Robert McDuffie was a Gulf War veteran, volunteer fireman

Robert D. McDuffie died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Columbia. He was 49.


Twila Jones, 71, was a passionate nurse and had a love for Elvis

Twila Jones of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Boone Hospital Center.

Rita Dudley traveled to all 50 states and was a florist

Rita Julie Dudley died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, after a 7-year battle against cancer. She was 55.

Belinda Hulen was encouraging mother, wife, worked as accountant

Belinda Gay Hulen of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. She was 53.

Datsko Datsov, 1945 — Sept. 16, 2013, of Columbia

Datsko Datsov of Columbia died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. He was 68.

Former Stephens College professor Constance Schenk was an avid traveler

Constance Schenk taught in the foreign language department at Stephens College for 25 years. Her language skills fueled a lifelong passion for travel.

Joan Burns was a passionate Tigers fan, gracious entertainer

Joan Burns loved to tailgate. She and her husband lived in a home on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Providence Road, near Memorial Stadium.

Thomas Matthew Rush, May 1, 1972 — Sept. 10, 2013

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Royer Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m.Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mark Douglas Weaver, 53, was loving husband, friend

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church.

Jacob Meadows had appreciation for jazz music, nature

Jacob William Meadows of Ashland died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. He was 17.

William Christopher Boettcher enjoyed biking, golfing, sports

Chris Boettcher of Columbia will be remembered for his interest in the outdoors and as a fan of the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mary 'Kay' Sells, 93, was influential in global Girl Scouting

Mary Kathryn "Kay" Sells, 93, formerly of Columbia, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Barthena Barnes valued family, knitting for nearly a century

Barnes was born Jan. 1, 1914, in the Deer Park area south of Columbia, one of 14 children.

Longest-living quadriplegic dies one month before 85th birthday

Janet Barnes died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Festus, exactly one month before her 85th birthday. Because of an error during her delivery, Mrs. Janet Barnes was a quadriplegic. She was a volunteer at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School and at University Hospital.

Louise Tutt was a judge, traveler who loved to give

Louise Thompson Tutt died on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, of breast cancer at her residence near Buffalo. She was 75.

Faye Williams cared for the community

Faye Arizona Wolfe Williams of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was 78. She worked as a nurse in Columbia for more than 40 years.

Restaurant owner Bernard Lensmeyer had passion for food, family

Bernard Lensmeyer operated several restaurants, including Bennie's and Auburn's in Columbia. He liked to restore cars and read the works of Vince Flynn.

MU financial aid adviser enjoyed traveling, church involvement

Rose M. Williams of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was 64.

Lois Lorton loved to sing, dance and rollerskate through life

Lois D. Lorton of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was 78.

Marveina Ward's life was full of travel and family

From Australia to Washington, Marveina Ward, 76, never lost the sense of adventure she developed as a child. She died Friday.