Gertrude Claudette Stoner, 89, went to the Lord on December 6, 2022 at Boone County Hospital in Columbia, MO after praying with her son Kenny on the phone and with her daughters Carole and Dana by her side. Claudette was born in Eldora, IA on October 25, 1933 to Inez S. (Erikson) and Carroll P. Smith.
Claudette lived a full life loving every minute she spent with her family. She traveled the United States and was proud to have been to all 48 contiguous states. Claudette loved the outdoors. You could always find her on her riding mower, trimming a tree, sweeping the driveway, or shooting at coyotes on her properties. She kept them immaculate. Claudette never received a traditional education, but she was always learning in every way she could. She spent most Thursdays and Sundays continuing to study about Jesus with her church family at Camp Branch Baptist Church. Her frequent laugh and smile made you forget all your troubles. She was still one of the first to dance at her granddaughter’s wedding this past July and was the loudest fan cheering on her Chiefs no matter what. Recalling a family story to the smallest detail was no problem and we will greatly miss our family historian.
Gertrude Claudette is preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Inez Smith; her sister Carol P. Fewell (Henry); her brother Walter K. Smith; her beautiful daughters Patti Jo Fewell and Kerry Anne Wacthman (Tommy); along with her spouses Otis B. Oakley, Robert L Stoner, and Kenneth J. Fewell. She is survived by her brother, Gerry E. Smith (Cynthia); beloved children Linda Carole Childs (John), Dana Lynn Andrew (Joe), and Kenneth Ray Fewell (Gretchen); along with her stepchildren David Oakley (Linda) and Karen Oakley Holman. She also has 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren she adored, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at Camp Branch Baptist Church at 11 am on December 17th. In Lieu of flowers, Claudette would love donations to Camp Branch where her resting place will be and where she loved to spend time with her church family learning and serving others.