Funeral arrangements are pending at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home for Almeta Crayton, who died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, of an acute illness at Boone Hospital Center.
After her death, the family established an Almeta Crayton donation fund. Contributions may be made at any branch of the Boone County National Bank.
Almeta Joy Crayton was born Dec. 12, 1959, in St. Louis to Coleen Crayton and Earnest Herman East. Growing up, she lived with her paternal grandparents, Louis and Almeta East, and their seven children. She received her elementary education in St. Louis Public Schools. Ms. Crayton attended O’Fallon Technical High School and graduated in 1979 from Northwest High School.
She studied health and human services at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis and later attended Northwest Missouri State University. She was a member of the Fairview Road Church of Christ in Columbia.
Ms. Crayton represented the First Ward on the Columbia City Council for three terms and was also known for her Everyone Eats community dinner, which celebrated its 15th meal last year.
She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for a number of years, led annual collections for Christmas baskets and school supplies, and campaigned to give computers and jobs to local teens.
Throughout her years in Columbia, she often worked in public schools, including West Boulevard Elementary School and Gentry Middle School.
Ms. Crayton is survived by her son, Tyrone Lander Crayton, of Columbia; her mother, of St. Louis; one brother, Anthony Crayton, of St. Louis; two paternal aunts, Betty McClelland of St. Louis and Jeanette Dunn of Tulsa, Okla.; four maternal aunts, Blondell Wade of St. Louis, Dorothy Fuller of St. Louis, Annie Crayton of Oakland, Calif., and Jodie Brown of St. Louis; one maternal uncle, Willie Crayton, of Florissant; many cousins and other relatives; and an entire community of friends.
Her grandparents, her father and two brothers, Landers and Tyrone, died earlier.