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Obituaries

Larry Blase loved farming, animals

Lawrence Edwin "Larry" Blase died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. He was 55.

Mary Burgess remembered as 'an amazingly strong woman'

Mary Burgess, 77, was a hard-working woman who loved art and refused to let a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago slow her down. "Even at the worst times, she would say, 'We'll get through this,'" her husband said. Burgess died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

 

Donald Unnerstall was a Columbia entrepreneur, served in Korea

Donald J. Unnerstall of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. He was 79 years old.

Lynda Evers, 67, cared for others as a nurse, loved to travel

Working in healthcare for more than 40 years, Lynda Jo Evers cared for everyone she came across, believing all people were worthy of such treatment. She died Sunday at age 67.

Brenda Rae Mahoney of Hallsville, July 16, 1958 — Dec. 6, 2013

Brenda Rae Mahoney of Hallsville died at her home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. She was 55. Mrs. Mahoney was a beautician at Shear Image in the Hallsville area for many years.

Opal B. Roberson Sept. 29, 1925 — Dec. 4, 2013

Opal B. Roberson of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 4. She was 88 years old. 

Former nurse's assistant Esther "Hoppy" Hopper loved taking care of people

Esther "Hoppy" Hopper, a former nurse's assistant, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. She was 83 years old.

Dr. James Barrett was passionate about travel and teaching

Dr. Barrett died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at his home in Columbia. He was 86.

Francis Daugherty served in the Navy, enjoyed golfing

Francis "Fritz" Mitchell Daugherty died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in his home in Ocala, Fla. He was 91.

Army veteran James L. Poe was a lifelong Tigers fan

James L. Poe of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. He was 82 years old.

Wayne Meyer Hilgedick was active civic member and lifelong farmer

A lifelong farmer, Mr. Hilgedick also had a strong history of civic engagement.

Helen McGonigle was chief dietitian at Truman Veterans Hospital

Helen McGonigle of Columbia died Thursday, Nov. 28. She was 86 years old.

Gerald Dean Fitzgerald, Oct. 5, 1928-Nov. 26, 2013

Mr. Fitzgerald loved flying, world travel, scuba diving and Christmas trees. He and his wife, Diane, built and ran Log Providence Pines, a Christmas tree farm, for many years.

Elmer Carl Cook, Aug. 19-1925-Nov. 28, 2013

Mr. Cook was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Columbia to Ira and Minnie (Acton) Cook. In 1950, he married Bernice Hague in Columbia.

Devonia Raye 'Dimp' Turner, July 27, 1938 — Nov. 26, 2013

Mrs. Turner was a lover of music. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and drawing. For more than 30 years, she worked in nursing.

James P. 'Jimmy' Dorsey, Aug. 3, 1937 — Nov. 25, 2013

He was involved in trucking most of his life, beginning as a driver for Midwest Brewing of Columbia. In 1975, he began a 26-year association with National Carriers Inc. of Liberal, Kan., first as a driver, then in 1977 as an owner-operator. Seven years later, he bought five trucks and became a small-fleet owner. He retired in 2007.

Millie Mae (Dourty) Siegismund, May 7, 1923 — Nov. 24, 2013

She was a farm wife but also worked at Unitog in Warrensburg and later assisted her husband and their son, Chuck, in the family business, the Holden Body Shop. She retired from the Stahl's Foundry Kitchen in Kingsville.

Marilyn Colster worked for the Postal Service for more than 20 years

In her free time, Marilyn Sue Colster enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren. She died Friday.

Former MU professor James Allen Irvin dies at 75

Former MU professor and administrator, James Allen Irvin dies at 75.

Thomas Hovey served multiple tours in Vietnam, practiced anesthesia

Mr. Hovey served multiple tours in Vietnam and served in the military for more than 30 years.

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