wife Kim; two grandchildren, Ben and Emily Stone; his brother Tommy Stone and wife Donna; his ex-wife, Lynn Hurd; sister-in-law, Donna Stone; nephew Ryan Stone, wife Marisa and their children, Carson, Harper and Lennon; niece Terri Stone; niece Andrea Wright, husband Sam and their son, Connor.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Earl and Doris Stone; younger brother, Richard “Dicky” Stone; and nephew Dave Stone.

A veterans memorial service was held for Larry in Spokane, Wash

Posted online on September 22, 2021

Andrew John Thurman

Columbia - Andrew John Thurman of Columbia passed away at home on September 7, 2021.

Andrew was born on April 29, 1978, in Columbia, the son of Deborah (Hall) and Lindell Thurman.

He graduated from Hickman High School (class of 1996).

Interment will be in the memorial garden of Missouri United Methodist Church (Columbia) in October.

He is survived by his father of Columbia, his mother of Kansas City, his sister and brother-in-law, Maggie and Michael Roth, a niece, Anna Roth, and nephew, Abraham Roth, all of Downers Grove, Illinois; his aunts, Chelle Hall of Palm Springs, California, and Sandra Hall of Independence, Missouri; his uncle and aunt Dennis and Robin Thurman of Cary, North Carolina, and many caring friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published by H T May & Son Funeral Home - Columbia

Obituary for Ronald D Thornton Sr.

Ronald "Ronnie" Dale Thornton Sr., 77, of Columbia, MO passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Services will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul AME Church in Columbia. The visitation will be held on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the church.

Ronald Dale Thornton Sr. was born March 8, 1944 in Columbia, MO, the son of Audrey and Zella Henson Thornton Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Columbia, MO. He married Gail Elbert on February 12, 1983 and she survives of the home. Ronnie was a dedicated member of the St. Paul AME Church where he served on the Trustee Board, a member of the choir and was a faithful usher of the church. He was a longtime member of the Missouri Tigers Tailgate Club where he could be found on many Saturday afternoons cheering for his beloved Mizzou Tiger football team.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Gail of the home, his children Ronald “Boo” Thornton Jr. (Natalee Thornton), Courtney Thornton, and Ashley "Dasher" Thornton-Banks(LaRell Banks) all of Columbia, MO, and Rishona Menyon Gage of the state of Delaware, four brothers George Thornton(Idenia) of Columbia, MO, Audrey Thornton Jr. of Carbondale, IL, Stevie Thornton and Michael Thornton both of Columbia, MO, four sisters Ernestine Washington of Columbia, MO, Barbara Freeman of Des Moines, IA, Elsie Thornton of Columbia, MO and Earlene Thornton (Kenneth Agee) of Columbia, MO, six grandchildren Ronald “BJ”, Diamond, Alayzia, Malcolm, Damion and Sasha, and two great-grandchildren Rashad and Rashon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Robert Lee Thornton, one sister in law Wendolyn Ruth Thornton and one aunt Otentha Thornton.

Posted online on September 18, 2021

Brenda "Janie" Kemper

Brenda "Janie" Kemper, age 70, died Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at her home surrounded by friends and family. She was born in Columbia, Missouri on August 28, 1951.

A lifelong Kewpie, Janie graduated from Hickman High School in 1969. She is survived by her husband, Tom Kemper and 2 children, David and Kyle (Kathleen) and grandson, James Kemper.

Janie was a nurse at Boone Hospital spending most of her career working in oncology on 2100 where she made countless lifelong friends.

She loved her family and her dogs, Jackie and Zeke. Janie enjoyed riding on trains, marching bands, drinking Coca-Cola, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.

As an avid photographer, Janie's feisty and creative spirit will live on in the photos and videos she left behind.

A graveside service will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, September 22nd at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia MO 65202.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary PTA.

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

Keith "Bish" Buescher, Dec. 4, 1947 — Sept 15, 2021
SUBMITTED BY FAMILY Oct 17, 2021

A Columbia Native, Daryl Keith Buescher died peacefully at his home in Mesa Arizona September 15, 2021 after a brief illness. Keith was born December 4, 1947 to the late James Wesley Buescher and Virginia Ruth Hulen Buescher. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Wendy (Halliburton Holcomb) Buescher of the home, a daughter Kimberly Buescher and two grandsons Bryce Paxton and Aiden Palmer all of Sedalia. Keith is also survived by one Aunt and twelve Buescher first cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Letha Brown and four Buescher Aunts.
Keith graduated from Hickman High School in 1965 and graduated from Missouri Western College in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science & Education, receiving his teaching certificate for Health & Physical Education as well as Driver’s Education. That same year he received his Coaching Certificate and later became a Certified Athletic Trainer and was a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and one year was the fastest ankle wrapper in the nation. Keith served as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Missouri, Central Missouri State University and was also the Head Athletic Trainer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama. At the age of 22, Keith was an assistant trainer for the St Louis Cardinals Football Team. He was also the Wrestling Coach at Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia. As a boy Keith enjoyed all sports including golf and bowling with his father and together they won many tournaments. In 1967, at the age of 19 Keith saved the life of Van Donley while umpiring a baseball game. After colliding with another player, Donley fell unconscious and stopped breathing. Keith used athletic scissors and forceps to unlock Donley’s jaws and pull his tongue back out of his airway which allowed him to survive.

Keith’s second career began in law enforcement in 1988 in which he worked for the Pettis County Sheriff Department specializing as the K-9 handler. His partner “Max” was bred in West Germany and Keith spent several weeks in Newton Kansas training as Max’s new partner under the supervision of Tom Brenneman. Keith then recruited Roger Kasak as his backup and sharp shooter partner and after that the K-9 unit received many commendations for their work in public safety. In 1991 Keith became the Chief of Police in Huntsville MO where he also continued his work as an Athletic Trainer for Westran High School. In 1996 he returned to Columbia working for Boone Hospital Center as a security officer until 2007 when he then moved to Mesa Arizona.

Keith was a dedicated husband to Wendy, son to Jim and Ruth and was a selfless man who never realized how many lives he touched. He led an amazing life and all are richer for having known him. He will be missed by all that knew him throughout the many decades of his life. There will be no service as Keith chose to donate his body to science to continue helping to teach others. He will be missed forever by his wife Wendy, his surviving family, many friends and previous students.

Posted online on September 22, 2021


Robert "Dan" Ronchetto

The Woodlands, TX - Robert "Dan" Ronchetto, age 55 of The Woodlands, TX formerly of Columbia, MO passed away on September 17, 2021. He was born June 1, 1966 to Robert and Sharon Ronchetto in Columbia, MO.

A visitation will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Dr., Columbia, MO 65203 on Monday, September 27th, 2021 beginning at 10:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Immediately following the mass, burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202.

