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Obituaries

Isla Mae "Kitty" Crane lived to be 91

Isla Mae "Kitty" Crane of Wilbraham, Mass., died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. 

Thelma McArthur remembered for adventurous spirit

Thelma McArthur of Columbia died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. She was 96. Mrs. McArthur was a lover of books and nature.

Betty McCaskill, first woman elected to Columbia City Council, dies at 84

Long before her daughter entered Missouri politics, Betty Anne McCaskill had made her own mark in Democratic circles.

Ralph Anderson loved his family, researching dairy science

Ralph Robert Anderson, who taught at MU for more than 25 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. He was 79.

Dr. Ralph Anderson, Nov. 1, 1932-Oct. 24, 2012, of Columbia

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Columbia Cemetery.

Mary Alice Shaver was a leading advertising, communications professor and scholar

Dr. Shaver, a leading scholar in advertising and communications for more than 25 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Fearrington Village, N.C.

Carolyn Lee Rumph loved cooking, gardening and travel

Carolyn Rumph died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. She was 75.

Ada Van Gelder Bartlett loved family, learning and giving back

Ada Van Gelder Bartlett lived in many places in her 91 years. She saw each move as a learning opportunity. Mrs. Bartlett died Sunday.

Dorine Idell Bartlett, 87, March 6, 1925 — Oct. 20, 2012

Dorine Idell Bartlett,  87, of Pace, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Berta Garrett worked as nurse at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Mrs. Garrett worked at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center for many years and helped to co-found a branch of the Visiting Nurses Association.

Paul Lowry enjoyed skiing, canoeing

Paul Lowry of Columbia died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. He was 44.

Lois Gerzen was a devoted Christian, traveler

Mrs. Gerzen's favorite place to visit was Yellowstone National Park for its diversity. She enjoyed it there more than anything, her husband said.

Kenneth Ray Tompkins left legacy of hard work

Kenneth Ray Tompkins enjoyed doing wood work and was known for his dry sense of humor.

Eleanor Dude taught love of reading

A teacher for nearly 40 years, Eleanor Dude had a passion for reading and wanted to share that with her students and friends.

Alex Jose Bermudez loved his church, nature and his family

Alex Bermudez, who served as the director of the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory for seven years, enjoyed the solitude and peace he found while fishing.

 

Gertrude Dawson worked as surgical nurse, treated children with polio

Mrs. Dawson worked with children suffering from polio as a public nurse. The state of Missouri trained her to fly a Cessna aircraft so she could treat children living on isolated farms in the state.

 

Gertrude Dawson's ashes will be spread Oct. 20 at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris, Mo.

Douglas Steuerwald, 59, of O'Fallon died Oct. 5

Mr. Steuerwald was born in Iowa and lived in O'Fallon.

Florence Eva Jones of Columbia lived to be 104

Mrs. Jones is survived by her grandson, Cecil Jones; granddaughters, Debbie Morgan and Tracy Jones; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Dale Sechler served in Army, devoted his life to service

Dale Truman Sechler died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. He was 86.

Lena Faye Ardrey loved family, cooking and baking

Mrs. Ardrey helped her mother-in-law run the family restaurant and learned how to cook through the process. She worked in the food service industry for most of her life.

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