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Judith Colhour: In Our Care ~ October 17, 2019

Judith (Judy) Ann Chaney Colhour, age 76, was born November 19, 1942 to Lena Gross Chaney and Curtis Jewell Chaney in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was raised by her maternal aunt, Beulah Thomas, and husband Bob in Brunswick, Missouri. 

Judy graduated from high school as salutatorian of her class in 1960.  In high school she was active in Pep Club, Band, Glee Club, and Future Teachers of America.  She went on to college that fall to what is now known as the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She was a charter member of the Delta Pi chapter of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.  She was named the Outstanding Biology Student when she graduated in August of 1963. She earned a Masters in Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville in Science Education.  

Judy taught biology and chemistry courses either full-time or part-time for over 30 years.  Most of her teaching career was spent in Maysville, Missouri. She was preceded in death by daughter, Tonya Ann Colhour.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Wayne I. Colhour. She is also survived by daughter Denise Colhour; son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Heather Colhour, and their children Jesse Colhour (U.S.A.F), Emilee Colhour, Catharine Whiteman, and Emily Whiteman. 

Reading, embroidery, and stamp collecting were hobbies of a lifetime.  She served on the DeKalb County Library Board and volunteered there many hours.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Cremation under direction of Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville. Memorial Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville with inurnment following at Stewartsville Cemetery. No visitation is Scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions to Judy’s favorite cause: The DeKalb County Public Library, Maysville, Missouri.  Online Condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com

43 Responses to “Judith Colhour: In Our Care ~ October 17, 2019”

  1. Jerry McFee October 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

    My condolences to the family.
    Mrs. Colhour will certainly be missed by many.
    Always 1 of my Favorite Teachers.

  2. Susan Files October 17, 2019 at 10:11 pm #

    Hazel Files & Family send their deepest condolences to the Colhour Family. Judy was a great teacher, role model and friend to all in her Christian faith. Many fond memories of Judy partaking In so many programs @ the Amity United Methodist Church.
    RIP Judy❤️

  3. frank owen October 18, 2019 at 1:43 am #

    I am so sorry about the loss of a dear friend & teacher. I never thought I could get through biology, but Judy knew I was smarter than I knew ,& with her help I passed. Judy was and is an amazing woman.
    To Wayne & the families, I send my love.

  4. Joni Zimmerman October 18, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  5. Patricia Meek October 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    Condolences to the family. She was one of my favorite teachers. She will be missed by many.

    • Elle Hendrix October 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

      She was a remarkable, caring, intelligent lady. She will be greatly missed. MHS was privileged to have such a high caliber teacher. My deepest condolences to the family.

  6. Sonja Boucher-Sloan October 18, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

    She was a wonderful teacher and will be greatly missed. Hugs and prayers and my deepest condolences to the family.

  7. Bertha meek October 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    Deepest sympathy to the colhour family . From Frances Meek and family.

  8. Beth Sherlock October 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    My sincere condolences to the family. I wish I would have hD the pleasure of meeting her. She sounds like a lovely person.

  9. Genny Adams October 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

    My sincere condolences to her family. I loved her Biology classes and her style of teaching.

  10. Heather Owens Merriott October 18, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear this news, She was a very nice lady and will be missed by many prayers to the family.

  11. Jarvis Smith October 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    I remember Judy as a young teacher right out of college that was always willing to help every student gain the love of knowledge. Judy was one of the teachers that made me want to become a teacher myself. Prayers for Wayne and all his family in their time of loss.

  12. Beverly Croner October 18, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

    So very sorry for your great loss Wayne; sending prayers to you and all your family.

  13. Lynette Toombs Saxton October 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  14. Diane Lewis October 18, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    Judy was such an intelligent and lovely lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  15. Stacey Sturguess October 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Daniel,Jesse, Emilee. Judy was a very nice person. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you.

  16. Kristen Gibbs (Curtis) October 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    My deepest condolences to Wayne and the family. I hope there is peace in knowing that Mrs. Colhour meant so much to so many, including me. She was one of a kind. I consider myself so blessed to have gotten to spend four years of high school with her, and am thankful for the lifetime of knowledge she provided.

  17. Bob Penick October 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

    My sincere condolences to Wayne and the family. Judy and I were cousins, raised together and went to school together until the 4th grade. Feel blessed that she was able to attend a family reunion at the end of September and we got to see her, visit , and laugh at family stories with her, We’ll miss Judy.

  18. Amy Curtis Piepmeier October 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

    My condolences to the Wayne and family. Judy was my favorite teacher in school and one of the best I ever had. I always looked forward to her classes as they were the most challenging and engaging of my high school career. She was and remains an inspiration and will be dearly missed.

  19. Sara (Trusty) Evans October 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm #

    What sad news to hear. Mrs. Colhour was tough but taught so many students, and her class was always fun and challenging. Many times when I remember school in Maysville, it is with memories of her classes and teaching style that stand out. My son is pursuing a chemistry degree, and I often think about Mrs. Colhour and how he would have loved her as a teacher. Many condolences to Mr. Colhour and their children. Praying for peace and moments of comforting solitude as you say goodbye to an amazing woman and teacher.

  20. Heidi Bench October 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

    Always a nice woman and a great teacher. She will be missed. Sending calming prayers for the family

  21. Rosemary whitt October 18, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    Judy had an amazing gift, she loved her students. I Am glad I had the privilege of working with her until her retirement! Rip Judy.

