Obituaries Published Sept. 12 California Democrat



Etta Marie Clark

Etta Marie Clark, 84, of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away at the Kansas City Hospice House on September 2, 2012.

She was born to Rudolph William and Mabel Delora (Bryant) Hohman on October 15, 1927 in Moniteau County, Mo. Etta was united into marriage to Eugene F. Clark on June 25, 1949, in Clarksburg, Mo.

Etta was a lifelong resident of Missouri and had been in Blue Springs since 1968. She worked as a bookkeeper for K-Mart, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs. She enjoyed gardening, trips to Colorado, and most of all time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Burlingame; and brother James Hohman. Etta is survived by her husband Eugene of the home; daughter, Debra Buck and husband Robert of Lenexa, Kan.; son Allen Clark and wife Kimberly of Maricopa, Ariz.; brothers, Clarence Hohman and Freddie Hohman; sisters, Margaret Hall and Frieda Hoback; and grandchildren, Kathryn Hjetland, Matthew Clark and Madison Clark.

Memorials may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House.


Jace Rylan Harris, newborn son of Jessie Birkmann and Justin Harris, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012, at the University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Columbia, after blessing this world for 53 minutes.

He is survived by his parents, Jessie Birkmann and Justin Harris of Jefferson City; maternal grandparents, Bill and Debbie Birkmann of Jamestown; paternal grandparents, Ray Harris of Wardsville, and Angie Gretlein of Jamestown; maternal great-grandmother, Jewell Birkmann of Owensville; paternal great-grandparents, George and Carol Harris of Wardsville, and Richard and Shirley Gretlein of Jefferson City; and two aunts, Stephanie Birkmann and Payton Fisher both of Jamestown.

Friends will be received from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13, at Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012, at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Jamestown, with Pastor Brian Bish officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Paul’s Evangelical Church Cemetery.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to the University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 404 Keene Street; Columbia, MO 65201.

Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838.

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Cleffie Long

Cleffie May Williams Long, 100, of California, Mo., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

She was born on July 1, 1912, in Cooper County, the daughter of Henry Jordan Williams and Sarah Barbara ”Sadie” Scott, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on February 8, 1933 to J. Glen Long, and they enjoyed 55 years together, living their entire married lives in the Clarksburg area.

Cleffie went to Gill Elementary School and Clarksburg School. She worked many years at the Stride Rite Shoe Company in Tipton and was also a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Clarksburg were she held many positions such as Sunday School teacher, choir member, Sunday School Secretary and Treasurer, and any other tasks she could do. Cleffie and Glen loved God and loved people. She will be greatly missed; however, we can only imagine the great reunion in Heaven and we thank God for their lives.

She is survived by her daughter Gleneth Rowles and husband Bill of California, Mo.; one grandson, Ron Rowles and wife Angie of California, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Logan Rowles. Other survivors include nieces Leola Tuttle of Tipton, Peggy Borghardt of Jamestown, Frances Evans of Oak Grove and a niece-in-law Mary Katherine Long of Cotton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on February 27, 1988; an infant daughter Sarah Margaret; her parents; two sisters Lydia Lou Long and husband Porter of the Cotton area, and Ruth Sullins and husband Jack of Kansas City, Mo.; and a nephew Henry Lee Long of the Cotton area.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in California. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Clarksburg. Officiating was the Rev. Greg Morrow.

Memorials are suggested to either the Mt. Pleasant Church or Cemetery, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Josephine Parker, 87, Wooldridge, formerly of Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics.

She was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Moniteau County to John R. and Dorothy (Bonnie) Suggs. She was united in marriage on Jan. 16, 1943, in California, to James Parker, who preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Ralph Parker and wife Mary, Franklin; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Parker, Oct. 25, 2008; three brothers; and four sisters.

Memorial Services will be at a later date.

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


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