Marie Magdalene Crenshaw, Nov. 20, 1917 - Dec. 5, 2012, of Columbia

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 2:26 p.m. CST; updated 8:39 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marie Magdalene Crenshaw, 95 of Columbia passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Columbia United Church of Christ with Reverend Steven E. Swope officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Billingsville, MO.


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Marie was born November 20, 1917 in Cooper County, Boonville, MO to George Victor and Dorothea Elizabeth Hoflander Geiger.

She attended a one-room school through 8th grade and graduated from Boonville High School in 1934.  She enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1939 and graduated with a BS in Nursing from the University of Missouri School of Nursing in 1944.

She worked briefly in Houston, TX before serving in the US Army from April 2, 1945 to August 10, 1946 as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, stationed at Fitzsimmons Army General Hospital in Denver, CO. 

She was employed at the University Hospital and Ellis Fischer Cancer Hospital following her Army discharge.

She married Wesley Wyatte Crenshaw on June 4, 1949 and he preceded her in death.

Marie was a member of the Columbia Garden Club and Fortnightly Club of the University.

Survivors include: a son, Thomas Crenshaw and wife Patricia and grandsons, Jeffrey and Andrew.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers.

Memorials may be given to Columbia United Church of Christ or the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Office of Development, S-249 School of Nursing, Columbia, MO 652011 (contact: Stephanie Webster).

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