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Della Spees died Saturday, February 26, 2011.

Della Spees was born June 14, 1927 on the farm near Plevna, Missouri to Noble and Pauline Rouner. Della attended elementary school in Plevna, Missouri and graduated from Edina High School in 1944. Della was very academically successful as well as active in high school activities. She sang in the girl’s glee club and mixed chorus. She played the trombone in both the marching and concert band, and also lettered in basketball.

After high school she attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. She earned a teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Novelty and Plevna, Missouri. On June 15, 1947 she married Sam Spees. To this union, two children were born: Suzanne of Ashland, Missouri and Teresa of Scott City, Missouri. Sam and Della moved to Columbia in August of 1951.

Della was preceded in death by her father Noble Rouner, her mother Pauline Rouner, and a sister Dorothy Snelling of Baring, Missouri.

Survivors include: her husband, Sam, of the home, daughters Suzanne Spees (wife of Nick Corry), and Teresa Raines (wife of Mark Raines); two granddaughters: Amanda Henderson of Havana, Illinois and Erin Wolfhope (wife of Jeff Wolfhope) of Hickory, North Carolina; cousin, Mike Taylor of Plevna, Missouri.

Della was a kind, loving mother, and wife. She was a gentle woman and a lover of nature. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a competitive spirit. Della was an avid bowler and an accomplished golfer. She even had a hole in one at the Columbia Country Club where she and Sam were members. Della was also a passionate MU fan and loved professional tennis.

Arrangements under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, MO. were Wednesday, March 2, 2011 with Mike Taylor, Gayle Lampson, Robert Miller, Mark Raines, and Nicholas Corry as honorary pallbearers. If desired, donations can be made to either the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in Della’s name.

Messages of condolence or support can be received