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Flora Elaine Rehmer

December 2, 2013

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Elaine Rehmer

Flora Elaine Rehmer, 54, of Columbia, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at her home.

Born May 26, 1959 in Sedalia, she was the daughter of Rudy Ernest and Lillian Ann Bahner Rehmer.

She is survived by her parents, of Smithton; a brother, Jeffrey Rehmer and his wife Tonalea, of Smithton; five nephews, Joe Rehmer and his wife Holly, and their children Zachary and Bryson, of Pilot Grove, Andrew Rehmer, of Smithton, Nathan Rehmer and his wife Jenna, of Columbia, Walker Knox and Garrett Knox; and a niece, Jennifer Rehmer, of Knob Noster.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Charlie and Rose Weller Bahner; paternal grandparents Rudy Sr. and Flora Bultemeier Rehmer; and an infant sister, Vicky Kay Rehmer.

Ms. Rehmer was raised and educated in Smithton. She was a 1977 graduate of Smithton High School. She received her bachelor and master degrees from William Woods University. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bahner and played the church organ for many years. She worked in the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and taught online classes at State Fair Community College. She had a special place in her heart for her cat Edyth and thought of her more as a child than a pet. She was a huge fan of the Missouri Tigers. She enjoyed attending auctions and collecting antiques. She shared a special bond with her brother Jeff. When she was in need of a kidney transplant, he stepped in to help his sister and donated a kidney. Her love for her family and friends was strong, and she cherished the time she spent with them. She loved to spoil her niece and nephews, and thought of them as her own.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sedalia with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating.

Pallbearers will be Joe Rehmer, Andrew Rehmer, Nathan Rehmer, Tim Arnett, Matt Bahner and Kerry Hampy.

Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Bahner. Prayers of the rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Sedalia, with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center, or St. John’s Cemetery, in care of the funeral chapel.

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