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Obituaries Published in April 20 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 20 California Democrat

April 19th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Margie Kathryn Baker, 96, of Jefferson City, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Jefferson City Manor Care Center.

She was born July 4, 1914, in Sandy Hook, Mo., the daughter of Curtis Nero and Elizabeth Jane (Cook) Deatherage, who preceded her in death. She was united in marriage June 1, 1931, in California, Mo., to Leslie Allen Baker, who preceded her in death on June 11, 1989.

She was a member of the Jamestown Assembly of God Church. Margie was a homemaker all of her life. She was raised in the Sandy Hook area, except for a period of time she lived on a farm with her family between Sandy Hook and Lupus. She attended school and church in these areas. Margie was well known for her delicious meals. Her family spent many happy hours gathered around her kitchen. She never turned anyone away hungry, whether family, friends, or hobo's traveling through Sandy Hook. While living several years at Hyder Apartments in Jefferson City, she enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with family, friends and neighbors.

Survivors include: one son, James L. Baker and wife Marlene of Jefferson City, Mo.; two daughters, Sylvia L. Daniels and her husband Donald of Holts Summit, and Alice F. Martin and her husband Martin (Marty) of Sandy Hook; six grandchildren, James L. Baker, Jr. (who Margie raised) and his wife Debra of Jefferson City, Katherine A. Loague (who Margie raised) and her husband Keith of Ulm, Mont., Jack A. Martin and his wife Amy of Jefferson City, Tammy L. Daly and husband James of Wells, Maine, Vicky S. Weathers of Columbia, and Timothy M. Baker and his wife Michelle of New Franklin; two stepgrandchildren, Donald R. Daniels, Jr. and wife Shelley of Jefferson City, and Gina Saxbury and husband Randy of Hannibal; 13 great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-granddaughter, six great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren on the way. She was preceded in death by two brothers; Wilbur Curtis Deatherage and Charles Paul Deatherage, one sister, Rose Mary Todd, one stepgrandson Robert (Robbie) Daniels and one great-great-granddaughter Peanut Lovick.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Jamestown Assembly of God. Burial will be at Concord Cemetery in Jamestown. Officiating will be Rev. Kevin Howard assisted by Pastor Justin Nichols. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Jamestown Assembly of God.

Memorials are suggested to American Heart Assn. c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Service, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO 65018.

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


Venita Goldie Redman Elder 84, of Columbia passed away April 16, 2011, at her daughter's home in Columbia.

Mrs. Elder was born June 17, 1926 in Boone County to Charles Augustus and Myrtie Belle Smith Redman. She was married to Raymond Ardell Elder December 17, 1945, he preceded her in death in 1999.

Mrs. Elder's husband Ray was in the Army for 20 years and they lived in Texas and Germany. They lived in California, Mo., for 18 years, returning to Columbia in 1998.

She was a housewife enjoying gardening, cooking for her family, camping and fishing, spending time with the grandchildren, her sisters and special friend Shirley McNear. She volunteered for more than 20 years at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital. Mrs. Elder was of the Baptist faith, joining the church when she lived in Texas.

Mrs. Elder was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, she will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her son Richard Elder and his wife Sharon of California, Mo., two daughters, Nancy Bishop and her husband Mick of New Franklin, Mo., and Janis McCray and her husband Ron of Columbia. Two sisters, Vi Purdy and husband Don, and Joy Henry, two brothers-in-law, Bob Elder and Jerry Elder, 10 grandchildren, Jackie and Blake Koetting, Joni and Jason Bieri, Wayne and Michelle Bishop, Jacob and Renee Houg, Kevin and Kelly Bishop, Jaimie and Kyle Hentges, Randi Hancock, Kim and Lance Griffin, Amanda and James Carroll and Tony McCray, 22 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and loving and caring friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray; great-grandson Brady Griffin; three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Dennis Swearngin, were at 10:30 am, Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Parker Funeral Service. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Central Missouri Honor Flight or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


William (Bill) Farris, 79, California, died April 13, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 22, 1932 in Callaway County, son of James and Bertha Farris. He was married Jan. 17, 1953 in Jefferson City, to Clara Ann Rademann who preceded him in death.

Survivors include: eight sons, Dave, Greg, Don, Mark, Nick, Mitch, Dennis and Daniel Farris; two daughters, Mary Anderson and Tammy Inman; six brothers; 23 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held April 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Cemetery.


Charles C. Holmes, 88, of California, Mo., passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011 at California Care Center.

He was born on September 14, 1922 in Cotton, Mo., the son of Harry and Cora (Patterson) Holmes, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on June 30, 1948 to Erma Fain, who preceded him in death on April 7, 1982.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. Charles worked for Co-Mo Electric in Tipton for 27 years. He loved living in the country where he gardened, enjoyed fishing and visiting with friends and company. But most of all he loved to dance. He went to dances all of the time. When the music started playing his foot went a tapping and his hands went clapping. He also loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, Terry Holmes and wife Nila of Boonville, Mo.; one daughter, Cheryl Higgins and husband John of California, Mo.; one child, Richard McClain and wife Judy that Charles raised as a boy; four grandchildren, Kenneth Higgins and fiancé Evelyn Scott, Carrie Castro and husband Cruz, Amy Holmes, Travis Holmes; four great-grandchildren, Camelia Castro and baby brother on the way, Dakota, Dalton and Olivia; one sister, Jean Hall of Centertown, Mo. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell Holmes and Leonard Shaw.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California, Mo. Burial with military honors was in New Zion Cemetery where he was laid to rest beside his wife. Officiating was Jack Bowlin.

Memorials are suggested to Preferred Hospice, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.

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


Aileen Celeste Odneal, 92, died April 17, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia.

She was born March 2, 1919, daughter of Lawrence Frederick and Mattie Belle Simmons Pfeiffer. She was married Nov. 3, 1934, in Prairie Home, to Dennis Truman Odneal who preceded her in death in 1993.

She is survived by her children, Alice Jeannette, Meridian, Idaho, Linda Fae, Santa Fe, N.M., Hugh Marvin, Columbia and Lawrence Keith, Prairie Home.

Funeral services will be held at Prairie Home Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, with Reverend Myron Couch and Rev. Lewis Odneal officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.


Mary Jane Stinson, 67, California, died April 16, at St. Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City.

She was born June 22, 1943 in Boonville, daughter of Gladys Wilkerson. She was married to Lowell "Bud" Stinson who preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1986.

She is survived by one son, Travis Stinson, California; one stepson, Dean A. Stinson Norfolk, Va., and one stepdaughter, Linda Brookes of Tipton.

Graveside service and burial will be April 21, at 11 a.m. at Hickman Cemetery near Clarksburg. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Rosslan.

Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, MO 65018.