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Obituaries

William Hughes enjoyed growing tomatoes and hunting

William Leon Hughes of Columbia died Wednesday,, Jan. 21. He was 88 years old.

William Leon Hughes, May 22, 1926–Jan. 21, 2015

William Leon Hughes of Columbia died Wednesday, Jan. 21. He was 88 years old.

Rex Owen Dillow, 92, was instrumental to golf in Columbia

Mr. Dillow's involvement in the Columbia golf community was instrumental in the promotion of the game in the area. A three-war veteran, he died Thursday, Jan. 22, at the age of 92.

Martha Golden loved to cook and garden

Martha Louise Long Golden, a long-time Fayette resident, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Topeka, Kansas. She was 95.

James 'Jim' Viggers dies at 86

Mr. Viggers enjoyed working with wood and carving unique sculptures of religious figures, lions, mythical creatures and human characters. 

Lois 'Pauline' Richey dies at 82

Lois "Pauline" Richey of Columbia and formerly Fayette, died Saturday, Jan. 17. She was 82.

Veteran journalist, dedicated educator Stuart Loory dies at 82

Stuart Loory was a well-known journalist in newspapers and at CNN, and he was a professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism. He died Friday at 82.

Norma Jean Naylor Copeland loved reading, being in the sunshine

Mrs. Copeland taught business at three academic institutions before retiring to raise her children. Her passion for reading led her to teach each of her children and grandchildren how to read before elementary school.

Rudie Wright Slaughter Jr. remembered for love of farming, storytelling

Rudie Wright Slaughter Jr. died Sunday at his home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 83.

Leroy Joseph Korschgen was the 'natural history Sherlock Holmes' of Missouri

Mr. Korschgen had a reputation as the person who could identify plants, seeds, feathers, hairs, bones and insects.

Madelynn Grace McClure died Jan. 3, 2015

Madelynn Grace McClure of Centralia died Jan. 3, 2015. She was 9 weeks old.

Missourian columnist Rose Nolen dedicated her life to writing, multicultural amity

The award-winning columnist also wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sedalia Democrat and other publications, published several books and actively participated in several organizations.

Dr. Peter Hasselriis was passionate about everything he did

Whether it was singing in the MU Choral Union, acting with the Maplewood Barn players, reading anything he could get his hands on or biking across the U.S., Dr. Hasselriis thrived in his passions.

Helen May Wilmsmeyer worked as nurse's aid, loved to bake

Mrs. Wilmsmeyer was a certified nurse's aide for more than 35 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville. The New Franklin resident died Thursday.

Victor Phelps was a Vietnam veteran, outdoor enthusiast

Mr. Phelps loved woodworking, photography and travel, and he especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren and family. The Columbia resident died Tuesday.

Kenneth Nichols of Ashland was a Vietnam veteran

Mr. Nichols also worked in construction with his brother-in-law in Milan, Missouri. He died Tuesday at 69.

Ralph Tibbs, formerly of Columbia, was dedicated to the church

Ralph Tibbs had been president of The Dudes & Dolls Square Dance Club, a traveling dance group. He died on Wednesday, Dec. 31. He was 81.

Lee Martina Smith showered 'grandbabies' with gifts

Lee Smith of Columbia died Jan. 2, 2015. She was 60. She was an employee of 3-M in Columbia for many years until she retired in 2012.

Missourian columnist Rose Nolen dies at 79

Nolen's column, which appeared in the Missourian weekly for 17 years, touched on a wide range of issues, and had an unmistakably human touch. 

 

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering those we lost in 2014

The Missourian has compiled a comprehensive list of obituaries the newspaper published during 2014.

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