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Georgia Mae Gaw

Mrs. Georgia Mae Gaw, 97, of Centralia, Missouri, and formerly of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Centralia.

She was born on August 17, 1914 south of Cabool, the daughter of Albert and Maude (Reed) Canterbury. She accepted Jesus as her savior at Pine Flat Church.

Georgia was united in marriage to Louis Bryant Gaw on October 12, 1935 in Houston, Missouri. To this union a daughter, Debbie was born.

Georgia worked most of her life at home and on the farm. She then went to work at Kabul Nursing Home. She lived the majority of her life in or near Cabool until December of 2000 when she moved to Columbia, Missouri. Georgia continued to live independently until November of 2010 when her health warranted a move to Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Centralia where she was well loved and cared for; many a time she would burst out in song, whether it was day time or middle of the night, singing “When the Roll is Called up Yonder.”

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; four brothers, Rex, Eidsel, Ed and Leo Canterbury; and one sister, Cleo Gaw.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Palis and husband Tom of Columbia; a grandson, Chris Palis and wife Jennifer of Garden City, Missouri; great-grandchildren Mia, Marlie and Miles; nieces Wanda Thompson and husband Bob, Linda Morgan and husband Marion, and Velma Rosseau and husband Frank; and nephew James Canterbury and wife Janet. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Cabool Cemetery with James Canterbury officiating. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to Cabool Cemetery.

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