Friends remember her for her strength and humor.
As a teenager, she worked away from home to help support her family during the Great Depression.
Lt. Bruce Britt of Ashland died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, while responding to a walkway collapse at University Village. He was 48.
Carl L. Toalson, Jr. owned and operated Toalson Glass for 20 years with his wife, Nancy. He died Feb. 22.
Roland Meinert loved to tell stories, spend time with friends and write.
She won an award from Dillard's department store for her work in 1991.
After retiring from work as a carpenter at Stephens College, Paul Vemer Short enjoyed making furniture and other wood items. Much of the furniture was made from the trees that he cut from his land. He died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
Wanda Ridgeway was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Clark. She died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 74.
Bernice M. Johnston died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. She was 99.
Ms. Elbert recognized that in order to make a change, she had to get involved. She co-founded several civic groups and raised 27 children.
Lou Kontras ran a gas station, a car wash, several laundromats and a motorcycle rental service. Mr. Kontras died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. He was 87.
David Burgess was notorious for hanging spoons from his nose during formal dinners, his family said. Mr. Burgess died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. He was 58.
Wynna Elbert, the longtime host of KOPN's "Straight Talk" program, co-founded several organizations to preserve Columbia's African-American heritage. She died Sunday. She was 69 years old.
Polly Anna Dunavant attended a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Hickman High School. Mrs. Dunavant died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 87.
Joy Eugene Whitener began his career teaching in one-room schools and ended it as a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Whitener died Friday, Feb. 7. He was 94 years old.
Kenneth W. Hegstad served his country during World War II and loved to take his children flying. Mr. Hegstad of Columbia died Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014. He was 89 years old.
Winifred Bryan Horner — who had a doctorate in English language, literature and linguistics — had earned her master's degree while her youngest child was 4 years old. Dr. Horner died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. She was 91 years old.
Mary Kathryn Dowling worked as a nurse at the Missouri State School and Hospital for more than 20 years. Mrs. Dowling died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. She was 78 years old.
Billy Tennyson's friends and family said he was always there for them. Mr. Tennyson died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. He was 80 years old.
Terry Lynn Thornsberry of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He was 63.