Lola Hawkins of Boston died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, in Watertown, Mass. She lived most of her 98 years in Columbia.
Ms. Hawkins taught at MU as an undergraduate, and then earned her master's degree in home economics and romance languages. She taught Spanish and French at Hickman High School from 1962 to 1973.
"She was very intelligent," said Rosine Patterson, wife of her nephew in Lexington, Mass. Ms. Hawkins used to say "how come I didn't know?" whenever she didn't know the answer for something people asked her, Patterson said. "We called her a walking encyclopedia.
She was also very active in many organizations, and enjoyed her life to the fullest.
Ms. Hawkins was born Oct. 7, 1901, in Columbia to Emmett and Laura Hawkins. She was a lifelong member of the Missouri United Methodist Church. She was also a member of other organizations including Altrusa, the Business and Professional Woman's Club and The American Association of University Women.
For many years, she volunteered for the Red Cross, especially for their blood donor program. She also loved traveling all over the world, and incorporated those experiences into her teaching. Since 1988, she lived with her brother-in-law John Patterson in New York City and then in Boston.
"She enjoyed spending time with our families," Patterson said.
She also kept in touch with many of her friends in Columbia even after she moved to Boston, Patterson said. She read the Columbia Missourian everyday, especially the obituaries, to check on her friends.
"She complained that she only needed to send 80 Christmas cards this year," because many of her friends had died earlier, Patterson said.
The funeral for Ms. Hawkins will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The Rev. Rhymes Moncure will conduct the services. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ms. Hawkins is survived by her nephew Robert Patterson and his wife of Lexington, Mass., and their two children, John Patterson of Bryan, Texas, and Elissa Patterson Goveia of Lexington, Mass.
One sister died earlier.
Grace S. Martin
Grace S. Martin of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at The Williamsburg. She was 99.
Mrs. Martin was a public school librarian in Denver for many years. In 1995, she came to Columbia to be with her niece and her daughter after she spent almost 70 years in Colorado.
"She liked people, cared for people, and she liked to travel," said her niece Fran Meinershagen. "She was an efficient person. She was very precise in her handwriting, her speech and her business dealings."
Mrs. Martin was born Oct. 8, 1900, in Strasburg to George and Emily Wood Shore.
Mrs. Martin was married to Elmer Martin. Mrs. Martin's husband was an engineer. During World War II, Mrs. Martin and her husband were in Fort St. John, Canada. Later, her husband was the head engineer in the Peace River bridge project in Canada, her niece said.
Mrs. Martin traveled to Europe several times.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her niece.
Services will be held in Lakewood, Colo., at a later date. Mrs. Martin was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Lakewood.
Mary Inghram Tisdel
Mary Inghram Tisdel of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 91.
Mrs. Tisdel served in various librarian positions in the St. Louis area during her early career. She graduated from Washington University with a bachelor's degree in library science.
Mrs. Tisdel was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Adams County, Ill., to Maude Randolph and James S. Inghram.
Mrs. Tisdel was married to Kenneth S. Tisdel on Sept. 9, 1938. She and her husband generously supported many charities and community and educational organizations during their lifetime, including Washington University, the Ellis Library of MU and the Missouri Lion's Eye Research Foundation.
A private burial service will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Her husband and sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Missouri Lion's Eye Research Foundation, 404 Portland, Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Emaleta Moser Mottaz
Emaleta Moser Mottaz of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at South Hampton Place. She was 87.
Mrs. Mottaz was born May 5, 1912, in Martinsburg to Samuel F. and Emma Ida Klarenbach Moser.
Mrs. Mottaz was married to Waldo Mottaz in Waterloo, Ill., on Nov. 3, 1934. She was a devoted mother and an avid bridge player. She was a member and Deaconess Emeritus of First Christian Church.
"She liked to be around with families and friends, and was a very kindly person," said her brother Samuel Moser. "She enjoyed being with her grandchildren very much."
Mrs. Mottaz was also a past president and 40-year member of King's Daughters and a member of Coffman-Watson Circle of Christian Women Fellowship, Republican Women and Columbia Garden Club.
Mrs. Mottaz also served as an election judge and supervised at the polls for more than 30 years. She was a 30-year member of the board of the State Bank of Hallsville and together with her husband was active in Missouri Bankers Association.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
Services, conducted by Dr. John Yonker, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. She will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Mottaz is survived by two sons, Fred Mottaz of Hallsville and Clayton Mottaz of Tucson, Ariz.; one daughter, Emily Barbush of Louisville, Ky.; one brother, Samuel Moser Jr. of Auxvasse; one sister, Coralee Riley of Lake St. Louis; and nine grandchildren.