  22. Meridith Berry October 18, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

    My sympathies to Wayne, Denise, Daniel, and families. Judy was an amazing woman and a treasured colleague. I appreciated her no nonsense approach to teaching. I think that is why she was so respected and loved. Rest in peace, Judy.

  23. Brandi (Sweiger) Breckenridge October 18, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

    Rest In Peace Mrs. Colhour, what a wonderful teacher and such a kind woman. She had the best smile and a contagious giggle. Thank you for all the knowledge and guidance. Prayers and Condolences to Wayne and the family.

  24. Peggy Harwood October 19, 2019 at 1:35 am #

    Judy was a dear friend and colleague. I highly respected her intelligence and her compassion for educating the students at Maysville. My sympathy to family and friends during this time of such great loss. Just know and keep close to your heart, that if you have a relationship with Jesus you will be joining her again some day. What day of rejoicing it will be!

    • Brandon Davis October 19, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

      So sad to hear this. Mrs. Colhour was a mentor and pushed me to achieve everything I have thus far in life. She made such a difference in the lives of her students over the years. I will be forever grateful for her guidance throughout high school and into medical school. I’ll never forget her showing up at my medical school graduation, it meant more than I could express. Thank you for everything you did for me, I was truly blessed to have you in my life. Prayers to Wayne and your family

  25. Felicia Limb October 19, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Mrs. Colhour had a way to always make my day better. Her smile, tough love, and yet kind spirit made you feel welcome and important. Wayne, I am so very sorry for such an incredibly hard loss l. May you and your children find peace as you remember such a truly remarkable soul.

  26. Jeannie Burton October 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    Mrs. Colhour, I will never forget how encouraging a woman you were. Your patience and compassion were mirrored in your love for you students. You were never working a job, you lived a career that shaped many. I will miss you and our visits, even though they were too few and too far between.

  27. Jolene Powell Cornelius October 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    So sorry for your loss Wayne and family. I , too, remember her teaching biology at Stewartsville. She wasn’t much older than we were , but we probably didn’t realize that!!

  28. Jolene Powell Cornelius October 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    So sorry for your loss Wayne and family. I too remember her teaching me biology at Stewartsville. She wasn’t much older than we were, but we didn’t realize that at the time!!

  29. Michelle October 19, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

    Judy didn’t let much get by her. That kitchen window above the basement door was always good for keeping me Denise and Kel in line 🙂 “girls, it’s kinda late isn’t it”. She cared so much about all of us! Congratulations to Judy and Wayne for 54 years! Rest well Judy. Love you all ❤️

  30. Matt Dyer October 20, 2019 at 12:03 am #

    Mrs. Colhour was always willing to let us try new things in the lab while keeping us safe and making the class time fun. I will always remember her joy at seeing us learn new things. Wayne, Denise, Daniel and your families are in our prayers.

  31. Michael Witt October 20, 2019 at 12:18 am #

    Please accept my condolences for your families loss. May God guide her through the golden gates of Heaven and Bless her with a peace that will be with her forever.

  32. Gracie Feese October 20, 2019 at 2:28 am #

    Always with a smile…she always made you feel special. Rest in peace, sweet lady.

  33. Jolene Powell cornelius October 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sympathy to Wayne and family.

  34. Matt Dyer October 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    Mrs. Colhour always made biology and chemistry fun to learn. She encouraged us to learn and experiment while keeping us safe. Wayne, Denise, Daniel and all of the family, you are in our prayers.

  35. Bachman October 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

    Deepest sympathies from the Flinn families. I (Susan) remember Judy teaching our Science Class in Stewartsville. She was great. May she rest in peace…

  36. John Haley October 21, 2019 at 5:54 am #

    Judy touched many lives through her teaching and in her many hours of trying to make our community a better place. She. Will be greatly missed by many, but especially by Wayne and the rest of her family and friends!! God Bless Judy!!

  37. Gerald Link October 21, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    Sorry for your loss, Judy and I were in the “Class of 60” from Brunswick High School.


  38. Larry Kaiser October 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

    Judy was a good friend through grade school and high school. She was always a serious student but still fun to be with and gracious to everyone. We went separate ways after high school and our paths didn’t cross again until the 25th reunion of our high school class. I always enjoyed visiting with her at subsequent reunions and we maintained a cordial friendship via email. I was looking forward to seeing her again next May at our 60 year HS reunion. Although I didn’t see her very often I treasured her friendship. From reading the comments of her colleagues and former students it is obvious she made a big difference in the lives of many people. While too short, hers was a life well lived. She truly left footsteps.

  39. Melissa Walker October 23, 2019 at 1:06 am #

    I want to extend my deepest sympathy to your family. I took biology classes at Maysville R-I with Mrs. Colhour. She was such an amazing teacher; it was the one class I looked forward to each day. I learned a great deal from her and I will always remember her foundly There just aren’t enough teachers like her.

  40. Jackie Flinn October 31, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

    Prayers to Wayne and his family. I had Miss Chaney my junior at Stewartsville. A great and caring teacher who helped me out with personal matters. Have never forgotten her love of teaching or kindness.

  41. Judie Holmes Knudtson November 30, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

    Judy and I were best friends in our young years, and I spent many days visiting her at Beulah and Bob’s house on the hill. Hard to believe she is gone, but she will live forever in my heart. She was very caring and sociable.

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