Nancy Lee Racey, 45, of Kidder, formerly of Columbia, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, at Cameron Hospital. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Kidder Cemetery. Arrangements are made under the direction of Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton.
Mrs. Racey was born June 3, 1953, in Chicago to LeNora and William Lyle Fitzgerald. She married Steve Racey in 1980, and he survives.
She graduated from Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri and William Woods College. She had been employed as a caregiver at Woodhaven Learning Center in Columbia, the Bureau for the Blind in Houston and later maintained a home for abused children for the Los Angeles Children’s Bureau.
Other survivors include her mother and stepfather, LeNora Klinfelter Boyle and George Boyle of Columbia; two brothers, William Mark Fitzgerald of Hallsville and James Lyle Fitzgerald of Winnetka, Calif.; and seven stepbrothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her father and an infant brother.
Memorials are suggested to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, Mo., 65201, or the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Cure Foundation, 1826 R Street N.W., Washington, D.C., 20009.
Linda Kaye (Lieurance) Batteiger, 56, formerly of Columbia died March 28, 2009, in Aurora, Colo. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 1, in Denver, Colo. She was born Aug. 8, 1952, to Harold and Lois Amburn Lieurance in Palmyra.
Her mother preceded her in death in 1967. The family moved to Columbia in 1969 and Kaye graduated from Hickman High School in 1971. Kaye married Ed Batteiger of Quincy, Ill., on Sept. 3, 1976, and they made their home in Denver, Colo.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Brian of Aurora; a daughter Jennifer of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter Abbey Entzel and her husband, Kipp, of Aurora; also surviving is her father, Harold Lieurance and his wife, Pat, of Columbia; a sister, Teresa Hevel and her husband, David, of Hannibal; a sister, Laura Pierson and her husband, Ron, of Columbia; and a sister, Susan Edwards and her husband, Ron, of Lee’s Summit.
Published Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Jonathan "Mark" Hudnell, 51, of Columbia passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at University Hospital.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Broadway Christian Church.
Mr. Hudnell was born Aug. 15, 1953, in Rock Island, Ill., to John and Evelyn Martin Hudnell.
Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Hudnell of Columbia; two brothers, Stephen Hudnell of Columbia and Kevin Hudnell of Los Angeles; and a longtime friend and companion, Jane Ponte of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Phoenix House, 607 S. Fifth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Published in the Columbia Tribune.
Neil Warner Watchinski, 46, of Columbia, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at Missouri United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rhymes Moncure Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, July 9, at Parker Funeral Service.
Mr. Watchinski was born Jan. 16, 1953, in Normal, Ill., to Herbert and Annavesta Morse Watchinski Sr.
He graduated from Hickman High School and attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He was named first team all-state in football and to Parade magazine’s all-American football team. He was a truck driver for Tiger Packing Co.
Survivors include his parents, of Columbia; and two brothers, Robert Watchinski of Overland Park, Kan., and Herb Watchinski Jr. of Columbia, Md.
Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Published Friday, December 3, 2004 in the Columbia Tribune.
Ellen Marie Mottaz, 51, of Hallsville died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004. A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at First Christian Church in Columbia. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Parker Funeral Service.
The daughter of Dorsey R. and Geraldine Reese Martin was born July 18, 1953, in Columbia. On June 26, 1976, she married Fred Mottaz in Columbia, and he survives.
She was active in 4-H and enjoyed showing both livestock and youth arts at the Boone County Fair. She twice showed the Grand Champion Boone County Ham.
She graduated from Hickman High School in 1971 and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
She was an avid MU football and basketball fan. She attended every MU home football game for 33 years.
Besides her family, teaching was her life. She provided more than 25 years of service to public education as a teacher, mentor and literacy leader at schools in Camdenton and Hallsville and at Blue Ridge and Derby Ridge elementary schools in Columbia. She was selected as Columbia’s kindergarten-through-third-grade educator of the year in 2002.
Survivors also include three children, Elizabeth of Columbia and Brian and Stephanie of the home; her father; a sister, Kay Beissenherz and husband Bill; a brother, Stephen D. Martin and wife Terri; an aunt, Diana Groshong and husband Kee; four nephews; and a grandchild, Elayna, all of Columbia.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either First Christian Church or the Derby Ridge Literacy Fund.
Published Friday, November 28, 2008 in the Columbia Tribune.
Alan Dale Jennings, 55, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center. A memorial gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Memorial Funeral Home.
Alan was born on Jan. 20, 1953, in Columbia to Raymond and Florence Millett Jennings.
He was a 1971 graduate of Hickman High School. Alan was employed at Accent Press in Columbia. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his mother, Florence of Columbia; two daughters, Elizabeth and Claire Jennings of Columbia; sister Betty Moore of Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers, James and Terry Jennings of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65202.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com.
Published Sunday, November 25, 2007 in the Columbia Tribune.
Dennis Ray Greenwood, 54, of Columbia passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at Boone Hospital Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1953, in Columbia, the son of the late Thomas Sylvester and Jane Bennett Greenwood.
He was united in marriage to Suzanne Prewitt on Feb. 15, 1986, and she survives at the home.
Mr. Greenwood graduated from Hickman High School and Columbia College with a bachelor of arts degree in history/government (criminal justice).
He and his father were partners in an interior design business in Columbia until the death of his father. He then attended and graduated from Southwest Paralegal Institute in Texas.
