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Columbia Missourian

Nadine P. Quisenberry remembered for her singing, skill in ceramics

By Grant Hahn
November 13, 2012 | 8:56 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Peggy Quisenberry described her mother-in-law Nadine Quisenberry as "a wonderful, artsy and crafty" person. 

"She was a bundle of energy," Peggy Quisenberry said.


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Nadine Pearl Quisenberry, formerly of Columbia and more recently of Texas, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. She was 86.

She was born June 5, 1926, in McBaine to Elmo B. Ward and Susie (Crane) Ward. She married Richard L. Quisenberry on Sept. 15, 1944.

Mrs. Quisenberry's daughter Sherry Crenshaw said her parents' marriage was somewhat of a surprise.

"They ran off and got married," Crenshaw said. "Of course, they knew what they were going to do, but to everyone else they went out on a date and did not come back for a few days."

During the couple's marriage, Mrs. Quisenberry grew fond of stitching and making art at home, Peggy Quisenberry said. 

"She poured ceramics for many years and had ceramics stuff all around her house," she said.

After Mrs. Quisenberry retired from a career in retail management, she bought a kiln for her ceramics work, some of which she eventually sold.

Mrs. Quisenberry's favorite thing to make using her skill in ceramics was Santa Claus figurines and ornaments. To her, Christmas was family time, a spiritual time and her favorite time of the year, Peggy Quisenberry said.

The holiday was full of life for Mrs. Quisenberry and her family, Peggy Quisenberry said. When Mrs. Quisenberry's parents could no longer take care of themselves, they moved into her house. Having her parents in her home made Mrs. Quisenberry's home the go-to place for her extended family's Christmas.

Crenshaw said her mother "liked the spirit of love and giving." All of her grandchildren called her "Nanny," while her nieces and nephews called her "Dean-Dean."

"She was a family oriented person, always ready to fix food or prepare picnics for them," Peggy Quisenberry said. 

About seven years ago, Mrs. Quisenberry moved from Columbia to Texas to be closer to her family there. 

During her last year in Texas, she was unable to work on ceramics and other things she enjoyed. She started singing at home, mainly the hymn, "In the Garden," Crenshaw said.

She eventually started singing at the First United Methodist Church in Waskom, Texas, where she posthumously was given the "Missional Excellence Award," by the United Methodist Women's Group. 

Mrs. Quisenberry is survived by her daughter, Sherry Gail Crenshaw of Waskom, Texas; and son Richard L. Quisenberry II and his wife, Peggy, of Columbia; six grandchildren, Denise Stapleton, Keith Crenshaw, Joe Crenshaw, all of Texas, Richard L. Quisenberry III of Hallsville, Michael Cromwell of Woodstock, Ga., and Lee Shawn Nelson of Pennsylvania; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Her husband, five sisters and two brothers died earlier.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will follow at the funeral home with the Rev. Harold McNeal officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorials and donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1305 West Texas Avenue, Waskom, TX 75692.

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