K. Lorene Burke
K. Lorene Burke, formerly of Guymon, Okla., died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at the Ashland Health Center. She was 83.
Mrs. Burke was born June 15, 1917, in Guymon to Albert C. and Ethel Reid. She was married to Alton H. Burke, also of Guymon, on March 22, 1947.
The Burkes owned and operated Burke's TV and Music Center in Guymon for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Burke moved to the Ashland Health Center more than a year ago from Florida to be closer to her family.
A worker at the Ashland Health Center described Mrs. Burke as "a very sweet and pleasant lady" who regularly attended bingo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home in Guymon, conducted by the Rev. Odie Nunley.
Mrs. Burke will be buried at the Elmhurst Cemetery in Guymon.
Mrs. Burke is survived by two daughters, Janice Otradovec of Columbia and Vicki Collinsworth of Lees Summit; one brother, Harold C. Reid of Liberal, Kan.; and two grandchildren, Misti and Derek Collinsworth, both of Lees Summit.
Mrs. Burke's husband and two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942.
Alyce Clay Childs
Alyce Lorraine Clay Childs of Fulton died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at her home. She was 71.
Mrs. Childs raised two sons after her husband, Irvin Childs, died.
"She was a single parent, and she raised two kids," said her son David B. Childs of Fulton. "She played the part of father as well. I'm glad I was her son."
Childs was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church in Fulton. She was a member of the Usher Board and worked in the Sunday-school department.
Because Mrs. Childs was involved in her church, "She touched a lot of people's lives," Treva Moody, who is engaged to David B. Childs, said.
She also belonged to the Women's Chorus, Methodist Youth Fellowship and the Youth Choir at St. James.
"She was very giving and thoughtful. She had a good sense of humor. She was respectful of other people's feelings," Moody said.
Mrs. Childs was born on June 19, 1929, in Callaway County to the Rev. Alfred W. Clay and Alice Edwards Clay. Mrs. Childs graduated from Lincoln University Laboratory High School in Jefferson City and worked as a psychiatric aide at Fulton State Hospital for 25 years. She also attended George Washing-ton Carver Elementary School in Fulton.
"I know she went to heaven because she was smiling," her son said.
Visitation for Mrs. Childs will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Westminister Ave. in Fulton. Services, officiated by the Rev. Henry Brewer, will immediately follow visitation at the church. Mrs. Childs will be buried at Southside Cemetery in Fulton.
Mrs. Childs is survived by her two sons, David B. Childs and Robert E. Childs, both of Fulton; two granddaughters, Kristalaia Whitney and Alexis Whitney, also of Fulton; three uncles, Harry Edwards of Denver, Harold P. Edwards of Fulton and Ray Edwards Sr. of Chicago; several cousins.
Memorials may be sent to St. James United Methodist Church at 720 Westminister Ave., Fulton, MO, 65251-1176.
Catherine Gray Whitmore
Catherine Gray Whitmore of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, in her retirement home in Columbia, Md. She was 96.
Mrs. Whitmore was born on April 4, 1904, in Fredericktown, Mo., to Charlotte Elizabeth Head Gray and the Rev. Claude McCluer Gray. She attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1926. After graduation she taught in the Columbia Public Schools.
During her many years in Columbia, Mrs. Whitmore was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Tuesday Club, and was president of the Fortnightly Club from 1938-1939. She also was a member of the Columbia chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Missouri Methodist Church.
Along with being active in the Columbia community, Mrs. Whitmore is remembered as being a remarkable and supportive wife and mother.
"She was well-liked and respected," said family friend, Mayor Darwin Hindman. "She was in remarkably good health and spirits when she left Columbia. She seemed many years younger than she actually was."
Both Hindman and Judge Frank Conley are lifelong friends of her son John Whitmore and attended school with him from kindergarten to college.
"She was a delightful person ... simply wonderful," said Conley.
Mrs. Whitmore was married to Professor Rogers Whitmore, chairman of MU's Music Department from 1936-1966. Conley remembers her as being very active and supportive of both her husband's musical programs and her children's education.
Bridge was one of her favorite pastimes. She enjoyed playing at the Country Club of Missouri where she was a member.
