Mildred Rae Pifer, 89, retired nurse

Robert P. Henry, 77, professional polygraphist, loved to travel

From 1956 to 1960, Robert Paul Henry served in the Columbia Police Department.

Mary Jane Lang Grundler was an MU professor, staunch advocate of excellence

Mary Jane Lang Grundler died Tuesday at 93. Dr. Grundler taught business education and excellence.

A decorated World War II veteran, Claude Barton was thoughtful, disciplined

The decorated war veteran gave 31 years of service to the the military. He led troops through the Pacific during World War II and served as security division chief of the then-newly formed Central Intelligence Group (now the CIA), director of security in the Office of Secretary of Defense and eventually as a chief of security in a division at the Pentagon.

Mary Jane Grundler, Oct. 26, 1919 — Dec. 25, 2012, of Columbia

Mary Jane Grundler worked at MU for 38 years. When she retired in 1985, she was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Education.

Claude D. Barton, Aug. 12, 1916 — Dec. 24, 2012, of Columbia

Claude D. Barton, 96, served in the Army during World War II and continued his military career until 1970. He also was the CIA's first chief of its Security Division.

Jo Dozier, Jan. 31, 1941 — Dec. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Mrs. Dozier worked for Shelter Insurance for 30 years.


Ellen Kackley, 62, enjoyed volunteering, golf and family

Ellen Kackley of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 15. She was 62 years old.

Loretta Holt, 100, remembered as hardworking, devoted to family

Loretta Holt, 100, of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She enjoyed spending time with family, crocheting and playing bingo.

Anita N. Robinson, 59, enjoyed reading, teaching

Anita N. Robinson enjoyed reading and teaching children.


June Fansler loved her family and music

June M. Fansler is remembered by her daughter as a strong, wonderful woman who loved music and her family.

Clayton Robert Hill loved singing, travel

Mr. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts with a minor in mathematics from Southwest Missouri State in 1952 after graduating from Excelsior Springs High School.

Nell Atchley, 103, of Columbia enjoyed life and family

Curly Joe Harper soulfully contributed to the Columbia blues community

Curly Joe Harper died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. He was 63.

Mickie Jenkins enjoyed helping others

Mickie Jenkins of Columbia died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. She was 88.

Mickie Jenkins contributed time, service to Columbia

Mickie Jenkins worked as realtor for Mendenhall Realty, in Columbia Public Schools and at Buchroeder Jewelers. 

MU sophomore's friends, coaches remember her distinctive personality

Friends, teammates and coaches share their memories of Emily Ferguson, an MU sophomore and a graduate of Kirkwood High School.

Marie Magdalene Crenshaw loved travel, tea and MU

Marie Magdalene Crenshaw of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. She was 95.

Michelle Morrow loved travel, reading

Ms. Morrow studied abroad in New Zealand and graduated from MU with a biological science degree in 2010.

Ruth Buescher enjoyed bowling, family and friends

Ruth Buescher of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. She was 85.