Dan had a very successful career in supply chain management. He was a man of deep faith and a respected member of the community. Always known as the life of the party, Dan was outgoing and always engaging with friends and family to plan dinners or a golf game. He was the type of person that never met a stranger and was the first person to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was always involved in his kids' games and activities, taking great pride in being their dad. Dan was beloved in many ways by his family as a husband, father, brother, and uncle as well as a friend to many.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ronchetto; grandparents, Dan and Martha Niday as well as Matt and Emma Ronchetto. He is survived by his wife, Karen Schrand Ronchetto; mother, Sharon Ronchetto; children, Allison and Nicholas Ronchetto; brother, Steve Ronchetto; parents in-law, Gerald and Jane Ippensen; brother and sisters-in-laws, Annette (Dennis) Ehrhardt, Allan (Melanie) Schrand, Chris (Loralee) Schrand, Lorrie (Dan) Vreeman along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dan's honor to V Foundation for Cancer Research at www.v.org

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

Submitted by Rick's son, Mark Gray.

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

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

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

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

Posted online on October 04, 2021

John Hunt

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

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

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

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

Posted online on September 30, 2021

Sandra Conner

Mexico - Sandra Lee Hombs, 81, of Mexico, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

Sandra was born on September 22, 1940 in Columbia, the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth (Johnson) Conner.

Sandy enjoyed playing games and friendships. She was a member of Mother Singers and co-owned a wallpapering business. She was a regular volunteer for the Jerry Lewis Telethon earning the #6 MDA Hall of Fame for her coordination of volunteer services. Later earning her degree in Social Work, she helped many.

Survivors include her children, Darren Hombs and his wife, Michelle, and children, Adam, Eric and Emma; Cindy Hombs and her son, Christian; Shelly Hombs in Arkansas; her brother Warren Conner, Jr., and her sister, Marilyn Stone.

Sandy was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Little, her mother Elizabeth (Johnson) Conner and father Warren L. Conner, Sr.

Donation may be made in her memory of Sandy to The Wardrobe, 715 Park Avenue, Columbia, MO 65201

No services are scheduled.

Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico is serving the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.arnoldfh.com.

Posted online on October 02, 2021

Dolores Theresa Damian Crouch-Stone

Hallsville - Dolores Theresa Damian Crouch-Stone, 69 of Hallsville, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2021 at University Hospital. Visitation will be 1pm – 2pm Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 2 pm and burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Funeral service will be live streamed on the funeral home's Facebook page at Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia website.

Dolores was born on September 9, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Hickman High School and later attended Columbia College to study art. She married the love of her life, William David Stone, on June 23, 1979 and had two children.

Dolores spent 21 years of her career working for State Farm, but most recently worked at Casey's in Hallsville where she was lovingly referred to by the community as the "Pizza Master." At Casey's, and in her life, nobody was ever a stranger to her, she embraced everyone. Dolores' trademark characteristic was her big heart. She was always ready and willing to help anyone in need.

Memorials in Dolores' honor may be made to Laney's College Fund in care of the funeral home.

Published by Jansen Family Funeral Home, 4705 Pine St, Columbiaville, MI 48421

Obituary of Karen Joyce Ardrey

Karen J. Ardrey, age 67, of Columbiaville died October 6, 2021 at McLaren Hospital in Lapeer.

Karen was born November 23, 1953 in Columbia, Missouri to the late Roy and Jessie Smarr. She married Mikel J. Ardrey on July 9, 1977. Karen enjoyed sewing, quilting, embroidery, and most of all she loved crafting.

Karen is survived by her husband Mike, son Shane (Jennifer) Ardrey, grandchildren: Kourtney, Promise, and Jesse. She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter Piper.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville. Memorial contributions in memory of Karen may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Share memories, condolences, and pictures with the family at www.jansenfuneralhome.com.

Posted online on October 14, 2021


Jeffery Martin Pelousky

Jeffery Martin Pelousky, 62, of Columbia passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home. Services were held privately.

Jeff was born July 15, 1959 in Columbia, the son of James F. Pelousky and Helen (Stover) Pelousky. He is survived by his mother: Helen two sisters: Nancy M. Griggs (Greg) of Cartersville, GA; Deborah A. Jones (Willie) of Columbia, MO. He was preceded in death by his father: James.

Memorials are suggested to Compassus Hospice, 3050 Interstate 70 Dr SE, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65201.

Received from Tammys daughter, Wendy Bellantoni


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

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

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


They said they would love her always.

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

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

Memorial services have yet to be determined.

Arrangements were with Science Care Colorado.


Posted online on October 23, 2021

Robert Russell, Jr.

Columbia - Robert "Bobby" Kenneth Russell, Jr. 59, of Columbia, MO, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Bobby was born July 13, 1962, in Fulton, MO to Robert "Toots" Kenneth Russell, Sr., and Brenda Galbreath Crum.

Bobby attended McIntire Elementary School and Fulton Public Schools before continuing his education at Columbia Public Schools. After graduating from Hickman High School in 1980, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. Upon his honorable discharge, he began his employment at the University of Missouri Hospital. In 2008 until the time of his death, he was employed at Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, "serving those who served."

On August 16, 1986, at Calvary Baptist Church in Fulton, MO, he married his soulmate Natalie Chambers. During their 35 years of marriage, they had two children, Natasha Nicole Russell and Robert "Trey" Kenneth Russell III and a granddaughter, Nyla Charm Kelley. "G" and Nyla loved to dance, watch movies, hanging out on his bench watching YouTube videos and just spending time together. Before parting from each other, they were in the mist of mastering their special handshake.

Bobby is survived by his wife, two children, granddaughter and his mother: Brenda Crum of Columbia, MO; brothers and sister: Jay Graves (Tamara) of Lee's Summit, MO, Alicia Porter (James) of Columbia, MO, and Christopher Crum, of Columbia, MO; mother in-law: Sterling Black, of Holt Summit, MO; sister in-laws: Terry Chambers, of Jefferson City, MO and Kimberly Brandt, of Fulton, MO; brother in-law: Gerald Chambers (Joyous), of Jefferson City, MO; and aunts: Mary Carter, Carolyn Clyce, Jo Ann Hardin, and Denise Jefferson; uncles: Tommy Galbreath, Carl Galbreath and Larry Galbreath; nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins and friends.

Bobby was preceded in death by his father and stepfather William Crum; grandparents: Eugene and Louise Jefferson and Richard and Isabell Galbreath; aunt and uncles: Joyce Galbreath, Harold Galbreath, Richard Galbreath, Jr., and Ralph Galbreath.

