Reva Hagan Cornett

Reva Hagan Cornett didn't like to sit still. She spent many years of her retirement volunteering with the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels programs.

"She was a person who liked to keep busy," said her son, Bruce Cornett.

Reva Hagan Cornett of Columbia died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. She was 95.

She was born May 12, 1916, in Mercer County, Mo., to Ross and Pearle (Shirley) Hagan.

Mrs. Cornett graduated from Princeton High School in 1935 and married Charles C. Cornett in September of the same year. They moved to Columbia after they were married.

Mrs. Cornett worked as manager of the ladies department at the J.C. Penney store in Columbia and then in the admissions office of the University Medical Center until she retired in 1973.

She was a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church and was a member of the Bratton-Cunningham Circle, a women's group within the church, for many years.

Mrs. Cornett was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals and MU Tigers fan. She and her husband often had season tickets to watch the Tigers play.

She liked to play golf and plant flowers and garden around her home.

"She was a real optimist," her son said. "She tried to find the positive instead of the negatives."

Mrs. Cornett is survived by her brother Raymond Hagan, of Jefferson City; her daughter, Melva Ann Anderson, and her husband, Neil, of Columbia; her son, C. Bruce Cornett, and his wife, Mary Jo, of Columbia; seven granddaughters and 15 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Charles, and three brothers and two sisters, died earlier.

Visitation will be at noon Thursday at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St. Services will be at 1 p.m. at the same place. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia MO 65202.