Miscellaneous Boone County, Missouri Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY - GENLOOKUPS


First Name:
Last Name:
Eileen Mae Link
Eileen Mae Link of Neosho died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at Columbia Residential Care. She was 79.
She was born March 31, 1920, in Tipton Ford to Robert Wesley Riggs and Della Mae Harris Riggs.
She married Jack Morris Link on Sept. 25, l940.
She was a lifelong resident of Neosho, until moving to Columbia two years ago.
Mrs. Link is survived by one daughter, Judy Watkins and son-in-law John Watkins both of Columbia; one son, Roger Link and daughter-in-law Mary Ellen Link both of Neosho; a sister, Hazel Simpson of Wichita, Kan.; ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, one son, Gary M. Link and one daughter, Janice McBee, died earlier.
Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clark Funeral Home in Neosho. Services, conducted by the Rev. Tom Thorne, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the IOOF Cemetery in Neosho.

Gerald Ray Smith
Gerald Ray Smith of Columbia died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at University Hospital. He was 34.
The cause of his death was "just a natural death," according to Raymond Smith, his father. He became sick on Monday and was taken to University Hospital. He died on that day.
Mr. Smith worked for Smith Janitoral. He never married or had children, but lived with Mary Etta Lewis and her two sons. He graduated from Hickman High School.
"He was a lovable person," Raymond Smith said. "He liked everybody. He loved to protect his family by cooking, cleaning and whatever made him happy."
Mr. Smith loved fishing, basketball, football and cooking. He fished anywhere as long as he had a pole and the water, Raymond Smith said.
Mr. Smith was born Nov. 25, 1964, in Columbia, to Raymond and Christine Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by his parents; two brothers, Damon Lee Smith of Columbia and Steve Bruce of Boonville; 10 aunts, eight uncles, one niece, one nephew and Mary Etta Lewis and her children.
Visitation for Mr. Smith will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Russell Chapel C.M.E. Church, 108 E. Ash St. in Columbia.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Kathy Sharon, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Russell Chapel C.M.E. Church. Burial will be in Speed Cemetery, Speed, Mo.

Barbara Glenzy
Skipping school was not an option for Barbara Glenzy's five children.
"We grew up knowing that education was very important," said her daughter Jeanne Harmon.
As an educator, business owner and volunteer, Ms. Glenzy was committed to helping and enriching the lives of others.
Barbara Glenzy of Columbia died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999. She was 66.
She was born May 13, 1933 in Cape Girardeau to Charles and Alma Kendall Scott.
Ms. Glenzy married twice, on Sept. 1, 1951 to Robert Maxwell, and on July 12, 1974 to Dwayn Glenzy. Mr. Glenzy died earlier.
Her husbands' businesses played a significant role in Ms. Glenzy's life. Maxwell owned a hardware store, and Glenzy owned a welding supply company. At one point, Harmon explained, her mother was considered vice-president.
"She understood how to do a business. She really did have that business sense, what was a good decision and what was a bad decision," Harmon said.
One of the most important decisions Ms. Glenzy ever made didn't have to do with business - it dealt with her own education.
After having four children, she returned to college. Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau was no easy task.
"She drove two hours one way from Potosi to Cape Girardeau every day," Harmon said. "For her, there was a real urgency to have her college education and support her children."
Harmon also vividly remembers her mother's altruistic nature.
"She was a very caring, giving and selfless person," she said.
Ms. Glenzy spent time volunteering in a reading program, a tutoring service, a hospital and her church's food pantry.
"She felt like she should give back to people," Harmon said.
Ms. Glenzy is survived by three daughters, Jeanne Harmon of Harrisburg, Carol Weatherly of St. James and Joan Simpkins of Lee's Summit; one son, Gary Maxwell of Memphis, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Sue Glenzy of Greensboro, N.C.; four sisters, Mary Beth Garwood of St. Louis, Marnett Haug of Largo Vista, Texas, Jean Slinkard of Cape Girardeau and Connie Scott of St. Charles; one brother, Charles Scott of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.
Private memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 12928 Ladue Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63141.

