Gratitude shared by those at Almeta Crayton's visitation, funeral service

Friday, November 1, 2013 | 6:19 p.m. CDT; updated 8:17 p.m. CDT, Friday, November 1, 2013
"I thankful that god bless us with you to be the first woman who is black to serve on first ward council and the work us done for the community you will greatly miss by many people. God bless you and your family." — Madeline "Matty" Rolley

COLUMBIA — Almeta Crayton made a difference in many people’s lives during her time on the Columbia City Council and through the service work she did across the community.

At her visitation and funeral service Friday morning at Second Missionary Baptist Church, the Missourian community outreach team invited people to write down what they would thank her for.

Here are some of the responses we gathered. The full collection can be found in this Facebook album.


"All the work you've done." — Betty Dudley


"Thankful for caring of others." — Rhonde Estes


"Sharing your heart and your smile. Our love, your Veterans United family."


"For Almeta — What a wonderful time we had. You are an inspiration for everyone! All of Columbia." — Liz Schmidt


"Thanks for all you've done for the community." — Debbie Beker


"Almeta, thank you for all you've done for Columbia." — Nadie DuBose


"Being Almeta — a champion of Columbia's needy, a friend of all." — Bill Clark


"I would like to thank you for being you and such a blessing to each and all. Forever Gods love always." — Darlene Bradshaw


"Thank you Ms. Almeta for everything you have done for our community you will be truly missed." — Jimie Lee


Giving a voice for so many. We love you!" — Judy Baker


"Thank you for being so positive and most of all just being you!!!" — Florence Rainey Hicks


"Thank you for your love and commitment to the community." — Martina Hill and Leslie Turner


"Thanks for being you Ms. Almeta you are much loved and greatly missed my dear friend." — Pam Jordan


"Almeta, thank you for being a part of our lives and a constant inspiration to all of us. We'll miss you!" — Connie Loveless


"Thank you Ms. Almeta for everything you have done. You will be missed and loved by us all. Till we meet again. Love always, your Chicago Family"


"I just wanna say thank you for all the support and love that you have shown the community. You will be loved and missed for life. God bless you." — Victor Briscoe


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