Bobby was the epitome of an outdoors man. In the winter, you could find him rabbit hunting and ice fishing. During the spring and summer time, he enjoyed fishing, and golfing with members of Brothers' Coalition Golf Club (BCGC). His first love was basketball. He coached an AAU basketball team and attended high school and Mizzou basketball games. His favorite teams were the University of North Carolina and the Los Angeles Lakers. Some of his favorite players were Dr. J, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. During the NFL season on Sundays, he and Natalie would cook family dinner and watch the Kansas City Chiefs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Friends will be received from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory. An additional visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Grace Bible Church in Columbia MO. Interment and full military honors will follow at Columbia Cemetery.

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 October 28, 2021

Harrisburg - Rona Beth Duncan

2/10/1968 – 10/25/2021

Rona Duncan, 53, of Harrisburg, MO passed away Monday, October 25, 2021. Funeral services will be 1pm, Saturday October 30th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia with burial to follow in Perche Cemetery. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 11am-1pm before the service.

Rona was born February 10, 1968 in Columbia to Rollie and Patsie Willing Pierceall. She was a 1986 graduate of Hickman High School. In 1990 she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Technology from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. She worked several years for Cerner as a Senior Support Manager maintaining servers for the University of Missouri. She was known for her kind smile, loving heart, and her genuine love for others.

She is survived by her husband, Aaron Duncan of Harrisburg; son, Corey (Valerie) Duncan of Munford, TN; daughter, Julia Duncan of Kansas City, MO; granddaughter, Mary Beth Duncan; parents, Rollie (Patsie) Pierceall of Columbia; her father and mother-in-law, Roger (Earleen) Duncan of Columbia, and a loving extended family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Quilts of Valor Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Winterset, IA 50273. DESIGNATE Patriot Piecers, Columbia, MO 65201 Group 12468, Coyote Hill 1209 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201, or your favorite Christian Radio Station.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Posted online on November 05, 2021

Phyllis Ann (Workman) Parsons

Falmouth - PHYLLIS ANN PARSONS -

She was a wonderful mother, partner, friend, companion, wife, and Grammy, her most enjoyable role. And we could go on.

Phyllis Ann (Workman) Parsons, 85, of Falmouth formerly of Sharon, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the height of the extraordinary storm last week. Born in Micola, Missouri, daughter of the late Roy Curtis and Imogene (Michie) Workman.

Born in her grandmother's house in southeast Missouri, she spent her childhood in several different towns throughout state. She graduated from high school in Kansas City before enrolling in Christian College in Columbia, MO.

They spent the first five years of their married life together with her husband as a Navy officer on public relations assignments in San Diego and Hollywood, CA, where they enjoyed many opportunities to interface with motion picture and television personalities on military assignments.

Although she left college when she married, she continued to value education — whether formal or informal — for her entire life.

The Navy moved them to California where their first son was born. A few years later, and after a few intermediate moves to new civilian public relations positions (St. Louis, Topeka, San Diego, Boston, Miami and New Orleans), they settled in Massachusetts where their second son was born, and where she lived for most of the rest of her life.

While her southern drawl mostly faded after living in New England for so many years, her southern hospitality never did. Superficially she may have had many hobbies, but most of them were simply excuses for her true passion — visiting with people. A trait she inherited from her parents and passed on to her children, she could enter any situation at any time and be certain to leave that encounter with a new friend.

For 65 years the beloved wife of Glenn H. Parsons, Jr. Devoted mother of Glenn H. Parsons, III and his wife Nancy, and Marc Parsons and his wife Jennifer. Adored grandmother of Glenn H. Parsons, IV and Cara Parsons. Dear sister of Curtis Workman. Loving aunt of Matt Workman and John Workman.

A Celebration of Life will be celebrated at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to the charity, COPD Advocacy, American Lung Association. For online guestbook and obituary please visit www.chapmanfuneral.com.

Submitted by Lucy's daughter, Emily Warr - February 1, 2022


Lucy Samantha Cox Winkler Moore, ‘Lulie’ passed away on the morning of October 28th in Katy, Texas with close family by her side. Lucy was a friend to all and never knew a stranger. She will be remembered as a person who gave you a golden glow feeling, just by being with her.

Lucy was born on February 15, 1947 to Samantha Ford and Joseph Deck Cox in St. Louis, Missouri. She was affectionately named Lulie by her older sister, Jenny, and it was a name that would forever be treasured by those who love her. She spent most of her childhood in Columbia, Missouri. Her favorite stories were about the adventures on Stewart Road and spending time with her grandparents. She attended Hickman High School and graduated in 1965 with some of the most incredible friends and Kewpie classmates by her side. Those Kewpies continue to love her as much today as they did growing up with her.

She started college at Texas Tech University and pledged Kappa Alpha Theta Woman’s Fraternity. She continued to be an active member throughout her life. During her junior year of college, she moved back to attend the University of Missouri and graduated in 1969 with a degree in Education. Teaching children was her passion. Whether it was an entire building, classrooms full of students, or one-on-one, Lucy had an incredible gift of helping kids excel. She especially loved helping children learn to read.

In 1970, Lucy married Bill Winkler and a few years later they moved to Jackson, Wyoming. It was there that Lucy again connected with people and made lifelong friends. She was the person everyone wanted to be around because she made you feel welcome, valued and loved. In the early 80’s Lucy welcomed her three children Emily, Will and Samantha. She stepped away from teaching and dedicated her time to raising her children. She spent many hours freezing at hockey games and figure skating competitions to driving hours across the state for soccer tournaments and swim meets.

In the early 2000’s Lucy gained independence and returned back to Columbia. She reentered the classroom and again helped kids learn to read. She enjoyed being close to her parents and spending time with them. Lucy also reconnected with some Kewpie friends as they came back to visit Columbia. One in particular was David Moore. David and Lucy were high school sweethearts and truly loved each other. In 2007 they married and enjoyed weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks or their guest friendly home in Columbia. Sadly, David passed away in 2014 and Lucy was heartbroken after several years of beloved caregiving.

In 2015, Lucy moved to Katy, Texas to be near her children and treasured grandchildren. Being a grandmother was by far her favorite part of her life. She loved to take her grandchildren to get ice cream, attend all of their sports games, recitals and school events. She was in the front row of their lives. Her grandchildren are some of the luckiest because while she was known to so many as Lulie, she was their Lulie. She was a gift that was taken from all of us way too soon and will be missed by so many.

In addition to her parents, Lucy was predeceased by her husband David and her brother Matthew. She is survived by her children, Emily (Darrin) Warr of Katy,TX, Will (Laura) Winkler of Richmond, TX, Samantha Winkler of Houston, TX and Lora Moore of St Louis, MO and eight grandchildren, Carter & Colby Diffenbacher, Paxton Hagler, Matthew, Natalie & Thomas Warr, Charlotte Winkler and Vivian Reilly.

