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Columbia Missourian

Ellen Kackley, 62, enjoyed volunteering, golf and family

By Lauren Gatcombe
December 19, 2012 | 6:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Ellen Kackley enjoyed being with her family, playing golf and volunteering.

Mrs. Kackley of Columbia died Saturday, Dec., 15, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center after a struggle with Hepatitis C. She was 62.

She was born Nov. 12, 1950, to Virgina Roth and Mainem Leroy Fisher in Elkhart, Ind. The family moved to Columbia in 1957. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1968 and attended MU.

She married Dennis Kackley on May 20, 1998, in Eureka Springs, Ark. She had previously been married to Tom McBride of Columbia.

One of Dennis Kackley's favorite memories of his wife was their first meeting. Their best friends set them up, and they met at the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino.

"I thought I was going there to play golf," Dennis Kackley said.

Mrs. Kackley worked part time at the Columbia office of  the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance, and she often participated in the alliance's weekly poker tournaments.

"We liked to gamble and go to the casino," Dennis Kackley said.

Mrs. Kackley began volunteering at the State Historical Society of Missouri's Columbia office in 2008.

"She had always been interested in family history and heard volunteers were needed," Mr. Kackley said.

Lauren Leeman, director of the volunteer program at the Historical Society, said Mrs. Kackley worked on a project doing data entry by putting a card system into a computer database but also spent time socializing with the staff. 

"She was very outgoing and talked to everyone," Leeman said. "She talked about cats all the time and loved her cat Mura."

Mrs. Kackley even went to the Historical Society on her days off to research her family history, Leeman said.

Mrs. Kackley is survived by her husband, Dennis Kackley of Columbia; a son, David Walker of Independence; a sister, Carol Fisher Bedegie of Columbia; one grandchild, John Walker of Independence; five great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

Her parents and one great-niece died earlier.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. A service will follow at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Missouri Hepatitis C Alliance, 601 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, MO 65201,  or an organization of choice.

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