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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Marion Mozelle Lee Buffington, 91, dies

  • Obituary in July 22, 2013 Mexico Ledger
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  • Marion Mozelle Lee Buffington, 91, passed from this earthly life into her heavenly Father's arms on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
    A celebration of her life and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Centralia Church of Christ, 731 N. Jefferson St., Mark White officiating.
    Mozelle was born on Nov. 19, 1921, in Eula near Witt Springs, Ark., firstborn of Emma Elizabeth Williams Lee and William Arthur Alexander Lee's five births, one of whom didn't survive. On Sept. 29, 1950, she was united in marriage to Eddie Everett Buffington, attended by her soon-to-be brother- and sister-in-law Dr. Gail and Velma Buffington Purves.
    Surviving relatives include her two daughters and their families, Deborah Mozelle Stidham (Terry) of Columbia and Victoria Lynn Roberts (Steve) of Centralia. Mozelle's grandchildren are Edward Buffington and fiancé Maryhelen Thompson of St. Louis, William G. Stout of Kansas City, Toby (Heather) Barnes of Millersburg, Misty (John) Williamson of Centralia, Cale (Jen) Thurston of Centralia, step-granddaughter Natalie (Ben) Bronson of Oregon and their children Charis, Joel and Alexandra. Mozelle's local-area great-grandchildren are Hunter and Isaak Williamson, Josie Thurston, Preston Barnes and include other step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Bobby Wayne (Barbara) Lee of Grain Valley is Mozelle's only surviving sibling. Other close survivors include brother-in-law Joe (Dot) Cunningham of Lubbock, Texas; aunt Beulah Lee Costephens of Swansea, Ill.; cousin Bethel Sarratt Logan of Tulsa, Okla., and a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Preceding her in death was her husband, Eddie, in 1993. Her son-in-law, Larry D. Thurston, and parents Arthur and Emma also preceded her in death as did siblings Barbara Lee Cunningham and Carl Lee; nephews Tony Lee and Jimmy Cunningham; and all her Buffington family brothers and sisters-in-law, including some of her Buffington nephews and nieces.
    Memorial contributions should be directed to the Centralia Church of Christ, 731 N. Jefferson St., Centralia, Mo., 65201.
    Romans 8:1-2: "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."
    Mozelle was united in marriage to Eddie Everett Buffington on Sept. 29, 1950. Two daughters were born of their union. During their marriage they lived in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and California, but settled for most of their lives in Centralia.
    Mozelle was a lifelong Democrat and believed in the equality of all people. Among other political endeavors, she and Eddie were active in supporting Gov. Warren and Betty Hearnes in their campaigning and administration. She and Eddie were honored participants, and he was invited to serve as a colonel in the governor's inauguration parade.
    She exhibited many talents, whether in hobbies or business ventures on her own or in supporting Eddie in his barrel stave businesses. Some hobbies were oil painting, sewing, hunting, ceramics or competition games like billiards, pitch or dominoes.
    Page 2 of 2 - Her business ventures included The Victory Café she and her father owned and operated during World War II, Mozelle's Café in Centralia in the early '60s, Mozelle's Antiques, many sales of both fine and costume jewelry and a magnetic sign fabrication business called Mozelle's Signs. She also worked for others as an employee, and in her early days she waitressed, worked for PPG making airplane windshields during World War II, and years later worked as a vision tester for the Department of Revenue in Columbia on Walnut Street and experienced a few years of employment for 3M in Columbia.
    While Mozelle enjoyed small dogs, she always seemed to have a pet bird, whether a parakeet or a cockatiel she usually could teach to talk.
    Music also was an important part of her life. She had learned to sing alto as a young girl in church congregational singing but also was a self-taught organist for her own entertainment. Her mother had taught her acoustic guitar chords, and even as late as age 70 she took violin lessons. She and Eddie traveled extensively to bluegrass music festivals throughout the Midwest for many years, enjoying their final 10 years of retirement together as winter Texans.
    Mozelle's greatest joy besides her children and grandchildren was attending church worship in Centralia or in Donna, Texas, as a snowbird, because it allowed her to set her heart aright a few times each week and join in fellowship with other believers. She believed in obedience and righteousness and even enrolled in an extensive disciple leadership course at age 80.
    One favorite verse she memorized was Romans 8:1: "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!"
    She valued humor in all situations and was quite witty, often catching us all off guard with her one-liners. An audiologist at Boone Hospital remarked a very few years ago that she ought to be in stand-up comedy. Her humorous way of looking at situations continued throughout her life.
    Love was always Mozelle's primary motivator. In her final seven years of life in Columbia, she expressed appreciation to her caregivers at The Bluffs by regularly telling them: "I love you."
    She was loved dearly and will be deeply missed by many, but especially by her family.

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