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.


A lifelong traveler, Barbara Herlong visited every continent

Barbara Herlong visited every continent and almost every state, but she left an impression on many of those she encountered in Columbia. Mrs. Herlong of Columbia died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was 79.

Thomas 'Rex' Stone of Columbia, Oct. 5, 1941 — July 4, 2014

Mr. Stone attended Hickman High School, where he was active in theater, choir and baseball.

George Norton was a lifelong farmer with a passion for sports

George Norton of  Anabel died Thursday, July 3. He was 75 years old.

Michael 'Mike' Wilson loved family, friends and football

He was born Oct. 18, 1972, in Hannibal. Died July 2, 2014, in Columbia.

Frances Taylor 'Tatie' Payne was a business owner, mother

Tatie Payne founded Tatie Payne Inc. in 1970 and was a well-known Columbia real estate agent.

Columbia teacher Rua Jean Graebner loved nature

Rua Jean Graebner of Rocheport died Monday, June 30, 2014. She was 88.

Michael David Fritz dies at 72

Michael David Fritz, an MU graduate, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind. He was 72. 

Gloria Niewoehner dedicated life to community, traveled to 49 states

Gloria Niewoehner of Columbia died Wednesday. She was 87.

Rex Bandy was a painter on a mission to beautify the world

Rex Bandy was known for his nature paintings and his love of flowers.

Ryan Joseph Candice, June 19, 2014, of St. Louis

The 20-year-old was a tennis player and committed member of his church.

Dorothy Lipscomb devoted her life to family, church activities

Dorothy Lipscomb of Columbia died Monday, June 23. She was 84.

Army veteran Danny Griggs enjoyed coaching softball, baseball

Danny Ray Griggs enjoyed coaching softball and baseball. He worked for the Columbia Fire Department for 22 years. Mr. Griggs died Saturday at the age of 68.

Adam Ward had a fascination with culinary arts, rides and people

Although Adam Ward spent a lot of time in the hospital with complications from spina bifida, nurses used to fight over who would take care of him because he never complained.

Raymond Griffin loved to play guitar, bowl

Raymond Griffin of Columbia died at the age of 88 on Thursday. He was an avid bowler, fisherman and guitarist.

Raymond Griffin, Feb. 25, 1926 — June 19, 2014, of Columbia

Raymond Griffin of Columbia died Thursday, June 19. He was 88.

Adam Lee Ward loved culinary arts, music, Mizzou football

Adam Ward loved culinary arts and was a Mizzou football fan. He died Tuesday at age 28.

Mary Pat Boatfield, executive director of Central Missouri Humane Society, dies at 64

Mary Pat Boatfield became the Central Missouri Humane Society's executive director in 2012, after working in the same position for 12 years in Tennessee. She died Wednesday.