Michael A. Atwood
Michael A. Atwood of Columbia died of cancer at his home Wednesday, April 24, 2002. He was 42.
Mr. Atwood was born Dec. 14, 1959, in St. Louis to Richard and Rochelle Margett Fritz Atwood. He was a laborer. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling, his family said.
Visitation for Mr. Atwood will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Edwin Cole, will follow at the funeral home.
Mr. Atwood is survived by his mother, Rochelle Margett Fritz of Columbia; five sisters, Roseann Beck, Toni Ivicsics, Tina Palmer and Paula Scott, all of Columbia, and Cathy Cole of Montgomery City; a brother, Bobby Ivicsics of Columbia; two sons, Matthew Atwood and Michael A. Atwood Jr., both of Columbia; and a daughter, Megan Canoles of Sparks, Md.
His daughter, Tresa Scruggs, died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Virginia F. Stallman of Columbia died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at University Hospital. She was 80.
"She was always smiling," said her son James Stallman. "She loved spending time with her friends."
He said Mrs. Stallman was the youngest in her group of friends and often was the designated driver for her bridge buddies.
James Stallman remembered when he was young, his mother leapt over a five-and-a-half-foot tall fence to rescue one of his friends who had fallen into a tree and was dangling from it with a broken arm.
"I will never forget how she vaulted over that fence," he said. "My brother and I still talk about that, and we still have no idea how she managed it."
Mrs. Stallman was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Evanston, Ill., to Louis and Ethel Wiley Ferguson. On Sept. 2, 1938, she married Clarence D. Stallman in Evanston. She was a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church of Columbia, Lady Lions, P.T.A. and many women's service groups in Joliet, Ill. She also volunteered at several places, including University Hospital, schools and her church.
Mrs. Stallman loved music, especially classical and show tunes. She often played the piano and the organ and was a member of the Mid-Missouri Organ Club. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed refinishing furniture and gardening, especially arranging flowers.
She is survived by two sons, James Stallman of Columbia and Robert Stallman of Oslo, Norway; a brother, Sid Ferguson of Columbia, S.C.; and three grandchildren.
Her husband, two brothers and a grandchild died earlier.
Services will be private. Memorials can be sent to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Irene Barnes-Stewart, formerly of Chicago, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at her son and daughter-in-law's home in Columbia. She was 86.
Mrs. Stewart was born May 16, 1915, in Panama, Ill., to Charles and Barbara Soltesz.
When she was 12 years old, Mrs. Stewart moved from her small town home to Chicago to make a living on her own as a waitress, her son Ron Barnes said. She worked as a waitress for most of her life and worked in some of the bigger restaurants and hotels in Chicago, he said.
"My children always enjoyed her stories about making it in a big city during the Roaring '20s when she was just a scared little girl," Barnes said.
Before Mrs. Stewart came to live with Ron and his wife, Dixie, she lived in an apartment complex in Chicago and was a caretaker for the elderly residents there.
"She was always a very hard-working woman who was fair and generous with others," Barnes said. "She was loved and will be very much missed by her family."
A celebration of Mrs. Stewart's life will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the home of Ron and Dixie Barnes, 221 W. Brandon Road.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by two sons and their wives, Ron and Dixie Barnes of Columbia and Eugene and Margaret Barnes of Libertyville, Ill.; one niece, Gwen Neri of Chicago; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Two husbands, one sister and one grandson died earlier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri River Hospice, 1440 Aaron Court, Jefferson City, Mo., 65101 and Tiger Columns, 23 S. Eighth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Christian L. Graber
Christian "Chris" Lee Graber of Columbia died Saturday, April 20, 2002. He was 75.
He was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Jesse and Ada Hickenbottom Graber.
Mr. Graber served in the Air Force during World War II. He married Anne Ellis Graber, who later died.
On June 13, 1979, he married Emma Mae Holloway in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was employed for 31 years with John Mansville and was a manager with E.T.I. for 10 years. Mr. Graber was a member of the Olivet Christian Church, American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his wife; five sons, Larry Graber of Round Rock, Texas, Tom Graber of Atalissa, Iowa, Mike Graber of Orofino, Idaho, Allen Miller of Perryburg, Ohio, and Aaron Miller of Sturgeon; four daughters, Leanne Wood of Pittsburgh, Marie King of Vero Beach, Fla., Donna Lapsey of Davenport, Iowa, and Robyn Faust of Columbia; and 19 grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearngin, were Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia, Mo., 65201, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Robert C. Doxley
Robert Cornell Doxley of Columbia died Saturday, April 20, 2002. He was 52.
Mr. Doxley was born March, 5, 1950. He graduated from Hickman High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Visitation for Mr. Doxley will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St. Services, officiated by the Rev. Donald R. McNeal, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia.
