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Obituaries for the week of Sept. 5, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Marvin Colbert, 91 of Curryville  passed away at Lynn’s Heritage House in Louisiana on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Sept. 1, at  Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with John Veach officiating.  Burial was held in the Curryville Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home.

Mr. Colbert was born on Sept. 10, 1920 in Ashley, the son of William Yeaman and Nellie Elizabeth Lindsay Colbert.  He married Anna Gene Clark on March 16, 1940 in Columbia and she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2008.  Surviving family include two sons Billy Gene Colbert and wife Linda of Curryville and Ronnie Wayne Colbert and wife Sharon of Hannibal; grandchildren Kelly M. Grote and husband Doug of Bowling Green, Kara G. Brewer and husband Jason of Hannibal,  Megan E. Colbert of Cotter, Ark., Ronda K. Peasel and husband Price of Mesa, Ariz., Jason C. Colbert and wife Tanya  of St. Louis; great-grandchildren Anna Madison and Brenan Quinn Grote,  Carter Allen, Lily Gene and Carson Henry Brewer, Braden and Austin Peasel and Kane Colbert; brother Floyd A. Colbert of O’Fallon; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents and sister Jewel Arendall.

Marvin owned a small farm outside of Curryville from 1950 to 1972 and also owned and operated Marvin Colbert Trucking. He also worked for 10 years at Hercules in Louisiana. After this time he and Anna sold the farm and moved into Curryville. He then bought his own over the road truck and drove for Oliver Trucking, TDC and Neal Beatty Logging for several years before retiring. After retirement Marvin worked for the City of Curryville, read water meters and maintained the lagoon system. He enjoyed mowing and took care of the Curryville City Park, Curryville and Mt. Air Cemeteries and many neighbors. He had owned his own plane and was a pilot. He enjoyed flying radio controlled planes with his sons and going to air shows. Marvin was a Christian by faith and in his youth was a member of the Louisville Christian Church.

Pallbearers were Jason Colbert, Jason Brewer, Larry Catlett, Doug Colbert, Ellis Feith and Bill Dickinson. Honorary Pallbearers were Danny Lewis, Gene Lewis, Doug Grote, Price Peasel, Reid Wilson and Brad Dickinson.

Memorials may be made to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice, Curryville or Mt. Air Cemeteries or the Hannibal Nutritional Center.



Gary Lewis (Paw) Gibson, 57, of Bowling Green, passed away Aug. 30, 2012, at the Pike County Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date.



Cindy (Spencer) Dooley, 51, of Odessa, formerly of Mexico, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at the Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

Family services were held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at New Harmony Christian Church near Curryville.  Burial was followed at the church cemetery.

Visitation was held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

Cynthia Diane Spencer Dooley was born in Hannibal on Jan. 15, 1961.  She is the daughter of Kay (Moore) Willis of Mexico, the late Orville Willis, and Floyd Alvin Spencer of Mexico. She was united with Union Baptist Church in Mexico and later with First Baptist Church in Odessa.

She was a 1979 graduate of Mexico High School, a 1983 graduate of Central MO State Univ. in Warrensburg with a B.S. in Nursing, and received a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in health services administration from UMKC in 1995.  Cindy worked over twenty years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

She married Keith Alan Dooley on May 21, 1983 and they have two daughters, Kaylea Nicole Dooley of Blue Springs and Allison Diane Dooley, a student at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In addition to her husband, daughters and parents, she is survived by a sister Janet Smith of Schylkill Haven, Pa.; half-brother Jay Spencer of Mexico; half-sister Brandi Spencer of Ind.; nephew Ryan; nieces Whitney and Morgan, five great- nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was active in her church, where she made many prayer shawls.  She also enjoyed her horses, dogs, and cats.

Cindy was preceded in death by   Orville Willis and her grandparents Calvin and Alma Lea Moore.

Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Christian Church Cemetery Fund or put towards her daughter Allison’s college fund.

