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Name of Deceased: Lura Elzea Painter
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Mar. 7, 1941

Obit: The Rev. Lawrence Fitzgerald, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiated at the funeral services at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the church, for Mrs. Lura Elzea Painter, 72, widow of Robert M. Painter, who died Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan.  Music included numbers by a quartette composed of Mrs. C. A. Mitchell, Mrs. Harold McLane, Mrs. E. A. Shannon and Mrs. David McGraw, accompanied by Miss Maude Orita Wallace.  Casket bearers were W. B. Peeler, Earl Haggard, W. B. Sappington, Judge Shannon, S.C. Gass and B.M. Bush.  Burial was at Elmwood cemetery.  Among those here from out of town for the rites were Mrs. Painter's daughter, Miss Clarice Painter of Manhattan, whom she was visiting when fatally stricken, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Hale of Laddonia, and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Elledge, Mrs. Cora Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Stafford and Mrs. Mollie Hamlett of Vandalia.

Name of Deceased: Sandra Marie Palmer
Newspaper: The Mexico, Missouri, Ledger
Date: April 25, 1994

Obit: Sandra Marie Palmer, 41, of 929 S. Walnut, Mexico, died Friday, April 22, 1994, at her home of natural causes. Graveside services were held at noon today at Eastlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Duane Brush officiating. Mrs. Palmer was born Oct. 15, 1952, at St. Louis, to Gilbert Eugene and Jean V. Cambron Brown. Survivors include her mother, Jean V. Boekhout of St. Louis; her grandmother, Eva Quick of Hawk Point; two daughters, Theresa Ann and Crystal Lee Palmer, both of the home; one brother, Steven Brown of Middletown; and one sister, Sherry Sides, St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her father.

Name of Deceased: Evelyn J. Paris
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Apr. 25, 2000

Obit: Funeral services for Evelyn J. Paris, age 86 of Kansas City, formerly of Vandalia, will be held at noon Thursday, April 27 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.  Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Franklin.  Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Thursday, April 27 at Waters Funeral Home.  Mrs. Paris died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2000 at Alpine Nursing Center in Kansas City.  She had been a homemaker all her life and was active in Parent-Teacher organizations.  She had been a rural Vandalia area resident until moving to the Kansas City area 30 years ago.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.  Mrs. Paris was born on Feb. 2, 1914 in Middletown to Gordon and Thora J. White Houf.  She married Rex M. Paris.  He preceded her in death in January 1972.  Survivors include two daughters, Alice J. Paris of Kansas City and Karen DeWitt of Wichita, Kan.; three brothers, Sam Houf of Wichita, Raymond Houf of Unionville and Harry Houf of Wellsville; three sisters, Mabel Cunningham of Montgomery City, Candace Christensen of Vandalia and Ruth McDonnold of Mexico; and two grandsons, Tim DeWitt of Phoenix and Mike DeWitt of London, England. 

Name of Deceased: Laura B. Peck,
Newspaper: The Columbia Tribune,
Date: Dec. 25, 1968
Submitted by: Robert King

Centralia - Mrs. Laura B. Peck, 84, of Centralia died Wednesday night at Audrain County Hospital in Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Peck was a member. The Rev. Howard White, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery at Mexico. The body is at the Fenton Funeral Home here, where friends my call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m on Friday. The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the elevator fund at the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Peck was born in Audrain County on July 26, 1884, to John Robinson and Ida S. McCord Robinson. She was married on Oct. 29, 1907, to John W. Peck, who died in 1930. Mrs. Peck was a member of Santa Fe Chapter 319 of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron. She received her 50-year pin on Nov. 21, 1965. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Dowell of Mexico and Mrs. Will Blair of Ride's Junction, Mich.; a brother, Homer Robinson of Leavenworth, Kan., and several nieces and nephews.

H. L. Perry died at his home near Martinsburg last Thursday.
(Mexico Missouri Message, Audrain Co., Mo., January 6, 1910, front page. Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Name of Deceased: Bobbye Lee Griffin Phillips
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Sept. 2, 1969
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Mrs. William G. Phillips, 36, of Mexico, Route 3, died at 10 a.m. today at the Audrain Hospital following a long illness. Before entering the hospital a couple of weeks ago, she had been a patient in the University Medical Center in Columbia since May. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church. The pastor, the Rev. Robert H. Collins will officiate, and interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The former Bobbye Lee Griffin, Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Mexico, oldest of four children of A. Harold and Lenora Wade Griffin. In November, 1953, she was married to Mr. Phillips, who survives at the home. A member of the choir of the First Presbyterian Church where she had been a long time member, Mrs. Phillips was active in PTA work, Cubs and Boy Scout, TOPs Club and was a charter member of Nu Phi MU Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Surviving with her husband are four children, Robert, 17, Michael Lee, 14, Gerald Patrick, 9, and Sally Ann, 6; her parents, Mrs. Lenora W. Griffin and A. Harold Griffin, both of Mexico; two brothers, James W. Griffin of Memphis, Tenn., and Harold D. Griffin of Columbia; a sister, Mrs. Don (Patricia) Dodson of Laurenburg, N. C.; her paternal Grandmother, Mrs. George L. Griffin of Mexico; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. O. C. Wade of Kirksville. Friends may call at the Precht Pickering funeral home after 4 p.m. Wednesday and the family will receive friends there after 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Name of Deceased: William Gerald Phillips Jr.
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: June 13, 2003
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: William Gerald Phillips Jr., age 77 of Mexico, died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2003 at Pin Oaks Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Arnold Funeral Home with the Rev. Wesley Keeling officiating. Burial will be in Salt River Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 25, 1925 in Wilson Township, Okla., the son of William G. Phillips Sr. and Bessie Lee Mayes Phillips. He married Linda Mason on Jan. 9, 1971 in Centralia. Mr. Phillips has been employed at A. P. Green Refractories for 25 years and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the European Theater. He was a member of Salt River Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Linda of the home; two sons, Michael Phillips of Duluth, Ga., and Gerald Phillips and his wife Darla, of Mexico; one daughter, Salley Goodin and husband, Fred, of Bainbridge, Ga.; one stepson, Robert Nevins and his wife Charlie, of Frisco, Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, James G. Phillips and his wife, Sarah, of Mexico; and one sister, Billie Lee Barnes of Mexico. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vivan Dunivent and Bettie Bishop.


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