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Obituaries

Ralph Tibbs, formerly of Columbia, was dedicated to the church

Ralph Tibbs had been president of The Dudes & Dolls Square Dance Club, a traveling dance group. He died on Wednesday, Dec. 31. He was 81.

Lee Martina Smith showered 'grandbabies' with gifts

Lee Smith of Columbia died Jan. 2, 2015. She was 60. She was an employee of 3-M in Columbia for many years until she retired in 2012.

Missourian columnist Rose Nolen dies at 79

Nolen's column, which appeared in the Missourian weekly for 17 years, touched on a wide range of issues, and had an unmistakably human touch. 

 

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering those we lost in 2014

The Missourian has compiled a comprehensive list of obituaries the newspaper published during 2014.

Mary Lou Ellison Davis helped bring "Sesame Street" to Columbia

Mary Lou Ellison Davis is remembered for her dedication to education and her love of knitting, singing and reading.

Dr. Larry Dale Clark dedicated his life to theater, education

Dr. Larry Dale Clark was a former MU theater professor and dean of the university's College of Arts and Science. He died Dec. 24 at age 82.

Bernice Korschgen was an excellent cook and a feared bridge-player

 Bernice Marie Schmitz Korschgen died Dec. 31, 2014. She was 92.

 

Gregory Anderson enjoyed working with electronics, being outdoors

Gregory Anderson died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. He was 29.

Speech professor taught 9,000 students

Loren Reid taught more than 9,000 students during his tenure as a professor of speech at MU. He died Dec. 25, 2014, at age 109.

The Rev. James Blanton, 96, was passionate about civil rights, astronomy, music and cameras

The Rev. James Miller Blanton, 96, of Columbia died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. He was passionate about his job as a founding pastor for the Trinity Presbyterian Church and cared deeply about the civil rights cause.

Jerome Peters, 92, was a lifelong learner

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Peters served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He loved woodworking, Siamese fighting fish and kites.

Eugene Carl Laemmli was committed to his faith

Eugene Carl Laemmli died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia. He was committed to his faith and a devoted member of Broadway Christian Church.

Larry Dale Clark, 82, dedicated his career to theater and education

Dr. Clark joined the faculty of MU in 1966 as an assistant professor of speech and dramatic art and was named dean of the College of Arts and Science in 1988. He also worked as chair of the Department of Theatre.

The Rev. James Blanton enjoyed astronomy and was deeply involved in civil rights

James Miller Blanton, founding pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, died Dec. 29, 2014, at The Bluffs care center. He was 96.

Elijah Douglas Blackburn, Oct. 17, 1932–Dec. 27, 2014

Elijah Douglas Blackburn of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. He was 82.

Barbara Ann DeVore, Nov. 10, 1935-Dec. 29, 2014

Barbara Ann DeVore of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was 79 years old.

Dr. Jerome Peters served in two wars, enjoyed a wide range of hobbies

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Peters served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. He also enjoyed woodworking, Siamese fighting fish and his blue Sunbeam Alpine.

 

Alan R. 'Butch' Calhoun, 67, served in Army

Alan R. “Butch” Calhoun of Centralia, Missouri, formerly of Montgomery City, Missouri, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at his home. He was 67.

 

Lynda Nelson served her country, attended school in Japan

Ms. Nelson served in the Army and then worked for the state of Missouri for 14 years before retiring.

William “Bill” Laskin Fairman, 67, founded data management firm

William “Bill” Laskin Fairman of Columbia died Dec. 25, 2014, in his home. He was 67. Fairman was a former MU professor and the founder of an international database management firm.

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