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Olivia “Cricket” Kilmer

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Olivia (“Cricket”, as she was affectionately known) Ione Kilmer, 94, of Bowling Green, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home.

Graveside service will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Bowling Green Cemetery on  Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  There is no visitation at her request.

She was born Feb. 14, 1918 in Wentzville, the daughter of Zachary Taylor and Mary Heady Woods.  She married Dempsey Kilmer June 25, 1939 who preceded her in death on July 22, 1976.  There were no children born to this union.

When her husband was in the Navy, serving his country, she went with him to Virginia, and while there she enrolled in beauty school and became a manicurist.

For several years after her husband died, Cricket was employed as a personal assistant to an elderly woman who lived in an assisted living facility in St. Louis.

She is survived by her nephew Edward Woods and wife, Regina; cousin, George Nienhueser and wife, Anna; great nieces Amanda Zwiener and Jason Beasley and daughters Hannah, Cordelia, Paige, Elsa and Emmeline; Rachel Woods of Kansas City, Angela Muether and husband, Mat and son Rowan of S. Elgin, Ill.; great nephew Ryan Woods of Columbia, and great nieces Dawn Morabito and Burt Lash of Renton, Wash.;  Christine Morabito of Haverhill, Mass.; Karina Edmond and husband Danny and daughters, Darby, Taylor and Callie of Bowling Green. Cousins Nancy Nienhueser Southworth and husband Bill of Springfield,   Kay Nienhueser and Charles Hanney, St. Louis,   Anne Nienhueser-Deppe, and husband Glenn and son Andrew of Harrisonville, and George Nienhueser III, deceased.

In 1929, her parents moved from Wentzville to Bowling Green to run the Cottage Hotel on Champ Clark Drive next to where Hiles Shoe Store used to be.  They also ran a boarding house on the corner of Broadway and Main Streets where the Southwestern Bell Telephone building is now.  They moved to Vandalia and ran the Vandalia Hotel for a year or two and moved back to Bowling Green and ran the Cottage Hotel again.

After some time her parents moved to Maplewood, and she and her husband moved with them.  Cricket lived in Bowling Green since 1980, moving here from Maplewood to be closer to her brother, Goodrich Woods, founder of Woods Smoked Meats and his wife, Nannie, a teller with Farmers Mercantile Bank (now U.S. Bank) both now deceased.

Cricket had many friends, among them Rupert Shepard, deceased, a very special friend and companion.  Lucy O’Toole and Sandra Chandler were also very dear to her.

Memorials may be made to the Pike County Home Health & Hospice in Bowling Green.

Arrangements under the direction of the Mudd-Veach Funeral Homes.