COLUMBIA — Kristine Ann Moore of Columbia died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. She was 56.
Ms. Moore was born on Jan. 9, 1953, in Oklahoma City to Earl J. and Betty M. Moore.
Ms. Moore graduated from Hickman High School in 1971. She attended Columbia College and later graduated from the Kansas City College of Medical and Dental Assistants.
Ms. Moore served as a dental assistant in Kansas City for several years before moving back to Columbia. Since then, she spent the last 25 years working as a professional artist.
Ms. Moore is survived by her longtime companion Jack King of Columbia; two sisters; four brothers; and eight nieces and nephews.
Her parents died earlier.
COLUMBIA – Susan Decker always had the gift of word. When she got sick with cancer, she began writing a non-fictional novel and several short stories, said her father, Wayne Decker. "It gave her an outlet," he said.
Although Ms. Decker wrote several stories, none have been published. She was a member of the Columbia Writers Guild and shared some work with the group.
Ms. Decker died on Friday, March 12, 2010. She was 57. She was born Feb. 20, 1953, in Columbia to Wayne and Jane Decker.
"All my love was focused on her," Wayne Decker said of his only daughter. During her childhood, Ms. Decker and her parents went on many camping trips to the mountains. "She had a love for the outdoors," her father said.
The family also spent some time traveling through Europe. They especially enjoyed traveling to the Scandinavian countries. "We enjoyed visiting the museums in the different countries, such as Germany, France and Italy," Wayne Decker said.
Ms. Decker graduated from Hickman High School. She received a bachelor's degree of fine art with an emphasis in theater from Stephens College. She also got a master's degree in English and a law degree at MU.
During her summer in law school, she interned for Congressman Harold Volkmer. Ms. Decker opened a private law practice during her 10 years in Hilo, Hawaii. Later, when she moved back to Columbia, she worked at Central Missouri Family Law Practice. "It was her life work," Wayne Decker said. She was very passionate about her work.
Along with her love of being an attorney, Ms. Decker also had a love of animals. "She always had a dog around," Wayne Decker said. When Ms. Decker was younger, she loved to ride horses. During her time at Stephens, she was part of a horsemanship program.
Ms. Decker was also a member of Columbia Kiwanis Club, Rock and Lapidary Club of Columbia, Columbia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She belonged to the First Presbyterian Church, the Hawaii Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.
Ms. Decker is survived by a son, Adian John McNaire, 13, and her parents.
Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia. Memorials may be sent to Preferred Hospice of Missouri, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 311, Columbia, MO 65202.
James R. Pringle of Columbia died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at his home. He was 57. He was born on Jan. 4, 1953, in Columbia to Oran and Billie Hanson Pringle.
Mr. Pringle was a talented jewelry designer, musician and artist and subcontractor for KT Diamond Jewelers in Columbia.
Oran Pringle said his son learned about art and jewelry from his uncle, who was an art professor at MU. "He was very motivated towards his work and his jewelry making," his father said.
Mr. Pringle was also a devoted member of the Newman Center, a Roman Catholic community.
Oran Pringle said his son was very outgoing. "He had friends all over town," he said. "Everybody liked him."
Mr. Pringle is survived by his parents; two children, Emily Ann Pringle of Kansas City and Michael Allen Pringle of Columbia; a brother, Allan Pringle; and a sister, Becky Pringle.
A sister, Billie Pringle II, died earlier.
Burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave., Columbia, MO 65201.
Brian R. Toland, died peacefully at home on June 25, 2008. Born January 30, 1953 in Big Springs, TX he was a life-long Texas Longhorns fan.
Brian was a man for all seasons who had a passion for life and lived his dreams. He was a consummate wildlife ecologist and master falconer. He was a published author and photographer. He wildlife images were selected to adorn the lobby of Parrish Medical Center. After twenty-five years of government service protecting endangered species, Brian founded his own environmental consulting firm and later brought his wife in as a partner creating an enduring family business.
Brian was a gifted guitarist who wrote and recorded his own music. Above all, Brian was a devoted father and husband who left an incredible legacy for his family.
Surviving are his wife, Lisa; son, Laif; and daughters, Maya and Jada all of Melbourne FL; his mother, Anne Ludeman; father, Gordon Toland; and sisters, Karen Toland and Marcia Crelli.
Willis Edward Griffin, 50, of Palmer Lake, Colo., died Thursday, July 17, 2003, in Colorado. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Olivet Christian Church with Dennis Swearingen officiating. Mr. Griffin was born Dec. 13, 1952, in Columbia to Edward and Mary Lou Griffin.
He married Karen Stuth on Sept. 17, 1994, in Columbia, and she survives. He was self-employed as a wood craftsman and a musician.
Survivors also include a son, Jon Bea of Columbia; his mother, of Columbia; and a sister, Mary Sue Bea of Columbia.
His father preceded him in death.
Memorials are suggested to the Morris Foundation, 45 Inverness Drive E., Englewood, Colo., 80112, or to the CU foundation, Willis Griffin Memorial Fund, Attn: Marsha Dawe, 4200 E. Ninth Ave., AO65, Denver, Colo., 80262.
Janice Laverne Crane, 54, of Columbia passed away Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Boone Hospital Center.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Janice was born on Jan. 8, 1953, in Columbia, the daughter of Marion Monroe and Wilmoth Laverne Bennett Crane.