Frances Mayer Rikli

Friday, February 15, 2013 | 5:02 p.m. CST; updated 5:18 p.m. CST, Friday, February 15, 2013

Frances Mayer Rikli, 93, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 13, 2013.  Fran was born May 29, 1919 in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of Paul S. Mayer and Frances (Frank) Mayer. 

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Arthur E. (Buck) Rikli; children, Barbara R. Clark of San Antonio, Texas, Stephen R. Rikli of Columbia, Missouri, Ann R. (William) Bishop of Elmira, New York, Robert A. Rikli of  Novato, California; grandchildren, Teresa Clark, Suzanne (Brad) Simpson, Todd (Mia) Rikli, Shannon (William) Harrison, Kathryn Colby Bishop; six great grandchildren; and sister Jean E. Mayer of Bethesda, Maryland. 

Fran lived in Japan until she was 18 years old and attended The American School in Japan.  She graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.  After college, she taught school for 3 years in Aurora, Illinois.  Fran was a loving wife and mother.  She loved to read; her interests extended widely, particularly to the writings of Mark Twain and Lewis and Clark.  Civic-minded, she volunteered for the Service League at University Hospital and was an active member of the Women’s Symphony League and Fortnightly Club.  For years, she prepared meals for Loaves and Fishes.  Weekly for twenty five years, she taught conversational English to Japanese wives of visiting professors. She and Buck enjoyed travelling and making friends around the world.  When in Columbia, they faithfully attended concerts, plays, exhibits and lectures. 

The Rikli Family would like to thank the Surgical Intensive Care Unit staff at University Hospital and Dr. Elizabeth Garrett for their expert care. 

A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist on Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 am.  A reception will follow at the church.  Those wishing may remember Fran with a donation to the Missouri Symphony Society, PO Box 841, Columbia, Missouri, 65205, the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, Missouri 65203 or your local library. 

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