A memorial with family is planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the ALS Association in Lucy’s name, to help change the future of ALS – als.org/donate.

Published by Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory
12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO 65203


Nyles Brendan Naylor, Class of 2019, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Nyles Brendan Naylor was born 21 years ago in Berkeley, California to Brenda Naylor and Kip Naylor. His parents moved to Columbia, Missouri when he was 2 years old. Nyles was the first-born son of 4 children. He was a bright light to all those he came into contact with. From the moment he was born, his inner joy seemed to shine. Everyone loved him instantaneously.

He was not what one would call a "Big City" kid. Nyles was one with nature and felt more at ease in a quieter, more low-key environment. He enjoyed taking long walks in the sun with his mother and pointing out the beauty surrounding them. As a child he was an avid Magic: The Gathering, card collector and player. He loved most sports, including skateboarding and football but was especially skilled at basketball. Going against popular opinion here in Missouri, Nyles (along with his baby sister, Kalia) was an unapologetic Raiders fan. While not a traditionally religious person, Nyles was incredibly spiritual; always wore an ankh and shared (with his sister, Maya) a strong belief in a metaphysical higher power governing us on this earth. Though on the surface he was quiet and introspective, he was acutely aware of everything going on around him.

Nyles attended Hickman High School where he humbly excelled on the varsity basketball team. He had many other interests, including computer engineering. He even built his own PC. He was a self-taught Forex Day Trader, even teaching his brother, Caillou, the ways of investing. After his long days of day trading, he'd be up late into the night gaming - Valorant being his top choice.

Nyles is survived by his parents and three siblings: Maya, Caillou and Kalia. While Nyles leaves his paternal grandparents, he joins his two maternal grandmothers and grandfather on the other side. He is also survived by a number of friends (including those closest, Dajuan, Jarvis, Tyrique, & Jesus), several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nyles's Gramma Dusty passed away not too long ago. In true Nyles fashion, his only concern was to comfort his mother. He did with these words that she's saved and holds dear:

"Gramma'll be okay when she does leave this plane.
She's not gone, she's just shifted to another realm - the esoteric realm.
Mommy, you can adjust your energy to communicate with her.
You just need to pay attention to the small things..."

Friends will be received from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203 immediately followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m.

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 November 08, 2021


Dorothy Jewell Calvin McBee Metzinger

Columbia - Dorothy Jewell Calvin McBee Metzinger, of Columbia, passed away November 6th, 2021 at The Neighborhood Nursing Home in Columbia. She was 96 years old. Dorothy was born September 26, 1925 in Boone County, Missouri, the daughter of Clellie and Maggie Garrett Calvin. Dorothy worked as a Hairdresser. She was a member of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church, she was a founding member Goshen Church Lady's Circle, Ashland Order of eastern Star #309 and the State Hairdresser Association. Dorothy married Leo L. McBee on July 20, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1969, she then married Ralph Metzinger in 1977, he preceded her in death. On January 9, 2015, she was married to Justin John and he preceded her in death.

Funeral Services will be held on November 13th, 2021 at 2:00pm at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland with burial following in Woodcrest Cemetery in Ashland. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Friday the 12th at the Funeral Home.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Michael (Michelle) McCubbin of Ashland, Christina Jensen of Ashland, 2 step-children, Phil (Paula) Metzinger and Lisa (Joe) LaMonte, 5 step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several step great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was also preceded in death by her son, Donald, and daughter, Kay McCubbin, and 2 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are suggested to Goshen Cemetery in care of the family.

Posted online on November 15, 2021

Garland Ray Douglas

Columbia - Garland Ray Douglas (G.R) died on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Columbia, Missouri at the age of 92. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm with funeral services at 3:00 pm, both at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Garland was born on November 16, 1928 in Columbia, Missouri to Charles and Elsie (Turner) Douglas, the youngest of four children. He was a graduate of Hickman High School, Class of 1946. He started his farming career in Boone County. Later, he worked for Standard Oil, Boone County Coop., and finally retired from Boone County Works Department.

He was united in marriage to Lois Murray on August 9, 1947 and together they had four children: Denny, Phyllis, Janice, and Connie. Lois and Garland enjoyed many years together surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Garland loved summers at the Lake of the Ozarks, fishing, growing some of the best tasting tomatoes, and tinkering on old cars. In his later years, he lived at the Terrace Retirement Center where you could find him sitting in his 4-wheel scooter voluntarily blowing leaves, cutting down weeds, and removing brush. Other times, you could find him smoking cigars in the gazebo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Douglas; brothers, Edwin Douglas, John Douglas, and Lloyd Douglas; and daughters, Connie Douglas and Janice Johnson.

Garland is survived by son, Denny Douglas (Dodie); daughter, Phyllis Smith (Mike); grandchildren, Jason Brown (Stacey), Zeb Smith, and Abe Smith (Stephanie); and great-grandchildren, Jaden Brown, Kylie Smith, Devin Brown, and Harry Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Boone Health. They would especially like to thank the wonderful staff at the Terrace Retirement Center.

Posted online on December 04, 2021

Robert "Butch" McBaine

Ashland, Oregon - Robert McBaine, or Butch to those close to him, was born in Bend, Oregon on July 18, 1943 and then raised in and around Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from Hickman High, Butch attended UCSB before moving to Ashland, Oregon to become a high school English teacher. At Ashland High School he taught generations of kids how to properly use a comma and appreciate Steinbeck. As a teacher he taught English, but his students still talk today about how open and welcoming his room was and how safe from judgement and the pressures of life they felt in the class. That warmth and kindness was his greatest strength as a teacher. High expectations and welcoming support were the pillars of his classroom, and even students who didn't perform as well as they would have wished described him as one of their most influential teachers. When he wasn't teaching, Butch could be found in his shop. Making wood strip canoes and Adirondack chairs, ukuleles and repairs around the house, the shop was constantly buzzing with power tools, music, and the lingering scent of sawdust. Butch cherished the time he spent with family—especially the three grandsons—grilling in the backyard, watching the boys chase the dogs, or playing ukulele while they swam. While he may be gone, Robert McBaine has left an indelible impact on countless students, friends, and family, and his memory will continue to positively impact our lives indefinitely. Robert leaves behind his wife, Marsha, two sons, Derek and Kyle, and three grandchildren plus countless friends and family members.

Donations can be made to the Ashland Schools Foundation or the charity of your choice in the name of Robert McBaine.

Arrangements in Care of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com.

Thomas Robert Ridge

February 12, 1947 - November 22, 2021

Thomas Robert Ridge, 74, of Columbia passed away on November 22, 2021.

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.

