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Obituaries

Christina Jo 'Chip' Redden overcame challenges to raise her children

Ms. Redden died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She was 54.

Veteran John T. Barnes loved raising cattle

Mr. Barnes, who lived in Columbia for most of his life, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at 91.

Wanda Marie Ocrey worked at University Hospital for more than 30 years

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.  Service will follow at 3 p.m. at the same location. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery at the same location.

Gerarda Hill loved to explore, lived all over the world

Gerarda Hill, previously of Haarlem, Netherlands, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at home in Columbia. She was 72 years old.

Walter W. Williamson of Columbia dies at 91

Walter W. Williamson of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 1. He was 91.

Cora L. Jones of Columbia dies at 97

Cora L. Jones loved to crochet. The former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center employee died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

John Barnes, formerly of Columbia, dies at 91

John Barnes of Wichita, Kan., died Monday, Aug. 25. He was 91 years old.

Shirley Jean Johnson was dedicated to her family, faith and job

Shirley Jean Johnson worked at Shelter Insurance for more than 30 years, and she always made church a priority. She died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. She was 75.

Vernon Sievert, March 29, 1920 — Aug. 28, 2014, of Hartsburg and Ashland

Mr. Sievert, of Hartsburg, Ashland and most recently Jefferson City, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was 94.

Vernon Sievert served in the Air Force, won air medal with three bronze stars

Mr. Sievert served in the Air Force during World War II, and he would often talk about dropping humanitarian aid into Holland. Mr. Sievert died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. He was 94.

Richard 'Bobcat' Pauley 'just loved people in general'

Richard "Bobcat" Pauley died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. He was 73. His family remembers him as a man with a strong work ethic and generous heart. 

Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs

Dayne William Hathman, shot and killed Thursday in Callaway County, will be remembered by family and friends for his positive attitude.

Esther Annalee “Ann” Ayers went the distance, even when she was afraid

Mrs. Ayers' family remembers her spontaneity, her generosity and her famous homemade applesauce. She died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was 93.

Bill Carter channeled passion into sports photography, Rock M Nation

Bill Carter died Wednesday at the age of 56. He had worked as a photographer at Rock M Nation since 2009.

Michael Tufts loved fishing, working on cars

Michael Tufts died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the age of 25.

Marcella G. Esterly was full of generosity and wit

Mrs. Esterly gave her time and heart to the community that she loved, and the community loved her back. She died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. She was 97.

Gwendolyn Joyce Alexander dies at 71

She enjoyed and taught several forms of needlework in addition to her job at Lucille's Restaurant.

Esther Annalee 'Ann' Ayers loved cooking for family, guests

Mrs. Ayers trained as a nurse and worked at several hospitals during her career, including the MU Medical Center.

New Bloomfield police officer dies 2 years after being struck by drunk driver

Michael Tufts, the New Bloomfield police officer who was involved in a December 2012 drunk driving accident, died Saturday night in Columbia after almost two years in a coma.

Steven Nagel, former astronaut and MU professor, dies at 67

Mr. Nagel was an Air Force flight instructor, commanded two space missions and earned more than a dozen medals for his service, but what his friends and family remember most about him is his generosity and sense of humor.

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