Betty Curtis of Rockford, Ill., died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Cor Mariae Center in Rockford. She was 81.
Mrs. Curtis was born on October 8, 1919, in Wilmette, Ill., to Fauntleroy Matthews and Bessie Hughes Matthews.
She married Frederic Henry Curtis on September 3, 1938, in St. Louis.
Mrs. Curtis was a receptionist for the MU College of Arts and Science. She was president of the Residents Council at Cor Mariae a member of the Hallsville United Methodist Church and later of Olivet Christian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Curtis Belzey of Rockford; a son, David Curtis of Warrensburg; a sister, Dorothy Tinnea of Oconomowac, Wis.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A brother, a sister and her husband died earlier.
A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Scott Moon, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg.
Albert E. Cameron
Albert Edwin Cameron Jr. of Hartsburg died Monday, May 21, 2001, at his home. He was 87.
Mr. Cameron was born Nov. 4, 1913, in Warrensburg to Albert Edwin Cameron and Ethel Poague Cameron. He married Mable Ramsdell on Feb. 20, 1972, in Hartsburg.
Mr. Cameron served in the Army during World War II and worked as a manager at Milgrams Grocery Store in Kansas City until 1956. He worked at Midwest Auto in Jefferson City until 1974. Mr. Cameron also was a farmer.
He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Hartsburg. He was also a member of American Legion Post 152 in Ashland and the Ashland Senior Center.
Visitation for Mr. Cameron will be from 5 to 7 tonight at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Services, conducted by Elder Marvine Tolle, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland.
Mr. Cameron is survived by two daughters, Peg Roach and Phyllis Lynne Carleton of St. Louis; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
His wife and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Missouri River Hospice, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Ralph Dingman died Monday, May 21, 2001. He was 90.
From 1950 to 1971, Mr. Dingman owned and operated the Eat-Mor Cafe at 21 N. 9th St. where Trattoria Strada Nova is now located.
The cafe served homestyle food for breakfast and dinner. It was also the first restaurant downtown that was air-conditioned, according to his granddaughter, Cheryl Perkins.
He was also a partner in Dingman and Perkins Builders from 1962-1975, and owned rental property in the Columbia area.
Mr. Dingman was born in Columbia on Oct. 6, 1910, to Edward Earl and Birdie May "Macie" Jones Dingman. On June 28, 1933, he married Opal Petitt in Sedalia.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Service will follow at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. B.J. Chapman. The burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Dingman is survived by his wife; a daughter, Beverly Perkins of Columbia; one grandson, Bruce Ray Perkins and wife Cheryl of Harrisburg; two great-grandchildren: Meredith Lynn Perkins and Weston James Perkins, both of Harrisburg; and a niece, Ann Powell Head of Columbia.
A brother, J.H. Dingman, and a sister, Mary Evelyn Powell, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Coyote Hills Children's Home, 9501 Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, Mo. 65256.
Dorothy A. Sutton
Dorothy Anita Sutton of Columbia died Monday at Candlelight Lodge. She was 74.
Mrs. Sutton was born on Feb. 28, 1927, in Boone County to Luther and Rebecca Jane Music O'Neal. She married Wilford Sutton Jr. on July 3, 1947.
She was an employee of the Novus Shop in Columbia and a member of the Women's Bowling Association of Columbia. Mrs. Sutton was also a homemaker.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Gary Crumly, will follow. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland.
Mrs. Sutton is survived by a son, Randy Sutton of Hallsville, and a granddaughter, Tiffany Sutton of Hallsville.
Her husband, three brothers and four sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Charles W. Libbee
Charles William Libbee of Columbia died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at The Williamsburg Nursing Home. He was 84.
Mr. Libbee was born on July 27, 1916, in Philadelphia, Mo. to George and Una Bowles Libbee. He married Kathryn Rhea on June 29, 1942, in New London, Mo.
He attended Hannibal High School and graduated in 1940 from MU, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity. In 1962, Mr. Libbee moved to Columbia from Hannibal. He worked for MU's Department of Agriculture as the farm supervisor of the experimental station development until he retired.