Cheryl Lea Benthall
JULY 29, 1962 – NOVEMBER 26, 2021
Obituary of
IN THE CARE OF
Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia

Cheryl Lea Benthall, 59, of Columbia, MO passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 after many years of battling diabetes. Private family services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, and following her wishes, her ashes will be spread in Florida.

Cheryl was born July 29, 1962 in Columbia, MO to Andy and Kathryn Taylor Rule. She was a 1980 Graduate of Hickman High School where she was a Cheerleader and Pom-Pom Girl. On August 27, 1983 she married Dan Benthall in Columbia. They honeymooned in Orlando, FL and it soon became her favorite spot to travel, the family made trips there nearly every year. She loved to spend time in the sun boating at Lake of the Ozarks and the beaches of Florida. She volunteered at Russell Blvd and Fairview Schools for a few years as a student supervisor. She also worked several years at the University of Missouri in the engineering department, then worked 16 years as a dental assistant. Cheryl and Dan had recently moved to their new farm in Fulton. She enjoyed old black and white movies and crime television shows, like Perry Mason, and being a St. Louis Cardinals and Tom Brady fan.

She is survived by her husband, Dan E. Benthall; daughter, Samantha Benthall of St. Louis; sister, Leslie (Dale) Rule of Hallum, NE; parents, Andy (Kathryn) Rule of Columbia; a loving extended family; and her beloved dog, Kodak. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wesley and Ora Rule, and her little dog, Kaci.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Published by Trinity Presbyterian Church in  Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Carolyn Mitchell Lewis has passed into her Heavenly Father’s arms surrounded by her family on Friday, November 26th, 2021.

Carolyn was born Thursday, January 1s t, 1948 in Columbia, Missouri to Bryan and Sue Mitchell.

She obtained all of her education in the Columbia, Missouri School System. She attended the University of Missouri and graduated from Stephen’s College with a degree in English. She specialized in writing medical procedures, research papers and educational papers for the Medical Staff at the Missouri Medical Center.

While attending the university she met Bob. They we re married in 1967. Later they were blessed with two children, Katherine Elizabeth and Aaron Joseph.

The Lord then led them into a life change. In 1981 they bought the “Wagon Wheel Campground” at the Lake of the Ozarks. In 1988 the Lord called again. This time a relocation to Greenville, South Carolina where Bob went to work for Fluor-Daniel. Carolyn used her experience in the medical field to become a Collections Specialist for Southeast Credit Associates. A business she later owned from 1997 until her retirement in 2010.

Carolyn’s main focus all of her life was to follow the road of her Savior. She was baptized early in life at Olivet Christian Church. She was devoted to teaching Sunday School, leading the Youth Groups and teaching Bible Studies for the Women’s Group. She served
on many church committees and served a Deacon on the Olivet Church Board. In 1978
she became the first woman to serve as Church Board Chairperson.
Bob and Carolyn were members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest. She loved singing in the choir and teaching Bible scripture to the Women’s Group.

Carolyn also spent time in the flower garden, quilting, doing family history gen ealogy and loving her grandchildren.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Bob; her daughter Katherine of Buffalo, New York; her son Aaron Joseph (Heather) of Powdersville South Carolina; and her grandchildren: Owen Joseph, Aiden Hunter and Hadley Leslie.

In lieu of flowers, Carolyn wished that memorials be forwarded to the Youth Group at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 at 3pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest.

Posted online on January 08, 2022

Martha Frances Glodo Phelps was called home on November 26, 2021 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue Washington. Martha was born in Columbia, Missouri on January 1st, 1932 to Mary Turner Glodo Campbell and Debar Deleben (Lee) Glodo. She had the distinction of being Columbia’s first born in the new year. Martha has two brothers and a sister: James Glodo, deceased, and is survived by David Glodo of Grapevine, Texas, and Yvonne Dagel of Augusta, Kansas.

Martha had a special bond with her Granny, Willie Estelle Crane, and spent much of her childhood at her farm. Her love for music came from her father who played guitar and sang songs with all the kids. One of her favorite memories was at Christmas when they would all dance to Christmas carols around the dining room table. She graduated from Hickman High in 1950 and got a job at a cancer clinic where she worked for two years. In 1951 she attended a dance where she met Van Phelps. They fell madly in love. A year later Van asked her to marry him. She was so shy, she said “NO!” but immediately called him back, quickly said “YES”, and then hung up the phone! They were married May 31st, 1952.

Martha gave birth to son Greg in 1954, daughter Susan in 1955 and son Gary in 1958. In 1961 Martha and Van moved the family to Seattle when Van was transferred from Boeing Wichita. After their move, Martha gave birth to a second son Kelly in 1962 and Patricia (Trish) in 1964. In 1966 they lost Gary in a tragic accident that devastated Martha and Van and the entire family. Knowing he had gone to his eternal home with the Lord and believing she would see him again gave her the solace and strength to endure and to be there for the rest of her family.

Martha was a dedicated and loving Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandma and Great Grandma. She was generous and kind and always had a smile and a hug as you entered her home. Family and friends remember the times she would call to tell you a joke. She continued right up to her last day. She would laugh so hard at the punch line you couldn't help but join in. She loved to give gifts, to cook, oil paint and solve crossword puzzles. Sewing was a passion and she had a fabulous, unique fashion style, even sewing her own clothes if she couldn't find a design she liked. She had a flair for interior design and her home always displayed her creative touch.

She delighted in music. One of her fondest memories was singing in church and also together as “The Phelps Family Singers” at family events and holidays. She loved to harmonize to gospel songs with anyone who would join in. Some of her favorites were “Amazing Grace” and “Sweeter.” Christmas was a highlight for her because it gave her an excuse to give presents to everyone. If she went overboard, no one minded.

Martha lost Van, her one true love, when he passed in October, 2020. She was heartbroken but blest for the rich years they had together. She often told how her mother would declare, “There's Van, the best man in the world”! Martha loved the Lord Jesus. Knowing that one day we would all be together again in Heaven helped her through hard times, loss and heartache. She is now with the Lord, and reunited with Van and Gary. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her and were touched by her life.

Another favorite hymn was “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” This verse was stuck to her refrigerator for years:

O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I'm constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here's my heart, O take and seal it,

Seal it for Thy courts above

Martha was laid to rest with Van on December 14th at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA.

Posted online on December 01, 2021

Donald Richard Lorton

Columbia - Donald Richard Lorton, 87 of Columbia passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his home he and Lois bought in 1957.

Visitation will take place 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Monday, December 6, 2021 with Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donald was born May 16, 1934 in Boone County, Missouri the son of Leo T. Lorton and Nina R. (Berry) Lorton. On August 22, 1953 he was united in marriage to Lois D. Nichols who preceded him in death in 2013. He was a life long Boone County resident. He was employed by the City of Columbia as a heavy equipment operator of 40½ years. If you lived in his neighborhood, you would remember him as the gentleman on the porch swing on Brown Station Drive. When he wasn't visiting with his neighbors he could be found tinkering in his garage.