Mr. Doxley is survived by his mother, Barbra Doxley and his grandmother, Stella Ruth Doxley, both of Columbia; two brothers, Lorenzo Doxley and Randy Doxley, both of Houston; seven sisters, Darlene Mathis and Vickie Doxley of St. Louis, Doncella Daniels and Delores Coats of Columbia, Charlene Jones of Houston, Martha Doxley of Tulsa, Okla., and Linda Haith of Staten Island, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A sister died earlier.
Bettie Marie Burg
Bettie Marie Burg of Hallsville died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at University Hospital. She was 72.
Mrs. Burg was born May 16, 1929, in Clark to Cecil and Gladys Marie Ulman Butler.
On Feb. 2, 1956, she married Thomas E. Burg in Salem, Mo. Mrs. Burg was a member of The Coffee Ladies, a local group of women that met weekly in each other's houses for coffee.
Visitation was Monday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Darrell Kirk, will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Burg is survived by three sons, Danny Burg and Eddie Burg, both of Hallsville, and Buddy Burg of Kaiser; a daughter, Sandy Alexander of Hallsville; a sister, Joann Sandners of East Moline, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.
Her husband and two brothers died earlier.
Robert G. Delgman
Robert G. Delgman of Ashland died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at his home. He was 76.
Mr. Delgman was born Oct. 18, 1925, in St. Louis to Rayburn C. and Dora Crowder Delgman. He married Marie Louise Huckor on Nov. 8, 1947, in St. Louis.
He served in the Navy in World War II in the Pacific, aboard a destroyer, the USS Lansdowne. After the war Mr. Delgman sailed around the world on a victory cruise.
In 1946, Mr. Delgman began working for Eisenstadt Manufacturing, a wholesale jewelry firm in St. Louis. This is where he met his wife. After 25 years, he retired as vice president in 1971. In 1977, he moved to Ashland, where he worked part-time for RGIS Inventory and as a consultant for Ashland Super Foods.
A private visitation and services were held Monday. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Delgman is survived by his wife; one daughter, Jan Arnold of Columbia; one son, Gary Delgman of Chesterfield; one brother, Ray Delgman of Valders, Wisc.; nine grandsons; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent in care of the Emmaus Home, 2200 Highway D, Marthasville, Mo. 63357.
Arrangements were under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland.
Rick R. Wilson
Judge Rick R. Wilson of Marshall died Friday, April 19, 2002, at his home. He was 57.
Mr. Wilson provided close to a quarter of a century of public service to Saline County, when he took disability retirement Jan. 10, 2000. He began serving in 1975 as prosecuting attorney. At his retirement, Mr. Wilson was the longest-tenured officeholder in the county.
He had a life of public service, his wife Jean Gaddy Wilson said.
"During the years he served as prosecutor and was on the bench, we would take calls at our home at any time," she said.
Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 23, 1944, in Mexico, Mo., to Raymond L. and Ercie Doyle Wilson. On Aug. 28, 1966, he married Jean Gaddy at the First Christian Church in Marshall. Their daughters are Lindsay Wilson, of New York City, and Leigh Wilson, of Lawrence, Kan.
Mr. Wilson came to Saline County in 1973, after serving in the State Legislative Office in Jefferson City. He was in private practice for 18 months before his first run for an elected office.
Mr. Wilson was on the bench 20 of the 24 years he had been an elected official. In 1974, Mr. Wilson ran for his first election and was named Saline County prosecuting attorney.
On Feb. 20, 1979, he was appointed associate Circuit Court judge in Saline County's Division VI by the governor of Missouri. He was elected to the same office for six terms.
Mr. Wilson was able to serve two years of his most recent four-year term, which was to have ended Dec. 31, 2002.
As associate judge of the 15th judicial circuit, he handled more than 60,000 cases and married more than 800 couples.
As a long-term diabetic, Mr. Wilson received a combined organ transplant of both pancreas and kidney in 1990. He is one of only 2,000 recipients of the combined transplants in the world. Because of the failure of those transplants, he then became a candidate for a kidney transplant, which occurred in 1992.
He volunteered in a number of medical studies of new drugs for diabetes and renal failure.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Judicial Conference of the State of Missouri for 20 years and the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges for 19 years.
He served as president of the Saline County Bar Association for six years and as secretary-treasurer for five years.
He was selected to attend the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., in 1980 and attended the Missouri College for Trial Judges for 19 years.
Mr. Wilson received a bachelor's degree from MU in 1967 and was awarded a Law School Foundation Scholarship in 1967. He received his law degree in 1970 at the MU School of Law.
Mr. Wilson served Covenant Presbyterian Church as an elder, Trustee, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. He was the Marshall Lions Club president from 1987 to 1988 and was secretary of that group in 1985 and 1986.
Outside the courtroom, Judge Wilson spent his time gardening. At his home, he had an acre of land that he developed, designing walks and herb gardens within.
