COLUMBIA — Marcia Easley loved quilts. She made quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She finished her last quilt on Christmas Eve for a great-grandson due to be born in February.
"She just enjoyed making things for people," her brother, Robert Wilkerson, said.
Marcia Easley died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, after suffering a stroke. She was 69.
She was born on Jan. 5, 1943, in Camdentoncq to Leister Albert "L.A." and Lois Adra (Newton) Wilkerson.
She lived most of her life in Columbia, but the summers she spent on her grandparents' farm as a girl gave her a lifelong passion for the country.
"We would go when it was really hot," Wilkerson said. "We would go down and swim in the Big Niangua river, and we knew it was lunchtime when granddad would ring that bell."
She liked the slower pace of country life, Wilkerson said. She enjoyed spending time at the 170-year-old family farm of her husband, Alan Easley.
Mrs. Easley married Alan Easley on June 25, 1961, and they later had two sons. They met after a friend told Alan Easley that Mrs. Easley would agree to go on a date with him if he asked her. Emboldened by that information, he walked across the Hickman High School parking lot and asked her out, Wilkerson said.
"Her family was first and foremost," Wilkerson said.
Marcia and Alan Easley loved dogs so much that they spoiled them, Wilkerson said. Their most recent dog, Chloe, became so fat that Alan Easley built a ladder for her to climb into his pickup truck.
Mrs. Easley worked as an administrative assistant for the Missouri School of Journalism.
"She outclassed everyone," said professor emeritus Zoe Smith, who was a department chair while Mrs. Easley worked at the school. Mrs. Easley was responsible for "dozens and dozens and dozens" of faculty, Smith said, as well as many students.
"She had the patience of Job," Smith said. "... And she did it all while looking like a million bucks."
Mrs. Easely had many hobbies. An avid gardener, she always kept beautiful flowers. She also liked to dance, making many friends in central Missouri through her membership in the Dudes and Dames square dance club.
Cooking was another passion. "She was a good cook," Wilkerson said. She took great pride in her homemade rolls; dinner was often late because the rolls took extra time to rise.
Mrs. Easley is survived by her husband, Alan Easley; two sons, Greg and his wife, Jamie, and Jeff and his wife, Jean, both of Columbia; a brother, Robert Wilkerson of Columbia; five grandsons, Justin and his wife, Amanda, of Fulton, Clint and his wife, Samantha, of San Diego, Calif., Taylor and his wife, Rachel, of Fort Drum, N.Y., and Stephen and Sam, both of Columbia; a granddaughter, Leah, of Pensacola, Fla.; two step-grandsons, Phillip Baylor of Columbia and Ben Baylor of Tennessee; and two step-great-grandsons, Nicky and Ethen Millican of San Diego, Calif.
Services will be held at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia, 22 North 10th Street in Columbia, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3 to 5 p.m at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be offered to the American Cancer Society, the Fortney Cemetery Trust or any charity of your choice.