Peter Joseph Noce
Peter Joseph Noce of Ashland died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at University Hospital in Columbia of pancreatic cancer. He was 55.
Mr. Noce's wife Sharon Kilfoyle described him as being a community organizer and interested in bringing light and spiritual ways into the world.
Kilfoyle said she and her husband started Purple Spider Fiber studio in 1996, trying to use the beauty of the physical world to understand the oneness of being. One example of the projects in which Mr. Noce was involved was the "Loom of Peace," which he organized for fall festivals in Columbia.
This project gave people of the community the chance to come together and create a piece of beauty and art by weaving.
"Behind his work was the idea of manifesting the spirit in a beautiful way on a physical plane," Kilfoyle said.
Mr. Noce was born Feb. 27, 1946, in St. Louis to Peter J. and Mary V. Borgoyne Noce. He married Kilfoyle on Sept. 10, 1976, in Ashland. Mr. Noce was a graduate of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis and received his master's in community development from the MU.
Mr. Noce lived most of his life in Boone County. He was a former minister in the Universal Life Church and a member of the Good Medicine Society, Columbia Weavers & Spinners Guild, Columbia Art League and Missouri Fiber Artists.
Services conducted by Kilfoyle will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at her home, 1151 Nashville Church Road, in Ashland. Mr. Noce is survived by Kilfoyle; his father and stepmother, Peter Noce and Ruth Noce of St. Louis; three sons, Cavanaugh Noce of Columbia, Elfin Noce of Columbia and Santo Noce of Ashland; one daughter Lyra Noce of Columbia; sisters Monica Neal of Atlanta, Ga., and Dee Tracy of St. Louis; and brothers James Noce, John Noce and Thomas Noce, all of St. Louis; and former wife Kathleen Kerwin of Columbia.
His mother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program, 800 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Richard Dennis Smith of Columbia died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at University Hospitals and Clinics. He was 51.
Mr. Smith was born on Aug. 15, 1949, in St. Louis to Vern C. and Virginia Guion Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a computer consultant for 10 years. Mr. Smith was also a member of American Legion Post #182.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Todd Smith of Columbia; his daughter, Jessica Smith of Columbia; four brothers, Vern C. Smith, Robert E. Smith, Donald A. Smith and Dennis Smith, all of St. Louis; three sisters, Shirley Coty, JoAnn Pollard, and Sharon Hanewinkeo, all of St. Louis.
His parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Smith Children College Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Mildred L. Brooks
Mildred L. Brooks died Monday, June 11, 2001, at Moberly Regional Hospital. She was 81.
Mrs. Brooks was born June 6, 1920, in Randolph County, to Ira and Elvira Howard Creason.
She was married to Frank Leslie Knight, who died earlier. She later married Montie Brooks, who also died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Meador and Son Funeral Home, Sneed and Rollins St., Centralia. Services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Quinn, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Moberly.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by five sons, Ed Knight and Junior Knight, both of Clark, Nelson Knight and Robert Knight, both of Hartsburg, and Jimmy Shaw of Keytesville; one daughter, Mildred Moss of Clark; one sister, Tanzie Roberts of Columbia; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Bud Knight and Frank Knight; one daughter, Martha Palmer; and one step-son, Montie Jerome Brooks, died earlier.
Edward Logan Confer of Columbia died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 73.
Mr. Confer was born March 16, 1928, in Whitecloud, Kan., to Donald Edward Confer and Dorothy May Titus Confer. He married Joyce Winingham in 1956.
Mr. Confer was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for Shawnee Construction.
No services will be held.
Mr. Confer is survived by his wife, Joyce Confer of Columbia; two sons, Victor Confer of Excelsior Springs, and Covy Confer of Kansas City; two daughters, Michele Confer of Independence, and Linnea Confer of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Sharon Loyd of Topeka, Kan.
Mr. Confer's two brothers, Don and Larry, died earlier.
Stray animals could always find food and shelter at the home of Martha "Pearl" Jacobs.
"She'd feed every one of them," her sister, Trellis Wilde said. "She was so good with animals."
Martha "Pearl" Jacobs of Columbia died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 95.
Mrs. Jacobs was born July 31, 1905 to George Wise and Minnie Chandler Cundiff in Boone County.
She married Harold E. Jacobs on March 12, 1927. Her husband and she worked at Dalton Coal and Material where Mrs. Jacobs was office manager.
Mrs. Jacobs was very involved in her church. She was a member of Locust Grove United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women's Club.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Sarah Evans, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at the Locust Grove United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Jacobs will be buried in the Locust Grove Cemetery in Midway.
Mrs. Jacobs is survived by her sisters Georgia Adair and Trellis Wilde, both of Columbia.
Memorials may be sent to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St., New York, N.Y., 10032-2699 or to Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church, 2600 N. Locust Grove Church Rd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
Margaret E. O'Bryan of Columbia was a woman who believed strongly in the educational opportunities afforded by experiencing things firsthand. Whether she was traveling, exploring foreign markets or dancing, Mrs. O'Bryan absorbed herself in the culture around her and inspired her daughters to learn the same way.
