Susan Backer

January 16, 1928November 4, 2017

Susan Christian Backer, age 89, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. Joseph's Bluff in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was born on January 16, 1928, to George Curtis Christian and Mary Elizabeth Clatterbuck Christian, in New Bloomfield, Missouri.

She graduated from New Bloomfield after attending all 12 years there. She then received an associate degree from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri.

She married Fred Smith Backer on May 25, 1947, and he preceded her in death on August 26, 1982. They lived their entire married life in the New Bloomfield area. Upon Fred's death, she moved to Fulton.

Mrs. Backer was a member of Providence Baptist Church for 80 years where she was active in the Girls' Auxiliary and the Women's Missionary Union. She taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the choir. She was also a member of the Callaway County Democratic Club, the Fulton Colleges Board of Associates and the New Bloomfield Area Historical Society.

Mrs. Backer worked as an office manager for Backer's Potato Chips, a secretary for the Missouri Department of Insurance and the first clerk and office manager of Callaway Water District No. 2 where she served for 22 years before retiring in 1993.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Gracia) Backer of New Bloomfield and Barry (Ann) Backer of Jefferson City; three grandchildren, Justin Backer of New Bloomfield, Brianna Backer of Jefferson City and Aaron Backer of Sedalia; two step-grandchildren, Jackie Romps of Dover, NH and Troy Dane of Olathe, KS; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Frances Tenny; two brothers, Edward Christian and Waller Christian; and one infant son, Jeffrey Bruce Backer.

Visitation and funeral services will be at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton, MO. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 8, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and funeral services held on Thursday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Baptist Church Building Fund in care of Debo Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Joe & Doris Hackman

November 11, 2017

Mike and Gracia, blessings and sympathy at the loss of Susan. May God's peace comfort you. Joe and Doris Hackman

Doug Zvacek

November 9, 2017


Aunt Susan will be missed by many. She was the sweetest great Aunt a boy could dream of. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My family sends our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Doug, Jessica Zvacek & kids (Lee's Summit, MO)

Joe & Aileen Bryan

November 7, 2017

Mike and Barry: Please accept our deepest heartfelt sympathy for your mother's passing. May she rest in God's loving arms forever. I remember as a little kid on Grandma Mirts' farm hearing about the Backers and what wonderful neighbors they were. May the Good Lord be with your mother's family and friends as they will think of her often. Semper Fidelis.

David Wallace

November 7, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. David & Annette Wallace

November 7, 2017

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

John and Nancy Hoey

November 7, 2017

Barry and Mike,
We are so sad to hear about the loss of your mother. I remember her as a very sweet and loving person and we are thinking of you in your sorrow.
With love,
John and Nancy Hoey

November 6, 2017

We send you, Gracia and your family our heartfelt condolences during this sad time. May you hold on to one another for strength and love.
David & Jane Dozier