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Vernelle C. Colhour: In Our Care 03/06/2018

Vernelle C. Colhour

Stewartsville, MO…..Vernelle C. Colhour, 94, passed away March 6, 2018 at the Sunset Nursing Home at Maysville, Missouri.

Vernelle was born January 8, 1924, on a farm south of Stewartsville, Missouri, to the late Claude Albert and Theresa Catherine (Kessler) Spalding. She attended various small country schools and then graduated from Amity High School in 1941. Shortly afterwards on June 1, 1941, she married Ralph E. Colhour of Amity, Missouri.

For many years Vernelle worked with Ralph at their Blacksmith Shop in Stewartsville. During her lifetime she worked 4 years as a cook at Maggie’s Restaurant in Stewartsville, 9 years at the St. Joseph State Hospital, and retired after 23 years as a cook at the Stewartsville School. She served as an attendant on the DeKalb County Ambulance Service and as a volunteer at the Cameron Veterans Home. She was elected mayor of Stewartsville and served in that capacity 8 years.

Vernelle was active in the community as a member of Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Order of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, and as a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed embroidering and playing cards with friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph E. Colhour, brothers Leroy and Gordon Spalding, daughter-in-law Diana Colhour and granddaughter Tonya Colhour.

Survivors include: sons, Carl and Wayne Colhour (Judy) of Maysville, and daughter Betty Jones (Amos) of Shawnee, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Chris Colhour, Cameron, Darin Colhour (Cathy Davis), St. Joseph, Brad Colhour (Missy), Kearney, Denise Colhour, Easton, Daniel Colhour, Warrensburg, Monica Wininger (Jack), Denver, Colorado and Aaron Jones (Bill Belzer) of Kansas City, Kansas. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren: Jesse, Emilee, Alexandra and Brock Colhour; Owen and Elsie Wininger in addition to nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Turner Family Funeral Home of Stewartsville with burial following in Stewartsville Cemetery. Visitation 10:00 – 11:00 a.m Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions: Sunset Home Activity Fund or American Legion Auxiliary. Online Condolences:

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One Response to “Vernelle C. Colhour: In Our Care 03/06/2018”

  1. Gary Pixler March 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Thoughts and Prayers are with the Colhour family at the passing of Vernelle. I have fond memories of working with Vernelle and Doris Schlieger in the lunch room at Stewartsville Schools. Vernelle was a mentor and friend to all who knew her. I am sad at her passing, but know she is back with Ralph now along his side in the presence of God.

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