Galena Estelle Hartman

COLUMBIA — Galena Estelle Hartman of Columbia died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. She was 77.

She was born Nov. 3, 1932, in Eldridge, to Claude Aaron and Louetta Butcher-Smith, the youngest of nine siblings. The family lived in Malta Bend.

In 1949, Mrs. Hartman married Robert Parker, with whom she had two daughters, Marcia Lynn and Pamela Rene. They later divorced.

She began working for the federal government in 1961 as a General Services Administration employee in Kansas City. While there, she met Wayman Hartman, whom she married in 1963. They had two daughters, Amy Estelle and Kelly Denise. Because of Mr. Hartman’s government career, Mrs. Hartman and her family moved to the U. S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos.

During her time in Laos, Mrs. Hartman taught English as a second language for four years at the Lao-American Association. She developed a deep love for the people of Southeast Asia and their customs.

Mrs. Hartman returned to the U.S. with her daughters in 1970. After Mr. Hartman fell ill and passed away in February 1973, Mrs. Hartman continued her work with the government at the National Fisheries Research Containment Center until she retired in 1995.

Mrs. Hartman was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Columbia. She joined the church eight years ago.

"She was a delightful person to everybody she befriended," lead pastor Tracy Cook said. "I always had fun with her because she was very classy."

Mrs. Hartman is survived by a brother, James Arthur Smith of Higginsville; and four daughters, Marcia Lynn of Winfield, Pamela Rene Evans of Richmond, Amy Estelle Fox and husband Stephen of Lee’s Summit, and Kelly Denise Pascucci and husband Christopher of Columbia; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Four brothers and three sisters died earlier.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sat. at First Assembly of God Church, 1100 N. Seventh St., with services following at the church. Burial will take place at Sunset Gardens, 1801 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall.

Memorials contributions can be made to First Assembly of God, 1100 N. Seventh St., Columbia, MO 65201.