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Elizabeth Batterton Douglass Windmiller was active in the community, recalled living 'A Country Life'

By Alyssa Schueneman
May 11, 2012 | 7:53 p.m. CDT

Elizabeth Batterton Douglass Windmiller of Columbia died Monday, April 23, 2012. She was 97.

She was born March 28, 1915, in Ames, Iowa, to Alleta Batterton and Thomas Rankin Douglass. They moved to Boone County in 1919.

As a child, Ms. Windmiller took dirt roads to school in Columbia. She recorded vignettes about growing up on a farm near McBaine in "A Country Life," which was published in 2001.

Ms. Windmiller graduated from MU with a degree in textiles and fashion. She then married and raised four children in Columbia, where she later taught millinery in the fashion department at Stephens College.

Ms. Windmiller was active in the community and participated in Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Delta Delta, King's Daughters, Missouri Symphony Society, Moss Women's League, P.E.O. and Stephens College retired faculty.

She lived at a lake house on Cedar Creek in rural Boone County, where she spent her last 37 years.

No services will be held. 

Memorial contributions can be made to any of the above organizations or one of personal preference.

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