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Columbia Missourian

Alice Marie Deitchler Lendt, Aug. 3, 1938 — July 22, 2013

By Memorial Funeral Home
July 24, 2013 | 5:04 p.m. CDT

Alice Marie Deitchler Lendt of Columbia died July 22, 2013.

She was born August 3, 1938, in Wakefield, NE, the daughter of Alfred Christopher and Ruth McCone Deitchler. She and her parents lived in Creighton, NE, until 1949, when the family moved to Grand Island, NE. She graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1956. She married her high school sweetheart, David L. Lendt, November 21, 1956.

She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Iowa State University while helping her husband earn his bachelor’s degree. Following his graduation, they moved to Anamosa, IA, and when he was called to active duty, to Ft. Sill, OK, and Ft. Hood, TX. In 1962, they moved to West Union, IA, and, in 1964, to West Des Moines, IA. In 1967, they located in Ames, IA, where she was active in Northminster Presbyterian Church.

After their three children had graduated from college, the couple moved to Columbia, MO, in 1989. She was a volunteer at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics information desk for a decade. She was active in First Presbyterian Church and served as a member of a Session until she was diagnosed with cancer. Alice was a member and past president of Chapter LM of PEO and a member of Assistance League. She was a Life Member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association and was a member of Fortnightly and of the University of Missouri’s Jefferson Club.

She is survived by her three children: Stephanie Lendt of Ballwin, MO; Thomas David Lendt and his wife, Traci Payne Lendt, of Des Moines, and Sally Lendt Anderson and her husband, Daniel G. Anderson, of Minneapolis. She also is survived by her grandchildren: Valerie and Aaron Hibray of Ballwin and Holly and Bridget Anderson of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Lendt, her brother, Donald Deitchler, and a granddaughter, Helen Alice Anderson.

Join us as we celebrate Alice’s life with conversation and food, Saturday, July 27th between 10AM-NOON at Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 2409 Hyde Park Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

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