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Obituaries

Jack Horton, vet, philanthropist and jokester, dies at age 80

Dr. Horton established the Horton Animal Hospital in 1960, but friends and family remember him most for his humor. He died Dec. 25 at age 80.

Harry Donald Bailey, World War II veteran, earned 6 battle stars

Harry Donald Bailey died Saturday, Dec. 21. He was 93 years old.

Evelyn Jennings, March 25, 1950 — Dec. 17, 2013

Evelyn Jennings of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. She was 63.

Ronald 'Sonny' Martin had 'unparallelled' generosity

Ronald Wayne "Sonny" Martin of Osawatomie, Kan., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. He was 80.

Linda Lou Knernschield loved nature, birdwatching

Linda Lou Knernschield of Macon died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. She was 61.

Oakland Middle School mourns loss of teacher Elizabeth Bergman

When students and staff discovered Ms. Bergman had breast cancer, they came together to create "Team Pink" and walked in her honor in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Larry Blase loved farming, animals

Lawrence Edwin "Larry" Blase died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. He was 55.

Mary Burgess remembered as 'an amazingly strong woman'

Mary Burgess, 77, was a hard-working woman who loved art and refused to let a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago slow her down. "Even at the worst times, she would say, 'We'll get through this,'" her husband said. Burgess died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

 

Donald Unnerstall was a Columbia entrepreneur, served in Korea

Donald J. Unnerstall of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. He was 79 years old.

Lynda Evers, 67, cared for others as a nurse, loved to travel

Working in healthcare for more than 40 years, Lynda Jo Evers cared for everyone she came across, believing all people were worthy of such treatment. She died Sunday at age 67.

Brenda Rae Mahoney of Hallsville, July 16, 1958 — Dec. 6, 2013

Brenda Rae Mahoney of Hallsville died at her home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. She was 55. Mrs. Mahoney was a beautician at Shear Image in the Hallsville area for many years.

Opal B. Roberson Sept. 29, 1925 — Dec. 4, 2013

Opal B. Roberson of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 4. She was 88 years old. 

Former nurse's assistant Esther "Hoppy" Hopper loved taking care of people

Esther "Hoppy" Hopper, a former nurse's assistant, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. She was 83 years old.

Dr. James Barrett was passionate about travel and teaching

Dr. Barrett died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at his home in Columbia. He was 86.

Francis Daugherty served in the Navy, enjoyed golfing

Francis "Fritz" Mitchell Daugherty died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in his home in Ocala, Fla. He was 91.

Army veteran James L. Poe was a lifelong Tigers fan

James L. Poe of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. He was 82 years old.

Wayne Meyer Hilgedick was active civic member and lifelong farmer

A lifelong farmer, Mr. Hilgedick also had a strong history of civic engagement.

Helen McGonigle was chief dietitian at Truman Veterans Hospital

Helen McGonigle of Columbia died Thursday, Nov. 28. She was 86 years old.

Gerald Dean Fitzgerald, Oct. 5, 1928-Nov. 26, 2013

Mr. Fitzgerald loved flying, world travel, scuba diving and Christmas trees. He and his wife, Diane, built and ran Log Providence Pines, a Christmas tree farm, for many years.

Elmer Carl Cook, Aug. 19-1925-Nov. 28, 2013

Mr. Cook was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Columbia to Ira and Minnie (Acton) Cook. In 1950, he married Bernice Hague in Columbia.

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