William F. Morie
William F. Morie had music in his blood.
"Music was his life," his daughter Patty Barner said. "He really enjoyed it."
Mr. Morie died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at his home in Ashland. He was 85.
Mr. Morie was born Jan. 24, 1914, in St. Louis to William F. and Anna Mae Michaels Morie. He was a graduate of Wellston High School in Wellston.
He played the tenor sax and the clarinet professionally for more than 60 years. He spent most of his life living in St. Louis and playing music.
In the early 1930s, he traveled around the country playing big band tunes. He played at both of former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes' inaugurations. He also played at the Missouri State Fair several times as a backup for entertainers like Bob Hope, The Carpenters and Phyllis Diller.
"He played a lot of places around St. Louis and Illinois," Barner said.
Besides playing music, Mr. Morie worked for the Railroad Express Agency, which was the delivery system that evolved from the Pony Express. He retired from the agency in 1974 after more than 30 years of service.
Mr. Morie moved to Ashland in 1997.
Survivors include three daughters, Patty Barner and Dee Sapp, both of Ashland, and Mary Lou Weng of Atlanta; one son, William Morie of Atlanta; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Two sisters died earlier.
There will be no services.

Tamar Armstrong
Only a few days after talking to his grandmother about plans for Thanksgiving, Tamar Armstrong of Fayette died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"He had a rough lifestyle, but he was determined to make it," Emma Sweet, his grandmother, said. "His motto was 'Give me a place to stand and I'll change the world.'"
Mr. Armstrong lived with his grandmother after his mother died 11 years ago.
"To know him was to love him," Emma Sweet said. "He was the most loving, most kind person."
While the motive behind his actions is unknown, Mr. Armstrong was under investigation for credit card theft.
Mr. Armstrong was born July 29, 1977, to Archie Armstrong and Janice Sweet in San Diego. He was a senior at Central Methodist College and planned to join the Air Force after graduating in December. He also played football for the college.
He is survived by his father, Archie Armstrong, of San Diego; his grandmother, Emma Sweet, of San Diego; his brother, Tylon D. Sweet, of Atlanta; and his sister, Shanika Sweet, of San Diego.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the San Diego Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Kelly Sweet will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego.

Scott Bradford
Scott Bradford, a Columbia native, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 at the University Health Sciences Center of cancer. He was 65.
Mr. Bradford was born March 3, 1934, in Columbia to Jake and Idelle Dunham Bradford. Mr. Bradford attended Douglass High School and worked for years at the Columbia Downtown Inn. He was a longtime member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
Mr. Bradford is survived by three sisters, Belle E. Payton, Katie L. Reynolds and Idelle Martin, all of Columbia; four brothers, Jake Bradford Jr., David J. Bradford, Edgar Bradford and Floyd L. Bradford, all of Columbia; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He never married and had no children.
His parents and six brothers died earlier.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Raymond W. Hayes, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.

Lorraine M. Breid
Lorraine "Sis" Mosley Breid of Fulton died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Fulton Manor Care Center. She was 89.
In her retirement years, Mrs. Breid was an avid genealogist. She was able to trace her family's origins back to Capt. John Smith of Pocahontas fame.
"She was real excited when she found out," her daughter, Janet Breid, said.
She said her mother was excited to be able to join the Mayflower Society, a group for direct descendents of members of the Mayflower expedition.
Mrs. Breid was also an officer of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In the mid-1980s, Mrs. Breid was able to travel to Washington, D.C., for a convention.
"She was just so thrilled she could hardly stand it," Janet Breid said. "It was her first and only trip to Washington - she loved it."
Her interest in family also helped her to be a devoted grandmother.
"She would take [her grandchildren] anytime she could get her hands on them," Janet Breid said.
Lorraine Mosley was born Jan. 19, 1910, in Callaway County to Benjamin Thomas and Rena Dunham Mosley. She attended Fulton High School in the late 1920s, then married Russell Glenn "Poodle" Breid in May 1929. She worked for Ovid Bell Press for many years before retiring in 1975.
"She was a fine and dedicated person - very helpful," said John Bell, Ovid Bell Press president. "We are all blessed to be associated with her."
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Debo Funeral Homes, 833 Court St., Fulton. Services, officiated by Bruce Williamson, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Debo Funeral Homes. Entombment will follow at Callaway Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Route 6, Fulton.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Breid of Columbia; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Layton and Cecily Layton, both of Columbia.
Her husband, four sisters and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the Fulton Manor Care Center, 520 Manor Drive, Fulton, MO 65251.