Services, conducted by the Rev. James Long, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 710 E. Yerby, in Marshall. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Gaddy Wilson.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Judge Rick R. Wilson Endowed Scholarship at the MU Law School Foundation, 205 Hulston Hall, Columbia, Mo. 65201, or to the Saline County Water Club, P.O. Box 555, Marshall, Mo. 65340.
Christian Lee Graber
Christian "Chris" Lee Graber of Columbia died Saturday, April 20, 2002, in Columbia. He was 75.
He was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Jesse and Ada Hickenbottom Graber.
Mr. Graber served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
In 1979, he married Emma Mae Holloway in Las Vegas.
He was employed for 31 years with John Mansville and E.T.I. for 10 years.
Mr. Graber was a member of the Olivet Christian Church, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
Mr. Graber is survived by his wife; five sons, Larry Graber of Round Rock, Texas, Tom Graber of Atalissa, Iowa, Mike Graber of Orofino, Iowa, Allen Miller of Perryburg, Ohio, and Aaron Miller of Sturgeon; four daughters, Leanne Wood of Pittsburgh, Marie King of Vero Beach, Fla., Donna Lapsey of Davenport, Iowa and Robyn Faust of Columbia; and 19 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearngin, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Ruth K. Nichols
Ruth K. Nichols of Columbia died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 81.
Mrs. Nichols was born on Jan. 30, 1921, in Ashland to Lawrence and Mable Nichols Bennett. She married Rothie Nichols on Oct. 11, 1941, in Columbia.
Her husband said she enjoyed taking care of her house, keeping it clean and decorating it. "She really liked to drive her car," Nichols said. "Her mom and sisters didn't like to drive, so she would drive up to Ashland, pick them up and bring them down to Columbia when they had to go to the doctor."
Mrs. Nichols' hobbies included crocheting. She also liked to cook and enjoyed listening to country and bluegrass music.
"She was a good wife, mom and grandma," said her son, Gary Nichols. "She really took care of her kids."
Mrs. Nichols worked as a bookkeeper at MU until her retirement. She was also a member of the Rebecca Lodge in Columbia.
Visitation for Mrs. Nichols was Saturday. Services, conducted by Elder Wallace Johnson, will be at 1 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Burial will be at New Liberty Cemetery in Ashland.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert Nichols and Gary Nichols, both of Columbia; two brothers, Claude Bennett of Brazito and Jimmy Bennett of Ashland; two sisters, Opal Nichols and Shirley Schmitz, both of Jefferson City; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Two brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to New Liberty Cemetery at Palis Nichols Road, Ashland, Mo. 65010.
Kathryn B. Hunt
Kathryn Bailey Hunt of Albany, N.Y., formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at her residence. She was 89.
Mrs. Hunt was born in Albia, Iowa, to Thomas and Mary McCulley Bailey. She was raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from Stephens College with a degree in music. Mrs. Hunt was a homemaker before going to work as an administrative assistant for MU in 1954. She retired in 1985.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Alumni Center.
Mrs. Hunt is survived by her son, Thomas Hunt of Loudonville, N.Y.; three granddaughters, Mary Kathryn Garcia of Boston, Melissa Hunt of Orlando, Fla., and Jennifer Bailey Hunt of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one grandson, Christopher Thomas Hunt of Loudonville, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Department of Mathematics, attn: Kimberly Wilson, 201 Mathematics Science Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. 65211-4100.
Julia B. Roberts
Julia Blanche Roberts of Hallsville died Friday, April 19, 2002, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 92.
Mrs. Roberts was born Feb. 10, 1910, in Boone County to Cotta and Brooksy Hall Edwards. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1928.
On May 26, 1929, she married Ray McGee Roberts. She lived her entire life in Hallsville, Columbia and Sturgeon. She was a member of Hallsville Baptist Church for more than 25 years. She worked for the City of Columbia Department of Water and Light for 25 years until her retirement in 1973.
Visitation for Mrs. Roberts will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Hallsville Baptist Church, 115 Elizabeth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. John Martin, will follow. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., in Columbia. Mrs. Roberts is survived by one daughter, Judy Harmon of Hallsville; one son, Donald Ray Roberts of Overland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her husband and a great-granddaughter died earlier.
June G. Mading
June Graves Mading of Boonville died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at University Hospital. She was 61.
Mrs. Mading was born July 19, 1940, in LaGrange to Chester and Virginia Williams Schnellbacher. She graduated from LaGrange High School.
She was formerly married to James Graves. She then married Ward Mading. Mrs. Mading lived in Columbia before moving to Boonville. She was a hostess and a member of Nelson United Methodist Church in Boonville.
Visitation for Mrs. Mading will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Several family members will speak at her services at 2:30 p.m. Monday at LaGrange Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Mading is survived by three daughters, Valerie Graves and Ginger Perkins, both of Boonville, and Twila Turner of Glasgow; two sisters, Virginia Beal of Arlington, Texas, and JoAnn Leaser of LaGrange; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
Her parents and husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Nelson United Methodist Church, 407 E. Spring St., Boonville, Mo. 65233.