OBITUARY

Dora May Wren

August 5, 1930August 2, 2019
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Dora May Wren, 88, of Columbia, MO passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Colony Pointe in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 with Rev. John Gillman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dora May was born on August 5, 1930 in Fulton, MO the daughter of Clinton and Hazel (Morts) Harris who preceded her in death. She was married on February 13, 1954 in Boonville, MO to Girard “Toot” Wren who preceded her in death on October 7, 2015.

Dora May graduated from Fulton High School in 1948 and began working for the City of Columbia in 1950 in the City Collectors office. She also worked in several other departments within the city before retiring in 1990.

After retiring she began a temporary job with the Columbia Fire Department at the training academy. While working there she was called “Mom” by the new fire recruits as they were able to come to her with just about anything. She was always ready with a smile and plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. She continued to work as temporary help in various departments within the City and the Visitors and Convention Bureau until past her 80th birthday.

Survivors include: three sons, Gregory Wren (Barb) of Columbia, MO, Bruce Wren of Louisville, KY and Philip Wren (Gale) of Harrisburg, MO; three grandchildren, Josh Wren, Sunny Wren and Curtis Bruce; four sisters, Hazel Crane (Dale) , Ordith Skouby (Dick), Pauline Robertson (Jerry) and Phyllis McKinney; one sister-in-law, Elaine Harris, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Owen Harris, and two sisters, Frances Hyman and Carol Harris.

She enjoyed singing, dancing, sewing and crafts, spending time with her family and friends and watching Cardinal baseball.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, The Toot and Dora May Wren Firefighter Equipment Fund at 2000 E Broadway, Box 180 or at Central Bank of Boone County.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include: three sons, Gregory Wren (Barb) of Columbia, MO, Bruce Wren of Louisville, KY and Philip Wren (Gale) of Harrisburg, MO; three grandchildren, Josh Wren, Sunny Wren and Curtis Bruce; four sisters, Hazel Crane (Dale) , Ordith Skouby (Dick), Pauline Robertson (Jerry) and Phyllis McKinney; one sister-in-law, Elaine Harris, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Toot and Dora May Wren Firefighter Equipment Fund
  • or through the Central Bank of Boone County

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Roy Williamson

August 11, 2019

Sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers. I didnt know your mother was are Colony Pointe, thats where my mother is also.

Rebecca Wehrman

August 8, 2019

I met Dora Mae shortly after I started working at the City of Columbia. I enjoyed getting to know her even more when she started attending Community United Methodist Church. I had the privilege to sing next to her in the choir.

Laura Deneke

August 8, 2019

Dora May was such a dear to work with. One word that captures her spirit is "loyal". She loved working for the City of Columbia, and of course the fire service was in her heart. For Wilkes Blvd United Methodist Church she sold countless ham and bean dinner tickets, and would even call you the day of to make sure you wouldn't miss out on your favorite dessert. For the Municipal Credit Union, she served on volunteer boards/committees, believing strongly in their mission. You didn't have to be around Dora May for long to hear of her love for the ballroom dancing group she and Toot partied with, and later when they exercised at Boone Hospital WellAware she promoted that experience as well. In these final years at Colony Pointe, she settled in well and talked up the facility, the residents and staff, and of course the breakfasts. Dora May above all was loyal to family and friends throughout her life.

Marcia Martin

August 6, 2019

I enjoyed my time working with Dora May at the City. I remember her telling me that getting old was not for sissies.

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