Ben W. Cassity
Born and raised in Tiger Country, Ben W. Cassity remained a loyal MU fan his entire life.
Mr. Cassity of Mesa, Ariz., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, in Mesa. The former Columbia resident was 80.
Mr. Cassity was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Columbia to Benjamin and Beulah Cassity.
He grew up in Boone County and graduated from Hickman High School in 1937.
Mr. Cassity went on to attend MU. On Nov. 23, 1939, he married Ella May Scott.A lifelong member of the MU Alumni Association, he continued to follow Tiger sports even after he moved away from Columbia, his daughter Nancy Tate said.
At MU, he majored in business administration, but left before receiving a degree to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
After the war, he worked with J.E. Hathman Construction Co., a commercial building firm based in Columbia.
He later moved to Arizona and lived there for more than 30 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Columbia Cemetery in Columbia.
Mr. Cassity is survived by three daughters, Nancy Tate of Gallatin, Linda Wilmeth of Phoenix, and Christy Schafer of Aurora, Colo.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His wife and one brother died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the University of Missouri Athletic Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 667, Columbia, MO 65205.

Clarence M. Dunn
Clarence Milton Dunn died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999. He was 69.
Mr. Dunn got to know many people in Columbia by using his outgoing personality and a bicycle.
"It seemed like everybody in town knew him," said his brother, the Rev. James Dunn of Columbia. "He just had a personality that drew people."
Mr. Dunn rode his bike everywhere and he would stop and visit with those he met. The kids he met dubbed him "Hook" because of his prosthetic left hand.
Mr. Dunn was a member of the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbia and the United Methodist Men's Club. , where he helped with fundraising activities and community service projects. He was very active in the construction of the new church building.
He was formerly employed at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
"He was just a fun-loving guy that would do anything to help anybody if he could," James Dunn said.
Mr. Dunn was born in Conway, Ark., to the Rev. Cornell Dunn and Mattie Bright Dunn on May 13, 1930.
He is survived by three brothers, Robert Dunn and the Rev. James Dunn of Columbia, and Charles Dunn of Tulsa, Okla.; four sisters, Corrine Rolack of Dayton, Ohio, Sue White of Tulsa, Okla., Ella Wedlow of Hartshorn, Okla., and Betty Patterson of Vain, Okla.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
His parents, three brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Warren Funeral Chapel, 10 N. Fourth St. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
Services, conducted by the Rev. James Dunn, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery,

Karla Jean Cup
Marilyn Thomas remembers a daughter who was remarkably kind and had a love for sports, the piano, animals and children. Her daughter never married or had children, but "she loved other people's kids," Thomas said.
"She would always feed cats and take them in when she could," Thomas said.
Karla Jean Cupp of Columbia died in her home Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999. She was 41. The cause of death is undetermined, but her mother said she had Lupus for the past 20 years.
Ms. Cupp was born Aug. 12, 1958, in Kirksville to Bill and Marilyn J. Gordon Cupp. She graduated from Kirksville High School in 1977. She volunteered for the RAIN organization and also worked as a nurse's aide at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital for several years.
"She was always helping someone else despite her own struggles," Thomas said.
She spent the past month in the hospital recovering from a crushed hip. She was released last Wednesday.
"Her first concern was to get some food for the cat as soon as she came home," Thomas said.
Thomas said her daughter only had one kidney, and doctors feared for her survival.
"I expected it for years but not this soon," she said. Ms. Cupp is survived by her father, Bill Cupp of Kirksville; her mother, Marilyn, and stepfather, Robert Thomas, of Millersburg; two brothers, Jim Cupp of Lee's Summit, and Dallas Cupp of Kirksville., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Betsy M. Davies
Betsy M. Davies was an optimistic person who had a passion for making a difference in children's lives. She was a kindergarten teacher at Crest View Elementary School in Boulder, Colo.
Mrs. Davies' sister, Cindy Mustard, said she admired her sister's generosity.
"She has given so much support to anybody whenever they needed it," Mustard said.
Mrs. Davies died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, of ovarian and breast cancer in her Boulder home. She was 48. She had battled cancer for three-and-a-half years, Mustard said.
Mrs. Davies was born on her parent's wedding anniversary, Sept. 12, 1951, in Columbia. Mustard said her sister was an anniversary gift for their parents, George and Elizabeth Miller.
"I think she was the favorite of the family," Mustard said. "She was the baby."
Mrs. Davies graduated from Hickman High School in 1969. During her freshman year of college, Mrs. Davies attended Colorado Women's College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mustard said she thinks her sister fell in love with Colorado that year.
Mrs. Davies received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1973 and moved to Colorado. She married Scott Davies on April 26, 1986, in Gold Lake, Colo.
"I think she's most passionate about her family, her children and teaching," Mustard said. "Her other passion is Colorado and the mountains."
Mustard said Mrs. Davies was a Broncos fan and loved listening to Paul McCartney.
"She loved life," Mustard said. "She loved to entertain - her home was open to anybody."
A memorial service, led by the Rev. Gary Johnson, will be held for Mrs. Davies at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church Chapel.
Mrs. Davies is survived by her husband, Scott Davies of Boulder; two sisters, Mustard of Columbia and Helen Kallenbach of Occidental, Calif.; one son, Christopher Davies; and one daughter, Sara Davies.
Her parents died earlier.
Contributions may be sent to the Crest View Elementary PTO, 1897 Sumac Ave., Boulder, Colo. 80304 or to the charity of one's choice.

