Mary Ann Burkhalter, 78, of Wellsville, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at Lenoir Woods in Columbia, Missouri, with her daughters by her side.
Mrs. Burkhalter was born July 17, 1941 in Marshall, Missouri, a daughter of William Charles and Leona Lilli (Bredehoeft) Flandermeyer.
She was a 1959 graduate of Tina-Avalon High School in rural Tina. Mary Ann received her Bachelors of Science in Education in 1963. She continued her education at the University of Missouri - Columbia, obtaining her Master’s in Education Degree.
On September 4, 1965 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville, she married Charles William “Bill” Burkhalter. They celebrated over 47 years of marriage, before he preceded her in death on March 18, 2013.
Mary Ann was a homemaker. She had also taught school as a Home Economics Teacher, first at Chandlerville, Illinois, then Montgomery County R-II and last at Community R-VI, where she remained for several years.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville and also the Grace Lutheran Ladies Society. Mary Ann had volunteered at the Good Shepherd Thrift Store in Wright City.
Mary Ann enjoyed being involved in the community. She volunteered her time with Meals on Wheels. Mary Ann had been a former member of GFWC Studere, where she had served as a state officer, also Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Club Leader for the Coon Creek Croonies, Friends of the Library, Young Farm Wives, Extension Council, Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association and Montgomery County Historical Society. Mary Ann served on the Wellsville-Middletown School Board for 18 years. She had served as a judge for the Kansas City BBQ society.
Mary Ann is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh and Mark Kottwitz, of Ashland, Lynn and Jason Hall, of Paynesville and Laura Burkhalter and Jeffrey Shopper, of Kansas City; three grandchildren, Stormy Ann Britt, of Ashland, Avery Magee Hall and Chase Cooper Hall, of Paynesville; sister-in-law, Mary Sue Branstetter and husband, Dale, of Pinckney, Michigan and brother-in-law, Donald Erwin Burkhalter and wife, Susan, of Columbia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles William “Bill” Burkhalter.
Visitation was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville. Rev. Luke Wolters officiated. Serving as organist was Phyllis Reagan.
Interment was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Avery Hall, Chase Hall, Jason Hall, Mark Kottwitz, Tanner Kottwitz and Jeffrey Shopper.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Grace Lutheran Church in Wellsville or Missouri Girls Town c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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