Wilma Gale Heibel, 87, of Columbia passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at The Villa at Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Columbia.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Francis Doyle. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

Gale was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Boone County, the daughter of Thornton and Camilla (Carlos) Thurston, who preceded her in death. She was married April 19, 1962, in Huntsville to Charles “Pete” Young, who preceded her in death on July 13, 1978. She then was married July 5, 1979, in Huntsville to Jack Heibel. Gale graduated from Centralia High School in 1949 and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Heibel of the home; three children, Chris Young (Wanda) of Fulton, David Young (Melina) of Columbia and Nancy Forrest (Steve) of Hallsville; three stepchildren, Mary DeFoe of Columbia, Catherine Renne (Kevin) of Columbia and Fran Sandbothe (Bryan) of St. Peters; two sisters, Phyllis Adell (Bernard) of Summerfield, Florida, and Camilla Renae Albee (Gilbert) of Overland Park, Kansas; two brothers, Donald “Pete” Thurston (Dorothy) of St. Charles and Ronald Thurston (Kay) of Centralia; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Brett LaRoe and Aaron DeFoe; and three step-children, Mark Heibel, Victoria Watts and Matthew Heibel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO 65202.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com

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