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Winter 2009-2010
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Suzann Zoe (Lambert) Pyper
’56, Salt
Lake City, Utah, died June 25, 2009.
An avid traveler and consummate
gardener, she was an amazing
seamstress, gourmet cook and lover of
the arts. She is survived by her husband
of 51 years, Craig W. Pyper, three
daughters and fve grandchildren.
Julie (Fietsch) Jensen
’58, Albuquerque,
N.M., died April 8, 2009. She worked for
Harris Publishing, MCI and Winslow &
Wood Financial. She was also an avid fan
of the men’s Lobos basketball team, and
volunteered for Albuquerque Little
Theater. She is survived by four
daughters and eight grandchildren.
Ginger (Sparks) Couch
’59, Little Rock,
Ark., died March 9, 2009, after a
courageous battle with cancer. She was
an active member of Christ the King
Catholic Church. She is survived by her
three children, brother and nine
grandchildren.
Bonnie (Johnson) Vento
’60,
Manchester, Mo., passed away
Sept. 27, 2008. She is survived by her
husband, three daughters, three sons
and 11 grandchildren.
Maradell O. Churchill
’61, Norman,
Okla., died May 15, 2009. She was an
elementary teacher for many years,
and then worked in home health care.
She was a devout member of St. John’s
Episcopal Church and a lover of art and
music. She is survived by her daughter
Barbara Adell (Etters) Merckx
’94, two
sons and fve grandchildren.
Katherine “Kit” (Benham) England
’68, Miamisburg, Ohio, died April 12,
2009, after a prolonged battle with breast
cancer. She was a primary school teacher
for Centerville School District in Texas
and was an avid volunteer. Her favorite
activities included performing with Center
Stage Show Choir, playing bridge
and traveling.
Nancy (Heilman) Herr
’68, Winston-
Salem, N.C., died Nov. 10, 2007. She
spent most of her life in Clearwater
Beach, Fla., working 30 years for the
family restaurant, Heliman’s Beachcomb-
er. In 1996 she moved to Winston-Salem
to start a successful career in real estate.
She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, father,
brother and two sisters, including
Pamela (Heilman) Erickson
’72.
Mary Kay (Clark) Redfeld
’69, Pagosa
Springs, Colo., passed away Feb. 19,
2009, after a long illness. She is survived
by her husband and two sons.
Rebecca (Basye) Zimmer
’69, Aurora,
Colo., passed away Aug. 12, 2008. She
was a member of Chi Omega.
Diane (Deaton) Vean
’70, Denver, Colo.,
died Jan. 9, 2009, after a courageous
battle with breast cancer. She was
devoted to her family, teaching,
nursing, running, nature and her dogs.
She is survived by her husband, two
children and a grandson.
Barbara (Williams) Haverstick
’71,
Quarryville, Pa., died March 28, 2009.
Teaching was her passion, and she taught
at Clermont Elementary School. She was
an active member of Faith Reformed
Presbyterian Church, where she was an
original member of the handbell choir.
She was a member of Alpha Phi
sorority. She is survived by her husband,
two sons, a brother and a sister.
Ann Louise (Nicholas) Ashley
’81,
Topeka Kan., died July 31, 2009, after
a 10-year battle with breast cancer. She
was a teacher of the Deaf and a dancer,
interests fostered at William Woods. She
was a member of Chi Omega. She is
survived by her father, fve siblings,
husband and six children.
Lisa Marie (Laws) Menne
’82, New
Prague, Minn., died May 26, 2009 of
cancer. She was an accountant for
GMAC, ADP, Golf Galaxie and Arcadia.
She loved horses, gardening and was
very artistic. She was a member of Alpha
Chi Omega. She is survived by her
husband, daughter and parents.
Cydney L. (Vought) Eike
’85,
Manchester, Mo., passed away May 28,
2009. She is survived by her husband and
two children. She was a member of Alpha
Chi Omega.
Lisa Kay LaRose
’85, Perryville, Mo.,
died Feb. 26, 2006. She was a former
marketing director with MidAmerica Farm
Publications, and she bred and raised
national show horses and American
Saddlebred horses. She is survived by
her son, parents and two brothers.
Jennifer Lynn Cope
’87, Bosque, N.M.,
died April 25, 2009. She fulflled her
life-long passion of training and breeding
horses when she built a breeding stable
at her home. She is survived by her
companion of 10 years, William Jernigan;
a daughter, Mikayla; her parents, and
two siblings.
Dawnette Bray
’89, MBA ’00, Belle, Mo.,
died Sept. 7, 2009, after a three-year
bottle with Amyloidosis. She worked for
13 years at Dillard’s in Jefferson City
and later worked for 10 years as a fscal
analyst for the Missouri Department of
Conservation. She is survived by her
parents and a sister.
Anastasia “Staci” (Bumba) Leonard
’91, South Portland, Maine, died Feb.
10, 2009, of lung cancer. She was an
accomplished equestrian and a devoted
mother. She is survived by her husband,
two sons, her parents, a brother and a
grandmother.
Cynthia (Cash) Palmer
’98, Columbia,
Mo., died May 1, 2009. Cynthia spent 32
years with the Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education, and volun-
teered for the Girl Scouts for more than
30 years. She is survived by her mother,
husband, daughter and son.
Marilyn Carol (Dodge) Truitt
’07, New
Bloomfeld, Mo., died Aug. 02, 2009, at
the age of 55. An equestrian science
major and education minor, she was a
member of Kappa Delta Pi education
honorary society.
WWU
Community
Passings
Mildred Munyon
of Camdenton, Mo.,
died Sept. 16, 2009, at the age of 99.
Mildred joined the William Woods staff in
1969 and was the house mom of Camden
Point Hall until she retired in 1988. She
was an honored recipient of the “Order of
the Owl.” On her 95th and 99th birthdays,
she was showered with cards from former
residents of her residence hall.