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Illah Marie (Rice) Pulley; Died 08/10/2017

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:

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9 Responses to “Illah Marie (Rice) Pulley; Died 08/10/2017”

  1. Anita Simon August 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    To Illah’s family,
    I was so sad and shocked to hear of Illah’s passing. She was such a friendly, thoughtful and welcoming lady. When we first became acquainted, she invited my husband and I to her church. She always called me by name every time we ran into each other and always took the time to inquire about my life. I will greatly miss her smile and presence in the Clarksdale community. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.
    Anita Simon

  2. S&P Owen August 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Rest In Peace sweet Ilah Marie….you truly were one in a million….

  3. Anita Mummert August 12, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

    So sorry for your loss ! She will be greatly missed . Loved her dearly

  4. Carol Dison August 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    She truly was a one of a kind lady! I first met her when taking my kids to VBS at Oak Christian Church. Every time I ran into her she always stopped to chat for a minute and sometimes I got a hug! Great christian lady, she will most certainly be missed. RIP sweet Illah! <3

  5. Barbara & Mike Lord August 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    Oh, Miss Illa Marie! You will be sorely missed. Mike and I were truly saddened to not only learn of your death, but to realize a sudden trip to NW MO is no longer something we can do. You were always a bright spot in every school reunion and your friendship to me was treasured. I know it was many times that for Mike who knew you for so much longer and worked with you when he was at the school.
    One of my favorite old times songs is “In the Garden.” Now I will always think of you when I hear/hum it!

  6. Cathy Freeman August 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh Illah you will be missed. You were such a great lady and I always enjoyed our visits. You were a fabulous lady full of spunk and always brought a smile to my face. RIP my dear friend…

  7. Glenda, Mark and Clifton DeShon August 15, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    You have our sympathy. I will miss my piano partner!

  8. Tom Bliss August 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Illah Marie was one of the best. She brought energy, joy, intelligence, and honesty everywhere she went. Though she was petite her sense of humor, smile, and faith made her a giant. With a heavy heart, she will be missed.

  9. Jeff and Carol Koch August 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Ilah Marie was a wonderful woman and neighbor. She was the first one that showed up which homemade food when our mother passed away and Doggie came and cleared the road and driveway of several inches of snow. My family lived by them for 25 + years. She will be missed greatly by the community.
    Jeff and Carol (Tomlin) Koch

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