Her husband, three brothers and one sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo. 65201.
Noah Paul Edwards
Noah Paul Edwards of Grinnell, Iowa, died Dec. 20, 1999, at Grinnell Regional Hospital. He was 92.
Mr. Edwards was a farmer in Ashland and worked as a clerk in a local grocery store until he retired. He was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church, where he served as head usher for more than 40 years.
"He was the first person people met at church, because he greeted people at the door," said the Rev. Jim West of Ashland Baptist Church. "He was always ready with a smile, and his smile made people feel at home. He was the type of the person who never knew a stranger."
Mr. Edwards was born Nov. 11, 1907, in Ashland to Lot Edwards and Dora Sapp Edwards. He married Emma Wyan Edwards on March 23, 1931. He later married Mary Forbis Edwards in 1959. He stayed in Ashland until 14 month ago, when he moved to Iowa to live with his daughter.
"He spent a lot of time with his family," said his sister, Ruth Harmon, of Ashland. "He loved to be around people and was always doing something for somebody else."
She said church activities were important for his life and he continued going to church after he moved to Iowa.
"I'm sad for myself, but I'm rejoicing because he is with the Lord, and he doesn't need to suffer anymore," she said.
Services for Mr. Edwards will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ashland Baptist Church, 203 E. Broadway St., Ashland. Burial will be at Nashville Baptist Church's Cemetery, Route N Nashville Church Road.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his two daughters, Doris Calvin of Grinnell, Iowa, and Rita Christian of Memphis, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Betty Johnson of Ashland; one sister, Ruth Harmon of Ashland; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, six step-great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
His second wife, Mary Forbis Edwards, one brother, one sister, and twin daughters died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Ashland Baptist Church and to Nashville Baptist Church's cemetery.
Fred C. Grant Sr.
Fred C. Grant Sr. of Mexico, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 71.
Mr. Grant was a member of Second Baptist Church of Mexico. He was formerly employed at A.P. Green Industries Inc. of Mexico, and he served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 19, 1962, to Nov. 18, 1954.
Mr. Grant was born Oct. 8, 1928, to Charlie and Sally Smith Grant in Brickley, Arkansas.
Mr. Grant was married to Betty Jefferson Grant in 1986.
Visitation for Mr. Grant will be from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Warren Funeral Chapel in Mexico. Services, conducted by the Rev. T. L. Garner, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church in Mexico. Mr. Grant's body will be buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico.
Mr. Grant is survived by his wife, Betty Grant of Mexico; one daughter, Deloise G. Word of Columbia; one son, Fred Grant Jr. of Columbia; three brothers, Charlie Grant Jr. of Kansas City, Willie Grant of St. Charles, Ill., and George Washington Grant of Aurora, Ill.; six sisters, Estella Snead and Katie Townsend of Aurora, Ill., Carrie Robinson of Minneapolis, Ida Nire Robinson, Vernice Miller and Esther Townsend, all of Elgin, Ill.; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Two sisters and two brothers died earlier.
Denis Naylor of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at University Hospital and Clinics. He was 84.
Mr. Naylor was born Aug. 9, 1915, to Frank and Frances Ruth Medley Naylor. There were no survivors.
Mr. Naylor will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Donald L. Shawver
Donald L. Shawver of Charleston, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at his residence. He was 76. He was a marketing professor at MU for 36 years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbia.
Mr. Shawver was born to Claude and Lillie Sinclair Shawver Oct. 29, 1923, in rural Coles County, Ill. When he was sophomore at Eastern Illinois University, Mr. Shawver enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, and remained active in the United States Air Force Reserves for many years, obtaining the rank of Colonel in 1974. He married Clara Alice Seaman on Dec. 25, 1945, at her parents' home.
Following his military duty, he returned to the school. Upon graduation, he started his teaching career at the University of Illinois, and then taught at MU. In 1959 to 1960, he attended Harvard University. Upon his retirement at MU in the late 1980s after 36 years, he returned home to Charleston.
During his life, he participated in many other activities, including the Reserve Officers Association, Military Order of World Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Association of University Professors, American Economics Association, and a Life Member of the American Marketing Association.
Funeral services for Mr. Shawver will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2230 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, officiated by the Rev. Jan Kennedy. Burial with military rites will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon, Ill.
Mr. Shawver is survived by his wife, Alice Shawver of Charleston, Ill.; one son, Charles Shawver of Ashland, Mo.; two sisters, Ruth Warren of Charleston and Linda Gutting of Rock Island, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
Two sons, Donald Lee Shawver and Paul Henry Shawver, died earlier.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Eastern Illinois University Foundation, Unrestricted Fund, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, Ill. 61920.
