Sandra Ruth Gerdes, 62, of Columbia died Jan. 14, 2022. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.

William H. Richardson, 84, of Columbia died Jan. 2, 2022. Services will be Saturday at Fifth Street Christian Church, 401 N. Fifth Street, Columbia. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The funeral will follow at noon.

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  • Grace Nieland is an assistant city editor at the Columbia Missourian. She previously reported on social justice issues, court proceedings and public health. She can be reached at or in the newsroom at 573-882-5720.

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