Mamie Evelyn Counts was born in Nevada, Missouri, on May 26, 1921, to Elmor and Maude Williams Banks. She departed this life on September 14, 2008, at Mar-Saline Manor in Marshall, Missouri.
Mamie married Sidney James Counts in 1942 and after the war they moved to Marshall where they established Counts Produce, which they ran for over 30 years. Sidney and Mamie were married for 55 years and had three children before his death in 1996.
Mamie was very involved in civic projects as well as local societies and clubs. Among these were Monday Club, Saline County Tourism, Friends of Saline County and the project to which she was most devoted -- the establishment of the Jim the Wonder Dog Park. For her many community efforts, Mamie was named Citizen of the Year in 1999 by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.
Among Mamie's many hobbies were writing and painting. Two of her books of poetry were published and she had numerous single poems appear in national anthologies. Local interests led her to become involved in the compilation of the sesquicentennial history of Marshall and to help co-author "History of the Santa Fe Trail."
Sid and Mamie were both longtime members of the First Christian Church and original members of the Comrades Sunday school class.
Besides her husband, Mamie was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. She leaves to celebrate her life three children, Nancy Sneed and her husband, Ward, of Billings, Missouri, Frank Counts and wife, Kathy, of Gainesville, Florida, and Patrick Counts and Linda Sue of Portland, Oregon; five very special granddaughters, numerous nephews and nieces, two sisters-in-law and her older brother, Bennie Banks of Nevada, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at First Christian Church in Marshall with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jim the Wonder Dog Garden, First Christian Church or Fitzgibbon Cancer Center. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
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