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MARY ANN RAMBO

April 4, 1926 September 19, 2018
MARY ANN RAMBO
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Mary Ann Rambo was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She was the youngest of six children born to Linn E. and Maude Clara Erdman Rambo.

She spent her earliest years in Southeast Missouri. However, following her father’s departure from the home in the middle of the Great Depression, her mother had few choices but to seek assistance elsewhere. Eventually Mary Ann and her siblings were placed in the Nachusa, Illinois, Lutheran Children’s Home.

Mary Ann spent eight of her early years at the children’s home in northern Illinois, until her mother remarried and managed to bring all of her children back to her new home in St. Louis. Mary Ann came to love her step father, William E. Mead, deeply. She graduated from Soldan High School in St. Louis, in 1944, and entered training as a medical laboratory technician. She was employed at both Jewish Hospital and Deaconess Hospital in St Louis.

In 1948, Mary Ann married Robert Lee Rauch, of Billings. Together they took over his family’s farm and eventually became parents of three children: Robert, David and Kristin. After her husband went to work for the US Department of Agriculture, the family moved to several towns in Missouri, finally settling in Higginsville, Missouri. During these years she continued her profession as a laboratory technician in addition to raising her family.

In 1967, Mary Ann married Dr. Edwin T. Riekhof, of Higginsville. They had one son, Eric Arlinn. She was active in the Higginsville community, assisted in the management of her husband’s medical clinic and opened a popular antique shop in the former Higginsville Railroad Depot.

In 1989, she moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, where she lived until 2005. During these years of retirement Mary Ann worked at a daycare center for needy children, and spent most of her summers in Montana with her daughter and family. The summers in the mountains of western Montana were a special delight for her.

In 2005, Mary Ann moved back to Billings to be close to other family members and enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, playing an active role in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives and renewing her membership at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. She loved her little home in Billings and was determined, as best she could, to remain in her home the rest of her life.

Mary Ann was able to realize that goal because of the assistance of her of son, David, his wife Chris and their children, her adoring grandchildren. Essential to the last two years of her life, especially, was the loving assistance of two wonderful caregivers, Sandy Jones, of Republic, and Faith Simmons of Aurora.

Wherever Mary Ann found herself, she had a great interest in the area and with the people she met. Everyone loved Mary Ann. Her infectious and inviting smile was always disarming and endearing. She was ever busy with special projects and activities. She was an accomplished seamstress. She loved to cook. She loved to read and learn about new things. She loved being with her extended family, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Mimi”. She had an abiding faith and confidence in God’s providence.

Mary Ann was particular and exacting with just about everything. She had tremendous will power to meet goals and get things done the way she desired. In the past few years as her physical health declined, she was very ingenious about arranging and rearranging the house and the things she depended upon, to assure both convenience and her ability to remain in her own home.

After a brief illness Mary Ann passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, in her beloved little home in Billings, surrounded by loved ones. She was 92 years of age.

She was preceded in death by her mother, her father, her stepfather and her five siblings: Linn E. Jr, Bette, Rolland, Arlinn and Jean.

She is survived by her children: Robert W. Rauch (Carolyn) of Higginsville, Missouri, David L. Rauch (Chris) of Billings, Missouri, Eric A. Riekhof, of Milan, Missouri, and Dr. Kristin A. Rauch (Brian Kerns), of Missoula, Montana. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Adam, Benjamin, Johanna, Peter (Susan), Susanna and Greta Rauch; and Ian, Mariana and Conor Cahalan; ten great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Catherine Rambo, Morrison, IL, and Jeanine Rambo, Gainesville, FL; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Services for Mary Ann Rambo will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 29, 2018, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Billings. Visitation will precede the service at the church at 10:00 AM. Her nine grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Billings, on a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri.

Online condolences can be found and submitted at this same website: www.meadorsfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions can be made to: Missoula Medical Aid, PO Box 903, Missoula, MT 59806; St Peter’s United Church of Christ, PO Box 250, Billings, MO 65610; or a charity of donor’s choice.

This obituary was lovingly written by Mrs. Rambo's Family


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Visitation

Saturday

29

Sep

10:00 AM 9/29/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Peter's United Church of Christ

303 NE Pine St.
Billings, MO 65610

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
303 NE Pine St. Billings 65610 MO
United States

memorial service

Saturday

29

Sep

11:00 AM 9/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Peter's United Church of Christ

303 NE Pine St.
Billings, MO 65610

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
303 NE Pine St. Billings 65610 MO
United States

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St. Peter's Cemetery Final Resting Place

Highway 14
Billings, MO 65738

Highway 14 Billings 65738 MO
United States
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