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Obituaries Published in May 30 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in May 30 California Democrat

May 30th, 2012 by Democrat Staff in News


Teresa Bull, 45, St. Clair, Mo., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Grandview Health Care, Washington, Mo.

She was born March 3, 1967, in Sedalia, daughter of Charles "Wayne" and Dorothy Gros-venor. Her mother survives of Clarksburg. Her father preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 2007.

Other survivors include: one daughter, Samantha Bull, state of California; two sisters, Linda Matthews, state of New Jersey, and Sandra Grosvenor, Clarksburg.

Graveside services were held May 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Hickman Cemetery, Clarksburg.

Memorials are suggested to the family of Teresa Bull, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018.


Laurnell Louise Stephens Peters died May 21, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado, at the age of 92.

She was born July 21,1919 in Clarksburg, Missouri, to Rolla C. Stephens and Margaret Moles Stephens.

She attended Clarksburg public schools through high school and graduated with a BA degree from Central Missouri State University. Laurnell always enjoyed music, joining the school band in grade school and playing the slide trombone through high school and college. During college she joined Kappa Omicron Phi (honorary sorority for home ec majors), Kappa Delta Pi (educational honorary society), and Theta Sigma Upsilon social sorority. Laurnell was elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and at graduation she was listed as one of three top honor students. Laurnell taught school in Missouri for five years.

She married Max S. Peters June 29, 1947. They moved to Cooks Falls, New York, until 1949 when they moved to State College, Pennsylvania, where Max did graduate work for his Ph.D. degree.

They lived in Champaign, Illinois, from 1951-1962 while Max taught at the Univ. of Illinois. In 1962 they moved to Boulder, Colorado when Max became Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Laurnell was a 60 plus year member of Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a long-time member of the University of Colorado Women's Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Dames Court of Honor, Fortnightly Club, P & G Investment Club, and Devil's Thumb Questers antique study club. She has also written three books of her memoires.

Laurnell is survived by daughter Margaret Dixie Schmatz (Daniel) and her daughters Katherine Schmatz and Emily Oliver (Alex), and son Max Stephen Peters (Karen Oxford Peters) and his daughters Hannah Gammon (Robbi) and Grace Ann Peters.

A memorial service was held Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Phillips Chapel at Frasier Manor, 350 Ponca Pl., Boulder Colorado, followed by a reception in the Fraser Manor Sky Lounge.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Max S. Peters Graduate Fellowship Fund by writing a check to the CU Foundation with Max S. Peters Fellowship Fund in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: CU Foundation, Engineering Development, 422-UCB, Boulder, CO 80309.


Dana E. Smith, 61, of Centertown, Mo., passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012 at her home.

She was born on August 14, 1950, in Ramsey, Ark., the daughter of William Dillard Broach and Ernestine Deadman. She was united in marriage on November 29, 1992 in Hot Springs, Ark., to Daniel T. Smith whom survives of the home.

She retired from the Road Construction Industry as a Steam Roll Operator. Dana loved to sing, was in a band, liked Karaoke, enjoyed spending time with her family and loved being a MeMe.

She is survived by three sons, Wayne Cleveland and wife Hayley of Marion, Mo., Louis Finigan of Osage Beach, Mo., and Bud Finigan of Texarkana, Ark.; one daughter Terri Drue Gibbon and significant other David of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, Don Broach and wife Gladys; four sisters, Donna Sellers, Dee Bethea, Diann Bates and Delby Schlafman; six grandchildren Brittany Finigan, Allie Cheatham, Dylan Cheatham, Jordan Cheatham, Aihva Jayde Cleveland, and Daymon Finigan; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Marion Cemetery in Marion Missouri. Officiating will be Pastor Steve Jones. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family of Dana E. Smith, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018.

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


Betty Ann Summers passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

Betty was born on November 18, 1931, the older of two children, to Paul and Alice Wisdom, in Latham, Mo. She married Everett Arnold Summers in 1952, and they had two children, Edward Arnold and Roberta Lynn.

Betty was a very independent woman, raising her two children after her husband was killed in the service and living on her own until recently. She enjoyed gardening and collecting antiques, especially dishes and china.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Summers; parents, Paul and Alice Wisdom; and daughter, Roberta Lynn Alligood. She is survived by her son, Edward Summers and his wife, Karen; grandchildren, Angela Hebb and husband, Fred, Charlie Summers and wife, Christie, and Paul Summers; great-grandchildren, Justin Simpson, Vincent and Vienna Summers; great-great-granddaughter, Makenzie Simpson, all of Houston, and a sister, Barbara Jane Locke, of Montgomery, Ala.

A Memorial Service was held in the Chapel of National Cremation Service on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Her remains will be interred in the family plot in California, Mo., at a later date.


Mr. LeRoy (Roy) E. Welch, age 81, of California, Mo., passed away Monday, May 28, 2012 at St. Joseph Bluffs of Jefferson City.

LeRoy was born June 30, 1930, at Lohman, Mo., the son of the late William T. and Irene H. Meller Welch.

He was married on March 31, 1954, in California, Mo., to Catherine E. Stegeman who preceded him in death on June 16, 2002.

LeRoy was a 1947 graduate of St. Peters High School and attended various colleges working on an education degree. He enlisted in the Navy serving 6 years. He served on the USS Bataan in the Yellow Sea during the Korean War. After his service in the Navy, he moved to California, Mo, purchased the Nic Nac Café and operated it until 1956. He then enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Germany and various locations in the United States. During his career in the military, he worked in information systems and rose to the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1974 after serving 22 years. He then returned to California Mo, purchased a farm and raised cattle. He was also employed with the Department of Revenue as the Assistant Director of the Information Systems Division.

He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in California, Mo., and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy Sone Post 1003 in Jefferson City, Mo.

LeRoy enjoyed raising cattle, fishing, and visiting his friends at the Eagles.

Survivors include : one son, Wayne Welch of Leesburg, Va., twin brothers Larry and Gary Welch (Kim) of Lohman; six sisters: Helen Bolin of California, Mo, Anna Mae Schaefer (Ed), Ruth Schaefer, Leona Welch of Jefferson City, Linda Kempker of Moberly, and Karen Smith (Steve) of Lohman; companion Allean Campbell, Holts Summit; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother Clarence Welch.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Catholic church.

Burial with military honors will be at the Annunciation Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday June 1, 2012 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018.

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