Gloria E. Niewoehner, January 25, 1927 — June 25, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 3:45 p.m. CDT; updated 3:57 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

*This obituary has been updated to include information about the time and date of a memorial service as well as where memorial donations can be sent.

COLUMBIA — Gloria E. Niewoehner, affectionately known as "Tommie" left this mortal world to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the age of 87.

True to her beliefs, she donated her body to University of Missouri School of Medicine for medical research. Her cremated remains will be interred at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville, MO.

*A memorial celebrating the life of Gloria E. "Tommie" Niewoehner will be held at the Oakland Christian Church on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Robinson conducting the service. A gathering in the Fellowship Hall will follow, with light refreshments served.

Born January 25, 1927, in Wardell, MO, to William W. and Bessie Mercer, she would graduate from the University of Tennessee-Memphis and embark on a successful career as an X-ray technician working in Austin, TX, New Orleans and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Research Center in Columbia, MO.

She was united in marriage to Carl H. Niewoehner on March 24, 1951, in Memphis, TN. With her husband she would reside in New Orleans and Poteau, OK, before arriving in Columbia, MO in 1955.

To most she will be remembered as a woman of deep compassion with a "can-do" pragmatism that left its mark on many; her church, Lenoir Retirement Center, American Legion Auxiliary, Mid-Missouri Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Section and Division Leader of the United Way, Volunteer Action Center and co-founder of the Koinonia House.

To her family she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren. She was a model of charity, graciousness and service towards others. She was a rock of faithfulness, demonstrating the importance of commitment to family.

To her husband there were many precious memories of a faithful wife and mother, fondest of which were the annual family trips to Canada that continued for almost 50 years, camping and fishing on remote lakes south of Hudson Bay. They traveled in their motor home in 49 states and all of Canadian provinces. For the 25th wedding anniversary they finally went on their long-delayed honeymoon, taking their first cruise.

She is survived by her husband, Carl; a son, Eric of Juneau, AK; three grandchildren, Rachel Epler of Kansas City, MO, Kaitlin of New York City and Sean of Juneau, AK; two sisters, Lautain Scruggs of Atlanta, GA, and Janette Kornman of New Orleans, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

*In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202; or to Oakland Christian Church, 2929 E. Oakland Church Road, Columbia, MO 65202.

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