CENTRALIA — Maude Worstell's love of sports started when, as a young girl, she played baseball on an all-female team. As an adult, she enjoyed watching Missouri sports.
"She enjoyed watching basketball the most," said her daughter, Pamela Stenger.
Maude Worstell died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at her home in Centralia. She was 77.
She was born May 28, 1933, to Jacob and Mildred (Kaiser) Crawford. She lived most of her life on a farm in Columbia and went to high school in California, Mo. She moved to Centralia in 2010.
She married Duane Worstell on married Dec. 23, 1950. The couple enjoyed traveling across Missouri to show their prized Gelbvieh cows.
"They would travel to Kansas City and other cities to show their cows," her daughter said. "They were very involved in that, and it was a very important activity for them."
Mrs. Worstell worked as a nurse's aide at University Hospital.
"She enjoyed delivering babies," Stenger said. "She was always giving and never thought of herself. "
Stenger said that her mother cared deeply for her children and grandchildren and did anything for them that she could.
Mrs. Worstell is survived by two sons, Danny and Kenneth Worstell, both of Columbia; four daughters, Diane Martin and her husband, Frank, of Clark, Pamela Stenger and her husband, George, of Clarence, Sarah Ethridge and her husband, Ross, of Centralia, and Tammy Worstell of Centralia; a sister, Ruby Proctor; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Duane Worstell, and brother, Golder Crawford, died earlier.
A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Dripping Springs Christian Church, 2701 W. Dripping Springs Road. The service will start at 11 a.m., followed by burial in Dripping Springs Cemetery.
Condolences can be posted online at nilsonfuneralhome.com.