Mary Jean Ditmore Dreier, Jan. 11, 1942 — Aug. 2, 2014, of Columbia

Sunday, August 3, 2014 | 5:44 p.m. CDT; updated 11:01 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jean Dreier 1942-2014

Mary Jean Ditmore Dreier, 72, died at her home in Columbia on August 2, 2014, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

A memorial gathering is planned for close friends and family at Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, August 7, from 10:30-12:30. A private interment will take place at a later date in her childhood home of Grove, Oklahoma.

Jean was born on January 11, 1942, in Neosho, to Q.B. and Rosie Ditmore. Jean graduated from Grove High School in 1960 and was the valedictorian of her class. She completed her higher education at Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) while raising her children. She worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Oklahoma City for Eason Oil and Louisiana Land and Exploration Company before moving to Columbia in 1989 to work with Physicians Resources. In her semi-retirement Jean worked with several local businesses and organizations including Missouri Cancer Associates, RAIN of Central Missouri, and The “We Always Swing” Jazz Series.

Jean was an avid reader and longtime member of the “Ladies Literary Society” book club. She enjoyed gathering with family and friends and her homemade pies were legendary. A proud grandmother, Jean loved to share stories and photos of her grandchildren. She was known amongst those close to her for her generosity and sarcastic sense of humor.

Jean is survived by her children: Tracy Behnam (husband Reza), Kelly Dreier (husband Kevin Bishop), Matt Dreier (wife Whitney); stepchildren Brenda McDaniel and David Dreier; granddaughters Tara Behnam and Cece Bishop; brother Mike Ditmore (wife Joan) and sister Jan Ditmore. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jeff Ditmore. Memorials are suggested to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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