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Blanche (Rust) Moseley

Blanche Marie “Rusty” Moseley of Columbia died Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Bluffs in Columbia, Missouri. She was 88 years old.

Rather than visitation, a reception was held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Rusty was cremated and burial will be in Moseley Cemetery near Manes, Missouri, at a later date.

Rusty was born March 20, 1928, in Cabool, Missouri, to Charles and Valeda Rust. The only girl with four brothers she learned early on to assert herself, greatly aided, she claimed, by her red hair.

She married Bonnard Moseley on September 13, 1947, and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage until his death in 2007. Their first ten years of marriage were spent farming near Mountain Grove, Missouri. In 1957 they moved to Columbia when Bonnard entered the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and stayed after graduation as he became part of the veterinary school faculty.

While Bonnard was in veterinary school, Rusty served as the family breadwinner working for Alan Purdy at the University of Missouri Office of Aids and Awards. After graduation, she worked with Dr. William See in his OB-GYN practice. She provided the bedside manner and Dr. See provided the doctoring. His former patients will understand the true meaning of that claim. In retirement, she and Bonnard managed their real estate holdings.

Bonnard and Rusty joined Broadway Christian Church as charter members when they first moved to Columbia. Many of their closest friends were from that charter membership group and later members of the church. Rusty enjoyed membership in numerous other groups through the years, most recently the “Red Hats,” and accumulated lifelong friends in each. Many of her strong interests centered around tea. She had an extensive teapot collection, hosted a number of tea parties for her grandkids and great grandkids, and enjoyed visiting tea parlors around mid-Missouri with one of her many groups of friends. She also was an accomplished quilter.

When the state senior games began in 1995, Bonnard and Rusty joined the steering committee and worked the games every summer until Bonnard’s death. For years, they chaired the volunteer’s committee, and in 2004 they were inducted into the Show Me State Games Hall of Honor. She and Bonnard influenced many people in a positive way. They were generous with their time and always willing to lend a helping hand. Rusty made friends easily, was good natured, very kind yet feisty, and possessed a keen sense of humor.

Rusty’s most cherished role was serving as “Nan” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. “Nan” and “Pap” were a formidable team helping to raise and serving as role models for the next three generations of their family. Some of Rusty’s favorite times were the numerous family trips throughout the country. She journaled every trip, even as the family travel party grew to 18 members in recent years.

Rusty is survived by two sons, Joe and wife Carol, and John and wife Jill, both of Columbia; five grandchildren, Hannah Moseley, Jerry Brumfield and wife Teresa, Craig Brumfield and wife Charlotte, Elizabeth Wright and husband Sean, and Robert Moseley and wife Krista; and seven great-grandchildren, Caroline Brumfield and fiance’ Max Dornan, Connor Brumfield, Matt Brumfield, Courtney Brumfield, Braden Wright, Bella Wright and Reese Moseley.
Contributions in Rusty’s honor may be sent to Broadway Christian Youth Programs, 2601 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203 or Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd, Columbia, MO 54202.

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A graveside service will be held for Blanche “Rusty” Moseley Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Moseley Cemetery in Manes, Missouri. The informal service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

To reach the cemetery from Manes, take Highway H east approximately one mile. Cross the bridge and the cemetery is on the right at Montgomery Ford Road.

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