LaJeanne Luker

LaJeanne Luker

Sunday, August 23rd, 1931 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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LaJeanne Vick (Smith) Luker, 88, passed from this earthly life Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at
University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

LaJeanne was born on August 24, 1931, in Steele, Missouri, the daughter of Oscar Lensdy and Mildred Joyce (Vick) Smith and spent her early life in Caruthersville, Missouri. When LaJeanne was in 9th grade, the family moved to Portageville, Missouri, and while attending school, met the love of her life, Marlin Luker. The two eloped to Tunica, Mississippi, and were married on November 6, 1948. They spent 67 years united in marriage before he preceded her in death on June 11, 2016.

Upon graduation from Portageville High School, LaJeanne joined Marlin as he traveled with the U.S. Navy, living in such places as: Memphis, Tennessee, Pensacola, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia. After Marlin finished his tour with the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Jefferson City, Missouri, where Marlin joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1958, and LaJeanne worked as a bookkeeper for the Construction Industry Laborers Welfare Fund. Upon retirement, they moved from Jefferson City and built a home in Hickory Hill, Missouri, where they entertained family and friends for many years.

LaJeanne had many hobbies throughout her life. She loved to travel, so she and Marlin
purchased an RV, and traveled the United States with friends, while also enjoying several cruises. She was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs, and she never missed listening to, or viewing, a game. She was a voracious reader, especially of mysteries, a gardener, and a Rummy card shark. Guided by her deep love of family, she delighted in her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

LaJeanne is survived by her four children: Dale and Emily Luker of Rocheport, Missouri; Debbie and Tom Horton of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Lynne Luker Bateman of Holts Summit, Missouri; John Luker of Jefferson City, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jessica and David Beasley, Drew Horton, Jennifer Luker and Rob Schierbaum, Matt and Briana Luker, and Julie and Brandon Houston; five great grandchildren, Calvin Beasley, Ivy Beasley, Violet Beasley, Jaida Houston, and Ella Houston; and her beloved sister, Jerry Lynne Zohner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lensdy and Mildred Smith, and her husband of
almost 70 years, Marlin Luker.

A private, graveside service will be held for the family at Hickory Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or cards, memorial contributions are suggested to the United Way of Central Missouri or The Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society (MASTERS).

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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    Hickory Hill Cemetery
    12729 United Road
    EUGENE, MO 65032
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Callie Albring

Posted at 07:24pm
I lovvveddd talking to you! We would have the funniest conversations and we would always talk about the Cardinals and the Chiefs. I loved you so much and it was so fun to come in and see you every day. You will be so missed and my condolences goes out to your family. 💔

Melaine Ott

Posted at 05:07pm
Dear Emily and family,
Our most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of LaJeanne. We have many memories when we were neighbors in Hickory Hill. They had so many beautiful flowers and seeing the cotton they grew every year. I’m happy to have worked with you briefly and getting to talk with LaJeanne last year. My regrets we never got the chance to visit her again 😞. May she Rest in Peace.
Sincerely, Guy & Melaine Ott

Joe Bryan

Posted at 08:29am
Please accept our deepest heartfelt sympathy for your mother's passing. May she rest in God's loving arms forever. God Bless Us All. Semper Fidelis. Joe & Aileen Bryan

Debbie Horton Posted at 10:28am

Joe, thank you so much. I know she remembered all the Bryan kids from the Moreau Heights days.

Howard Moss

Posted at 08:08pm
On behalf of my father (Howard A. Moss) our prayers are with the family during these difficult times. Marlin and LaJeanne were very good friend with Howard & Barbara Moss (of Portageville, Mo) and stood up for them when they got married.
Howard A. Moss, Jr.

Debbie Horton Posted at 10:27am

Thank you so much. I know Mom always looked forward to Howard's calls and she enjoyed telling me about the antics of their youth.

Leresa bell

Posted at 07:44pm
I’ll always remember our fun times defending our favorite baseball teams. She loved the cardinals and I loved the cubs. I enjoyed all the little laughs we had together about life. She will be missed.

Lynne Bateman Posted at 08:06pm

Thank you, Rese. You took good care of Mom when you were there.

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