Gladys Ewens Fenton
Gladys Ewens Fenton of Westerville, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Sterling House in Columbus, Ohio. The former Columbia resident was 86.
Mrs. Fenton was born March 17, 1913, in Hallsville, to William L. and Nina Ewens. She married George Ray Fenton on Dec. 12, 1931.
She was a longtime member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. Mrs. Fenton also worked for many years at MU in the Student Housing office.
According to MU food sciences professor Bob Marshall, Mrs. Fenton dealt primarily with married student housing.
"She was a very fine lady," Marshall said. "Her husband, Ray, was deceased several years ago. She then left here to move where her son is. We've gotten Christmas letters from her every year."
Fred Neiger, an associate minister at Calvary, remembers Mrs. Fenton and her husband as very faithful members of the church.
"She was a very good Christian," Neiger said.
After her husband died, she moved to Ohio to be near her only son, Richard Lee Fenton. In Ohio, she was a member of the Messiah United Methodist Church in Westerville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Paul Jarrett, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Fenton is survived by her son, Richard Lee Fenton of Ohio; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Dixie Hazel Forsee
Dixie Hazel Forsee of Columbia died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. She was 81.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Forsee was ready to travel across the state to pursue her interests, which included everything from gospel music to rabbits.
Her husband, Henry, said Mrs. Forsee greatly enjoyed showing animals.
"We ran all over the state of Missouri showing rabbits and chickens," he said. "She and I and three or four other people formed the Mid-Missouri Rabbit Club, back 30 years ago. It is still going on today."
"She was very generous and very kind, very caring," said her daughter-in-law, Brenda Forsee. "She was the secretary for the rabbit club for years and years. She was very active in it, and very proud."
"We loved gospel music," Henry Forsee said. "We would go to the state fair and see our favorite performers." They traveled to other gospel music celebrations. Henry Forsee said they particularly loved to travel to a festival in Meramec Cave every October.
Mrs. Forsee was born July 5, 1918, in Howard County to Richard and Edna Mae Downs Bodle. She married Henry Forsee on May 19, 1936. At the time of her death, she and Henry Forsee had been married for 63 years.
Mrs. Forsee was a member of Olivet Christian Church in Columbia. She once taught there as a Sunday school teacher.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Swearngin, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
Mrs. Forsee is survived by her husband, Henry Forsee of Columbia; two sons, Robert Forsee and Donald Forsee, both of Columbia; one daughter, Mary M. Williamson of Burlington, Ind.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Her half-sister died earlier.
Memorials can be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Berniece P. Glascock
Berniece P. Glascock of Hartsburg died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was 78.
Mrs. Glascock was born May 5, 1921, in Blackwater to August and Pauline Lieneky Begemann. She married Estil D. Glascock on Nov. 6, 1941, in Hartsburg.
Mrs. Glascock was a member of the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church in Hartsburg, as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 152 and the Order of the Eastern Star No. 309 in Ashland.
She worked as a beautician at the House Beautiful Salon in Columbia for more than 35 years. For the past few years, she worked at New Image in Ashland.
Services, conducted by Elder Marvine Tolle, will be at 11 a.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland. Visitation was held Monday.
Mrs. Glascock is survived by a son, Jerome Glascock of Hartsburg; her sister, Deloris Reeder of Hartsburg; three brothers, Paul "Pete" Begemann of Hartsburg, Robert "Buck" Begemann of Columbia, and August Begemann of Henley; and three grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, Mo. 65203.

