Rita A. Davison
Rita A. Davison of Columbia died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 83.
Miss Davison was an instructor at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City for 14 years and worked five years at KU Medical Center. Davison served 21 years as an Army nurse and retired as a lieutenant colonel. She retired from Truman Veterans Hospital.
Miss Davison lived in Columbia for 26 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Miss Davison attended elementary school in Boonville and graduated from New Franklin High School. She received her nursing training from St. Joseph Hospital in Boonville and graduated from Avila College in Kansas City.
Miss Davison was born March 14, 1918, in Cooper County to Harry C. and Annamary Wesselmann Davison.
Miss Davison is survived by two brothers, Cornelius H. Davison of Grapton, N.H., and Joseph A. Davison of New Franklin; three sisters, Delores Hockens of Sugarland, Texas, Helen Vieiralves of Coco Beach, Fla., and Mary Vonverahe of Kansas City. A sister, Ruth Dixon, died earlier.
Visitation for Miss Davison will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St. Services, conducted by Father Edwin Cole, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Memorials may be sent to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, New Franklin, Mo., or the Annamary Nurses Scholarship.
Louis Hemphill of Columbia died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at his home. He was 74.
Mr. Hemphill was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Gainesville, Texas to Thomas Henry Hemphill and Annabell Tyler Hemphill.
He served in China during World War II.
In 1952, he married Anita Lockwood in Denton, Texas.
Mr. Hemphill received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from MU. He taught there until his retirement in 1989 and was named an Associate Professor Emeritus.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Phil Urquiola, will be held at 2 this afternoon at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.
Mr. Hemphill is survived by his wife, Anita Hemphill of Columbia; one brother, Joe Hemphill of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one sister, Marcia Porter of Gainesville, Texas.
His son, Jeb Hemphill, and his daughter, Alice Ann Hemphill, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Lorian McQuitty of Columbia died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 96.
Mrs. McQuitty was born Sept. 27, 1904, in Yucatan, Mo., to Arthur and Mary Williams Vains. She was married to Ellery McQuitty.
She was a member of St. Paul AME Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. 4th St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Clifton St. James, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul AME Church, 501 Park. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. McQuitty is survived by one daughter, Viola Sims of Columbia, six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband and a grandson died earlier.
Paul Evans Raker
Paul Evans Raker died Sunday, June 17, 2001, in Columbia of complications from AIDS. He was 40.
Mr. Raker was born in St. Louis on Dec. 27, 1960, to David T. and Marjorie Jones Raker. He attended MU and later worked as a unit clerk in the pediatric ward of University Hospital for more than 16 years, beginning in 1984.
His mother, Marjorie Raker, said his primary interest was in people and their lives and families. He tended to many children and families in his work at the hospital, she said.
Mr. Raker was an avid reader with a passion for his family's history. In the course of his research on his genealogy, Mr. Raker discovered that his ancestors were Huguenots in France during a time of persecution, making his family eligible for membership in the Huguenot Society.
In his quest to uncover his family's roots, Mr. Raker traveled from Missouri to Connecticut and Vermont and found the gravestones of Raker family members dating back to 1628.
Visitation was held Wednesday. Services will be held this morning at 11 in the Stygar-Drehmann-Harral Chapel, 7733 Natural Bridge Road, in Normandy. A memorial service will be held in Columbia at a later date.
Mr. Raker is survived by his parents; two brothers, David K. Raker of Detroit, and Gary Raker of Houston; three nieces and one nephew. Mr. Raker's family would like to express its appreciation for support offered by University Hospital and the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Missouri.
Memorials may be sent to Columbia RAIN of Central Missouri, 4250 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Harold E. Bassett
Harold Eugene Bassett of Hannibal died Monday, June 18, 2001, at the Hannibal Regional Hospital. He was 69.
Mr. Bassett was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Marion County, Iowa, to George and Mary Elreta Loynachan Bassett. Several years after retiring from field management at the Maytag Corporation, he enjoyed driving a school bus for the Hannibal schools. He also enjoyed many sporting activities. He was a member of Park United Methodist Church.
He married Ethel Ann Hughes on Feb. 5, 1955, in Attica, Iowa.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Park United Methodist Church in Hannibal. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jan Bond, will follow at 11 a.m.
Mr. Bassett is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mary Gaston of Muncie, Ind., and Janet Hollandsworth of Columbia; a son, David Bassett of Columbia; three brothers, Kenneth Bassett of Winterset, Iowa, Marvin Bassett of Knoxville, Iowa, and Alvin Bassett of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Ruth Edwards of Chariton, Iowa, and Mary King of Des Moines, Iowa; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents and brother, John Bassett, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 2335 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, Mo. 63401, or to the charity of choice.
