Obituaries Published in April 27 California Democrat


Harriett Frances Booth, age 87 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

She was born June 23, 1923 to William Harvey and Maude Lewis Craig Crawley in Davis City, Iowa.

Harriett owned and operated a Day Care and took care of children for over 42 years.

Harriett is survived by a daughter, Sharon McLain and husband Neil of Butler, Missouri; two sons, Gary Booth and wife Nancy of Joplin, Missouri and Rick Booth and wife Lola of California, Missouri; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Booth; two brothers, Samuel and Russel; and a nephew, Larry Crawley.

Funeral services for Harriett Frances Booth of Butler, Missouri will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler with Rev. Art Ellsworth officiating. Visitation will be prior to services from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Resthaven Cemetery in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Contributions are suggested to Ohio St. United Methodist Church or the Butler Public Library.



Jewell D. Dietzel

Jewell D. Dietzel, 87, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away on April 20, 2011 at The Bluffs.

Jewell was born July 27, 1923 in Natchez, Mississippi, to Hilliard and Icie Mae Deuel Vaughan and they preceded her in death. She was married on November 21, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, to Lonnie Dietzel and he preceded her in death.

Jewell was a graduate of California Missouri High School and attended Teaching College in Warrensburg, Missouri. She then taught school in Walnut Grove, a one room school house, in Moniteau County Missouri. Jewell received her LPN Degree from Strawn School of Nursing and retired from University Hospital in 1983 after 12 years of service.

Jewell enjoyed reading, genealogy, knitting, crocheting, quilting and she was a long time member of First Christian Church where she was active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

She is survived by daughter, Judy (Darrell) Imsland of Eugene, Missouri; son, Larry (Nora) Dietzel of Columbia; sisters, Frankie Hanson of Big Bear Lake, California, and Wanda Johanson of Modesto, California; daughter-in-law, Melanie Dietzel of Fayetteville, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by son, Dr. Allyn Dietzel, D.V.M. and brother, Hilliard Thomas “H.T.” Vaughan.

Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary, 5900 S. Rangeline Road, Columbia, Missouri 65201 or a charity of your choice.

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Pat Burger Harvey, age 70, of New Franklin, passed away April 23, 2011 at her home.

Patricia Lue Burger was born September 30, 1940, in Jamestown, Missouri, to Fred Alexander and Lucy Jane Murphy Burger. She married Herschel Harvey June 15, 1958, at her parents’ home in California, Missouri.

Mrs. Harvey was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Franklin. She was formerly employed with State Farm Insurance in Columbia and McGraw-Edison in Boonville, however most of all she was a homemaker who loved and was proud of her family who knew her as “Nanny.”

Cherishing her memory are her husband, Herschel Harvey of New Franklin; three sons, Rickey Harvey and wife, Susie of Columbia, Richard Harvey of New Franklin, and Robbey Harvey and wife, Lynn of New Franklin; three brothers, Jack Burger and wife, Virginia of Independence, Bill Burger and wife, Judy of California, Missouri, and David Burger of California; three sisters, Betty Stevens and husband, Gerald of Hermann, Sue Tuttle and husband Robert of California, and Kathy Roll and husband, Kim of California. Also cherishing her memory are nine grandchildren, Cassie Kramer and husband, Chris, Kyle Harvey, Sam Reed, Ian Reed and wife Shelby, Anthea Rackley, Jacob Harvey, Olivia Harvey, Robyn Harvey and Emily Harvey; three great-grandchildren, Caden Reed, Jake Kramer and Trenton Harvey; 40 nieces and nephews and 49 great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Roger, Richard and John Burger; a sister, Evelyn Burger; and a grandson, Jordan Harvey.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 27 at the New Franklin First Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to New Franklin First Baptist Church or Howard County Home Health and Hospice, in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 126, New Franklin, MO 65274.



Gertrude M. Tague

Gertrude M. (Kratzer) Tague, 95, died April 22, 2011 at her daughter’s residence in Anderson, Indiana.

She was born August 2, 1915 in a log cabin north of California, Missouri, to Charles and Marie Kratzer the third of five children. Her family immigrated from Switzerland, Beil and Thun. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she met Walter Tague. They were married in October 1937 in California, Missouri.

She and her husband were co-owners of the Tague Radio and TV Store on Truman Road in Kansas City for over 50 years.

Gertrude was a member of the Ivanhoe United Church of Christ in Raytown, Missouri and St. Pauls United Church of Christ until it closed. She attended the 1st Presbyterian Church while in Anderson. She bowled until she was 88 years old.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Ruth Zeller (Gary) of Anderson; sister, Martha Dawson of California, Missouri; sister-in-law, Rowena Kratzer of North Fork, California; two grandchildren Melinda Cyr (Joseph) of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Phillip Zeller (Laura) of Vincent, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Meghan and Brittany Zeller, Zachary Zeller, Morghan Cyr and Tanner Cyr; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Tague in May of 1992; parents, Charles and Marie (Fahrni) Kratzer; sister, Hilda Evans; and brothers, Wilber Kratzer and Herbert Kratzer.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at Newcomer's Funeral Home-Floral Hills Chapel with burial in Floral Hills Cemetery, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m., May 2.


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