Mary Jean Dreier known for generosity, sense of humor

Monday, August 4, 2014 | 1:27 p.m. CDT; updated 10:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — Mary Jean Ditmore Dreier of Columbia died at her home Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. She was 72.

Ms. Dreier was born Jan. 11, 1942, in Neosho to Q.B. and Rosie Ditmore.

She graduated from Grove High School in Grove, Okla., in 1960 and was valedictorian of her class. She attended 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 Co. before moving to Columbia in 1989 to work with Physicians Resources.

In her semi-retirement, Ms. Dreier worked with several local businesses and organizations including Missourian Cancer Associates, RAIN of Central Missouri and the "We Always Swing" jazz series.

Ms. Dreier loved to read and was a longtime member of the "Ladies Literary Society" book club. She enjoyed family gatherings, and her homemade pies were considered legendary among her family and friends. She also loved to share stories and photos of her grandchildren. She was known among those close to her for her generosity and sarcastic sense of humor. 

Ms. Dreier is survived by three children, Tracy Behnam and husband Reza, Kelly Dreier and husband Kevin Bishop, and Matt Dreier and wife Whitney; two stepchildren, Brenda McDaniel and David Dreier; two granddaughters, Tara Behnam and Cece Bishop; a brother, Mike Ditmore and wife Joan; and a sister, Jan Ditmore.

Her brother Jeff Ditmore died earlier.

A memorial gathering is planned for close friends and family at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. A private interment will take place in her childhood home of Grove, Okla., at a later date.

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