Mary Elaine Lefevre

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mary Elaine Lefevre, 55, Bronaugh, Mo., passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Fort Scott Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., following a lengthy bout with cancer.

Elaine was born Nov. 16, 1958, in Nevada, Mo., to Robert William Thornburg and Elsie Marie Sass Thornburg. She was united in marriage to Randy Ray Lefevre on Feb. 25, 1978, in Butler, Mo., and he survives of the home.

Elaine grew up on the family farm outside of Bronaugh. As a young person she was very active in school activities, 4-H, and church groups. One of her favorite activities was riding her horse in the 4-H Drill Team. She graduated salutatorian from Bronaugh High School in 1976.

After graduation she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for a year and a half, studying agriculture economics before returning home to help on the farm. In 1996, she would resume her college education at Missouri Southern State University. She graduated in May of 2005, with a general education degree.

Elaine and her husband have farmed for the past 36 years, raising row crops, cattle, and hogs. She was involved in all the daily operations of the farm, from operating equipment to the bookkeeping. She dedicated her whole life to her family and the farm.

In addition to working on the farm, Elaine worked as a substitute teacher and was a student aide for a special needs child at Bronaugh R-7 for a few years. She was active with the Bronaugh United Methodist Women and helped with the local Bible school.

She was very involved with various 4-H activities and was a 4-H project leader for numerous projects for many years. Every summer she was busy helping her children exhibit livestock at the Vernon County Youth Fair and the Missouri State Fair.

She also served on the Vernon County Extension Council and was a member of the Bronaugh United Methodist Church. Elaine loved photography, horseback riding, spending time with her friends and family, and most of all helping people.

In addition to her husband Randy, survivors include three children; Robert Lefevre and his wife Amanda, Lisa Zoglmann and her husband Kael, and Kim Bogart, all of Bronaugh; three grandchildren, Bethany Bogart, Cody Bogart and Logan Zoglmann; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Bronaugh United Methodist Church in Bronaugh, with Pastor Kay Zimmer officiating. Interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Ferry Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Bronaugh United Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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