Mary Niemeyer served as administrative secretary for Alvey Manufacturing for 18 years

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 6:15 p.m. CST; updated 11:17 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 14, 2014

COLUMBIA — Mary Niemeyer loved birds and spending time with her family. She also loved her dogs and treated them like her kids.

Ms. Niemeyer of St. Louis died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. She was 76.

She was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Boone County to John Clayton and Beulah Mae Rice Ridgway.

She graduated from Sturgeon High School and served as the administrative secretary for Alvey Manufacturing for 18 years. Ms. Niemeyer was also the executive secretary for author Harry Kessler and typed his book, "The Millionaire Referee."

Ms. Niemeyer is survived by three daughters, Cindy Nelson and her husband, Rick, of Hallsville, Cheryl Disalvo of Newport News, Va., and Chris Smith of Charlottesville, Va.; a stepdaughter, Joan Boyle, and her husband, Jerry, of Clearwater, Fla.; a brother, Larry Rippeto and his wife, Brenda, of Hallsville; two sisters, Anna Ruth Yelvington of Columbia and Stella Mae Ervin of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Niemeyer's brothers, James "Jim" Ridgway and Harry Rippeto, and a sister, Hazel Dean Hitt, died earlier.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. Thursday with service to follow at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 North Garth Avenue. After the service, burial will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Cancer Research Foundation through the funeral chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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