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Columbia Missourian

Son said mother was both quiet and outgoing

By Jessica Salmond
May 17, 2012 | 7:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Ethel L. Todd of Marceline died Tuesday, May 15, 2012. She was 79.

She was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Hartsburg to Paul Herman and Frona (Wells) Sims.

Her family moved to Columbia when she was young, and she graduated from Hickman High School in 1950. Not long after, she met the Rev. Joseph Todd. Both were working in Columbia — Ethel at a cafe and Joseph at The Tiger Hotel, said Mrs. Todd's son, David Todd.

The couple married on Aug. 1, 1952.

The Rev. Todd was stationed in Guam and the surrounding area in the Navy during the end of World War II.

He served as reverend for several Christian Church Disciples of Christ congregations in mid-Missouri.

“Being a pastor’s wife speaks for itself,” David Todd said. He said his mother was both “quiet but outgoing,” because she was a part of the community and focused on outreach. She was a people person, not aggressive or outspoken, but she could relate to people, he said.

“Some people say things in a few words,” Todd said, and his mother was one of those people.

She is survived by her son, David Todd and his wife, Susan, of Perry; three daughters, Deborah Roberts and her husband, Michael, of Branson, Susan Mansell and her husband, Ronald, of Odessa, and Mary Stuart and her husband, Matthew, of Queen City; a brother, Harold Sims and his wife, Fern, of Columbia; a sister, Linda Kay Hankins and her husband, Dan, of Kansas City; 12 grandchildren, Timothy Roberts, Gary Mansell and Joseph Mansell, all of Odessa, Amy Stuart and Tommy Stuart of Queen City, Michael Joe Roberts and his wife, Lorri, of Rolla, Jonathan Roberts of Branson, Joanna Todd, Joe Ben Todd and Jesse Todd all of Perry, Linda Eisenlohr and her husband, Joseph, of Raytown, John David Todd and his wife, Kristi, of Grimes, Iowa; and five great-grandchildren.

Her husband, the Rev. Joseph Todd, and two brothers, Paul Jr. and Benjamin, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St.
 in Columbia. Services will follow at the same location. Burial will take place after the service at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH Neurological Institute, P.O. Box 5801, Bethesda, MD 20824.

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