James Kent Hosmer
James Kent Hosmer of Ashland died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999. He was 50.
Mr. Hosmer was a lover of politics, reading, philosophy, travel and life.
He was the second of 13 children born to John E. Hosmer and Melba Hosmer of Marshfield.
Mr. Hosmer is survived by his mother; his aunt, Dorothy Douthit of Odessa; six sisters; six brothers; four nieces; and eight nephews.
Services were held Saturday at Marshfield United Methodist Church in Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.
Florence Kay Rodgers
Florence Kay Rodgers of Columbia died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Columbia Regional Care Center. She was 55.
Mrs. Rodgers was born July 2, 1944, in Bakersfield, Calif., to George and Genavive Hamilton Finley.
Mrs. Rodgers worked as a nanny in Columbia and Springfield for many years.
Visitation for Mrs. Rodgers was held Saturday at Parker Funeral Service. Services, conducted by Elder Kenneth L. Rathmann, were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service.
Mrs. Rodgers is survived by one daughter, Christine Rodgers of Springfield, Mo.; one son, Robert J. Rodgers of Valley Park; and one brother, Robert Finley of Long Beach, Calif.
Her parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Ronald McDonald House, 1001 Stadium Road, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
George L. Barnett
George L. Barnett of Fayette died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Barnett was born Sept. 25, 1916, to Arthur and Roberta Barnett. He was a life-long resident of Fayette.
Mr. Barnett was employed by Summers Elevator and Feed Co. for a number of years as a driver, and by Glasgow Co-op for more than 30 years, retiring in 1981.
Mr. Barnett served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette.
Visitation for Mr. Barnett will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette. Services, conducted by the Rev. Kevyn Amos, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette. He will be buried at Fayette City Cemetery.
Mr. Barnett is survived by one daughter, Sara Wilkinson of Fayette; one son, Terry Paige of Kansas City; one step-daughter, Shirley Daniels of Kansas City; two step-sons, Bill Paige of St. Joseph and Charles Paige of Hyattsville, Md.; one sister, Opal Benson of Fayette; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His wife, one son, one step-son, five sisters, three brothers and two granddaughters died earlier.
Grace Gentry of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 95.
Mrs. Gentry was born April 10, 1904, in Rocheport to Henry Clinton and Jennie Addie Huntington Wiswall. She married Osborne Gentry Oct. 31, 1931. She graduated from Rocheport High School and Orton-Rice Business School. She was a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church and the Organ Society. She lived her entire life in Boone County.
Visitation for Mrs. Gentry will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jerry Thompson, will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Mrs. Gentry is survived by her brother, Henry Wiswall of Mt. Home, Ark.; one sister, Jane Wiswall of Columbia; one nephew, Jim Wiswall of St. Louis; and two great-nephews.
Her husband and one sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Rocheport Methodist Church, in care of Parker Funeral Service and Crematory, 22 N Tenth St. P.O. Box 1251, Columbia, Mo. 65205.
Ruth Schaumburg of Lake Ozark died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at the University Hospitals and Clinics. She was 65.
Mrs. Schaumburg was born May 12, 1934, in St. Louis to Fred and Esther Kuhlmann Hollmann.
Mrs. Schaumburg was married to Jack Schaumburg on July 21, 1962.
Mrs. Schaumburg was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Osage Beach, Lake Ozark Jazz Club and the Old Timers/New Comers.
Visitation and services were conducted Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church in Osage Beach. Mrs. Schaumburg will be buried at Lake Memorial Garden Cemetery in Osage Beach.
Mrs. Schaumburg is survived by her husband, Jack Schaumburg of Lake Ozark; two sons, Timothy Schaumburg of Columbia and Ken Schaumburg of Camdenton and five grandchildren.
Her parents and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Joint Concordia Fund c/o Hope Lutheran Church.
Kathe A. Brady of Mexico died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence. She was 50.
Mrs. Brady was Sept. 10, 1949, in Columbia to William and Luci Moore Dannar. She married Wayne A. Brady on Dec. 2, 1967, in Columbia. She was a co-owner of Brady Paint and Glass in Mexico, and she studied at the Missouri School of Religion. She was a member of Southside Christian Church where she was the Women's Ministry Director.
The funeral for Mrs. Brady, officiated by Doug Vernon, will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Southside Christian Church, 2100 Lakeview, Mexico. Visitation will be between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday at Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico.
Memorials may be sent to Southside Christian Church, 2100 Lakeview, Mexico, Mo. 65265.