Donald is survived by one daughter: Deborah Melloway of Columbia; one granddaughter: Angie (Brandon) Mabe of Centralia; one grandson: Adam (Krystle) Melloway of Hallsville; three great grandchildren: Ashleigh; Kale; Kruze Melloway; one brother: Larry (Sharon) Lorton of Columbia and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

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1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, Missouri 65202

Andrew Taylor (A. T.) Dorsey, Jr. age 86, of Columbia, MO passed away on November 28, 2021. The family will receive visitors from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. along with graveside service in Memorial Park Cemetery.

A.T. was born on September 7, 1935, in Columbia Missouri to Andrew Taylor Senior and Jean Allen Dorsey. A. T. spoke of changing schools often during his childhood, learning to adapt to new social situations and to cherish relationships with others. From an early age, A. T. understood that life was about the connections to be made with family, friends, and the community.

During his high school years, the family set down permanent roots in Columbia Missouri where A. T. flourished, forging lifelong friendships. He graduated from David H. Hickman High School in 1953 and entered the military. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was stationed in Wiesbaden Germany, 1953-1957. He attended the University of Missouri. In 1962, the year he graduated with a degree in business, he was also recognized as Ideal Boss of the MU Business School.

After graduation, he took a job with State Farm Insurance and moved to Sedalia, Missouri. He became a member of the Sedalia Jaycees who during that time were campaigning to bring higher education opportunities to the Sedalia area. In 1968 these efforts lead to the founding of State Fair Community College. He later moved back to Columbia and continued to work for State Farm Insurance, where he met his wife Carolyn who he married on January 3, 1981. A. T. worked for State Farm until his retirement in 1997.

A. T. loved the University of Missouri. He belonged to the Tiger Scholarship Association, the Alumni Association, and the Tiger Quarterback Club. A diehard Mizzou Football fan, in fair weather or foul, A. T. was there to support his team. He shared a special bond with his nephews and friends over a love of University of Missouri sports. Of equal importance was the cementing of friendships, and catching up with old acquaintances, while tailgating before each game. A. T. was drawn to organizations that served a higher purpose while also providing him with the sense of human connection that energized him. Raised a Methodist, A. T. was a member of the Rocheport United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Elks (Lodge 594), the 32nd Degree Freemasonry (Scottish Rite), Valley of Columbia, 50 year plus member of Acacia Twilight Lodge #114 AF and AM, Aleppo Grottoes of North America, the Tiger Shrine Club, the Tiger Motor Patrol, and various other organizations. A. T. wore his Tiger Motor Patrol colors with pride and often rode his motor scooter in parades. After his retirement from State Farm, the family adopted a dalmatian named Sammy who became A. T.’s constant companion. Sammy, who doted on A. T., sat proudly next to him as he drove the Shriner fire engine in various Mid-Missouri Parades.

You can’t remember A. T. without acknowledging his deep affinity for the outdoors. Some of his deepest friendships were rooted in a common love of hunting and fishing. A. T. often said that he could fish every day and never grow tired. When he finally bought a smart phone, he said it was good for only two things, phone calls and to use the GPS function to find possible fishing holes. He passed his love of fishing to his eldest daughter, who recalls that in her youth she hooked A. T. more often than she hooked a fish. A. T. was especially fond of the lyrics of a Willie Nelson song, which he sang at times to the amusement, and sometimes amused exasperation, of his wife and children. “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way”. A. T. was correct, he was perfect as he was, in the eyes of those who knew him.

A. T. was proceeded in death by his parents; sister, Kitty Gordon (Edwin); brother, James Dorsey, and brother-in-law, James Walz. A. T. is survived by his wife, Carolyn Dorsey of Columbia Missouri; daughter, Cynthia Summers (Cindi Birth) of La Place, Louisiana; daughter, Michaelle Dorsey of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter, Nichole Montalto (Nathan) and 4 great grandchildren of Rosharon Texas; sisters, Marinell Walz of Lake of the Ozarks and Sheryl McGowen (George) of Kansas City, Missouri, and sister-in-law, Patty Ware Dorsey of Booneville, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/giving in the name of A. T. Dorsey.

Posted online on December 20, 2021

William (Bill) Ferdinand Payne, December 25, 1950 – December 4, 2021, grandson of Ferdinand Eberstadt of New York City and son of Lieutenant Commander John Walker Payne, Jr. of Fayette, Missouri and Frances Stewart Eberstadt of New York City passed peacefully in his sleep at the home of his caretaker, Vi Peak, the afternoon of Saturday December 4 in Prescott, Arizona.

Bill was born in New Jersey, graduated from Hickman High in 1969 and Stevens College in 1976, where he was known as quite the party host.

Bill moved to Prescott in 1979, when he and his brother, John Payne, purchased the KNOT radio stations. Bill ran the stations until their sale in 2005.

Bill was an active member of the Frontier Rotary Club of Prescott. He is survived by his sister Frances V Payne, three nieces and two nephews.

Posted online on December 10, 2021

Barbara Ott, 81, formerly of Columbia, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Arrowhead Care Center in Lake Ozark, MO. Funeral Service will be 10am, Friday December 10th at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia with burial to follow in Memorial Park cemetery. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 5-7pm, Thursday December 9th, and again from 9-10am Friday before the funeral.

Barbara was born March 1, 1940 in Columbia, MO to Arthur William Edward & Wilma Anita Grissum Levacy. In 1958, she graduated from Hickman High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Ellis Fischel Hospital for 20 years before retiring, then worked another 10 years for Rollins Truck Leasing. On November 16, 1991, she married William Edward Ott. They enjoyed traveling the US together and boating on Lake. She traveled around Europe on a bus tour with her friend, living out of their suitcases. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, William Ott; daughter Susan Levacy of Lake Ozark; son, Steven (Diana) Forbis of Columbia; sister, Dorothy Smith of West Plains; 6 grandchildren, Sunshine, Monique, & Meggan Hane, Ashley McMillan, Tracy Day, and Kentucka Harrison; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Levacy; several nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Jerry Forbis; son, Scott and wife Karen Forbis; brother, William Edward Levacy, and sister, Judy Todd.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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Cameron D. Acton, 26, of Columbia, MO passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 5th. A celebration of his life will be held later.

Cameron was born November 29, 1995 in Columbia, MO to David and Glenda Acton Griffin. He was a 2014 graduate of Hickman High School. In his youth, he enjoyed playing Little League baseball and later became an umpire for them. In November 2017, he completed his training with the Boone County Volunteer Fire Department. He worked as a 911 dispatcher with Boone County Joint Communication before becoming a foreman with J&S Landscaping in Columbia. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling; he was proud of his work with the BCFD and Joint Communication. Cameron loved life and the people who surrounded him and enjoyed helping anyone who came in contact with him. He enjoyed watching sports with his friends and watching the children of those friends playing sports.

