Marilyn Painter remembered as being early recycler

COLUMBIA — Marilyn Painter truly was a woman of her era, her daughter Terry Ball said.

"She was recycling before we called it recycling," Ball said. "The women of her generation were a rare breed. They were strong women who could do many things."

Mrs. Painter of Columbia died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. She was 85.

She was born Feb. 23, 1926, in Bevier to Ellsworth and Nora Dixon Ealy. She married Marvin Painter on May 23, 1959.

She graduated from Hickman High School and worked for many years at First Bank of Commerce in Columbia as a teller. She also spent time working for American Greeting Cards, where she displayed and refilled cards, wrapping paper, bags and ribbon in stores such as Walmart.

"She loved that job because she got free cards and free wrapping paper from the discontinued products," Ball said. "When we moved out of her house there were boxes and boxes of that stuff."

Mrs. Painter saved bows and wrapping paper and kept containers to recycle coffee grounds and egg shells before recycling bins existed. To her, every penny counted, and she counted every penny, Ball said.

"She could make a roast last three days with six kids, and they weren't even that big of a roast," Ball said.

Mrs. Painter was involved with the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. She also was a member of Past Worthy High Priestess of White Shrine, Temple Shrine #7, Past Worthy Matron of Boone Chapter 290, Order of Eastern Star, Social Order of Beauceant, Order of Amaranth, Tuesday Club, General Federation of Women's Clubs, Mary Martha Circle of Kings Daughters and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Painter and her husband were active members of the groups, often traveling and holding officer positions, her daughter said.

"That was truly their life," Ball said.

She is survived by her son, Dennis Ray Painter, of Kansas City; five daughters, Karen Leigh Calvert of Kansas City, Sharon Kay Franklin of Independence, Shirley Jean Campbell of Grain Valley, Terry Ball and husband, Rick, of Boonville and Linda Diane Painter, of Kansas City; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Her husband, a brother and two sisters died earlier.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorials may be given to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia MO 65202-1910.

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