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Columbia Missourian

Lena Faye Ardrey, Feb. 15, 1926-Oct. 5, 2012

October 6, 2012 | 5:15 p.m. CDT

Lena Faye Ardrey, 86, of Columbia, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Parker Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Monday at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Faye was born in McClurg, MO on February 15, 1926, the eldest child and only daughter of Clara Opal Albright and Elmer Earl Atkisson. Faye grew up during the Great Depression and worked hard all her life. On July 22, 1950, Faye married Bill Ardrey, the love of her life, in Fort Worth, Texas. They made their home in Columbia, where they raised four children. More than anything, Faye loved spending time with her family. She helped her mother-in-law run the family restaurant, where she learned her excellent cooking skills. Faye worked most of her life in the food service industry, but was best known for her pies and Christmas cookies. Faye was a humble and endearing lady who will be missed by many.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Ardrey, Jr. of Columbia and Colby Ardrey (Marni) of Harrisburg; two daughters, Michelle Morris (Howard) of St. Peters and Drusilla Dalton (Richard) of St. Charles; seven grandchildren, Justin Morris (Cynthia), Tania Statler (Travis), Ryan Dalton, Rachel Robinson (Tom), Kieran Ardrey, Riley Ardrey, and Taelan Ardrey; three great-grandchildren, Gabriella Morris, Preston Statler, and Cosette Statler; and seven nieces and nephews.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Ardrey, Sr., who passed away Sept. 30, 2009; three brothers, Lawrence, Bobby, and Dale Atkisson, and a niece.

Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Research Center.

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