Mable Lee Herring Walkenhorst, 94, passed away at noon, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

She lived her entire life in and around Norborne, except for a couple years building B-25 bombers in Kansas City, and a couple years in Omaha, where she met "the handsomest man I ever saw in my life," Ray Walkenhorst.

They raised three sons, ran several businesses in Norborne and enjoyed small-town life. She was a dedicated member of her community and of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: three sons, Mark Walkenhorst of Oak Grove, Robert “Bob” (Michele Sewell) Walkenhorst of Kansas City, and Rex Walkenhorst of Oak Grove; one stepdaughter, Jean (Michael) Barkoviak of Bloomington, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, Molly Walkenhorst, Joshua Walkenhorst, Gretchen Harris, Lauren Walkenhorst, Brennan Walkenhorst, Hannah Welsh, Una Walkenhorst, Jeffrey Barkoviak, John Barkoviak, Jacqueline Barney, Joe Barkoviak, Julie Sawyers and Jennifer Beddow; a whole host of great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Will T. Herring, Donald Herring, and Edwin J. Herring; and a sister, Phyllis LaPell.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 E. Main St. - P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne with Pastor Kim Scharff officiating. Burial will be in Fairhaven Cemetery, Norborne.

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