Margaret Grayson Galt Neate of Columbia died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at University Hospital. She was 92.
Mrs. Neate was born Oct. 17, 1907, in Springfield, Mo., to Matthew Henry Galt and Bertha Hansel Galt. She married Sidney Buckner Neate July 20, 1935. He died in 1995.
Mrs. Neate graduated from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and earned her master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a Golden Arrow member of Pi Beta Phi.
Visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. at her home, 201 E. Brandon Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. Richard J. Ramsey, will follow at 3:30 p.m. at her home. A private burial will be held at Columbia Cemetery.
Mrs. Neate is survived by a daughter, Grayson Neate Kabler of Columbia; a sister, Elizabeth Galt Allee of Tallahassee, Fla.; and a niece and two nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the Columbia Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202; Gateway Area Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1867 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, Mo. 63146; or a charity of choice.
Eugene Hayes died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 81. Mr. Hayes was born April 4, 1919, in Salsburg to Guy Hayes and Anna Ellanton.
Mr. Hayes spent most of his life as a farmer in mid-Missouri.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. The Rev. Raymond Hayes will officate.
Mr. Hayes is survived by three brothers, John Hayes of Rock Island, Ill., Fred Hayes of Kansas City and Floyd Hayes of Moberly; and a sister, Clocill Hughes of Fayette.
Three sisters and five brothers died earlier.
William Owen Oliver
William Owen Oliver of Columbia died at his home Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000. He was 84.
Mr. Oliver was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Boone County to Jacob F. and Mary Frances Allton Oliver, one of seven children. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1934 and married Mary G. Woodson Sept. 6, 1940.
He served with the Army 13th Airborne in France during World War II.
In Columbia, Mr. Oliver was a member of the First Baptist Church and worked as a painting superintendent for Epple Construction Co. for 46 years.
"He loved to work in his yard, to care for his flowers and to care of his house," his brother Frank Oliver said. "He died doing what he loved. He was working in his yard when he had a heart attack and died. He never gave up. He was bothered by the arthritis, but he never gave up. He kept going until the end." Visitation for Mr. Oliver will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, with the Rev. John D. Baker and the Rev. Robert W. Russell officiating, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service.
Mr. Oliver is survived by his wife, Mary G. Oliver; four brothers, Edward, Frank, Jack and Richard Oliver, all of Columbia; a daughter, Gwen Jaynes of Bloomington, Ill.; a sister, Mary Frances Reddick of Mexico, Mo.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association at P.O. Box 30638 Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Ronnie Dale Griffitts
Known around Columbia as "the lawnmower man," for his handyman qualities, Ronnie Dale Griffitts died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was 42.
After Mr. Griffitts and his wife, Michelle Mueller, lost two children, he found solace in helping mend lawnmowers and bikes for children all over the city.
"The kids in the neighborhood filled that void," his wife said.
Mr. Griffitts was born Aug. 8, 1958, in Clark to Wilbur and Ola Mae Griffitts, who now reside in New Franklin.
He married Michelle Mueller in Columbia on April 4, 1981.
Mr. Griffitts was a naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast. He also was member of the Epilepsy Foundation of St. Louis.
He battled epilepsy for 30 years and found it difficult to find work or continue schooling after graduating from Hickman High School.
"He had a stigma," his wife said.
She said he spent his life helping people, whether it was fixing their lawnmowers or getting the word out on epilepsy.
"He lived his life to the fullest," she said. "I made sure of that."
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Wayne Purvis will officiate. Mr. Griffitts will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery at 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
In addition to his wife and his parents, Mr. Griffitts is survived by a brother, Russell Griffitts of New Franklin; and his grandmother, Ethel Talbert of Queen City.
Memorials can be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation Services of St. Louis, 7100 Oakland, St. Louis, Mo. 63117.
Brenda Sue Logan
Brenda Sue "Pat" Logan died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at University Hospital and Clinics. She was 52. Ms. Logan was born July 26, 1948, in Indiana, to Mulford Crail and Salena Williams.