Mr. Libbee is survived by his wife, Kathryn Libbee of Columbia; four daughters: Ann Hamilton of Greenwood, Ark., Jeanne Libbee of Melbourne, Fla., Marion Merry of Melbourne, Fla., and Carol Williams of Paymyra, Mo.; two brothers: Guy Libbee of Springfield and Max Libbee of Adelphi, Md.; and a grandson, John Libbee of Columbia.
Three brothers and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the MU Department of Agriculture, 2-3 Agriculture Building, Columbia, Mo. 65211.
Loy 'Peabub' Elder
Loy "Peabub" Elder of Columbia died Friday at Boone Retirement Center. He was 75.
Mr. Elder was born June 3, 1925, to Earl and Ida Mae Gilmore Elder in Howard County. He married Anna Rose Kemper in Hallsville on Aug. 14, 1971.
Mr. Elder worked in construction before he retired. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Visitation was held on Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., and will be officiated by the Rev. Don Snyder. The burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Elder is survived by his wife; two sons, Steve Elder of Ashland and Ron Elder of St. Louis; daughter Judith Diane Odom of Hannibal; two sisters, Georgia Andrews and Bessie Baker, both of Columbia; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His parents, four brothers, and three sisters died earlier.
Thelma A. Watts Lionberger of Columbia died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care Center. She was 90.
Mrs. Lionberger was born June 13, 1910, in Elsberry to Walter and Ellenore Watts. On Aug. 29, 1929, she married Clifford Lionberger in Clayton.
She was a member of Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church and the Thilo Chapter of Eastern Star.
Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Bob Minnick, will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Lionberger is survived by one brother, Leroy Watts of Troy; one sister, Ruth Evans of Troy; one daughter, Jeannine Bezler of Columbia; three granddaughters, Sharon Lynch, Janet Bezler and Cindy Bezler, all of Columbia; and four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Betty Josephine Pullen, a Columbia native who was active in organizations, died Friday, May 18, 2001. She was 62.
Ms. Pullen was born Dec. 27, 1938, to Edward and Helen Turner. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1956. In 1957, she married Charles Edward Pullen in Columbia.
Ms. Pullen remained active in the community, serving as a member of the American Legion and the Ladies VFW Auxiliary.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Yonker Pullen, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ms. Pullen is survived by her mother; two sons, Thomas Pullen of Felton, Del., and Jerry Pullen of Yuma, Ariz.; three daughters, Lynn Woodward, Nora Dietzel and Jane Courtney, all of Columbia; two brothers, Ronald Turner of Columbia and Bruce Turner of Eugene, Ore.; a companion, Meredith Lee of Columbia; and several grandchildren.
Her father and husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Rainbow House, 2302 N. Oakland Gravel Road, Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Debra Nichols of Fulton died Friday, May 18, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 47.
Mrs. Nichols was born Oct. 26, 1953, in Columbia to Ray and Margaret Thomas Burnett. She married David Nichols on Oct. 4, 1985, in Ashland.
Mrs. Nichols was employed with Butler Electrical Supply. She was a member of Grace Bible Church.
Services, conducted by the Revs. Michael Burt, Oliver Langmade and Rodney Fowler, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Bible Church. She will be buried at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by her husband; three daughters, Danielle Nichols, Amanda Nichols, Julie Nichols, all of Fulton; her mother, Margaret Burnett of Fulton; and two sisters, Doris Perkins and Janet Henley, both of Columbia.
Her father died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to Grace Bible Church Missionary Fund, 1322 Paris Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Wendy K. Raper of Eureka died Wednesday, May 16, 2001. She was 44.
Mrs. Raper was born in Valparaiso, Ind., on August 5, 1956, to Marion and Ralph Ford.
She married Gregory Raper, formerly of Columbia. She is the daughter-in-law of Carroll and Frances Raper of Columbia.
Mrs. Raper worked in the St. Louis County Public Library system.
Visitation and a private service were held in Eureka on Saturday.
Mrs. Raper is survived by her mother, Marion Ford of Valparaiso; her husband, Gregory Raper of Eureka; two children, David and Samantha Raper of Eureka; a brother, Ralph Ford of Greenwood, Ind.; and a sister, Michelle Ford of Phoenix, Ariz.
Her father died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the St. Louis County Public Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131