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Mary Elener Smith, 86, of Louisiana went to be with her Lord, surrounded by her family Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 31 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Don Hannell officiated. Burial was in the Noix Creek Cemetery in Louisiana.

Smith passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at the Pike County Hospital in Louisiana.

She was born April 14, 1926 in Carrollton, Ill. to Burl and Pearl Palmer Green.

She married Newton Smith June 1, 1943 at Griggsville, Ill. and he preceded her in death in 1983.

Mrs. Smith is survived by three daughters, Mary Morton and husband, Don, Peggy Flesner, and Dawn Smith, all of Louisiana; four grandchildren, Don Morton Jr., Kim Sumner, Cassie Cordes and Kyle Cordes; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; very special friends, Margaret Hays, Julie Resor, Katie Resor and Jessie and Daniel; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burl and Pearl Green; three brothers, Phillip Green, James Green, and an infant brother, Butch Green; and a sister, Betty Green.

She had been employed as a machine operator at Louisiana Plastics for 29 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Baptist religion. She loved her family and enjoyed gardening, sewing, her flower garden, her pets and collecting figurines of cats.

Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Cordes and Eddie Hays. Active pallbearers were Andrew Morton, Joshua Morton, Zachary Sumner, Don Morton, Jr., Jim Sumner and Richard Cordes.

Memorials may be given to C.A.P.A in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Mo. 63353.



Funeral services for William Miles “Bud” Garner, 75, of Louisiana, were held Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Mike Haldeman officiated. Burial was in the Star Hope Cemetery in Elsberry. Mr. Garner passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at the DePaul Hospital in St Louis.

He was born Aug. 16, 1937 in Elsberry to Arthur Miles Garner and Saloma Jane Capps Garner.

He married Louise Hill Aug. 28, 1960 at the First Christian Church in Louisiana.

He is survived by his wife, Louise of the home; two sons, William Miles Garner Jr. and wife, Donna, of Carrollton, Texas and Scott Andrew Garner of Little Elm, Texas; a daughter, Lisa Geerdes and husband, Mark, of Maple Grove, Minn.; one grandson, Cameron Gill of Denton, Texas; a step-grandson, Lucas Helton of Carrollton, Texas; one sister, Ruth Malter of Collinsville, Ill.; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a sister, Kathryn Moll.

He had been employed at Tallman’s Conduit Company in Louisiana for a number of years, later working for Louisiana Manufacturing Company until ill health forced him to retire.

He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Louisiana.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Gott, Gus Burse, Chuck Tobias and Kenny King. Active pallbearers were Bryan Walden, Mark Geerdes, John Martin, Bill Brown, Greg Scranton and Jim Wood.

Mr. Garner enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, collecting die-cast cars, working on his vehicles and playing bingo at the Trimble House in Louisiana.

Memorials may be given to Pike County Home Health and Hospice in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.



Betty Ann Stone Burns, long time resident of Clarksville and well known for her work at the Williamson and Allen Veterinary Clinic, died on Aug. 29, 2012 in St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Greenwood Cemetery. A lunch gathering in her honor will follow at the Clarksville Christian Church, and the family encourages all who knew her to attend.

Mrs. Burns was born on Nov. 25, 1931 in Annada to Ruby Ellen Hanson Stone and Willie Stone. She is directly survived by her daughter, Beverly Ann Carter of Tacoma, Wash.; her son, Douglas Mackey Burns of Oak Grove; and four grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Day of Seattle, Wash., Spencer Douglas Day of Tacoma, Wash., Jessica Leigh Burns of Grain Valley, and Jeffrey Douglas Burns of Blue Springs. In addition, she leaves behind many nieces, nephews, family members, and life-long friends who will miss her.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Lee Stone, John William Stone, and Ralph Thomas Stone; one sister, Emma Frances Stone O’Brien; and two nephews, Melvin Stone and Billie Joe Stone. She was a member of Ramsey Creek Baptist Church for more than 65 years. She loved children, animals, and her work at the veterinary clinic.

