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Obituaries

Mary E. Schultz, Feb. 7, 1955 — March 3, 2014, of Mexico, Mo.

Mary E. Schultz of Mexico, Mo., died Monday, March 3. She was 59.

Jacquelyn Bilsborrow Straub was devoted to family, education

A Colorado native, Jacquelyn Bilsborrow Straub worked for MU, the Missouri department of education and the U.S. Department of Education before retiring in 2009. Ms. Straub died Sunday, March 2. She was 70.

Lt. Benjamin 'Benny' Rosman spent his life in the sky, with family

Lt. Benjamin Rosman died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. He was 90.

Michael Topping Lamb Sr. served in armed forces for 2 decades

After retiring from two decades of service in the armed forces, Michael Topping Lamb Sr. continued to serve the community as a consoler. Mr. Lamb died Thursday, Feb. 27. He was 73.

Charles Linwood Tomlin was accomplished guitarist

Charles Linwood Tomlin of Traverse City, Mich., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. He was 60. He attended MU and established a studio and music store.

Janis M. Jacobson worked for the Fisher Corporation for 42 years

Friends remember her for her strength and humor.

Dodie Wesselmann enjoyed baking, gardening

As a teenager, she worked away from home to help support her family during the Great Depression.

Firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt was a cowboy at heart

Lt. Bruce Britt of Ashland died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, while responding to a walkway collapse at University Village. He was 48.

Carl L. Toalson Jr. owned and operated Toalson Glass, died at 56

Carl L. Toalson, Jr. owned and operated Toalson Glass for 20 years with his wife, Nancy. He died Feb. 22.

Roland "Duke" Meinert worked at MU's School of Social Work, contributed to local papers

Roland Meinert loved to tell stories, spend time with friends and write.

Shirley Ann Gallatin turned her love for hair, makeup into a career

She won an award from Dillard's department store for her work in 1991.

Paul Vemer Short enjoyed making furniture from trees on his land

After retiring from work as a carpenter at Stephens College, Paul Vemer Short enjoyed making furniture and other wood items. Much of the furniture was made from the trees that he cut from his land. He died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.

Wanda Ridgeway was from Moberly

Wanda Ridgeway was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Clark. She died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 74. 

Bernice Johnston was an avid Cardinals fan, reader

Bernice M. Johnston died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. She was 99.

Wynna Faye Elbert known as community activist, community mother

Ms. Elbert recognized that in order to make a change, she had to get involved. She co-founded several civic groups and raised 27 children.

Lou Kontras was a pioneering entreprenuer

Lou Kontras ran a gas station, a car wash, several laundromats and a motorcycle rental service. Mr. Kontras died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. He was 87.

David Burgess was a jokester, art lover

David Burgess was notorious for hanging spoons from his nose during formal dinners, his family said. Mr. Burgess died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. He was 58.

Community activist Wynna Faye Elbert dies

Wynna Elbert, the longtime host of KOPN's "Straight Talk" program, co-founded several organizations to preserve Columbia's African-American heritage. She died Sunday. She was 69 years old.

Polly Anna Dunavant was a prolific painter

Polly Anna Dunavant attended a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Hickman High School. Mrs. Dunavant died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 87.

Joy Eugene Whitener devoted his life to teaching

Joy Eugene Whitener began his career teaching in one-room schools and ended it as a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Whitener died Friday, Feb. 7. He was 94 years old. 

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