Dodie Wesselmann enjoyed baking, gardening

As a teenager, she worked away from home to help support her family during the Great Depression.

Firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt was a cowboy at heart

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, died at 56

Carl L. Toalson, Jr. owned and operated Toalson Glass for 20 years with his wife, Nancy. He died Feb. 22.

Roland "Duke" Meinert worked at MU's School of Social Work, contributed to local papers

Roland Meinert loved to tell stories, spend time with friends and write.

Shirley Ann Gallatin turned her love for hair, makeup into a career

She won an award from Dillard's department store for her work in 1991.

Paul Vemer Short enjoyed making furniture from trees on his land

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 from Moberly

Wanda Ridgeway was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Clark. She died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 74. 

Bernice Johnston was an avid Cardinals fan, reader

Bernice M. Johnston died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. She was 99.

Wynna Faye Elbert known as community activist, community mother

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 was a pioneering entreprenuer

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 a jokester, art lover

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.

Community activist Wynna Faye Elbert dies

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 was a prolific painter

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 devoted his life to teaching

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 in the Navy, loved to fly

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 Horner raised 4 children, wrote 9 books

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 traveled the world while raising her family

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 was a carpenter, Korean War veteran

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 loved golf, working in information technology

Terry Lynn Thornsberry of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He was 63.

MU graduate Richard Eugene Wilson was an electrical engineer

Richard Eugene Wilson of Glen Burnie, Md., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. He was 58. He was an MU graduate and an electrical engineer.