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Funeral services for Vernieca May Colbert, 91, Willow Springs, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Colbert died at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 16, 1922, at Fairfax, Atchison County, Missouri, to John Arthur Easley and Mary Lucinda Fite Easley. On June 6, 1950, she was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Joseph Truett Colbert, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1975. Mrs. Colbert graduated from Bakersfield High School with the Class of 1944. She obtained an Associate degree from Southwest Baptist, Bolivar, Missouri and continued her studies at Southwest Missouri State University, West Plains, Missouri and College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri. She was a teacher at Big Springs and other one room schools in Southern Howell County and preschools in St. Louis intercity schools; in 1968, she moved back to Pomona, Missouri where she taught at the Peace Valley School until it closed. She was the first social worker for Ozark Action Head Start program at Peace Valley and Glenwood schools; retiring from the Willow Springs School. Mrs. Colbert was a missionary on the Pahmonky Indian Tribe reservation near Richmond, Virginia. Throughout her teacher career, she also worked as a nurse’s aide at several different nursing homes and after retirement worked as a preschool director in Willow Springs. She was also a faithful church worker, Sunday School teacher and member of W.M.U. and Acteen’s youth program. Mrs. Colbert was saved at a young age while attending a meeting in southern Howell County and had been a member of Willow Springs First Baptist Church since 1975.

She is survived by eight children, Joe Colbert, wife, Suzi, Gladstone, Missouri, John Colbert, wife, Lorene, Willow Springs, Missouri, Van Colbert, wife, Carolyn, Willow Springs, Missouri, Leon Colbert, wife, Sheri, Haysville, Kansas, Vernon Colbert, wife, Lisa, Willow Springs, Missouri, Bob Colbert, Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Kellum, husband, Robert, West Plains, Missouri, and George Colbert, wife, Liz, Bolivar, Missouri; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Durham, Bakersfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, three brothers and three sisters, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Amy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to South Central Baptist Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

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