Illah Marie (Rice) Pulley
Amity, MO….Illah Marie (Rice) Pulley, age 82, passed away unexpectedly August 10, 2017, at her home.
Illah Marie is survived by her husband Noland (Doggie) Pulley of the home; brother-in-law, George Pulley, Amity, MO; sister-in-law, Wanda (Pat) Pulley-Simpson, Liberty, MO; five nieces, Audrey (George) Staurt, Kearney, MO, Karen (Burle) Stafford-Bezet, Grovis Mills, MO, Christy (Scott) Crawford Wilkinson, KC, MO, Angie (Robert Smith) Rice-Jones & Cheri Rice both of Pattonsburg, MO; three nephews, Gary (Nancy) Pulley Guilford, MO, Paul Pulley, Cowgil, MO, Brian (Kelly) Pulley Montrose, MN; several great, great-great nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, G. Stanley Rice; sister-in-law, Norabell Pulley-Stafford & Betty Wiedmaier-Pulley; nephew, Kevin Stafford; several aunts, uncles, & cousins.
llah Marie was born on July 27, 1935 in Weatherby, MO to Graham & Ona (Kerns) Rice. She graduated from Missouri Western University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Also continued her education after college to be a Certified Profession Secretary, Real Estate License, Numerous TaxReal Estate Law Classes and secretarial & Management Seminars. She married Noland Pulley, farmer in 1956. They made their home on a farm at Oak, MO where she lived till her passing. Allah Marie worked for Eshelman Music, American Angus Assn. (13 yrs), Gray MFG. Co (12 yrs), and DeKalb County Collector/Treasurer (27 yrs) where she retired from in 2005 and she clerked many Auctions.
Illah Marie was involved in many things throughout her life. MoKan Regional Council, DeKalb CO Democratic Committee, Cameron Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, OCWA, DeKalb Co. Historical Society, active member of Clarksdale Christian Church where she played the organ, charter member of Lamplighters Club (60 yrs), volunteer @ Heartland Hospital, Eastern Star, active supporter/volunteer of annual Lion’s Club sale. MO State Treasurers Assn., 4-H in her younger years, and Seniors Citizens DeKalb County Tax Board Treasurer. She was also very active in many other things in the community.
She was always checking on her neighbors, Camp Quality, and friends in local nursing homes or in the hospital and taking vegetables from her garden, baked goods or cards. She never met a stranger and if she saw you anywhere she would stop an talk to you. She was encouraging, kind, giving, outspoken, sweet, and a feisty strong Democrat. She played in pitch tournaments and square dancing.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Clarksdale Christian Church with burial at Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Monday at Turner Family Funeral Home in Maysville. Memorial Contributions: Clarksdale Christian Church. Online condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com