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Obituaries

Desiree White is remembered for her love of people, her cat, and music

Desiree White, 50, was a graduate of Columbia College and loved playing guitar.  

Desiree White died April 22, 2013

Desiree White, a passionate woman who loved her family, friends, music, and her cat, died Monday from a sudden illness.

Christopher C. Clark, 44, served in the Army and National Guard

Christopher C. Clark, 44, was born in Peoria, Ill. and was a graduate of Rock Bridge High School. 

Charles F. Pinney Jr. proudly served country in World War II

Charles F. Pinney Jr. died Tuesday, April 23. He was 92. He worked at Boeing for 30 years.

Janet Riley loved animals, opened her home to family

Janet Riley died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Columbia. She was 79.

Mary Mildred Dothage, 88, died Monday

Mary Mildred Dothage, 88, was married to her husband Waldo Dothage for more than 60 years. They met in San Francisco during World War II, when he served in the Navy and she helped with the wartime effort.

Betty 'Jean' Dierker, 86, died Monday

Mrs. Dierker loved her family, her country home and the mountains.

Wallace Gordon Hartley, July 5, 1926 — April 20, 2013, of Columbia

Wallace Gordon Hartley, 86, of Columbia, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his home in Columbia

Faye Lewis enjoyed cooking, traveling

Faye Lewis had Parkinson's disease and lived in Parkside Manor for six years before her death. 

Forest Lester Daly worked as heavy equipment operator, enjoyed fishing, baseball

Forest Lester Daly died Saturday. He was 81.

Lawrence 'Larry' L'Hote brought trash to life with sculptures

Mr. L'Hote died Friday, April 12, 2013. He was 72.

Barbara Toalson brought love of music into every area of life

A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, she sang in the choir her husband directed. She also taught music for Columbia Public Schools and fostered a creative, artistic household for her children.

Hazell Dean Hitt was a passionate business person and active family member

Hazell Dean Hitt died at her home on Saturday, April 6, 2013. She was 83.

Connie Guy's passion for teaching inspired family, students

Constance "Connie" Guy enjoyed spending time with her family at their lake house on Holiday Acres Lake north of Moberly, where she taught her three children to swim. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and some family friends gathered at the lake house each summer for a reunion.

For William 'Bill' Dierker, a passion for birds touched all facets of life

Mr. Dierker, a bird watcher since he was able to hold binoculars, his wife said, received his doctorate from MU in the late 1970s and worked on an MU Extension project that identified weeds in crop fields across Missouri.

Susan Kauffman, 67, was a member of Columbia community theater

Susan Kauffman, 67, died Saturday, April 6, 2013. She was 67.

 

Adelaide D. Smith, 97, remembered for stories from long career

Adelaide D. Smith died Sunday, March 31, 2013. She was 97. Mrs. Smith worked on the highly secret Manhattan Project, and was known for the stories she told of her brilliant bosses.

William 'Bill' Dierker, March 13, 1922 — April 8, 2013, of Harrisburg

Bill Dierker of Harrisburg served in World War II.

Betty Kemper, 81, was a lifelong area resident

Betty G. Kemper died Thursday, April 4, 2013. She was 81.

MU remembers nine students who died in the past year

The service remembers nine undergraduate and graduate students in a ceremony that became a tradition in 2002.

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