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Obituaries

Vivian Creech Purdy loved volunteering, gardening

The Kentucky transplant made her home in the Columbia community, becoming a Red Cross volunteer Gray Lady at University Hospital, volunteering with the Girl Scout Silver Meadows Camp and volunteering at First Baptist Church of Columbia.

Ernest Thomas Smerdon devoted life to education, global environmental issues

Ernest Thomas Smerdon was born Jan. 19, 1930. He died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. He was 84.

Norma "Jean" Baldwin was an art teacher, community volunteer

Norma "Jean" Baldwin of Columbia died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. She was 88.

Robert R. Hosokawa was a newspaper editor, professor

Former MU journalism professor Robert R. Hosokawa died Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was 95.

Johnny B. Johnson was a family man whose treasure hunts entertained his children

Johnny B. Johnson also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Anthony Gordick served in Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine

Anthony Gordick of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. He was 85.

Mary Jean Dreier known for generosity, sense of humor

Mary Jean Ditmore Dreier of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 2. She was 72 years old.

William Karl Attebery loved his faith, family

William Karl Attebery served as a lay minister at Campus Lutheran Church and dedicated a lot of his time reading books about his faith, his son said. He died Monday.

 

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin loved NASCAR racing, puzzles

Elizabeth Charlene St. Aubin of Columbia, known by friends as "Charlie" and by several family members as "Boo," died July 26, 2014. She was 76.

Wade known for community service, involvement with bird conservation groups

Jerry Lee Wade, 73, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Columbia. He was born January 29, 1941, in Mason City, Iowa.

Lucy Coleman was 'pillar of McBaine'

Lucy Coleman owned Lucy's Burgers and Beverages for 51 years. She died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was 87.

 

 

Gale D. Stone, Nov. 14, 1943 — July 21, 2014, of Frontenac

Gale D. Stone of Frontenac died Monday, July 21. She was 70.

Ralph Dobbs was professor emeritus, farmer and father of five

Ralph Dobbs, 91, died Tuesday. He was a man dedicated to both learning and teaching. He loved his family and enjoyed "tea time" with friends and volunteering for Honor Flight.

 

Betty Mae Bundy was 'kind, giving person,' dedicated mother, grandmother

Betty Mae Bundy of Columbia died Thursday at the age of 82. She loved spending time with her family, being outside and watching sports.

Mary Snell loved family, travel and helping others

Mary Elizabeth (Lister) Snell of Columbia died Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was 62.

Jim Zablow was a man of family and faith

Jim Zablow was a family man who enjoyed taking his household on vacations to see Civil War reenactments.

Robert Hunt served in U.S. Army, enjoyed deer hunting

Robert "Bob" Hunt, a lifelong Columbia resident, served in Germany with the U.S. Army and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson.

 

Martha Jane Baker loved her work, family and volunteerism

Baker is remembered for her unique sense of humor and involvement in many service organizations.

Willie Pearl Elmore Strickland remembered for love of family, community

Willie Pearl Elmore Strickland died Friday, July 4, 2014. She was the wife of renowned MU professor Dr. Arvarh E. Strickland.

Adam McElwain was proud of his work, loved to travel

Adam McElwain was proud of working and interested in all kinds of music. He died Monday, July 7, 2014. He was 35.

 

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