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Obituaries

Donald J. Belcher enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his family

The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with a one hour visitation prior at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish.

Barbara Cantrell loved family and travel

Barbara Cantrell, 80, of Columbia died Thursday. She loved helping those in need.

Jesse 'J.P.' Perry loved being outdoors with family, volunteering

Jesse Perry was the owner of J.P. Perry Wrecker Service from 1981 to 1997, and he later worked for Doug Perry Towing Service.

Frances P. Phillippe, 88, of Columbia died

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery

An aspiring sports journalist, Adam McBride stayed active, loved family

Adam Dale McBride died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was 23.

Donna Louise Koch was reporter and teacher

Donna Louise Koch, of Columbia, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. She was 70.

Mary 'Lou' Starrett Ashley loved the arts, traveling

Mary "Lou" Starrett Ashley died Wednesday, Jan. 9. She was 84 years old.

Kenneth Cook enjoyed nature and being around groups of people

Mr. Cook and his wife Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale.

Earl James Miles, March 23, 1918 — Jan. 1, 2013

Mr. Miles also was active in the development and construction of Miles Manor, the first subdivision in Columbia to focus on African American home ownership.

WWII veteran Harold Bell Carter was a lively storyteller

World War II veteran Harold Bell Carter of Columbia died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Betty Dack documented travel through art

Betty B. Dack of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 29. She was 90 years old.

Helen Irene Hathman enjoyed making crafts, quilting

Helen Irene Hathman of Columbia died on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. 

Steve Simpson loved watching UFO movies, NASCAR racing

Steve Ray Simpson Sr. died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching UFO movies and NASCAR racing.

Dwayne White was passionate about blues and gospel

Dwayne White was a light-hearted man who loved to sing and dance to music by Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin. 

Lorna Perez loved family, gardening and her Filipino heritage

Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She dedicated her life to family, children and the Filipino community. 

Patricia Brock believed in importance of family

Patricia Brock taught the importance of family and friends and to her children.

Purple Heart recipient Ralph Poe loved animals and farming

Ralph Poe, 89, of Columbia died Thursday. He was a Purple Heart recipient, farmer, gardener and pied piper of animals. 

In remembrance 2012: Those we lost in Columbia, Boone County

As a new year begins, we look back at hundreds of people in Columbia and Boone County who died in the past 12 months.

Marcia Easley, 69, loved quilting, making things for others

Marcia Easley, who at one time worked at the Missouri School of Journalism, found time for many hobbies, including quilt-making, dancing and gardening.

Robert Eugene Riddell Jr., 54, had passion for racing, local products

Robert Eugene "Gene" Riddell Jr. died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

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