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Columbia Missourian

Charlotte Terwilliger, 88, loved the outdoors and painting

By Marissa Weiher
June 24, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Charlotte Slaughter Terwilliger died Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was 88.

She was born March 23, 1925 in Albuquerque, N.M., to Leila Kinkade Slaughter and Minor Mulkey Slaughter. After her father's death, she and her mother moved to Columbia.

Mrs. Terwilliger earned a two-year degree from Stephens College and received her bachelor's degree in English at MU. She later returned to MU to obtain her master's degree in education. She began her career teaching second grade before shifting to elementary art and the gifted program in the California R-1 school district. She retired in 1991.

Mrs. Terwilliger married John Burris Terwilliger on February 10, 1952. They raised their two children, John Burris, Jr. and Charlotte Mitzi, in California, Mo. In 2005, she moved back to Columbia.

She loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time tending her flower gardens. She directed most of her creative energy to oil and watercolor paintings, sketches of fanciful creatures and realistic pen and ink drawings.

Mrs. Terwilliger is survived by her children, John Burris Terwilliger, Jr., and wife, Nancy, of Kansas City, Mitzi St. John, and husband Clint, of Columbia, her grandson Matt Terwilliger, and his wife Ali; grandchildren Carolyn Terwilliger, Kyle St. Johnand Leila and Alana St. John; and great-grandsons Aniah and Aikem Terwilliger and Trysten Hoffmeister.

Mrs. Terwilliger asked that memorial gifts be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. A private burial took place A memorial remembrance is being planned for mid-July.

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