She moved to Columbia in 1980 from California.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Scott Williams, will be at 7 p.m. today at Christian Chapel Assembly of God Church, 3300 S. Providence Road.
Ms. Logan is survived by a son, Kenneth Gregory of Camdenton; a daughter, Laura Marston of Pheonix; and five grandchildren.
Two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Brenda Logan Memorial Fund at the Boone County National Bank in care of Sara Edgar, 5614 E. St. Charles Road, Suite A, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Alice Irene Estes
Alice Irene Estes died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Columbia Manor Care Center. She was 85.
Mrs. Estes was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Portland, Mo., to Marshall E. and Lillie Cepisky Bezler. In December 1936, she married Audry L. (Cotton) Estes, who died earlier. In November, 1952, she married R.J. Estes Jr., who also died earlier.
Mrs. Estes was a graduate of William Woods University. She was a schoolteacher in rural Boone and Howard counties. She also worked at Boone County National Bank and Stephens College. She was a member of Olivet Christian Church.
Visitation for Mrs. Estes will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearngin, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service. Mrs. Estes will be buried at Olivet Cemetery.
Mrs. Estes is survived by one son, R.J. Estes III of Warsaw; one daughter, Dorothy Grant of Columbia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials for Mrs. Estes may be sent to Olivet Building Fund, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Rachel Irene Estabrooks died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Columbia Manor. She was 86.
Miss Estabrooks was born May 10, 1914, in Galena, Kan., to Bert and Sara Newkirk Estabrooks. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and received a bachelor's degree from Central Missouri State University and a master's degree in science from the University of Kansas.
Miss Estabrooks worked as a schoolteacher in rural Missouri and Kansas until 1943, when she joined the U.S. Marine Corps. She attained the rank of corporal and was discharged in 1945.
She worked at the U.S. Weather Service in Topeka, Kan., for 10 years and then resumed teaching elementary school in Topeka. She retired in 1979 and moved to Columbia in 1993.
Miss Estabrooks was a member of Central Congregational Church in Topeka.
Services for Miss Estabrooks will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th St. She will be buried Thursday at Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Kan.
Miss Estabrooks is survived by two brothers, Burton Estabrooks of Columbia and Frank Estabrooks of Friday Harbor, Wash.; and one sister, Helen Fifhause of North Kansas City.
One sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Missouri Chapter, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Ruby Anna Schuermann Atkins
Ruby Anna Schuermann Atkins of Columbia died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Lenoir Health Care Center. She was 85.
Mrs. Atkins was born Dec. 11, 1914, in Washington, Mo., to E.W. and Effie Thompson Schuermann. She married Thomas E. (Country) Atkins on Oct. 22, 1932.
Mrs. Atkins was a charter member of the Forrest Hills Country Club, which is now part of the Lake of the Woods Recreational Area. She was also a homemaker, bridge player and member of the Missouri United Methodist Church.
Visitation for Mrs. Atkins will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia.
Mrs. Atkins is survived by one son, Thomas Atkins of Columbia; one daughter, Marcelle Myers of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; one sister, Lucille Hurdock of Corrigan, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Her husband and two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Children's Miracle Network, in care of Children's Hospital at University Hospital and Clinics, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201, or to the Community Food Bank.
Mildred A. Chambers
Mildred A. Chambers of Sturgeon died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 76.
Mrs. Chambers was born Nov. 18, 1923, in Newberry, Mich., to John and Violet Faero Styes. She married Kenneth E. Chambers on Oct. 17, 1940.
Mrs. Chambers was a member of the Sturgeon Baptist Church and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Chapter No. 17, in Jefferson City.
She lived in Sturgeon for about 30 years.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by three sons, Kenneth E. Chambers of St. Roberts, Michael L. Chambers of Prairie Home and Theodore J. Chambers of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Phyllis A. Paris of Bath, Maine; three sisters, Beatrice Williams of Newberry, Mich., Georgia Colley of Willard, Ky., and Lila Caycraft of Pontiac, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, two brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Meador & Son Funeral Chapel in Sturgeon. Burial will follow at Mt. Horeb Cemetery in Sturgeon. Visitation was held Monday evening.
