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Obituaries

Craig Wenger worked for Century Link in Columbia for 37 years

Craig Wenger died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. He was 61.

Rylan Newman was determined to fill his life with great adventures

Rylan Newman did a lot of living in his short life.  He died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.  He was 6. 

Carol Odor was the rock of her family, Columbia dance community

Carol Odor taught dance at MU and in Columbia for more than 33 years and choreographed more than 55 dance performances. She died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. She was 74.

Marjorie Nathe played, won bridge until she was 100

Mrs. Nathe's friends remember her as humorous, inspirational and a great card player. She died Friday at age 100. 

Richard Rauscher taught his family to love the Cardinals

Richard Rauscher  loved to read, listen to Bob Dyan and — most of all — watch the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Rauscher died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. He was 67.

Emily Marie Fitzhugh loved to crack jokes, watch NASCAR

She often attended races at the Kansas Speedway with her family. On race days, she was always eager to get out of the door first thing in the morning and cheer on her favorite driver, Tony Stewart.

Jane Marsh, March 4, 1927 — Dec. 23, 2013, of Columbia

Jane Marsh died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. She was 86.

Gracehelen Gentry was president of the Lady Elks Lodge of Gravois Mill

Gracehelen Gentry died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. She was 76.

Everett Price "Jake" Jacobs worked in real estate in Columbia

Everett Price "Jake" Jacobs of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He was 95.Mr. Jacobs founded a realty company after he retired as a meat department manager.

James D. Flower was an Air Force veteran, retired mail carrier

James D. Flower Sr. of Columbia died Friday Dec. 17, 2013. He was 75. 

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.

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