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Julia “Julie” Loretta McCurren, 78, of Edina, Missouri died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Julie was born on May 8, 1933 in Indian Creek, “Swinkey”, Missouri, the daughter of C.E. and Johanna Lillis Hays.

She attended and graduated Valedictorian from the Swinkey High School in the Class of 1952.

Julie met John Edward “Jack” McCurren, at the Swinkey Picnic and they were married on June 6, 1951, in the St. Stephens Catholic Church in Indian Creek, Missouri.

Jack and Julie were members of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri, where she served on the St. Ann’s Altar Society for a number of years. She was also a member of the Baring Country Club, an avid Democrat and a St. Louis Cardinal Fan.

In 1951 they moved to Edina, Missouri where they ran the McCurren Maytag Store then moved to Clarence, Missouri in 1954 and returned to Edina, Missouri in 1956, when they opened McCurren State Farm Insurance, and continued to operate until Jack’s retirement in 2003. Julie enjoyed helping out at the Knox County Nutrition Site and visiting the Knox County Library. She loved children and keeping up with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Julie is survived by six children, Ric and his wife Patty McCurren of Fairfield, Iowa, Donna and her husband Don Gagne of Placerville, California, Don McCurren and his friend Betsy Ayers of Edina, Missouri, Debbie and her husband Steve Edwards of Edina, Missouri, Kent and his wife Debbie McCurren of Edina, Missouri and Rodney and his wife Betty McCurren of Ashland, Missouri; a sister, Marcella Kendrick of Shelbina, Missouri; two brothers, Paul and his wife Ginnie Walker of Monroe City, Missouri and Tom and his wife Jane Hays of the Quad Cities, Illinois; a brother-in-law, James and his wife Phyllis McCurren of O’Fallon, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Hays of Monroe City, Missouri and Pat and her husband Bill Matticks of Grain Valley, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephew, cousins and a host of friends.

Julie was preceded in death by her husband Jack McCurren on August 8, 2010, a son, Randy McCurren in infancy; two sisters, Emma Jo Keller and Ethel Mae Campbell; three brothers, Pete, Frank and Harold Hays.

A Mass of Christian Burial was 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri.

Visitation was after 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Rosary Service was held at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening.

Burial was in the St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery in Edina, Missouri.

Fr. Joseph Hoi, Father Bill Kottenstette and Deacon Ken Berry celebrated the mass and music was provided by Jim and Kyle Clark. Pall Bearers were her grandchildren along with Honorary Bearers, Rose Ann Klote, Sandy Barnhill, Margie DeRosear, Lila Hilgeford, Jill McCurren and Ann Sue Campbell.

An expression of sympathy in memory of Julie McCurren may be left to the Nutrition Site or the Library. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.