He is survived by his parents, David (Glenda) Acton of Columbia; sister, Kelsey (James) Bennett of Columbia; a nieces, Kendall Bennett; two aunts Carol Gish and Linda Janssen of Mexico, MO; two Uncles Tommy Griffin and Loyd Acton both in Arizona; his beloved German Shepherd, Beau; a loving extended family and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Police Foundation, P.O. Box 1482, Columbia, MO 65205 memo: Canine Unit

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.  

Posted online on January 06, 2022

Gregory Scott Crane passed away unexpectedly Dec 9, 2021 in Rochester MN. Greg was born to Mr Luther Crane and Ms Ruth (Parish) Crane June 26, 1968 in Columbia, Missouri. Greg is a Graduate of David H Hickman. Greg us survived by his father Luther Crane, Sister Susan & Brother in Law Timothy Robinson, Brother Shawn & Sister in law Kelly Crane, Nieces Georgia Robinson & Alex Penrose, Nephew Axel Crane, Friend Cindy and many Cousins and friends. He is proceeded in death mother Ruth (Parish) Crane, Niece Sierra Ridgeway-Crane.

Services will be Friday January 7, 2022 visitation 2-3 service follow at 3"00 at First Assembly of God Columbia Missouri. A second service will be in Northern Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis MN 55112.

In Lew of Flowers Donations can be made to the Good Will easter seals of MN.
Posted online on December 13, 2021

Boone County lost one of its oldest treasures. Dell Cunningham passed away during the night on December 9, 2021. She was looking forward to her 106th birthday in January. Her life spanned over a century and she loved sharing life stories with everyone. Services for Dell will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Midway Locust Grove UMC, 2600 N. Locust Grove Church Rd, Columbia, MO 65202. Visitation at 11:00; Services at 12:00; Interment to follow at Midway Locust Grove UMC Cemetery

Leeta Dell Lane was born January 28, 1916 at home with her great grandmother assisting on the coldest winter night. Her parents were Millard Odell and Cora Belle (Rice/Tapp) Lane. Dell grew up in Midway with parents, grandfather Lewis Lane and seven brothers and sisters. She was blessed with a childhood where family, faith and hard work came first. Her nickname was “Pewter” and she was the energetic middle child. Dell is the last of her siblings to pass away so she is together again with Nuford “Tim,” Lewis “Lukie,” Vencient “Pete,” M.O. “Teny,” Ruth, Mary and Loren Paul.

Dell was fortunate to find the love of her life Joe S. Cunningham and they married on June 2, 1935. Their love made them a formidable team for good in the community until Joe’s passing in 2001. They could be found almost any day of the week volunteering at the Midway Locust Grove Church - or helping others restore homes flooded in St. Genevieve, cleaning a cemetery, serving as greeters at the Boone Co. Historical Society, hosting church picnics or just offering a hand to help a neighbor.

Son, Sandy brought Dell the greatest joy throughout his life. She instilled a love of the country and how to steward the earth. Sandy, Marj, Stephen and Chris bought the Lane family homestead and are still keepers of the cattle farm. Dell shared a lifetime of joyful days with the family. Sandy helped mother every day of his life until his passing in 2018.

Daughter, Jane afforded the opportunity to teach her homemaking and inspire leadership. Dell’s famous admonition - Don’t forget to sparkle. Joe and Dell traveled to California every year to spend happy times with Jane, Gale, Lane and Adrienne. Jane lived with Dell for the last four years of her life to make sure she could stay in her own home.

Dell and Joe’s shared passion was antiques which they carefully preserved from many generations. Joe’s parents, Luther and Eve (Fortney) Cunningham were also great antique collectors. The family antique museum is a reminder of the pioneer spirit that Dell so admired.

Dell was a history buff to the core. She never grew tired of discussing local history and could help children write school papers with her historic stories. Dell was the driving force behind 90 years of the family reunion. She spent a lifetime in libraries researching ancestors. She was a regular visitor at Ellis Library on Mizzou’s campus and created an archive there for the Daughters of American Colonists (DAC.) She lived genealogy and left a legacy of family history. She was active for decades in ten lineage organizations, including DAC, Columbian DAR, Magna Charta, Colonial Dames of America, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Dames of the Court of Honor, Colonial Dames of XVII Century, Colonial Wars, Jamestowne Society and Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens. She served as Chapter Regent and MO State Regent for DAC, traveling to Washington, DC on many occasions. The flag of the USA was near and dear to her. You can see her flagpole from the interstate. She was a patriot above all.

When Dell was about eight years old, she started her lifelong devotion to Midway Locust Grove Methodist Church. She attended almost every Sunday for nearly 100 years, welcoming everyone with a smile and a history lesson about the church. She still has the bricks from the original 1830 building. She never stopped encouraging the pastors to be their best (whether they wanted to hear it or not!) She held her church family so dear.

Dell was a seamstress and designer who could create clothes in the day for Jane to wear that night. She was delighted to work in fashion at Harzfeld’s for several years with the finest in clothing - nothing but the best!

Dell treasured Stephens College and Central Methodist University. Her only regret in life was not completing a college education and she encouraged everyone to focus on education. She easily led children to learn through 4-H Clubs, church youth groups, Boy Scouts, Brownies and reading history. She tutored Jane in Spanish without knowing a word of the language. Dell served many organizations but was very proud to serve on the 4-H Foundation Board.

Our mother never gave a second though to passing away. She did not plan to leave - always asking what she could do to improve. Her focus on the future was clearly one of the reasons she lived so long. She is once again united in heaven with her precious Joe, Sandy, parents, Joe’s parents, her siblings and friends.

Remaining to remember this amazing lady are daughter Jane and son-in-law Gale Bensussen, daughter-in law Marjorie Reed (Don); grandchildren Stephen Cunningham, Chris Cunningham (Crystal Schumaker), Lane Bensussen(Aubrey), Adrienne Madolora (Michael); great-grandchildren Harrison Cunningham (Kassandra), Isabelle Cunningham, Otis and Eloise Madolora and Henley Bensussen; nieces Sue Hatch, Pat Lane, Ann Willard (Chuck), Janet Acton, Bev Foley (Dave) and families; Joe’s dear Texas cousins Bill and Sharon Stephens; devoted friends Louise Stanley, Gene Baumann, Kathy Hughes, Lou Pegues, Marjorie McFann, the Durk family and countless others. The list would not be complete without a special thank you to the caregivers who added joy in their visits - Sandy Harrison and Rhonda Knowles. Finally, thank you to Leigh Hilderbrand and the loving team at The Lodge in Fayette where mother was treated like a queen for the last eight weeks of her precious life.

