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Obituaries

UPDATE: Jo Sapp, former League of Women Voters president, community activist dies at 68

Jo Sapp had a passion for politics, community involvement.

Albert Nichols DeRousse Jr., 53, of Columbia died Sept. 7, 2012

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Step of Faith Ministries, Suite H, 1414 Range Line St.

Columbia-born Elizabeth Smith remembered for community involvement

Former MU professor loved horses, teaching

Nell Elizabeth Gardner-Roderick, 79, mixed faith with melody

Nell Elizabeth Gardner-Roderick loved to spread love and her faith through music.

Rosanna Whitesides was remembered for her love of family and others

Mrs. Whitesides enjoyed taking part in volunteer work in the Eagles Auxiliary club and worked at Boone Electric Cooperative.

James McCartney's pursuit of knowledge took many forms

Landmark Bank owner remembered for love of fitness, the arts

Mark Landrum died Saturday at his Columbia home. He was 73.

Pearl Cornell lived in Columbia for 100 years, loved gardening

Pearl Cornell was one of a few Columbia residents who lived in town for 100 years. She was often seen gardening and baking for her loved ones.

Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82

Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, died Saturday following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Lucy Ellawee Scheerer was known for her hard work, helping others

Self-sufficient woman known for her cooking and crocheting skills as well as her resilience.

Robert Kinsey Wood, 27, was a fast learner, bright student

Robert Kinsey Wood, 27, of Columbia died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in his home.

Barbara Ann Kay served in Army Signal Corps, directed pre-schools

She later also worked as a security guard with the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center, as a dispatcher for the MU Police Department and with the U.S. Department of Revenue.

Robert Kinsey Wood graduated from MU with honors

He graduated from MU with honors and a bachelor’s degree in biological studies and interdisciplinary studies. He also had a minor in psychology.

Kelly Needham left positive mark everywhere he went

Kelly Needham spent this summer as an intern with Aflac Insurance in Peoria, Ill., capping off a successful junior year at MU, where he studied business administration. Everywhere he worked, studied or played, those around him remembered his smile and positive attitude.

Sandra Kormeier, 69, was dedicated to women's health, childbirth education

Sandra D. Kormeier of Columbia, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. She was 69.

Jerry Hunter found joy in farm, family

After serving in Korea and Vietnam, Jerry Hunter achieved his dream of running a farm.

Brian Dale Cook loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and technology

Brian Dale Cook of Columbia died Sunday at the age of 44. He is remembered for his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his computer abilities.

Brian Cook was technology fan, ethical computer hacker

Brian Cook was a certified ethical hacker, his family said. He worked to protect clients from computer hacking.

Helen McLaughlin put her country and family first

For 33years, Helen McLaughlin worked as a photo lab technician for Today's Farmer Magazine, an agricultural publication by MFA Inc. In more recent years, she became a familiar face around the Columbia community as she enjoyed daily walks along Forum Boulevard.

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