Obituaries Published in January 26 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 26 California Democrat

ARTELT

Lulia Adina Artelt, age 76, of California, Mo. passed away Thursday, January 20, 2011 at her home in California, Mo.

She was born October 10, 1934 in Big Piney, Mo. the daughter of Charles and Lula Pritchard Parish, both of whom preceded her in death. She was united in marriage in 1957 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in California, Mo., to Heinz Herbert Artelt, who also preceded her in death in 1996.

Adina worked for Cargill in California, Mo. until her retirement.

Survivors include: two sons; Johnny and Tommy Artelt, both of California, Mo.; two daughters; Carolyn Zarn, with her husband Monty of California, Mo. and Debrah McCasland, with her husband Tim of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers; Buel, Ralph and Fred Parish, all of Big Piney, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Lulia was preceded in death along with her parents and husband, by, one sister, Donna Belt; four brothers, Charles, Huey, Paul Duayne and Burnal Parish.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Weber Funeral Home, 211 South Oak, California, Mo. 65018. or the American Diabetes Association, 1944-A Sunshine, Springfield, Mo. 65804; or Muscular Dystrophy Association Charclops Marie Tooth, 1900 North Providence Rd., #209, Columbia, Mo. 65202.

Arrangements are under the direction of Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo.

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BESTGEN

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Margaretanne Bestgen

Margaretanne Bestgen, 80, of Tipton, Mo., passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo.

She was born on December 30, 1930 in Chanute, Kan., to John and Sybella (Freisburg) Gant, both of whom preceded her in death. She was the adopted daughter of her loving parents Charles and Mary Grevillot, both of whom also preceded her in death. She was married on April 11, 1953 in Tipton, Mo., to Charles Bestgen, who survives of the home.

She worked at Biltwell Pants Factory, and was a homemaker and babysitter for many years. She enjoyed being at the farm with the hogs and cows, baking (especially her famous cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls), doing crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tipton, and was a graduate of Tipton High School, where she received a medal for never missing a day in 12 years of school.

She is survived by one son, John and wife Mary of Clarksburg; two daughters, Mary and husband Jeff McIntyre of Tipton, and Teresa and husband Marlan Albertson of Wardsville; 11 grandchildren, Paul, Emilee, Heather, Aaron, Nikki, Abby, George, Bridget, April, Ashley and Caleb; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bob Gant and wife Shirley of Chanute, Kan. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Christina Kennedy; three sisters and two brothers; three great-grandchildren and one son-in-law.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tipton. Inurnment will be at a later date in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery. Officiating was Father Fred Elskamp.

Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.

COFFMAN

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Veteran

Harold T. Coffman, 96, of Wooldridge, left this life to be with his God in heaven, on Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, 2011 at Lakeview Care Center in Boonville.

Harold T. Coffman was born near Wooldridge, Mo., May 27, 1914, the son of Isaac N. Coffman and Cora Bell Merritt Coffman. He married Hilda A. Stock Sept. 24, 1960 and she preceded him in death in 2006.

Harold served his country with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Immanuel Lutheran Church. Harold farmed in the Wooldridge area until retirement and enjoyed time working in his garden. He also passed a great deal of time reading and working crossword puzzles.

Mr. Coffman was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers, Clifford, Raymond and Ewing Coffman and one sister, Velma Combs. He is survived by a nephew, Gene Coffman of Jefferson City, and by two nieces, Bonnie Seifiert and Sandy Coffman of Wooldridge.

Funeral services for Mr. Coffman were held at Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.22 with Rev. Luther Herman officiating. Burial was at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to that of the donor’s choice.

ELLIOTT

Mary Ann Elliott, 67, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo., following an illness of several months.

She was born January 29, 1943, in Sacramento, Calif., to Edmund Shackleford and Geneva Lois Joplin Shackleford. She married Ewing Lee Elliott on November 13, 1984, in Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death in February 2010.

Mary was born in Sacramento, Calif., but grew up in a variety of locales. She spent most of her adult life in Missouri and has resided in Nevada for the past seven months. She worked for many years as a nurse and also a caregiver. She also worked for a time as a cook. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge and spent much of her time as a fundraiser for various charities. She was a big supporter of the Bar-H Boys Ranch in Nevada. She was an avid gardener and loved her family very much and that love was returned in kind. Mary was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church.

Survivors include: two sons, Bill Jones and his wife Karen, Nevada, Mo., Ron Jones and his wife Jennifer, Nevada, Mo., one daughter, Lois Ann Butler and her husband Bob, Morley, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Lisa Elliott and Lori Findley, both of Independence, Mo.; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and one brother, Edward Shackleford, Lawton, Okla.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2011, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo., with Scott Spurling officiating. Interment followed in Newton Burial Park, Nevada, Mo.

The obituary may be viewed and condolences may be sent online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.

MEDLEN

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Virginia Lee Medlen

Virginia Lee Medlen, 74, of California, Mo., passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center.

She was born on March 21, 1936 in Montreal, Mo., the daughter of Claude and Ethel (Sandige) Wallis, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on March 10, 1952 to James R. Medlen who preceded her in death on December 7, 1999.

She was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church in McGirk, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Kenneth Medlen of California; three daughters, Debbie Burger of California, L. Diane Medlen of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Karen Smith of Wallis, Texas; one brother, Bob Wallis of Alva, Okla.; three sisters, Pauline Hardman of Kansas City, Kan., Lorene Richman of Tower City, N.D., and Doris Taber of Sweet Springs, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Angela Wright, Shane Burger, Christine Swearingen, Tony Jimenez, Dana Jimenez, Sonny Jimenez, Elizabeth Bilyeu, Amy Nanez, Rebecca Hinze, James Smith and Kevin Smith; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Medlen; two sisters and one brother.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Private family graveside services will be at a later date. Officiating will be Rev. Scott Spurling. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to either High Point Cemetery or American Heart Association, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.

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