August 20, 2009

(12/16/1903 – 8/10/2009)

Lola Marie Kiefer, 105, of Memphis, died Monday, August 10, 2009 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of John and Clara (Becker) Kiefer on December 16, 1903 in Gorin.

Lola graduated from the Wyaconda High School. She was the school’s cook there for many years, and then worked at a candy factory in Trinidad, CO.

She loved gardening and took pride in her beautiful flowers which she lovingly nurtured. Lola will always be remembered by her family for her homemade bread, cookies, and apple butter.

Lola was a member of the Wyaconda United Methodist Church.

When she reached 100 years of age, Lola received a proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives and a letter from President George Bush when she turned 105 in December.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leslie and Loyd Kiefer; sisters, Wilma and Ruby Kiefer, Dorothy Klopfer and Hazel St. Clair.

She is survived by her many nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services were Wednesday, August 12, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with the Rev. Charles Hammack officiating. Andy Gibbs, Bob Kiefer, Vern St. Clair, Randy Gibbs, Kenny McNamar, Charley Brown, and Allen Brillhart served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Gorin.

Memorials are suggested to the Gorin Cemetery and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Miss Kiefer’s family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service from its Memphis chapel.

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