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Winifred Cook Harmston, Oct. 2, 1915 — Feb. 27, 2012, of Columbia

March 1, 2012 | 1:37 p.m. CST

Winifred Cook Harmston, 96, died on Feb. 27, 2012, in University Hospital, Columbia. She was born on Oct. 2, 1915, in Rigby, Idaho, to David Earnest and Cloe Ireta Cook.

Mrs. Harmston was employed during her lifetime as a second grade teacher in Syracuse, Utah, while her husband served in the Army during WW II and as a third grade teacher in Laramie, Wyo., where the family lived before moving to Columbia where she worked at Stephens College library prior to retirement.

She received her BA in education from Utah State University in 1941. Prior to that, she served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northeastern states. She was an active member of the church and served in various positions including Relief Society President, Nursery Leader and general teacher.

Mrs. Harmston was preceded in death by her husband Floyd K. Harmston, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri; parents; sisters Fanny Marie Cook, June Cook Briggs and Louise Cook Simpson; brother Lawrence Cook; and granddaughter Heather Suzanne Harmston.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jens and Linda Dahl, of Browns Mills, N.J.; sons and daughters-in-law Paul and Barbara Harmston of Leavenworth, Kan., Dr. Karl and Cheryl Harmston of Moberly, and Eric and Maralyn Harmston of Rigby, Idaho; and former daughter-in-law Verla Harmston. She has 18 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.

Other survivors include a sister and brother-in-law Nelva and Wendell Hansen of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister-in-law Cleone Cook of Syracuse, Utah; and brothers-in-law Joseph Simpson and Lewis Briggs and wife Leah of Syracuse, Utah; brothers- and sisters-in-law Lawrence and LaDean Harmston of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Charles and Margaret Harmston of Mesa, Ariz., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Memorial Park Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70W in Columbia. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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