Mary Alice Anglen

April 30, 1925 - April 12, 2012

Mary Alice Anglen, formerly of Columbia, died Monday, March 12, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. Mary Alice was born April 30, 1925, to Edith and Claude P. Owens of Jefferson City, Mo. She graduated from Springfield, Mo. High School in 1942. She attended Drury College for one year and then graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1946. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta social sorority and Kappa Tau Alpha and Gamma Alpha Chi journalism honoraries. She married George Wesley Anglen on September 16, 1950, and after 59 years of marriage, he preceded her in death. She worked in advertising and public relations for Six Baer & Fuller in St. Louis and Meredith Publishing (Better Homes and Gardens) in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Columbia in 1965, earned a BA in Education from the University of Missouri and became a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma and Pi Lambda Theta education societies. She taught for 18 years at West Boulevard School in Columbia. Her major job in life was raising her three boys - serving as cub scout den mother, little league booster, nurse to banged-up knees and elbows, holiday dinner cook, birthday party organizer, Santa's Chief assistant, singing, coloring and reading instructor, station wagon tour director, and pet wrangler. She did all this with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She was an active member of the Broadway Christian Church, where she served as Deacon. She did volunteer work for the University Hospital in the gift shop, Cancer Research Center, Women's Cancer Control Project, Habitat for Humanity and The Wardrobe. She is survived by three sons, Dr. Jeff Anglen and wife Diane of Indianapolis, Randy Anglen, Esq. of Branson, and Dr. R. Lindsay Anglen of Phoenix; 10 grandchildren; and one brother, James Owens and wife Peggy of Springfield. She enjoyed raising her poodles, her grandchildren, playing bridge, being in the Red Hat Club and crafts. She and her husband belonged to two dance clubs and they traveled extensively after their retirements. Their many friends in Columbia made their lives rich and joyful. A memorial service will be held on April 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia. The family will receive visitors beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the church, and a graveside interment ceremony at Memorial Park Cemetery will follow the service. Family and friends are invited to share a meal in the Fellowship hall of the Church after the interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Woodhaven Christian Home, Online condolences may be left at

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