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Columbia Missourian

Frances Mayer Rikli, May 29, 1919 — Feb. 13, 2013

By Anna Seaman
February 15, 2013 | 7:48 p.m. CST

Frances Mayer Rikli died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. She was 93. 

Mrs. Rikli was born May 29, 1919, in Tokyo, Japan, to Paul S. and Frances (Frank) Mayer. 

She lived in Japan until she was 18 years old and then came stateside to attend college at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. After college, she taught school for three years in Aurora, Ill.

For 25 years, she taught conversational English to wives of visiting professors from Japan. She also prepared meals at Loaves and Fishes.

Mrs. Rikli enjoyed reading, especially works by Mark Twain and Lewis and Clark, traveling with her husband and doing volunteer work. 

When visiting Columbia, Mrs. Rikli and her husband attended concerts, plays, exhibits, and lectures.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur E. (Buck) Rikli; her children, Barbara R. Clark of San Antonio, Texas, Stephen R. Rikli of Columbia, Ann R. Bishop and her husband, William, of Elmira, N.Y., and Robert A. Rikli of Novato, Calif.; her sister, Jean E. Mayer of Bethesda, Md.; her grandchildren, Teresa Clark, Suzanne Simpson and her husband, Brad, Todd Rikli and his wife, Mia, Shannon Harrison and her husband, William, and Kathryn Colby Bishop; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Community United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Missouri Symphony Society, PO Box 841, Columbia, MO 65205; Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203; or any local library.