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Obituaries Published in July 13 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in July 13 California Democrat

July 12th, 2011 by Democrat Staff in News


Gladys Maria (Donley) Albin, born May 22, 1920, died July 1, 2011, at the Baptist Home in Ozark, Mo. She was the daughter of Earl Donley and Beulah (Wells) Donley, of Moniteau County.

She was preceded in death by her husband Denzil Albin; parents; siblings, Harvey E. Donley, Lela Cline and George Donley.

She is survived by sister, Mary Speer of Spring Hill, Tenn., Marietta Albin; and grandson Wendell Albin of Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment was Saturday, July 9, at the Masonic Cemetery in Clarksburg, Mo.


Darline Anderson, 84, Kansas City, Mo., died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at NorthCare Hospice House, in North Kansas City.

She was born May 8, 1927, in California, daughter of Samuel L. and Anna Pennington Scrivner. On April 9, 1947, in Sweet Springs, she married Tommie J. Anderson, who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1995.

Survivors include: one son, David B. Anderson, Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Barbara K. Ladd, Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Betty L. Baker, Sweet Springs; and one brother-in-law, Willis Buesing, Independence, Mo.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Englewood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.


Katharine Marie (Bueker) Ratcliff, 88, of California, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Capital Region Hospital, Jefferson City, Mo.

She was born, October 28, 1922 southwest of California to John Erdman and Martha Johanna (Herfurth) Bueker, both of whom preceded her in death.

She attended grade school at Oak Hill and Mason Schools and graduated from California High School in 1939.

On April 28, 1946 she married Donald M. Ratcliff at the Methodist Church in California, Mo. He was killed in an automobile accident on October 13, 1974.

She worked as secretary at the Moniteau County Extension Office and as the soil testing laboratory technician in the early 1940's. She retired January 3, 1984 from the Moniteau County ASCS office with 30+ years of service as a program assistant. She also worked as part-time secretary for the Soil Conservation Service.

In 1970 Katharine was made a member of the Extension Leader's Honor Roll of the University of Missouri. She was a member of the United Church of Christ her entire life and through the years was a choir member, Sunday School teacher and officer, member of the Evangelism and Historical Committees, Evangeline class, Women's Guild member and officer and for five years or more weekly played the church service tapes for three to seven shut-ins. She belonged to California Chapter #521 OES, Twin City Garden Club, McGirk Friendly Neighbors, Inspiration Extension Club, California Federated Women's Club, West End Booster's Club, Moniteau County Historical Society, and Charter Member of California FFA Alumni Association. Katharine was a member of the 1937 Acapella Choir that went to the National Music Contest in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a 4-H booster and leader, helped in any way she could with FFA activities and volunteered at the California Nutrition Center as a hostess and made many articles for the craft shop.

Special projects were making baby quilts for Festival of Sharing Baby Bundles; hospital gowns for Hospice of Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri; knit tiny baby caps for Kosair Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; Neo-Natal Unit, University of Missouri; St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City and Capital Region Medical Center as well as winter caps for kid's coat, cap and glove closet for St. Mary's Health Center and California Middle School; made caps for children in Africa; recycled clothing for RACC in Jefferson City; made pillow cases for RACC, Hospice, and many lap robes.

Survivors include: two sons, Dale (Carol); and David (Sandra); grandchildren and great-grandchildren - Angela (David) Franks, with Kirstyn, Kory, and Kade; Tammy (Craig) Allee, with Christopher and Randy; Bryan (Robin) Ratcliff, with Taylor, Kylee, Dylan, and Madison; Debra (Matthew) Maverick, with Miranda and Brock; very dear friends Chris (Sharon) Harper, of Nelson, Mo,; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Bueker, California, Mo., and Marie Ratcliff of Halfway, Mo.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Bueker.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at California United Church of Christ. Burial was in Evangelical Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Chris Harper, assisted by Rev. Collette Jones.

Memorials can be made to: American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109; Missourians-Suzie Nichols, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109; California UCC, 101 N. Oak St., California, MO 65018; or California Nutrition Center, 107 W. Versailles Ave., California, MO 65018.

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