Obituaries Published in March 2 California Democrat



Kathleen Hall

Kathleen Hall, 66, of Centertown, passed away on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility in Jefferson City.

She was born on April 12, 1944 in Howard County, near Glasgow, the daughter of Sheridan, Sr. and Lula (Parker) Dorsey, both of whom preceded her in death. She was united in marriage on December 22, 1966 in California to Howard Dean Hall, who preceded her in death on July 30, 1995.

She was saved at the age of 14 at the Main Street Baptist Church in California. She lived in St. Joseph for two years and worked at the Snow White Drive-In, and attended the First Baptist Church in St. Joseph, to which she moved her letter and church membership. She worked at Cargill Turkey Plant from 1980-1982, when she became ill with MS and was confined to a wheelchair from 1984 to her death. She attended California Schools and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Bobby Hall of Centertown; one daughter, Debbie (Mike) Wierman of Tipton; one granddaughter, Chelsey (Nicky) Hall; one brother, Sheridan Dorsey Jr. of Jefferson City; three sisters, Lula Dean James of Columbia, Evelene Wegman of the state of Virginia, and Jane Hulin of Jefferson City. She was also preceded in death by one infant sister, Virginia Ann Dorsey.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo. Officiating will be Rev. Ken Mathes. Burial will be in High Point Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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



Verna Viola Jones

Verna Viola Jones passed away on February 26, 2011, at Rosewood Retirement Community in Bakersfield, Calif.

She was born on March 6, 1910, to Jacob and Annie Scheurer in James-town, Mo.

She was a teacher before going to California and married Eugene Jones in 1945. She moved to Rosewood in 1994.

Verna is survived by two nephews and two nieces.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Rosewood Activities Building, 1301 New Stine Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Methodist Church of Rosewood.



Virginia Gragert Simpson

Virginia D. Gragert Simpson, age 88, of California, Mo., passed away surrounded by her family, Friday, February 25, 2011 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

She was born February 22, 1923 in Oklahoma. She was united in marriage on May 6, 1943, in Fairmont, Okla., to Herbert T. Gragert who preceded her in death.

Virginia attended the University of Missouri Kansas City. She was employed as a supervisor at Goodwill Industries in Kansas City, Mo. After moving to Jefferson City, she was a volunteer at the Goshorn Center as well as Easter Seals. Later, while residing in Sioux City, Iowa, she did volunteer work for the Wall Street Mission. Following her husband Herbert’s death in 1987, she moved to California, Missouri to be near her children. On December 3, 1989, she married Nelson Simpson who also preceded her in death. Virginia served as an Ombudsman at California Care for several years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the St. Paul’s Ladies Aid. For years, she also spent many hours each week reading Scripture to residents of the local nursing homes.

Survivors include: one son; Thomas Gragert, of Meta, Mo.; two daughters; Sherry Walters, of California, Mo., and Julienne Smith, of Grantville, Kan.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death along with her husbands by one daughter, Carolyn Gragert.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. March 1, 2011 at Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo., with Rev. Peter Kurowski officiating. Burial was in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Radio Ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 207 North Owens St., California, Mo. 65018.

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


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