He worked for the attorney general’s office and was a human rights officer for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. He was a member of Community United Methodist Church, an avid MU fan, woodworker, baseball fan, and greatly enjoyed his family and pets.
In addition to his wife Suzanne, survivors include his son, Adam Rice and companion Jerrica Whitlow and granddaughter Anaya Rice, all of Columbia; siblings Bonita Heet and husband Frank of Centertown, Maxine Clark and husband Bobby of St. Louis, and Jeff Greenwood and wife Lisa of Columbia; mother-in-law Betty Prewitt of Chillicothe, Mo.; brothers-in-law John Prewitt and wife Jenni of Chillicothe, Ill., and Jim Prewitt and wife Patti of Navasota, Texas; sister-in-law Sondra Skipper and husband Larry of Chillicothe, Mo. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society.
Online tributes can be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com.
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Daniel Warren Black, 52, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at his mother’s home in Columbia after a long diabetes-related illness.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Memorial Park Cemetery with Chaplain John Fussner officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home.
Dan was born in Marshall on Jan. 9, 1953, to Frank and Juanita Black. The family has lived in Columbia since 1967.
He graduated from Hickman High School and was a member of Parkade Baptist Church.
He spent most of his adult life in the lawn and garden business, having worked for Chemlawn, Atkins and Forever Green Nursery. He was a licensed arborist and also a licensed realtor.
Survivors include one son, Whitney Daniel Black; one brother, Tony Black and wife Jami; one sister, Rhonda Victor; his mother, Juanita Black-Morris; a stepsister, Cindy Stewart and husband Tom; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Black, in 1974 and his stepfather, Charles "Teeny" Morris, in 2002.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, attention Memorial Program Call Center, P.O. Box 2680, Canton, Ohio, 44720, or Family Counseling Center, 117 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Sue Maddox, 1953-2006
Published Friday, December 22, 2006 in the Columbia Tribune.
Sue Maddox, 53, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, as a result of a car accident.
Visitation services will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.. Funeral services will immediately follow, with the Rev. Richard Ramsey presiding.
Sue was born Glenda Sue Collins on May 20, 1953, in Oceanside, Calif. She graduated from Hickman High School and then received her degree in early childhood education from Southeast Missouri State University.
Her most cherished role was being a devoted, supportive, loving mother to her three children. She loved family events and reunions where good food and card games were plentiful.
Sue worked as the registrar at Rockbridge High School, sending students off armed with their transcripts as well as a fistful of candy after every visit to her office.
Sue adored her job and only took time off to spend with her beloved family and friends.
She also loved dogs, the outdoors and every other aspect of life. One will have a difficult time finding someone as genuine, generous and caring as her.
Sue’s survivors include her parents, Don and Nancy Collins; and her three children, Merideth, Mason and Matthew.
Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to the Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Rockbridge High School, 4503 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Memorial tributes may be left online at memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
An obituary that ran on Dec. 22 should have read: Glennda Sue Collins was born in Oceanside, Calif., on May 20, 1953. Also, donations may be made to the Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Memorial fund honors high school registrar
By JANESE HEAVIN of the Columbia Tribune’s staff. Published Saturday, January 6, 2007She was known as a "quiet hero" to her colleagues at Rock Bridge High School, someone who encouraged struggling students to stay in school and achieve their goals.
Now, friends and co-workers hope the spirit of Sue Maddox will live on through a memorial scholarship fund created in her name.
Maddox served in various secretarial positions at Rock Bridge, most recently as registrar in the guidance office. She died Dec. 20 in a two-car crash on Highway 124 near Centralia.
The Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship aims to reward students who have overcome adversity to graduate and pursue college.
"Sue was drawn to students," Rock Bridge Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter said. "She got real joy from seeing students do well and follow their dreams. She lives on whenever we can pat a student on the back in her name."
Maddox enjoyed hearing students talk about their plans for the future, said Marsha Uphoff, director of guidance.
"She was for the underdog and helped people achieve their potential. That’s what we’re hoping to do" with the scholarship, she said.
Organizers have already raised more than $2,000 for the scholarship fund. Donations can be sent to Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Ritter said organizers hope more donations will allow scholarships to be awarded annually.
Creating memorial tributes has become a way for Rock Bridge staff and students to deal with tragedies. Last month, students raised money to adopt a Haitian village to honor the memory of Paige Siddall, a Rock Bridge senior who died Nov. 1 in a car crash on Route K.
School employees are also helping one another get through the grief of Maddox’s death, Ritter said. "This is a really difficult tragedy for us, but we have close relationships with each other," she said. "We lean on each other for support."
School staff held a tribute in Maddox’s honor after school Thursday. "We talked about all the wonderful things we knew about her, both as individuals and as a group," Uphoff said.
Co-workers remember Maddox as a devoted mother of three Rock Bridge graduates, Merideth, Mason and Matthew.
"She was a mother first, but she was also a mother to all of the students here," Ritter said.
Students worked closely with Maddox, either registering for classes or requesting copies of their transcripts.
"She treated everybody with enthusiasm," Uphoff said.
She said secretaries and the guidance staff are staying strong, trying to juggle the extra workload to keep the daily operations running smoothly.
"You can’t just replace someone like that," Uphoff said. "We’re trying to stay as positive as we can, but honestly, it’s really difficult. We miss her so much."