MADALINE A. MUHRER
Madaline Acklie Muhrer, age 99, of Columbia, MO, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Candlelight Lodge Assisted Living Facility in Columbia.
Madaline was born August 28, 1915 near Alexandria, MO, a daughter of Johnnie and Eda Katharina Neumann Acklie.
She married Merle E. Muhrer on February 4, 1939 at her parents’ home. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1999.
Survivors include four sons: Verle (Dorothy) Muhrer, of Kahoka, MO, Darryl Muhrer of Columbia, MO, Merlin (Jill) Muhrer of Lansdowne, PA, and Henry (Roberta) Muher of Chicago, IL; ten grandchildren: John Henry Muhrer of St. Louis, MO, James Martin (Sally) Muhrer of Lake Forest, IL, Trueman (Mandy) Muhrer of Buffalo, NY, Sarah Muhrer of Lansdowne, PA, Eli Muhrer of Boston, MA, Lydia Muhrer of New York, NY, James Gordon Muhrer of Huntley, IL, Rachel (Tom) Tendnes of Hoffman Estates, IL, Zachary (Jenna) Muhrer of Stockton, KS and Clementine (Matt) Hoeing of St. Louis, MO; fourteen great grandchildren; a sister, Rovene Lipper of Luray, MO; sister-in-law, Laverne Hohli of San Antonio, TX; also nieces, nephews, and cousins, many residing in Clark County, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Merle E. Muhrer; two brothers, Lester and Virginia Acklie and Kenneth and Mary Acklie; and brother-in-law, Ansel Lipper.
Madaline was a 1933 graduate of Kahoka High School and attended Kirksville State Teacher’s College. She taught in several one room schools in Clark County until her marriage when she and Merle moved to Columbia, then Kirksville, as he furthered his education. Finally returning to Columbia to receive Merle’s doctorate degree where they made their home the rest of their lives.
Madaline was confirmed and raised in the fellowship of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka and returned there many times while visiting her family in Clark County. She then moved her membership to Columbia United Church of Christ and was active in its’ ministry, participating in the Women’s Guild, volunteering in the office, serving as part-time organist to name a few.
She was a member of the Stran Extension Club, the University of Missouri Faculty and Ag Wives organizations, a former 4H leader, and member and past president of the Missouri State China Painter’s Association.
She was a wonderful mother who supported her children and grandchildren as they continued and furthered their education and cherished each and every one of them. She was an accomplished painter, specializing in china and many of her pieces are in homes in Clark County.
In addition, she had a miniature outhouse collection and an extensive Santa Claus collection.
She was a Proverbs 31 lady who extended a hand and smile to all she met.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Rev. Dixie Laube and Deacon Joe Mitchell providing words of comfort. HL Plenge will serve as organist and Mrs. Vicki Mitchell vocalist. Special music is “I Was There to Hear your Borning Cry”.
Pallbearers are John Henry Muhrer, Zachary Muhrer, Trueman Muhrer, Sarah Muhrer, Clementine Hoeing and Eli Muhrer.
Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery with bagpipist Jane RabiniMadaline Muhrer
Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Columbia United Church of Christ, the St. Paul Cemetery, or to the donor’s choice.