Mrs. Whitmore lived in Columbia until her 90th birthday when she sold her houseand moved to a retirement home in Maryland.
Mrs. Whitmore is survived by her son John Rogers Whitmore of New York City and Sherwood, Md.; daughter Carolyn W. Bueg of Highland, Md.; three grandchildren, John R. Bueg, Elizabeth W. Lurding and Margaret W. Lane; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Penn Lane and Jeffrey Griffin Lane Jr.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Rogers Whitmore Music Foundation fund, University of Missouri, 306 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211.
Estelle E. Nichols
Estelle E. Nichols, of Columbia, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001. She was 86.
Mrs. Nichols was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Crockett, Texas, to Harry L. and Minnie Grafford Bowman. She married Raymond Nichols on Oct. 12, 1969, in Columbia. She was an avid gardener.
Visitation for Mrs. Nichols will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, also at Memorial Funeral Home, will be at 1 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, four brothers and five sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Mary Ruth Barton
Mary Ruth Barton of Columbia died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 81.
Mrs. Barton was active in the community. She was treasurer of Missouri Folklore Society, and served as the co-chairwoman of the International Student Hospitality Committee at MU. Mrs. Barton was also a deacon and chairwoman of the Bereavement Committee at First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Barton received her teaching degree from Eastern Kentucky State Teachers' College in 1940.. She was a captain in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp during World War II.
Mrs. Barton was born on Aug. 15, 1919, in Anderson County, Ky., to Delbert and Cecile Etta Harp Catlett. She married Claude D. Barton on July 19, 1946, in Fort Meyer, Va.
Visitation for Mrs. Barton will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by John Baker and the Rev. Bob Russell, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Barton is survived by her husband, Claude Barton, of Columbia; three daughters, Claudia Barton Welsh of College Station, Texas, Judith Barton Gibbons of Richardson, Texas and Catherine Barton Para of Boonville; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201; the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203; or the Missouri Folklore Society, P.O. Box 1757, Columbia, MO 65205.
Henry C. Gaines
Henry Cornell Gaines of Moberly died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Moberly Regional Medical Center. He was 79.
He was born on June 2, 1921, to Henry Kring Gaines and Kathleen Bynum Gaines Truitt in Richland. On June 2, l947 he was married to Hattie Juanita Pool.. Services for Mr. Gaines will be at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 309 E. Hackberry St., Fayette, with Elder Joseph Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Fayette City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at H.T. May & Son Funeral Home, 304 Walter St., Fayette,
Mr. Gaines is survived by his wife; four sons, Michael Cornell Gaines, of Denver, Colo., Darrell Wayne Gaines, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Delbert Gaines of Boonville, and Damon Duvall Gaines of Fayette; six daughters, Marvetta Kathaleen Vinyard, Damara Dorrell Gaines and Deeneen Darcine Gaines, all of Columbia, Alquita Elaine Lee of Paris, Mo., Janet Kay Davis of Huntsville, and Melvita Arlene Conway of Moberly; one brother, Sherman Eugene Gaines of Dayton, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Kenneth Owen Sandker of Ashland died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Sandker was born Jan. 25, 1930, to William McKinley and Elsie Pearl Hardin Sandker. He married Bonnie Ridgway on Sept. 17, 1955, in Elm Tree, Mo. He married Claudette Gilpin on Aug. 6, 1982, in Ava, Okla.
Mr. Sandker served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Sandker worked in finance. He was an appraiser for the Boone County Assessor's Office and owned various businesses.
Upon retirement, Mr. Sandker worked for the Columbia Regional Airport.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of the Red Rock Methodist Church, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, also at Memorial Funeral Home, will be conducted by the Rev. John Foley at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Sandker is survived by his wife, Claudette Sandker of Ashland; one son, Daniel Owen Sandker of Sturgeon; three daughters. Debra Carol Tinker, Donna Gayle Arends and Dara Lynn Bradley, all of Sturgeon; one stepson, Stephen Gilpin of Columbia; one stepdaughter, Brenda Gilpin of Columbia; one sister, Thelma Roberts of Harrisburg; an aunt, Ruth Jacobs of Hixson, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Association, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203; American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, MO 65205; or American Diabetes Foundation, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.
