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Obituaries Published in April 13 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 13 California Democrat

April 12th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Travis Dean Higgins, 31, of California, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

He was born on February 16, 1980 in Jefferson City.

He had worked as a concrete laborer for various companies including Higgins Asphalt, Mitch Arnold Foundation in California, Mo., and Heidbreder Foundation Svc. He attended California Public Schools.

He is survived by his parents Dennis Higgins and Kay of Jefferson City, Mo., and Tammy (Schlup) Weber and husband Allan of Jefferson City, Mo.; one son, Cole Miles Higgins and his mother Kristin Karr; one brother, Tyler Higgins and wife Vanessa of Jefferson City, Mo.; one stepbrother, Ryan Weber and wife Ashton; one stepsister, Nicole Weber; paternal grandmother, Virginia Higgins of California, Mo.; maternal grandparents Ed and Helen Schlup of California, Mo.; step maternal grandparents, Carl and Freda Weber; one nephew, Jordan; one stepniece Hallie; special friend Leann McGowen; cousins Clint and Kelly Rogers and Zach Riddle; and family members. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Donald Higgins and one uncle Robert Yard.

Funeral services held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7.p.m. at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary in California, Mo. Officiating was Rev. Greg Morrow and Rev. Bob Nilges.

Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to Cole Miles Higgins Trust Fund, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Maxine Snyder, 94, of High Point, Mo., passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Moniteau Care Center.

She was born on May 30, 1916 in Barnett, Mo., the fourth child of Charles A. and LaVada (Dutcher) Gracy, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on September 2, 1937 to Earl M. Snyder, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1993.

Maxine was a gentle, loving woman who delighted in being with her family. She made beautiful quilts and bears of all sizes and designs. She collected dolls and loved pretty glassware. She loved to sing and taught her grandchildren many nursery songs. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and attended Hopewell Church in her youth. She later attended the High Point Presbyterian Church until it closed and was currently a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles. She was a former member of the High Point Singers and Friendly Circle Quilting Club.

She is survived by four sons, Jerry and wife Martha of Springfield, Fred and wife Marlene of High Point, Jim and wife Judy of Huntingburg, Ind., and Kenny and wife Mary Jane of Jamestown; one daughter, Donna Kay Scott and husband Larry of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Albin of Jefferson City; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Harold Gracy; and two sisters, Pauline Cox and Blanche Allee.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles. Burial was in High Point Cemetery. Officiating was grandson-in-law Rev. Aaron Brown.

Memorials are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 208 N. Fisher St., Versailles, MO 65084.

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


Esther Louise Knierim Wilkes, 93, died April 7, 2011 in Platte City, Mo.

She was born Nov. 3, 1917, in California, the second daughter of John P. and Louise (Baer) Knierim. She was married Jan. 17, 1942, in Elwood, Kan., to Joe Wilkes who preceded her in death in 1985. Her marriage was kept a secret for several months due to World War II.

Survivors include: two daughters, Nancy Mozingo, Kansas City, Mo., and Jan Sanders, Pasadena, Calif.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandy, in 1972; two sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held April 12 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel in Gladstone.


Mary F. Williams, 77, Ottumwa, Iowa, died Jan. 31, 2011 at The Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

She was born Sept. 19, 1933 in Jamestown, to Henry and Frances Small. She married Robert "Bob" Williams on Dec. 27, 1966. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Faye Jewell, Ellington, Mo., and Kathy Jenkins, Blooming Grove, Texas; a son, Elmer Jackson, Saskatchewan, Canada; nine grandchildren; one brother; one half-brother; and two sisters.

Her body has been cremated. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011, at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jamestown, with Rev. Chester Marshall officiating.