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Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

Margery Wade

Margery Ilene Wade, 88, of Centerville, Iowa, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Continental Care Center in Seymour, Iowa.  She was born the daughter of Herman and Florence Sarah (Hardisty) Nielsen on May 31, 1924 in Greenfield, Iowa.  She graduated from the Peru High School in Peru, Iowa in 1944

Margery was first united in marriage to Wally “Dub” Martin on May 4, 1947.  Margery farmed with her husband and along with him, opened and operated a grocery store in Troy, Mo.  Later on October 25, 1979, she was united in marriage to Fred Wade. She worked with Fred, as a bookkeeper and secretary. She Moved to the Centerville area in 2003 and had many dear friends and was involved in many activities. She was an active member of Mercy Medical Center’s Hospital Auxiliary in Centerville and attended Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husbands, Wally S. “Dub” Martin and Fred Wade; brothers, Elmer Nielsen, Bobby Nielsen; sisters, Lela Sweikert, Zelpha Turner and Dorothy Patorry; and adopted sister Sandra Broshear.

Margery is survived by:  an adopted daughter, Gayle McDaniel, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Larry Nielsen, of Wellington, Fla.; grandchild, Teresa Elizabeth Logan, of Tampa, Fla.; adopted sisters, Rama Harris, Anne Nielsen, and adopted brother Bill Burch.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville, Iowa with Rev. Sara Galindo officiating. Visitation was on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville.

Memorials can be made to Drake Avenue Christian Church and can be left or mailed to the funeral home.  The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with the services for the Wade family and condolences can be sent at:


Helen Hunter

Funeral Services for Helen Darlene Hunter, of Elsberry, was held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry. Rev. Kelly Hardcastle of Troy and Rev. Gene Stewart of Annada, Mo., will officiate with burial in Star Hope Cemetery near Elsberry.

Mrs. Hunter passed away early Tuesday morning, January 22, 2013 at Jonesburg Nursing and Rehab in Jonesburg, Mo. Born May 10, 1931 in Hobert, Mo., near Silex, she was the daughter of Jerry Miah and Mary Edna Colbert Ray.  She was united in marriage on September 11, 1948 in Elsberry to Thomas Eugene Hunter.  This union was blessed with two children: Michael and Karen.  She worked for many years as a seamstress and presser for Bobbin A Long until the business closed. She was a member of IGLW (International Ladies Garment Workers Union.) In her free time, she enjoyed working as a waitress at the Bowling Green Sale Barn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Mary Ray; one son, Michael Ray Hunter in 1971; one brother, J.C. Ray; and two sisters: Margie Gladney and Serdie Ray.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 64 years, Thomas Hunter, of Elsberry; one daughter, Karen Shuford-Smith and her husband, Bob, of Elsberry; three grandchildren: Kristy Seidel and her husband, Ray, of Aurora, Ill., Mike Shuford and his wife, Stacy, of Elsberry and Molly Rosauer and her husband, Joel, of Iowa City, IA; and three great-grandchildren: Zachary and Braedan Seidel and Kelsey Shuford. She also leaves one sister, Dottie Stewart and her husband, Gene, of Annada; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, Mo., 63343.  Online condolences may be made at .


Audrey Cox

Audrey L. Cox, 80, of Troy, was born Nov. 8, 1932 and passed into the next life on Jan. 20, 2013.

Audrey was a cook.

Visitation was held Friday, January 25, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, P.O Box 248, Wentzville, Mo. 63385.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. located at Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville.



Elmer Purk

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Beloved husband for 68 years of Lois Purk (nee Sykora); dear father of Michael (Amy) Purk, Karen (Kevin) Murphy, Diane (Michael) Seerey and the late Thomas Purk; dear grandfather of Ryan Murphy, Katie (Geoff) Anderson, Logan, Dane and Julia Purk, Jessica (Andrew) Schneider and Andrew Simon; dear great-grandfather of Reese Anderson; loving brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Mr. Purk retired as Postmaster (Troy, Mo.) His 36 years of service with the United States Postal Service included Superintendent of Kirkwood Post Office and various other assignments. He was past member of Troy Rotary Club, Troy Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Postmasters, Retired Federal Employees, VFW Post 1400, Feed My People Volunteer of the Year 1995, St. Vincent de Paul of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, League of 1000 Men, Volunteer Docent with Jefferson Barracks National Park and volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Proud Army Veteran of World War II, awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground combat in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations.

The Service was held at Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois on Friday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to St. Paul Catholic Church (Fenton) for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment J.B. National Cemetery. Contributions to the charity of your choice appreciated. Visitation was Thursday, from 4-8 p.m.