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Mary Ruth (Speichinger) Bemboom
July 27, 1949 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Mary Ruth Bemboom, beloved wife, sister, and aunt, passed away the afternoon of January 24th, 2024 after a brief stent in the hospital due to pneumonia, and a longer battle with lung cancer.
Mary Ruth Speichinger was born July 27th, 1949 in Mendon, MO to Francis Philip Speichinger of Mendon and Agnes (Osterman) Speichinger of Salisbury. Less than a month later, on August 14th, 1949, Mary was baptized at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Brunswick, MO. She also received her First Communion and Confirmation at the same church. The fifth of eight children from the union, she was raised Catholic and remained Catholic all her life.
Raised on a farm in Brunswick, MO with seven other siblings (Dorothy Marie, Anthony Gerald, William Francis, Rose Ann, Eva Jane, Helen Agnes, and John Stephen), she graduated from Brunswick High School in 1967. After high school, she worked for a company in her hometown making heating/cooling thermostats. After the company moved, she relocated to Columbia, MO around 1973 to attend the Columbia Beauty Academy, living with her sisters Rose Ann and Eva in a basement apartment.
She married David L. Bemboom on Leap Day of 1992. She was saddened by a miscarriage from their union in 1994.
Mary had a good work ethic, sometimes working several jobs at a time such as mowing grasses, cutting hair, and tending to her animals on her farm. Mary was always good with her hands and busy with activities such as crafting, baking, and gardening. She worked as a beautician in hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes, and numerous beauty shops. For 10 years she made biscuits for Hardee’s in the early morning hours. She worked for Walmart for 22 years—spanning from the old Biscayne Walmart to the Walmart on West Broadway, in its current location—mostly as a greeter. She retired in 2018.
Mary was known for generosity to her family, especially her nieces and nephews, whose hair she would cut while they grew up; for the love of her animals, especially her dogs and cattle; and for her interest and research in family genealogy.
Mary was also known for her endurance of Celiac Disease. She proudly researched and experimented with flours, making her own dishes. She was awarded multiple ribbons for her gluten-free cookies at the Boone County Fair. She called herself a “Master of Gluten-Free Diet.” She belonged to the local and regional chapters of the Celiac-Sprue Association since 1987. She was a pioneer for many needing gluten-free products, before they were mass marketed.
In better times, she enjoyed eating brunch at Golden Corral on Sundays, carefully choosing the items she was able to consume.
Mary will be remembered by her loving husband, David; her brothers and sisters: Anthony Speichinger, Eva Reid, Helen Peters (Ron) and John Speichinger, and by her numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, a brother (William Speichinger) and two sisters (Dorothy VanBooven and Rose Ann Anderson).
A Rosary for the repose of her soul will be offered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on February 3rd, 2024 at 9:30am. Visitation will follow at the same location at 10 am. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in the same church, followed by a brunch in the parish hall. After the meal, entombment will take place at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson City (3015 W. Truman Blvd) at approximately 1:45pm. The Mass and the Rite of Committal will be celebrated by Rev. Roberto Ike with Reverend Msgr. Michael Flanagan as homilist at the Mass.
Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.