Mrs. O'Bryan died Friday, June 8, 2001, at her home. She was 82.
Mrs. O'Bryan was born to John E. and Viola Cavin Naylor on Jan. 8, 1919, in Kansas City. Mrs. O'Bryan was married to Kenneth L. O'Bryan on July 2, 1969, in Boonville. He died earlier.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Bart Larson, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th St.
Mrs. O'Bryan is survived by her three daughters, Linda Duncan of Columbia, Diane Kingsley Kendell of Kansas City, and Marla Kingsley McElvany of Houston, Texas.
One sister and one granddaughter died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Missouri River Hospice, 1032 Bluff Creek, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Delmar E. Smith
Delmar E. Smith of Columbia died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Smith was born June 12, 1920, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., to Evert Smith and Rosie Pearl Smith.
Mr. Smith met Etta M. Ball while they were both attending a dance in St. Louis. They were married on Oct. 4, 1941, in St. Louis. Mr. Smith lived in Columbia with his wife for the past 20 years.
"His biggest interest was his wife, kids and grandchildren," his son, Dennis D. Smith said. "He was always loving, kind and thoughtful."
Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Infantry. He was proud of his service in World War II. He was a Purple Heart recipient and received a Bronze Star for his service.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of Olivet Christian Church.
A graveside service will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis under the direction of Nilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Etta M. Smith of Columbia; three sons, Dennis D. Smith of St. Louis, Gerald Smith of Amarillo, Texas and Jeffery Smith of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Janet Carol Caldwell of San Jose, Calif.
Lloyd Thomas Benedict of Rocheport died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at his home. He was 59.
At age 17, Mr. Benedict started working for MU as a steamfitter. He worked there for the next 40 years, retiring as the supervisor for maintenance for Residential Life in 1999.
"Lloyd was a very devoted worker," said Juanita Dailey, Benedict's sister. "The biggest part of his life was working for Res Life."
Mr. Benedict enjoyed sports, especially football and basketball, but his favorite hobby was working on and collecting model cars.
"Lloyd loved model cars," Dailey said. "He had four shelves of them."
Mr. Benedict was born April 18, 1942, in Columbia to Charles Dall and Mattie Lee Whitesides Benedict.
He married Mary Sue Page on June 10, 1961, in Columbia. They were later divorced. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Foley, were held Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mr. Benedict is survived by a son, Gregory Benedict of Kelso, Wash.; two daughters, Lisa Burr of Longview, Wash., and Cindy Benedict of Columbia; two brothers, David Benedict of Vicksburg, Mich., and Jerry Benedict of Greeley, Colo.; three sisters, Dailey and Sue Cooper, both of Columbia, and Belinda Davenport of Hallsville; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Frances Gray of Columbia.
His parents; a brother, Terry Benedict; and two sisters, Daisy Chrisman and Sarah Roberts, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Donald Lewis "Buck" Bink of Columbia died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. He was 62.
Mr. Bink was born May 14, 1939, in Hallsville to Arnold Lewis and Opal Minnie Slaughter Bink.
He married Judy Brenton. Mr. Bink served with the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960. No services will be held.
Mr. Bink is survived by two sons, Scott Lewis Bink of Tuscon, Ariz., and Donald Dwayne Bink of Blythe, Calif.; a daughter, Christy Lynn Heaney of Centralia; two sisters, Darlene Bink Driskill of Hallsville and Jean Bink Rutter of Columbia; and four grandchildren.
Georgia Marie "Nanny" Hopewell died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was 76.
Mrs. Hopewell was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Kansas City, Kan.
A lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, she had lived in Edwardsville, Kan., since 1960. She retired from the General Services Administration.
Visitation for Mrs. Hopewell will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, Kan. Services, conducted by the Rev. Peter Eggebrecht, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Edwardsville Christian Church, K32 and 4th Street. Burial will follow at Edwardsville Cemetery.
Mrs. Hopewell is survived by four daughters, Linda Marie Bethard of Linwood, Kan., Janet Gay Hurst of Platte County, Connie Jean Delladio of Basehor, Kan., and Beth Elaine Link of Edwardsville, Kan.; two brothers, Joseph Gribbin of Gardner, Kan., and Donald Gribbin of DeSoto, Kan.; a sister, Virginia Butner of Columbia; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Edwardsville Cemetery Fund, in care of the funeral home.
Joseph R. Nichols
Joseph R. Nichols of Columbia died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Nichols was a Navy veteran, having served in World War II as a radarman. He was also a member of the local painter's union.
He was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Wilton to Lincoln Hasten Nichols and Effie Lee Crump Nichols. In 1952, he married Natalina Galli in Ashland.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 St. Charles Road. Services, conducted by the Rev. Paul Larimore, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Nilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at New Salem Cemetery, 12721 U.S. 63 S. There will also be a military graveside service.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Lelon Nichols of Columbia; three daughters, JoAnn Davis and Natalie Dawn, both of Columbia, and Edna Allen of Blue Springs; a stepson, Jim McGee of Ashland; a sister, Merle Plaster of Ashland; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Two sisters and four brothers died earlier.