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Mary Helen Vaterlaus

Mary Helen Vaterlaus, age 61 of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at University Hospital in Columbia.

Mary was born March 22, 1954, in Minneapolis, MN, a daughter to the late Leroy and Loraine (Nelson) Bracher.

Mary received her GED and worked several years for Walmart in Jefferson City.

On September 9, 1993, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Gary Vaterlaus in Jefferson City. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1999.

Mary enjoyed painting, gardening, fishing, sitting outside watching and feeding the birds, and loved the mountains. She was interested in anything to do with Scotland and Ireland. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary is survived by: two sons, Cody Taylor of Eldon, and Mike Miller and wife Amy of Russellville; two daughters, Angela Flora and her husband Frank of Moyock, NC, and Sierra Thomas and her fiancAC.e Jeff Linville of Brazito; 13 grandchildren, Grea, Lexi, Ethan, Stephanie, Damian, Bryce, Chandler, Ian, Kaitlyn, Brooklynn, Reese, Rylee, and Ashten.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell and Terry Bracher.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Morton Chapel in Linn.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family of Mary Helen Vaterlaus.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)

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2 weeks tomorrow, it's hard to believe. Just like I told you, I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I love you Mom.

SIERRA THOMAS Apr 6 2015 12:00 AM

Sierra am so sorry abt ur Mama hang in there it's hard and I feel ur pain am here for u ok Sweetheart am praying for u and ur family

Lucky Chappell Mar 27 2015 12:00 AM

Dearest Sierra, I knew mum from Facebook and she and I both had many times when we supported each other as we both had depressive conditions. You had a wonderful, caring, lady for a mum who would make me laugh and cry in equal measure. Mary taught to express myself in farmville through the shapes and colours of our crops But more even than that a friend thought it was funny that I as a preacher should meet her a "witch" and see what would happen and to his surprise mum and my friendship flourished and the "brat" and mine ended. Your mum will be sadly missed. Condolences to you and your whole family. Dee xxx

Dee-Dee Lowe Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Mary, It was a pleasure to have you as a friend. Your spirit was always warm and loving. You shared your heart and the gift of writing with those of us who new you at PRC. I always looked forward to seeing you at Roses. I loved playing Scrabble and Words with Friends and hearing about your day on Facebook. Thank you for being my friend. Have a blissful rest until we meet again. <3 Lisa La Prince

Lisa La Prince Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

Mary was a very sweet and good woman. Everyone loved being around her. We prayed for her and God chose his Angel on her chosen day and there will be that day that we all will see her again on our chosen day. God Bless!

Phyllis Wolfe Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

Mary will be sadly missed! Very much loved by all who meet her!

Bambi Wellman Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

Debbie. Roger Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

mary will be greatly miss she was a lovely lady i knew her from facebook always said the sweetest this sympathy to all her family great lady of nature

georgia c blauser Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

My inspiration. Sunshine. Laughter. Cheering squad of one. Till we meet again Ms Mary. I love you and I will SO miss you! <3

Dianne and Rick Hallman Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

Carol Miller Mar 25 2015 12:00 AM

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