Several generations of family and friends have known and loved Dell. Her seemingly endless light has left this earth but her memory shines bright forever in our hearts. Expressions of sympathy may be given to the Midway Locust Grove Methodist Church or to the Boone County 4-H Foundation, 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia, MO 65203

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 December 15, 2021

Richard Young, 61, of Columbia, Missouri passed away on December 13, 2021 at Boone Hospital. He was born on October 21, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri; a son of Richard Young and Margaret Jean Hoover. He was united in marriage to Rhonda Palmer on April 27, 1991, and she survives.

A high school graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Brent attended Columbia College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Brent worked in medical supply sales for more than 20 years.

Those who knew Brent, knew of his love for cycling. He was an athlete through and through, and he proudly competed in multiple biking, running, and triathlon competitions, a 1/2 marathon, and enjoyed being outside. As a young man, he enjoyed motor bikes and minibikes. Golf was a love of Brent's and he even caddied for the famous Gatlin Brothers in Florida for a time. He also loved animals, but especially dogs. In addition, Brent and his family enjoyed boating in the Ozarks. Brent lived life to the fullest.

Richard is survived by his wife, Rhonda, a son, Richard “Brandon”, a sister, Pam Brady (Greg) of Fulton, and nieces Brandy, Shelby, Amber and Krystal. Richard was preceded by his parents and a sister Renee Celeste.

Friends will be received from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory 12 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65203. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 18, 2021.

In Brent’s memory, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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

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

Jeannine Bezler, 91, of Columbia, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021 at The Neighborhoods. Funeral Services were private for the family. She was interred in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jeannine was born on August 16, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Clifford Lionberger and Thelma (Watts) Lionberger, who preceded her in death. In August of 1949, she was united in marriage to Donald L. Bezler who also preceded her in death. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. Jeannine lived at the Terrace for 12 years and she cherished the friendships she made there.

Jeannine is survived by her three daughters, Sharon (Mike) Lynch, Janet Bezler, and Cynthia Bezler; one sister in law, Donna Gooch; four grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

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

Posted online on January 06, 2022

Linda Louise L’Hote passed away, after a recent illness, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, surrounded by family at her home in Stillwater, OK. Linda was born on August 14, 1941 in Columbia, MO to the late Homer J. L’Hote and Earlene Patton L’Hote. She attended Sacred Heart School, Hickman High School, Mizzou, Central Methodist University, and received her B.S. from Oklahoma State University.

Linda’s first love growing up was dancing. She was a beautiful “ballerina” and, at the young age of 16, opened a dance studio in Jefferson City. Later, at Mizzou, she was the choreographer for a student production of “West Side Story.” In her retirement years, she enjoyed spending time with her two poodles, Leon and Louie, growing her own herbs and vegetables, and baking her famous crème puffs and cookies for her friends and family. We are comforted by all these wonderful memories and the love she gave to each of us every day of her life.

Linda will be missed and always loved by many, but especially by her daughters, Pam and husband, Chris Reding, Stillwater, OK, and Paula Montemurro Lindon, Owens Cross Roads, AL; her 7 grandchildren: Garett Reding (Anais), and Gracelyn, Presley, Corbin and Wyatt Reding, Sebastian Lindon, Zaachaeus Lindon, and her great-granddaughter Amelia Reding. She is survived by her sister, Lynette Burgess (Joe), of Dallas, TX, and their children, and her sister, Lisa Schildt (Ulrich), of Redmond, WA, and their daughter, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Leland J. L’Hote (MaryAnn) and Lawrence “Larry” E. L’Hote (Peg Bobbitt).

Linda spent a lifetime of over 25 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, beginning in October 1987, retiring as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Development on May 9, 2013. She started as the Manager of Donor Relations and was promoted to Associate Director of Development and Director of the Jefferson Club and Mizzou Library Development.

As Director of the Jefferson Club, Linda began the Jefferson Club regional dinner programs, including dinners across the country and around the world, expanded the role of the Jefferson Club Trustees, and contributed to increasing membership.

Friends and colleagues of Linda established a permanent MU Libraries Endowment fund in honor of her retirement and her service and contributions. A reading room at the MU Library is named in her honor.

In 2006, Linda received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award for Professional Service. In 2008, she was inducted into QEBH, an honorary society that honors members for their service, leadership and commitment to the Mizzou community.

A service for Linda will be held at a later date in the Spring of 2022, at Memorial Park Cemetery, in Columbia, MO.

Memorials may be made to The University of Missouri, “Linda L’Hote Surprise Endowment” (DJE94), 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo 65211.

Stephen Young,

longtime resident of Oak Harbor, WA, passed away in his home unexpectedly on December 23, 2021. ‘Steve’ was 74 years old, born in Macon, GA, on September 2, 1947.

He is survived by his two daughters, Suzette Cordova and Sandra Riley; his grandchildren: Cristina Aparicio, John Michael Cordova, Elizabeth Cordova, Felicia Armstrong, and Ray Riley; and great-grandchildren: Emma Aparicio, Aubrey Armstrong, Noah Armstrong; and his sister, Patty Herman. Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Young.

Steve proudly served his country for over 30 years in the US Navy, during the Vietnam War era.

Steve retired in the area he loved, very close to Deception Pass State Park. He loved his dog, Gus, and made several new friends on the many walks they took through the park. The park was a very special place for Steve, and he prided himself on the care he offered throughout the years to the local hummingbird population, which he cherished. Steve had a soft heart for nature and will truly be missed by those lucky enough to have known him.

A Graveside service will be held for Steve at Maple Leaf Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on Steve’s behalf to Deception Pass State Park.

Donna Drummond


October 20, 1947 - December 25, 2021 (74 years old)

Clifton, Colorado

Donna Drummond Obituary
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We are sad to announce that on December 25, 2021 we had to say goodbye to Donna Drummond (Clifton, Colorado). Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Donna Drummond to show support.

Posted online on December 28, 2021

Geneva Grace Latimer, 97 of Columbia passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Geneva was born January 28, 1924, in Columbia, the daughter of George and Martha Utley Campbell and they preceded her in death. She was a 1942 graduate Hickman High School. On May 6, 1950, she married Ruben Latimer in Boone County, Arkansas and he preceded her in death. She was employed as a telephone operator for over 44 years in Columbia. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother.

Survivors include a son, Vance Latimer of Columbia, MO; a daughter, Karlyn Henderson (Charles) of Columbia; a grandson, Caine Henderson (Dawn) and three great-grandchildren, Hudson Henderson, Payton Henderson and Carrie Johnson.

Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.        
  

 
 


























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