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Catherine Mardell Wyrick Spurlock went to her heavenly home on Oct. 8, 2011. She was born Sept. 22, 1921. Her parents were Edgar and Mary Alice Wyrick, of Jefferson City. She lived at South Hampton Place for six years and all her caregivers were greatly loved. Catherine had a kind word and a loving smile for everyone.
She was a school teacher in New Bloomfield before marrying Robert Spurlock on Jan. 18, 1946. He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1994. She worked at the News Tribune in Jefferson City, J.C. Penny’s and Philips and Company in Columbia.
One of her joys in the 1950s was writing jingles for Central Diary. She won one dollar per jingle and there are a stack of winning coupons for her children. She loved writing poetry.
She leaves two daughters, Mary Carol Shelley and Sharon Kay Kewley; and one beloved son-in-law, Larry Kewley.
Catherine had seven grand-children; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is survived by a loving sister and brother-in-law, Berna-dine and Lee Thompson, of Jefferson City; and three loving sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Wilson Guthery, Gerry Degase and Fay Boone, of Ava, Mo.
She requested a graveside service at Ava Cemetery, Ava, Mo., which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.