Amy O. Vossbrink
Amy O. Vossbrink of Columbia died of cancer Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999. She was 86.
Mrs. Vossbrink devoted many years of her life to nursing. She enlisted in the Army in 1942 as a second lieutenant and served in the Army Nurse Corp during World War II in Africa and Europe. She also worked as a school nurse for Brentwood High School for 18 years and was an active member of the Retired Teachers' Association.
After moving to Lenoir Retirement Community 12 years ago, Mrs. Vossbrink became actively involved.
Nursing was her career, but church was her life. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church and was involved with the Christian Womens' Fellowship. Paul Black, her nephew, said that church was very important to her.
"Her life revolved around her church work and her church family," he said.
Mrs. Vossbrink was born Jan. 15, l913, in Marine, Ill., to George and Ada Costner Tabor. She married George Vossbrink on June 10, 1953, in Arkansas.
For the last 12 years, Mrs. Vossbrink drove Jean Baldwin to services every Sunday.
After Baldwin learned of her friend's death, she was not sure she would be able to make it to church Sunday morning. She said she was not sure that she even wanted to go.
"We just depended on each other and shared the moment together," Baldwin said. "She was a loyal and true friend."
Baldwin said that Mrs. Vossbrink's knowledge of the Bible was impressive. Religion was part of her family tradition.
A hard-working, devoted woman, Mrs. Vossbrink continued to give even in death. She donated her body as an anatomical gift for cancer research to the MU School of Medicine.
"She was a tough lady," Black said. "She lived her life on her own terms. She made the decision not to go though chemotherapy and to let the illness run its course. That was a tough and courageous decision."
Services, conducted by the Rev. Rick Frost, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lenoir Chapel, 3612 Lenoir St.
Mrs. Vossbrink is survived by her sister, Golda E. Black, and 21 other nieces and nephews.
Her husband, three brothers and one sister died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Lenoir Retirement Home, 8 Miller Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

Dwight Detmer
Dwight Detmer of Columbia died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999. He was 51.
Visitation for Mr. Detmer will be from 4 to 9 p.m. tonight at Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Washington Street, Washington, Mo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Detmer will be buried at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.
Mr. Detmer is survived by his mother, Elvira Detmer, of Washington, Mo.; his sister, Vickie Coon, of Saugus, Calif.; two nieces and one nephew.

Riley Morris Richardson
Riley Morris Richardson of Columbia died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 81.
Mr. Richardson was born June 27, 1918, in Boone County to Hulen and Nina Sapp Richardson.
He married Ibbie Bennet on Oct. 5, 1938, in Ashland. He belonged to the 4-H Extension Council and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Jefferson City. He was also a member of the Dudes and Dames Square Dance Club.
Visitation for Mr. Richardson will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 121 7 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by the Rev. Susan Cox-Johnson, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Richardson is survived by his wife; two sons, J.R. Richardson of Columbia and Roy Richardson of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Fay Palmer of Columbia and Lorrain Rowsey of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
His parents and two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1316 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Mary Miller
Mary Miller gave a voice to the poor of Columbia.
"She was always right there when people needed her," Vivian Doughty said.
Doughty worked with Mrs. Miller for seven years at Boone County Human Development Corporation. She said she will remember the first day she met Mrs. Miller. Doughty came to Mrs. Miller's office to interview for a job.
"When I walked into the room, she was eating a popsicle," Doughty said.
That day, Mrs. Miller shared her work philosophy with Doughty.
"We don't screen people out, we screen people in," she recalled Mrs. Miller saying.
Mary Margaret Miller died Sept. 24, 1999 at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was 71.
There was time for both work and play for Mrs. Miller's employees, Doughty said. Sometimes, Mrs. Miller would close the office for an hour and have a potluck lunch in the office or treat her employees to breakfast at Shoney's, Doughty said.
"She made the day for the rest of us go better," David Thayer said. Thayer was Mrs. Miller's supervisor at the Boone County HDC and knew Mrs. Miller for 28 years.
"She was always trying to improve things," Thayer said. "She always got things done."
Mrs. Miller was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Boone County to Theodore and Margaret Gaithwright Russell. She married David Noble in 1950. He died earlier, and she later married Herman Miller of Jefferson City.
She was the first black executive director at Boone County Human Development Corporation, where she retired after 25 years. Miller was also the first black project director for the Columbia Housing Authority. She developed recreation and meal programs for senior citizens, organized efforts for an elevated crosswalk to be built over Providence Road and helped develop an afternoon school program for latchkey kids at Fifth Street Christian Church.
Mrs. Miller was a founding member of Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri, Mid Missouri Legal Services, Central Missouri Food Bank and The Wardrobe. She was awarded the Martin Luther King award by Gov. Mel Carnahan and was a member of Fifth Street Christian Church.
Services, conducted by the Rev. Hanna H. Tommey, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, 101 N. 10th St.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Herbert Miller of Jefferson City; and two daughters, Donna Noble Cavitte of Jefferson City and Jaynae Miller of Los Angeles; and one grandchild.
Memorials may be sent to Central Missouri Food Bank, 2000 Pennsylvania Drive, Columbia, MO 65202; Planned Parenthood, 711 N. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203, and The Wardrobe, 715 Park Ave., Columbia, MO 65201.