Orentha A. Lewis
Orentha A. Lewis of Columbia died at The Williamsburg Sunday, June 17, 2001. She was 85.
Mrs. Lewis was born March 4, 1916, in Armstrong to Reese Payne and Clara Wright Payne.
She graduated from Douglass High School and attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.
Mrs. Lewis was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, and served as the church announcing clerk, church historian and a member of the usher board. She also founded the Mother Payne Missionary Society, and was a member of Richard T. Kelly American Legion Post No. 238 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was married to Geordie Lewis. He died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Hayes, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash. Burial will be in the Roanoke Cemetery, in Roanoke.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by three nieces, Janice Anderson and Donna Payne, both of Columbia, and Debra Payne of Atlanta; two nephews, Kenneth Payne Jr. and Clarence Payne, both of Kansas City, Mo.
Mrs. Lewis' brother died earlier.
Kathleen Turner of Columbia died Monday, June 18, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. She was 96.
Ms. Turner was born Aug. 9, 1904, in Boone County to W.W. and Margaret Breedlove Turner.
While serving as secretary to the director of student health services at MU for more than 45 years, Ms. Turner signed the original charter for Columbia's chapter of the National Secretaries Association, now known as Professional Secretaries International, in 1946.
Ms. Turner retired in 1969 and was a member of the First Christian Church.
Services, conducted by the Rev. John Yonker, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Columbia Cemetery.
Ms. Turner is survived by two nephews, Sam Turner of Tulsa, Okla., and William Turner of Jupiter, Fla.; and one niece, Charlene Brashear of Lafayette, La.
Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Dana Jean Willows
Those who knew Dana Jean Willows believe they knew a great lady.
"She was elegant," said her sister Carolee Wilhite. "She just had an air about her. The way she moved, the way she carried herself, the way she talked. She had great taste." Mrs. Willows died Saturday, June 16, 2001, of cancer at her home in Columbia. She was 60.
Mrs. Willows' son, David Willows, said when people remember his mother, they will remember her love for the outdoors.
"She loved her planting of trees," her sister Joyce Wait said. "She loved her flowers and flowering trees. She loved the birds and the woods behind her house." Mrs. Willows also enjoyed reading, dancing and going out with friends.
Family members described Mrs. Willows as kind, loving and tenacious.
"She was very determined," Wilhite said. "When she set her mind to doing something, even when she was very sick, she'd push right through." Mrs. Willows was born May 25, 1941, in Kirksville to John Elmer and Marjorie Bernadene Jacobs Harris. On May 29, 1965, she married Kenneth Dale Willows in Kirksville. He died earlier.
Before she retired, Mrs. Willows worked as a sales associate at Kirlin's Hallmark in Columbia.
Visitation for Mrs. Willows will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery in Kirksville. Mrs. Willows is survived by two sons, Christopher Willows of Ashland and David Willows of Columbia; two sisters, Carolee Wilhite of Donnellson, Iowa, and Joyce Wait of Kirksville. Mrs. Willows' parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Valentin Unterschutz, of Montgomery City, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He was 70.
Mr. Unterschutz was born in Romania on Feb. 6, 1931, to Gotthilf and Sofie Ulbrich Unterschutz. His family later moved to Germany.
In 1951, he moved to the United States with his parents, his brother and his sister.
He was married on Nov. 3, 1963, to Maebell Daniels, and they have lived on a farm west of Montgomery City since 1965. Mr. Unterschutz farmed and was a carpenter.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Schlanker Funeral Home, in Montgomery City. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jim Slagg, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Montgomery City Cemetery.
Mr. Unterschutz is survived by one daughter, Debbie Thompson of Columbia; a brother, Gary Unterschutz of Hallsville; a sister, Cornelia Remmele of Columbia; and one granddaughter.
His wife died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Fund, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, Mo., 63361.
Barbara J. Shelton, of Columbia, died Friday, June 15, 2001. She was 67.
Dr. Shelton was born on Nov. 12, 1933, in St. Louis to Margaret Huss Boren.
She attended West Aurora High Scool in Aurora, Ill. and graduated in 1951. She went to St. Mary Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and received her degree in nursing in 1954.
She attended St. Louis School of Nursing and received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1959 and her master's degree in nursing in 1967. She attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and received her Specialist in Counselor Education in 1974. She attended St. Louis University and received her Ph.D. in 1976.
Dr. Shelton also taught Maternal-Newborn nursing at MU, St. Louis University, Washington University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
She retired in 1992, but continued to volunteer at correctional institutions in Missouri, where she cared for pregnant and post-natal women.