Memorials may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Missouri, P.O. Box 148, Portland, Mo. 65067.
Dorothy Withrow of Macon died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon. She was 85.
Mrs. Withrow was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Liberty to John and Myrtle Bell Bryant. She married G. Frank Withrow on Dec. 28, 1935. Mrs. Withrow lived most of her life in Columbia and was a member of Parkade Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Scott Carlson, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Withrow is survived by her three sons, Phillip Withrow of Mt. Dora, Fla., Frank Withrow of Macon and Richard Withrow of Columbia; two sisters, Clara Sexton of Liberal, Kan., and Ruth Braswell of Sherman, Texas; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Betty Jean Crim
Betty Crim served as mentor to MU nurses
Even after her death, Betty Jean Crim will continue to influence the nursing students she taught.
Ms. Crim of Columbia died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at University Hospital and Clinics. She was 74.
Ms. Crim was an Associate Professor, Emeritus, of nursing at MU from 1954 to 1988. "Her mission in life was nursing," her brother Charles Crim said. "Education was number one to her."
Until three weeks ago, she was still tutoring nursing students for free on the folding chairs and card table she kept in the closet of her small apartment.
"She said the payment would be to get good grades," her sister Barbara Jones said. "She will be really missed by her family."
Ms. Crim was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Moberly to Russell Riley and Esther Irene Webster Crim.
A registered professional nurse, Ms. Crim was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a charter member for the Alpha Iota Chapter, Missouri Nurses Association, Alpha Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta and AARP. She was also a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross.
With tears in their eyes, MU faculty members described Ms. Crim's dedication to the profession.
"She was extremely passionate about student learning and the importance of their responsibility in delivering outstanding patient care," said Donna Otto, a former student and now chief nurse and assistant director at University Hospitals and Clinics. "In that process she was very firm, and while we always paid Miss Crim the highest respect, she scared us to death."
Otto said her fondness for Ms. Crim grew when she worked with her as a faculty member.
"No measure of appreciation can describe what she has done for students within the school of nursing," Otto said. "I will miss her tremendously."
Visitation for Ms. Crim will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and will be conducted by Rev. Craig Gibson. Ms. Crim will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ms. Crim is survived by two brothers, Bob Crim of Dallas, Texas, and Charles Crim of Hurst, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Jones of Columbia and Bonny Boedekerof Ellisville; two stepbrothers, Ted Blunt of Plato and Joe Blunt of St. Louis; a stepsister, Joyce Safin of Sioux City, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Elsie Blunt of Cuba, Mo.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorials may be sent to The Betty Crim Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund, University of Missouri, Graham Center for Gift Planning and Endowments, 306 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo., 65211.
Faculty said Ms. Crim's memory will live on in the students she taught. "She was an extremely intelligent woman with a heart of gold," said Beth Stevens Traudes, instructor of clinical nursing for the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, and a former student of Ms. Crim's.
"She raised the standards for all of us," Traudes said. "When Miss Crim entered the room, you stood a little taller."
Lucile M. Hall
Lucile M. Hall of Columbia died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Columbia Manor. She was 86.
Mrs. Hall was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Boone County to William P. and Anna Mead Myers. On Oct. 28, 1939, she married Herman J. Hall in Columbia. She worked as a librarian for Russell Boulevard Elementary for 13 years until she retired in 1980.
Mrs. Hall was a member of the First Baptist Church for 50 years, serving in offices including President of Women of the Church. She served as a deacon and was active in Christian Action, Study Church Circle and Kings' Daughters.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Revs. John Baker and Bob Russell, will follow.
Mrs. Hall is survived by one sister, Muriel Crane of Columbia; one son, Trent J. Hall of Fulton; one daughter, Cherri A. Crump of Rolla; five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Her husband, one brother and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials for Mrs. Hall may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201.