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34 Summer 2008
her years of service to the alumni association and
the university.
Judith Brookes “Judy” Galt
’37, Kirkwood,
Mo., died March 17, 2007. She was a nurse at
St. Luke’s and Deaconess hospitals. She served in
the U.S. Army as a nurse during World War II.
Shannon (Chenoweth) Graham
’38, Jefferson
City, Mo., passed away Dec. 7, 2007, at age of
88. She was a former secretary in the offce of the
Missouri Attorney General and a school teacher. She
was survived by son, James, and daughter, Adele.
Mary (Lewis) Miller
’38, Platte City, Mo., passed
away Oct. 19, 2007. She was a member of the
Platte City Study Club, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Tuesday
Evening Bridge Club and the PEO Sisterhood. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon.
Ruth (Besson) Ferguson
’40, Marionville, Mo.,
passed away April 10, 2008.
Martha (Coleman) Maddox
’40, Aurora,
Ill., died May 15, 2007, at age 86. She was a
housewife, mother and friend to many.
Dorothy (Rorke) Reber
’40, Fort Worth, Texas,
passed away Feb. 4, 2007, at age 87. She retired
from Amon Carter Museum and was member of
the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, the Sororis Club
and Arlington Heights Christian Church. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and her
daughter, Judy.
Margaret (Perry) Albright
’41, Hillsboro, Ore.,
passed away.
Elaine (Abrahamson) Oldfest
’43, Naperville,
Ill., passed away June 27, 2007, at age 84. She was
a former real estate agent and served in the Waves
during WWII. She is survived by her two daughters,
her brother and sister and three grandchildren.
Helen (Ramming) Sturm
’43, Grayville, Ill., died
Nov. 6, 2007, at age 82. She was an accountant
and member of First United Methodist Church. She is
survived by husband, Willard, daughter, Beverly, son,
Johnnie, along with her three grandchildren, two step-
grandchildren, and three step-great- grandchildren.
Elgetha (Dixon) Vogt
’43, Hermann, Mo., passed
away Aug. 19, 2007.
Judy (Wheelock) McDonald
’45, Minnetonka,
Minn., died May 4, 2007, at the age of 81. She was
preceded in death by husband, Guy. She is survived
by daughter,
Mary (McDonald) Olson
’72 of
Frazee, Minn.
Rosemary (Heald) Harvey
’47, Decatur, Ill.,
passed away Sept. 24, 2007, at the age of 80.
Patricia (Brown) Dalton-Wilcox
Huntington, Ind., passed away Dec. 26, 2007,
at the age of 78. She was employed at Yeoman
Engineering for 30 years and co-owner of Yeoman
Engineering. She is survived by husband, Phil.
Rosemary (Land) Harris
’50, Fulton, Mo., passed
away March 17, 2008, at age 77. She was a member
of the First Presbyterian Church, Callaway Community
Hospital and Chapter DY of PEO. She is survived by her
husband, Overton.
Dorothy “Dottie” (Maddox) Osbourn
Lenexa, Kan., died Dec. 18, 2007. A former Fulton
resident, she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, the
Callaway Community Hospital Women’s Auxiliary
and an active member of United Methodist Church.
She was the former owner of “The Bunny Patch” in
Fulton. Her husband, Richard, preceded her in death.
Nancy (Hill) Peckham
’51, Edina, Minn., passed
away at the age of 76 on Dec. 20, 2007. She
was preceded in death by husband, Thomas. She
is survived by daughters, Lisa and Stephanie; son,
Thomas and two grandchildren.
Ellen (Rose) Auyong
’54, Grand Forks,
N.D., died March 28, 2008, at age 74. She
graduated with an associate of arts degree in retail
merchandising. After getting her master’s degree
in ceramics and sculpture, she taught at WWU in
1969-70 and then at the University of North Dakota
Correction-M. Louise (Townsend)
’54, Destin, Fla., died in
September of 2007, not 2004 as previously
Jill (Greer) Baue
’55, St. Charles, Mo., died
Feb. 12, 2008, at the age of 72. She and her late
husband, David, previously owned Baue Funeral
Homes and St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Recipient
of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Cultural
Lifetime Achievement Award of 2006 and the 2007
Community Shapers “50 over 50“ award. Jill was a
member of the St. Charles Artist Guild, a Girl Scout
Leader for 12 years, Foundry Art Centre Board of
Directors and Event Volunteer, Benefactor to the Baue
Children’s Art Gallery at the Foundry Art Center and
the Century Club for SSM St. Josephs Hospitals. In
1992 she established the Jill Greer Baue Scholarship
at WWU. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa;
two sons, Mark and Paul; a sister, Mary and fve
Mari Alice (Woodward) Stroh
’66, Kansas
City, Kan., died Feb. 12, 2008, after losing a
battle with Multiple Myeloma. She leaves behind
her son, mother, three sisters and her long-time
companion, Fred.
Carole Ann (Sweeney) Bultmann
Mountain View, Mo., passed away Jan. 19,
2008, at the age of 54, after losing her battle with
pancreatic cancer. She was an active member in the
Chi Omega sorority. She received a master’s degree
in speech and dramatic art and pursued a career in
speech pathology. She was preceded in death by her
husband and mother.
Doris J. Gardner
’79, of East Dundee, Ill., passed
away March 11, 2008, at the age of 50. Her love of
horses led her to WWU. She owned her own stable
and served on the board of directors of NACM-
Kim (Beasley) Wade
’79, Dayton, Ohio, passed
away Nov. 15, 2007, at age 50. She was a native
Daytonian and member of Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church. She is survived by several relatives,
family and friends.
Margaret (Meg) Salmon-Riggins
’81, Lee’s
Summit, Mo., died at the age of 50. She was an avid
horsewoman and owned and showed many world
champions. She was a loving wife for 21 years to
husband, Michael. She had four daughters, Sara,
Hollie, Rebecca and Brooke.
Annette (Gail) Bommel
’85, California, Mo.,
died Feb. 28, 2008, at age 44. She taught at St.
George Catholic School in Linn, Mo., and later
devoted all of her time to raising her children. She is
survived by her husband, Joe, and her eight children.
Melissa (Brooks) O’Connell
’92, Overland
Park, Kan., lost her two-year battle with malignant
melanoma on Dec. 4, 2007, at the age of 37. She
was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She
was employed in Early Childhood Services with the
Pembroke Hill School at the time of her death. She
leaves behind husband, John, and her two children,
Molly, 8, and Matthew, 5.
Doyle (Ray) Pitts
M.Ed. ’00, West Plains, Mo.,
passed away July 4, 2004, at the age of 48. He
was a teacher and a coach for 27 years. He is
survived by wife, Louise; son, James, and
daughters, Ashley and Holly.
Astra Simmons
, student, Bahamas, died
Dec. 6, 2007, after losing her battle with cancer.
She was 20. Astra came to William Woods to
pursue a degree in business administration. On
campus she was active in Up ‘til Dawn, Multicultural
Affairs Club, Campus Crusade for Christ and
University Ambassadors. Astra loved poetry
(especially Maya Angelou), books, music and
spending time with friends.
Woods Community
Lillian Hardy Benedict
, Fulton, Mo., died
Dec. 15, 2007, at the age of 93. She worked as a
secretary for the academic dean’s offce at William
Woods for several years. She was a member of
United Methodist Church. She was preceded in
death by three brothers and a sister.
Leon Richard “Lon” Nuell
of Murfreesboro,
Tenn., passed away March 12, 2008, after a
massive stroke. He was a former assistant professor
of art at WWU, 1964-68. In 1971, he joined Middle
Tennessee State University’s Department of Art.