Dr. Shelton is survived by her sister Melissa Boren of St. Louis.
Her parents died earlier.
Services, conducted by Monsignor Michael Flanagan, will be at 10 this morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cartersville City Cemetary in Carterville, Ill.
James C. Everage
James C. Everage of Malta Bend, Mo. died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at the Living Center. He was 81.
Mr. Everage was born on Aug. 14, 1919, in Napton to Vernice Conway Everage and Celsue Everage.
"He liked to play a lot of baseball when he was younger," his son Wayne Everage said.
He married Amanda Rich on April 1, 1941, in Napton. He was a member of the Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church, where he served on the deacon board. He worked at Banquet Foods for about 19 years until his retirement.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Marshall. Services, conducted by Bishop R.T. Sims, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. The burial will be held in the Nelson Cemetery.
Mr. Everage is survived by his wife; six sons, James C. Everage of Denver, Wayne Everage of Columbia, John Everage of Malta Bend, Walter Everage of Kansas City, Anthony Everage of Albuquerqe, N.M., and James Harris of Illinois; four daughters, Effie Everage of Malta Bend, Addie Jackson of Marshall, Denice Mason of Lenexa, Kan., and Myrtle White of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Three children and three brothers died earlier.
Harriette Steward Fristoe died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 95.
As Mrs. Fristoe got older, her interests expanded. At 95, they ranged from adult literacy to college football and from classical music to national politics.
"She devoted her life to family, her church and to the service of others," said her daughter Susan Dilts. "She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her."
Mrs. Fristoe was born July 11, 1905, in Webb City, to Horace and Maude Steward.
After receiving a master's degree in social work from MU, Mrs. Fristoe worked as a teacher and social worker in Kansas City and Columbia. But she didn't confine her generosity to her home state. Her husband was in the military, and they frequently traveled. She devoted much of her time to volunteering in the community when they lived in Germany, Labrador, and Bermuda.
Mrs. Fristoe worked as the secretary to the president of Stephens College and was active in the Stephens College Alumnae Association. She volunteered and served as head of the Laubach Literacy Program. She also was a member of the League of Women Voters and an active member of First Baptist Church in Columbia.
Mrs. Fristoe left a legacy at Stephens College, where part of Senior Hall is named for her. She graduated from the school's two-year degree program before receiving her bachelor's degree from MU. In 1968, she was presented with the Alumnae Service Award.
Visitation and services for Mrs. Fristoe were held on Saturday. The burial was a private ceremony.
Mrs. Fristoe is survived by a son, Frank H. Fristoe of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Susan Dilts of Olivenhain, Calif.; a sister, Charlotte Steward Davis of Carlsbad, N.M.; two nieces, two nephews, and two grandchildren.
Her husband, Frank, and a sister died earlier.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Robert Heyssel died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. He was 72.
Dr. Heyssel was born in 1928 in Jamestown and graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's of medicine in 1951. He went on to graduate from the St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1953.
Dr. Heyssel worked in hematology and nuclear medicine. As an enlistee in the U.S. Public Health Service, he studied the effects of radiation at Nagasaki and Hiroshima with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. At Johns Hopkins, he served as associate dean of the School of Medicine and later became president and the first CEO of the Johns Hopkins Health System. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Services were held Friday in Seaford, Del.
He is survived by his wife, Maria, of Seaford, Del.; five children, James Heyssel of Cooksville, Md.; Lisa Heyssel Flexner of Ellicott City, Md.; Robert M. Heyssel Jr. of Huntington, N.Y.; Kurt Heyssel of Lutherville, Md.; and Helen Perrier Glaser of Wiener Neustadt, Austria; a sister, Mary, and a brother-in-law, Roger Bumgarner of Columbia; nine grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.
Memorials may be sent to the Robert M. and Maria Heyssel Fund at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, c/o Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 1620 McElderry St., Baltimore, Md., 21205; or to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, Del., 19973.
Floyd W. Kemper
Floyd W. Kemper of Columbia died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Boone Retirement Center. He was 89.
Mr. Kemper was born on Dec. 28, 1911, in Boone County to Alvin B. and Myrtle Wade Kemper.
He married Norma Jean Wilhite on Aug. 21, 1978.
Mr. Kemper was an auctioneer with Jacobs and Kemper Auctioneers and a farmer for over 60 years.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by Elder John Anderson and Elder Harold Taylor, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Funeral Service.
Mr. Kemper is survived by two sons; a brother, Boyd A. Kemper of St. Louis; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
His wife died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Rocky Fork Church in Hinton, Mo.