Dwayne White was a light-hearted man who loved to sing and dance to music by Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.
Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She dedicated her life to family, children and the Filipino community.
Patricia Brock taught the importance of family and friends and to her children.
Ralph Poe, 89, of Columbia died Thursday. He was a Purple Heart recipient, farmer, gardener and pied piper of animals.
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, who at one time worked at the Missouri School of Journalism, found time for many hobbies, including quilt-making, dancing and gardening.
Robert Eugene "Gene" Riddell Jr. died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, after a battle with cancer.
From 1956 to 1960, Robert Paul Henry served in the Columbia Police Department.
Mary Jane Lang Grundler died Tuesday at 93. Dr. Grundler taught business education and excellence.
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 worked at MU for 38 years. When she retired in 1985, she was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Education.
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.
Mrs. Dozier worked for Shelter Insurance for 30 years.
Ellen Kackley of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 15. She was 62 years old.
Loretta Holt, 100, of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She enjoyed spending time with family, crocheting and playing bingo.
Anita N. Robinson enjoyed reading and teaching children.
June M. Fansler is remembered by her daughter as a strong, wonderful woman who loved music and her family.
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.