June Fansler loved her family and music

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | 7:27 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — June M. Fansler loved music in every form.

Mrs. Fansler of Columbia died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. She was 80.


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Mrs. Fansler was always singing both in choirs and in her daily life, her daughter Kathy Fansler said. She also played the Hawaiian guitar.

"When she woke us up she would sing a song, which was quite annoying at the time, but later in life I looked back at that fondly," Kathy Fansler said.

In her later years, Mrs. Fansler enjoyed listening to the soundtrack from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" She played it over and over again, Kathy Fansler said.

Kathy Fansler described her mother as a strong and wonderful woman.

"She always had a kind smile for everyone," Kathy Fansler said. "She was a huge inspiration to all of us."

Mrs. Fansler was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Texas County, Mo., to Gale and Arletha Kiser.

She graduated from Houston High School in 1950.

After she married Harmon Fansler, she began her studies to become a teacher but never finished the degree. 

However, she still managed to teach.

"She taught in a one-room school house in southern Missouri," Kathy Fansler said.

Mrs. Fansler spent much of her adult life in Colorado and Idaho.

In Idaho, she worked in senior services, before going to Lewis-Clark State College and graduating with a degree in social work in 1991.

Upon retiring, Mrs. Fansler and her husband moved back to Missouri to be near family.

Mrs. Fansler was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Columbia, and she resided at The Neighborhood, a senior living community, in her later years.

Before she died, Mrs. Fansler made a point to thank The Neighborhood staff for their care.

"She was fond of many of them," Kathy Fansler said. "She was an amazing woman."

Mrs. Fansler is survived by her six children: Debbie (Bill) McWhirter of Ingleside, Texas; Arletha (Ken) Albright of Chico, Calif.; Pam Fansler of Pueblo, Colo.; Kathy Fansler of Columbia; Harmon (Keiko) Fansler of Long Beach, Calif.; and Kevin (Rich Isaac) Fansler of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Harmon Fansler, died earlier.

A private memorial service is to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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