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Columbia Missourian

Barbara Cantrell loved family and travel

By Heesu Lee
January 12, 2013 | 6:39 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Barbara Cantrell would often visit Columbia Skate Park without knowing whether her grandson would be there. When she saw him, she would take him and his friends to McDonald's for cheeseburgers and cokes.

"She was a loving and doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother," her daughter Karen Turner said.


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Barbara Jean Cantrell of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at University Hospital. She was 80.

She was born July 4, 1932, in Lamar, to Albert Loyd Rhodes and Margaret Mary (Dannett) Rhodes.

She married Marvin Cantrell on July 27, 1949. They had two daughters and a son together. Mr. Cantrell died in 1989.

Mrs. Cantrell loved to travel with her mother. She also took many road trips with her son.

"They loved to travel together," Turner said. "Colorado was one of her favorite places. She loved the mountains."

Turner said her mother never knew a stranger, and that she would always help anybody in need. When Mrs. Cantrell saw homeless people on streets, she would bring them food and gift cards to various restaurants.

"She was such a giving soul," she said. "She always had a smile on her face when she walked into a room."

Minda Brush, Mrs. Cantrell's granddaughter, said she always loved having her grandmother read books to her when she was little. Mrs. Cantrell often called Dial-a-Story, a hotline that was provided by the Columbia Public Library for her granddaughter.

"When I was young, I would get up a lot earlier than my grandmother felt like functioning," Brush said. "She would call (the hotline) for me, and then I would sit on the floor next to her bed where the phone was, and I would listen to the story. She would call it over and over again until she got enough sleep."

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her two daughters, Sharon Brush of Columbia and Karen Turner of Columbi; her son, Kevin Cantrellof Nixa; one brother, Kenneth Rhodes of Edwardsville; three grandchildren, Minda Brush, and her fiance, Todd Edwards, of Columbia, Kayla Seever, and her husband, Ryan, of Columbia and Tyler Turner of Columbia; two great-grandchildren, Cannen Seever and Bella Seever, both of Columbia; a step granddaughter, Jadyn Thamason of Columbia.

Her husband, Marvin Cantrell, died earlier. 

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Fueneral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

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