BARNARD, Mo. – Mildred Deffenbaugh, 100, of Barnard, Missouri, passed away Dec. 13, 2023, at Oak Pointe Retirement Home, in Maryville, Missouri. She was the daughter of Virgil Lee and Jennie (Annie) Long Kanatzar. She was born in Conception, Missouri, Oct. 9, 1923. She lived most of her young life southwest of Maitland, Missouri. She attended grade school at Pine Hill and Franklin. High school, in Maitland.

In June 1940, she married Danny Deffenbaugh, in Hiawatha, Kansas. They had two children, Edwin Ray and Wanda Kay. Dan and Mildred were farmers. She was a housewife and helped Dan on the farm. Danny and Mildred loved to go dancing, play cards and getting together with family and friends. She was a Hospice Volunteer for ten years. She helped at the Countryside Bistro for a while.

She was preceded in death by her husband (2000) and son (2005). Also, her siblings, Virgil (Jr.) Kanatzar, Velma Kunkel, and Geraldine Wilson; and her in-laws, Chet Kunkel and Bill Wilson.

She is survived by her daughter, Wanda (Larry) Kirkland; eight grandchildren, Pam (Francis) Hill, Bunnie (George) Shurvington, Teresa (Edward) Windsor, Sandy (Tim) Hughes, Marcea (Jim) Warren, Ron (Jennifer) Kirkland, Bryan (Kristin) Kirkland, and Kelle (Dave) Kirkland; 14 great-grandchildren, Jesse (Kari) Hill, Emma (Keaton) Blevins, Sami Hill, Chandra (Jason) DeMott, Seth Shurvington, Justin Windsor, Brent (Claudia) Windsor, Derek (Malayna) Hughes, Natasha (Ben) Shifflett, Ryan (Emily) Hughes, Corban Warren, Katryna Warren, Jenna Kirkland, and Reece Kirkland. She has nine great-great-grandchildren, Binx, Bruni, and Barix Hill, Charlie, Caysie, and Crue DeMott, Colter Hughes, Joshua Shifflett, and Daya Hughes.

Funeral services will be held Dec. 19, 2023, at the Bram Funeral Home, Maryville. The service time will be 10:30 a.m. The burial will follow at the Maitland Cemetery.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, at the Bram Funeral Home, Maryville.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed in Mildred’s name to Mosaic Hospice of Maryville. The address is 2024 South Main Street, Suite 102, Maryville, MO 64468.