Howard Russell of Sturgeon died Jan. 21, 2001, at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico. He was 80.
Mr. Russell was born April 1, 1920, in Belleview to the late Hubert and Sarah Elizabeth Keesling Russell. He graduated from the University of Missouri and taught industrial arts at Mexico High School for 15 years.
Mr. Russell married Elinor Pitzer on Aug. 1, 1948. They lived and farmed north of Sturgeon for 51 years.
Mr. Russell was an active member of the Sturgeon United Methodist Church and served the church in many capacities. He was also an active member and past president of the Sturgeon Chamber of Commerce and was an active leader in the 4-H Club in Sturgeon and Boone County.
Mr. Russell served in the Army during World War II in the Medical Corps, in the South Altantic theater.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Sturgeon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clarence Forsberg presiding. Burial will follow in the Mt. Horeb Cemetery in Sturgeon.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Meador & Son Funeral Home in Sturgeon.
Mr. Russell is survived by his wife; three daughters and their husbands, Loraine and John Tarrant of Ft. Smith, Ark., Emily and Alan Eckhardt of Moberly, Linda and Mike Hayden of New London; two sons and their wives, H.C. Jr. and Susan Russell of Clark and Ronald and Alicia Russell of Brooklyn, Wisc.; one brother, Carson Russell of Columbia; three sisters, Sarah Clark of Columbia, Marie Sloas of St. Charles and Carolyn Going of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to the United Methodist Church, Sturgeon, Mo. 65284.
Clifford E. Freels of Hallsville died Jan. 20, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was 94.
Mr. Freels was born July 7, 1906, in Ohiowa, Neb., to Gustav and Mary Krause Freels. He graduated from high school there before attending the University of Nebraska. He married Margaret S. Quisenberry on Dec. 2, 1934, in Mexico, Mo., and moved to Hallsville in 1948.
Mr. Freels served in the Army during World War II. He was an electrical contractor until his retirement in 1991, and he had been both self-employed and a city engineer for Hallsville.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by Wallace Johnson, will follow at 11.
Mr. Freels is survived by several nieces and nephews. His wife and one sister died earlier.
Maurice "Morris" Levine died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at his home in Columbia. He was 91.
Services, conducted by Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Columbia Cemetery.
Mr. Levine is survived by two sons, Clive and Errol Levine, both of Santa Fe, N.M.
The Rev. Herschel Austin Hughes of Hartsburg died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Ashland Healthcare. He was 79.
Mr. Hughes was born July 13, 1921, in Grant County, Ind., to Cliftie and Ioma Hughes. He married Carmen L. Gray at the Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg on June 23, 1971.
Mr. Hughes was pastor at Peace United Church of Christ for 24 years. An ordained minister for more than 50 years, he retired in 1992.
During his years at Peace United Church of Christ, Mr. Hughes befriended many of his fellow pastors. Every year, Mr. Hughes and his wife held a Christmas party for the pastors and their wives at the Hugheses' farm outside Hartsburg.
The Rev. Fred Brandenburg of the Columbia United Church of Christ knew Mr. Hughes for 27 years. He said he and his wife often visited the Hugheses at their farm to enjoy the scenery, the company and Carmen Hughes' caramel rolls.
"He was a good friend and colleague and something of a mentor to me," Brandenburg said.
Mr. Hughes was also a former president of the Southern Boone County School Board, the Boone County Extension Center and the Senior Center Housing in Hartsburg.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Peace United Church of Christ, 121 N. First St. in Hartsburg. Services, conducted by Brandenburg and the Rev. Bryan Crousore, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Peace United Christian Church.
Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife, Carmen L. Hughes of Hartsburg; a son, Charles Evans Hughes of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; two stepsons, Randy Ryals of Menlo Park, Calif., and Rick Ryals of Hartsburg; a daughter, Dianne Hendricks of Danville, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Cindy Gaines of Jefferson City; two brothers, Hubert Hughes of Holland, Mich., and Larry Hughes of Bartlesville, Okla.; two sisters, Martha Cole of Greeley, Colo., and Rosanna Hays of Sun City, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A stepdaughter and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Peace United Church of Christ, 121 N. First St., Hartsburg, Mo. 65039.