Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mary Lou (Kishmar) Callais 1930-2005

Mary Lou Callais, one of three children born to the union of the late George and Edna Bernice (Plaster) Kishmar, was born June 28, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mary grew up in Chamois where she graduated from high school in 1948. After graduation, she went to work as a seamstress at the local pants factory for a few years. As a young woman, Mary professed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and was baptized in the Christian Church in Chamois.

On June 4, 1951 in Salem, Arkansas, Mary was united in marriage with Raymond Callais. Mary and Raymond were blessed with three children, Michael, Cecelia and Daniel. Both Michael and Cecelia preceded Mary in death; Michael on November 26, 1997, and Cecelia on December 12, 2002.

As Raymond was a career Army soldier, the Callais family lived in many parts of the United States and several locations overseas. Upon his retirement in 1966, the family made their home in Waynesville, Missouri. Mary loved fishing on the Lake of the Ozarks with Ray, because she always caught bigger and more fish than he did. She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed quilting and watching the hummingbirds swarm her feeders.

Mary went home to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, November 13, 2005, in the Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla, Missouri at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 16 days.

Mary will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by her husband, Raymond; one son: Daniel Callais of Waynesville, MO; one sister: Ruth Hartsock of Doraville, GA; one brother: George Kishmar and his wife, Mary of Chamois, MO; five grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, November 17, 2005 in the Memorial Chapel of Waynesville with Rev. Danny Graves officiating. The song �Amazing Grace� was played. Serving as escorts were family and friends.

Burial followed in the Deerlick Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapel of Waynesville.

Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Mary Callais and may be left at Memorial Chapel of Waynesville/St. Robert.

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