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Shirley Jean Brungardt, 66, of Rayville, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2008, near Mosby as the result of an automobile accident.
Shirley was born June 5, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Elton Chestien and Beulah (Coffman) Bowman. She married B. J. Brungardt of Fulton, Kan., Dec. 21, 1973; he survives of the home.
Shirley was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond. She was a retired schoolteacher and taught 37 years in the Grandview, Martin City and Richmond school districts, teaching the last three years in Title I Remedial Reading for several northland parochial schools. She received her B.S. degree from U.C.M. and her masters degree from U.M.K.C. Brungardt was a member of the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Ray County Genealogy Society. She was a 2000 candidate for the Missouri State Representative of the 36th District. She had been a Leader for the Guys and Gals 4-H club for several years
In addition to her husband, survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Clint Bonaventure and Susan Brungardt of Rayville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon Lewis and her husband, Austin, of Flussbach, Germany, and Cassie Fletcher and her husband, Shane, of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, J. C. Bowman of Odessa; one sister, Doris Simonis of Urbana; and 10 grandchildren, Joshua, Savannah and Sarah Brungardt, Alexis and Brooke Redding, Carter Lewis, Sabrina, Megan and Dallas Blackburn and Max Fletcher.
In addition to her parents, one grandchild, Aaron Brungardt, preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution or to the Ray County Genealogy Society.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, preceded by the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial will be in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.