Donald R. Tharp
Donald R. Tharp of Platte City died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 at Trinity-Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City following a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 62.
Mr. Tharp was born May 15, 1937, in Jefferson City to Roy E. and Vivian Strong Tharp. He graduated from Park College with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1966, he received a master's degree in social work from MU.
He obtained a doctorate degree in law from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1971. He served as mayor of Platte City from 1973 to 1976. He also served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Platte County from 1974 to 1978.
From 1982 to 1985, he served as general counsel for the Missouri Division of Insurance. Mr. Tharp spent his last 14 years in private practice.
Visitation for Mr. Tharp will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City, Mo. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Platte City. Mr. Tharp will be buried at New Market Cemetery in New Market, Mo.
Mr. Tharp is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Platte City; his mother, Vivian Tharp of Jefferson City; two brothers, Steve Tharp of Mexico, Mo. and Michael Tharp of Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters, Donna Sue Caine of Mexico, Mo. and Judy Wickham of Warrensburg; five children, Randall Tharp of Kansas City, Lee Tharp of Jefferson City, Adam Tharp of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Carter Tharp of Columbia and Alison Tharp Martin of Columbia; and eight grandchildren.
His father died earlier.

Marjorie H. Miller
Marjorie H. Miller was a loving, compassionate lady with a heart for other people.
"She was always there to help all the neighbors and tried to please everybody," said her son, Frank Conrad Miller.
Mrs. Miller died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at a hospital in El Paso, Texas. She was 91.
"Until she got sick, she was very active and involved in the church," said Bob Guese, a former minister at Riggs United Methodist Church in Sturgeon. "She was a part of everything that happened."
Dorothy Lipscomb was a neighbor and friend of Mrs. Miller who remembers her as a very special person and a good cook.
"She used to make these sugar cookies that everybody in the neighborhood liked," Lipscomb said. "She was a wonderful Christian lady - and when I say lady, I really mean lady."
Mrs. Miller was born Oct. 25, 1907, in Spicer, Minn., to Frank and Marie Harris. The family later moved to Columbia, where Mrs. Miller went to University Laboratory High School. There, she met Carl Miller. They were married Dec. 28, 1927.
After working at the University Book Store, Mrs. Miller became a bookkeeper at the Missouri State High School Activities Association. There, she was known to be a sweet, nice lady who loved children.
"I remember that for Halloween, she used to leave a big candy basket on her doorstep with a note attached to it - 'Help yourself'," said Wanda Darby, secretary at Missouri State High School Activities Association.
Administrative assistant Janie Barck also remembers Mrs. Miller's warm heart.
"I came here right after my graduation, and she took me under her wings. She was like a mother to me," Barck said. "She was a very pleasant lady to work with."
There will be a graveside memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Guese, at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her son, Lt. Col. Frank Conrad Miller of El Paso, Texas; her daughter, Ruth Ann Forge of Washington Depot, Conn.; and six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be sent to Riggs United Methodist Church, 101 E. Smith St., Sturgeon, MO 65284.


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY