DURHAM, Mo. â€" Elma Maude Killebrew, 91, of Durham, died at 8:50 p.m. Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) in LaBelle Manor Care Center in LaBelle. She was born Oct. 23, 1921, in Gas, Kans., a daughter of Elmer Eldridge Wood and Winnie Maye (nee Edmister) Wood. She married Wayne Stanley Killebrew on Feb. 7, 1942 in West Plains. They had a son, Darrel, born in 1947 who survives. Mrs. Killebrew leaves behind a rich life in experiences and memories for an even richer one up yonder. Elma "Maude" grew up on a farm outside of Brandsville. Following the death of her beloved father in 1931 she moved with her mother to West Plains. Eventually, she opened and operated a popular restaurant in West Plains with her mother for many years. She moved to Durham in 1949 following the birth of her son two years earlier. Soon afterwards, she gained employment at Sears Roebuck & Company, retiring from there in 1984. She initially worked in the Sears store on Maine Street in Quincy, Ill., where she was the first woman ever to work in the hardware department. She later retired as the parts manager at the Service Department on North 24th in Quincy. Aside from her work history, she had several activities and hobbies she excelled at and enjoyed. She was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables with her late husband. She was very skilled in the art of canning and was such a wonderful cook. She loved making quilts with her late husband and looked forward to her annual two-week trips out West she took each year with her family. She also adored cats. Above all she was a devoted and faithful wife, mother and grandmother who loved all children. She was known as a very kind and persistent person who forgave easily. She is survived by a son, Dr. Darrel Killebrew and his wife, Delores, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Michael Killebrew of Durham, Tanya Killebrew of Phoenix, and Suzanne Killebrew of Phoenix; six great-grandchildren, Anya Sue Killebrew, daughter of Suzanne Killebrew, Darah and Ashlynn Larson, daughters of Tanya Killebrew, Nathaniel, Cana and Carmela Killebrew, children of Michael Killebrew; two nephews, Norm and Kevin Killebrew of Texas; and multiple great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, James Lewis Wood; a sister, Virginia Elizabeth Wood, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday in the Ball-Davis Funeral Home in Ewing, with the Rev. Elmer Hagood officiating. Burial will be in Durham Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to join together at the Durham Main Stop at 1 p.m. following burial. VISITATION: 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Durham Cemetery fund. ARRANGEMENTS: Ball-Davis Funeral Home, Ewing. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2012