Mrs. Brady is survived by her mother, Luci Dannar of Columbia, her husband, Wayne A. Brady of Mexico; three sons, Luke Brady of Lakeland, Fla., Bret Brady and Matt Brady of Mexico; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Brady of Mexico; and three sisters, Klara Dannar of Dexter, Mich., Kristy Leath of Fort Worth, Texas. and Kelli Black of Flower Mound, Texas.
Her father, William Dannar of Columbia, died earlier.
James Richard Crane
James Richard Crane of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. He was 68.
Mr. Crane was born on Feb. 4, 1931, to Julius and Sarah Crane in Boone County. A former member of the National Guard, Mr. Crane married Barbara Knigge on August 15, 1954.
Visitation for Mr. Crane will be from 12 to 1:30 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Jesse Barnhart, will follow at the funeral home's chapel.
Mr. Crane will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jean Crane; one son, Michael Crane of Columbia; two daughters, Brenda Sieber of Columbia and Judy Husky of Columbia; one brother, Luther Crane of Columbia; one sister, Genevieve O'Neal of Hartsburg; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His parents and one brother died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, Mo. 65201, or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032-2699.
Hazel M. Davis
Hazel M. Davis of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital. She was 79.
Mrs. Davis was born March 5, 1920, in Armstrong, Mo. to Bill and Ella Griffin Lutz. During her life, Mrs. Davis lived in Cooper and Howard counties in Missouri, and worked as an apple packer.
Visitation for Mrs. Davis will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N Tenth St. Services, conducted by Rev. John Foley, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Melvin Davis of Columbia; one son, James Bibee of Fulton; two daughters, Jo Ann Hill of Boonville and Shirley Rose of Columbia; and one brother, Harvey Lutz of Fayette.
Her brother and one grandson died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 2600 I-70 Dr. NW, Columbia, Mo. 65203.
Eva Lanell Hartley
Eva Lanell Hartley of Centralia died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Centralia. She was 69.
She was an avid flower gardener for many years.
"She loved all kinds of flowers," said her husband, Robert Hartley. "Roses, yellow roses, tulips, you name it."
Robert Hartley said his wife was very supportive.
"She was a very loving mother and a very loving wife," Hartley said. "She was a very good person.
"She's helped me quite a bit. She's taught me a lot of things about life," he said. "I learned a lot from that woman. She taught me never to let people walk all over me. That's something she taught me very well."
Mrs. Hartley was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Texas to Luther and Jettie Lewis Rushing.
She married Robert Lee Hartley in Fulton on Aug. 8, 1983.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Mrs. Hartley's body will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Hartley is survived by her husband, Robert Hartley of Centralia; one daughter, Linda Whitehead of Centralia; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Her parents died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Eva Hartley Memorial Fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.
R. Michael Wardin
R. Michael Wardin of Columbia died of a heart attack Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital and Clinics. He was 50.
He had worked as an adaptive technology trainer at MU's Adaptive Computing Technology Center (ACTC) for three and a half years.
He taught people with disabilities how to use computers with adaptive devices such as screen readers and optical character recognition software, said Mike Peplow, ACTC's user support analyst.
After losing his vision in 1989, Mr. Wardin went back to earn a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation at Central Michigan University. While he was pursuing a master's degree at Western Michigan University, he heard about the opportunity of working at MU.
Although Mr. Wardin was visually impaired, he was very outgoing, said his wife Wendy Wardin.
"He liked caving. He was into the Internet a lot," Wendy Wardin said. "Everybody knew him. He had a good sense of humor."
He also liked camping and canoeing, his wife said; he was frequently seen with his dog, who he named Camper.
"He didn't let a lot of things keep him back from accomplishing things," Peplow said. "I'm pretty much shocked. I know he's going to be missed by a lot of people, particularly in the disability community."
Mr. Wardin went beyond his own struggle to help others.
"Mike was very active in disability issues," said Darren Gabbert, manager of ACTC. "He was a strong advocate for disability rights."
Mr. Wardin was born Aug. 28, 1949, in Saginaw, Mich., to Robert and Marian Link Wardin.
He married Wendy Platt in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Sept. 12, 1970.
Mr. Wardin was a member of the Christian Fellowship church. He also served on the board of directors of Services for Independent Living, Sons of American Legion and City Commission for Disabilities. He was also a member of a caving group, Chouteau Grotto.
Visitation for Mr. Wardin will be at noon today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Wardin is survived by his wife, Wendy Wardin of Columbia; one son, Jonathan Wardin of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; one daughter, Christie Wardin of Columbia; his father, Robert Wardin of Midland, Mich.; his mother, Marian Wardin of Midland, Mich.; two brothers, Mark Wardin and Brian Wardin, both of Midland, Mich.; one sister, Patricia Conwell of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Mike Wardin Memorial Fund, c/o Christian Fellowship Church, 4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203.