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wife in the Civil War. Jane is survived by her
husband of 50 years, Howard C. Turnley.
Carolyn (Fisher) Bastian
’52, Hannibal, Mo.,
died May 7, 2011. Carolyn was
associated for many years with Standard
Printing Company, which was founded by her
great-grandfather in 1881. She was one of
the founders of SPC Graphics in 1987 and
was secretary of the company. She was
a member of the Mark Twain Home Board
and had been serving as secretary of the
board. She also volunteered at the Mark
Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Carolyn is
survived by her husband, Donald; two sons; a
daughter; and six grandchildren.
Winnie (Groves) Endicott
’53, Seattle,
Wash., passed away Feb. 15, 2011. She is
survived by two sons, a daughter, and two
grandchildren.
Beulah “Leigh” (Taylor) Chirnside
’54,
Fulton, Mo., died July 21, 2011. Leigh retired
after 25 years from the Cedar Creek Ranger
District, Mark Twain National Forest Service,
where she worked as an office manager.
She had also worked at Danuser Machine
Company and WWU. In addition to her
husband of 55 years, Stanley R. Chirnside,
she leaves a daughter and a granddaughter.
Janice Gartshore
’54, Denver, Colo., died
July 31, 2011. Janice worked in the book
department of Daniels & Fisher, which then
merged with the May Company. Books were
her passion.
Pamela (Peterson) Glass
’54, Beatrice,
Neb., died July 4, 2011. Pamela volunteered
throughout the community, including the
Beatrice Community Hospital Health Fairs,
the Gage Co. Immunization Clinic, and the
voting polls. She also was a reading buddy
at the Beatrice Public Library. She is
survived by a daughter.
Karen (Maxwell) Cotter Foster
’55, Kansas
City, Mo., passed away June 9, 2011. Karen
is survived by a son, a daughter, three
granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren.
Virginia (Dunlap) Buden
’60, Tulsa, Okla.,
died Feb 2, 2011. She is survived by her
husband, Donald.
Linda (Holmquist) Smith
’64, Springfield,
Ill., died July 10, 2011. She was a longtime
member of the Springfield Junior Women's
Club, P.E.O., and King's Daughters. She is
survived by two sons, a daughter, and four
grandchildren.
Sara (Dickirson) Dotson
’66, Memphis,
Tenn., passed away May 13, 2011. During
her time at WWU, Sara served as an officer
in Brushes, was a member of the Judicial
Council, freshman dorm representative, and
Smith Hall dorm president. Sara leaves
behind one daughter, one son, and one
grandson.
Velma (Polacek) Ellsworth
’71, Jefferson
City, Mo., died June 17, 2011. Velma
operated a home day care center for 20 years
and played the piano at many nursing homes.
She leaves behind three sons, a daughter,
a stepson, 13 grandchildren, four
step-grandchildren, and four
step-great-grandchildren.
Lynn (Fenno) Maxwell
’77, Exeter, N.H.,
passed away Sept 20, 2011. In her
professional career, Lynn worked for several
law firms, Access Sports Medicine, and most
recently, the Cambridge Trust Company. She
is survived by her husband of 26 years, John
J. Maxwell; a son; two daughters; and one
granddaughter.
Gail (Sieh) Konrady
’83, Longview, Texas,
passed away April 12, 2011. Gail was a
member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Longview. She is survived by her husband,
Edward; a son; and a daughter,
Kathryn Kelly Reynolds (Kathryn Kelly
King)
’83, Kerrville, Tex., passed away Sept.
2, 2011. She was a well-known and highly
respected Petroleum Landman in South
Texas and a member of the American
Association of Petroleum Landmen. Kelly
is survived by her parents, a brother, and
a sister.
Lynetta “Lyn” (Clark) Korff
’87, Fulton, Mo.,
passed away July 18, 2011. Lyn was a
librarian at the Callaway County Public
Library. She was instrumental in starting the
Callaway County Habitat for Humanity
and was involved in the Callaway County
Humane Society. She leaves behind her
husband, Gary; a daughter, and a son.
Gina “Gigi” Payne
’95, Madison, Miss.,
died Sept. 13, 2011. Gina was a member
of Chi Omega sorority. She was a
child-life assistant, counseling and working
with children at the Blair E. Batson Children’s
Hospital at University of Mississippi Medical
Center. She was a member of the
Mississippi Cancer Society and the Jackson
Junior League. She was named as one of the
Strong Women of Mississippi in a ceremony
hosted by the Baptist Medical Center. Gina
is survived by her parents, a sister, and
a brother.
Cynthia Onstott
, M.Ed. ’03, Iberia, Mo., died
April 13, 2011. Cynthia taught special
education at Iberia R-5 from 1990 until 2010,
retiring as director of special services. She
was a member of MSTA and was secretary
and treasurer for the Iberia Rural Fire
Association for several years. Surviving are
three sons, a daughter, and 11 grandchildren.
Nicholas D. Longo
’04, MBA ’06, Centralia,
Mo., passed away July 20, 2011. Nick was
the owner and operator of Nick’s Bar and
Grill in Mexico, Mo. He served 18 years as
a volunteer firefighter for the Mexico Fire
Department.
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Dr. Mark Lee Bailey
, 57, Beloit, Wis.,
passed away May 12, 2011, in Brownsville,
Texas. Mark joined WWU as an assistant
professor of exercise science in August 2009.
He resigned after one semester to focus on
his treatment.
Shirley (Wright) Blansett
, 75, Fulton, Mo.,
passed away July 30, 2011. Shirley had
worked for William Woods College.
Cora Harms Elliott
, 97, Windsor, Mo., died
May 21, 2011. Cora arrived at WWU in 1962
as an assistant professor of mathematics and
was promoted to associate professor and
then to full professor, receiving the
Outstanding Distinguished Professor
Award in 1980.
Lawanda “Chickie” Kaiser
, 84, Cape
Girardeau, Mo., passed away June 4, 2011.
She taught at William Woods before spending
the final 28 years of her career as a junior
high school physical education teacher.
Bryan W. Nickerson
III, 63, Mexico, Mo.,
passed away May 24, 2011. Bryan began
teaching history in 1973 and retired after 30
years of sharing his passion for history with
students. After retiring, he continued his
interest in education as an adjunct professor
at William Woods University and pursued
his interests in motorcycles, automobiles,
and airplanes. Bryan leaves behind his wife,
Peggy Jolly Nickerson
’87, WWU
assistant professor of paralegal studies,
and two daughters.
Kathleen Puyear
, 63, Ashland, Mo., passed
away May 17, 2011. Kathleen was a former
teacher at William Woods University and
retired from Linn State Technical College.