Memorials may be made to the Clarksville Christian Church, Ramsey Creek Baptist Church, or to the Greenwood Cemetery Memorial Fund, in care of Melva Lovell, P.O. Box 315, Clarksville, Mo. 63336.



Bettie H. Graham, 78, of Elsberry, formerly of Eolia, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at the Elsberry Health Care Center in Elsberry.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Mike Haldeman will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services at the funeral home. Private burial of the cremains will be in the Eolia Cemetery at Eolia.

She was born May 2, 1934 in Troy to Raymond and Ruth LaRue.

She married Charles Wesley Graham Dec. 29, 1950 at Pocahontas, Ark. and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2002.

She is survived by two sons, William “Pat” Graham of Eolia and Randy R. Graham and wife, Jan Pearson-Graham, of O’Fallon; two grandchildren, William Kyle Graham of Granite City, Ill. and Timothy Graham of Eolia; and two great-grandchildren, Alexander Graham of Eolia and Austin Graham of Granite City, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ruth LaRue; and a son, Kevin Graham who died in 1978.

She had lived most of her life in the Eolia area and had attended the Eolia School. She had been employed as a seamstress in garment factories in Clarksville, Bowling Green and Louisiana for several years. She was later employed at Louisiana Plastics Company in quality control until she retired. She had also worked for Pyramid Homemaker Service in Bowling Green.

She was a member of the Christian religion and a member of the VFW Post 4539 Auxillary in Eolia.

She enjoyed being with her family, cooking, baking and working in her flower garden.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, Mo. 63353.



Services for Robert E. Schroeder, MD, 50, of Alexandria, La., were held Monday, Sept. 3 at The Pentecostals of Alexandria, La. with the Rev. Lonnie Weidner officiating.

Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Bob as he was affectingly known by his friends and associates, passed away Sept. 1, 2012 surrounded by family and friends.  He was a loving husband to Pam and father to his seven children.

Dr. Bob moved to Alexandria, La. as the Director of the NICU at Rapides Regional Medical Center in 2003. Dr. Bob was a medical visionary and with the late A.C. Buchanan, President of Rapides Regional Medical Center, they built a 32 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. That unit has saved many premature babies lives and is a great asset to Alexandria and Central Louisiana. He will be remembered by his associates and patients as a caring and gentle caregiver.

He graduated from Louisiana High School in 1980, Washington University in St. Louis in 1984, University of Missouri Medical School in 1988, served his residency and fellowship at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in Neonatology  in 1994.

He started his career at Freeman Health System in Joplin, moving to Avara McKennon Medical Center in Souix Falls, S.D. in 1999.  In 2000 he moved to Lafayette, La. where he worked at both Women’s and Children’s Hospital  and Lafayette General Hospital. He also did associate work in Shreveport at Christus Schumpert Medical Center and in  New Orleans at West Jefferson Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Elizabeth Linn “Ellie” Schroeder; maternal grandparents, Ollie Francis and Adah Lain Smith; paternal grandparents, George Bernard and Margaret Schroeder; paternal aunts and uncles, Celeste Schroeder Korte and Edmon, Leo Schroeder and Frances, Mary Schroeder Bontz, Gene; maternal aunts and uncles, Pete Ollie Francis, Paul Luebercht, and Edward “Jr.” Burris.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Pamela Encke Schroeder; mother of his older children, Susan Lyn Berberich; sons, Andrew Schroeder, Matthew Schroeder, Nicholas Schroeder; daughters, Taylor Linn Barr, Nicole Schroeder, Sydney Schroeder and Darby Schroeder; parents, Robert George and Bessie Catherine Smith Schroeder; maternal aunts and uncles, Ermadell “Ernie” Smith, Laura Mae Smith Schreder and husband, Ceril.

Pallbearers were Jason Stewart, Michael Lanclos, Dr. Cody Henderson, Bill Leatherman, Gary Bordelon and Calvert Babin.

Memorials may be made to Red River Bank in memory of the Robert E. Schroeder, MD fund for prostate cancer research.

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