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Flavia Lenora Friar

October 20, 1921 July 16, 2019
Flavia Lenora Friar
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Flavia Lenora Friar, age 97, of Miller, Missouri, passed away at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Webco Manor in Marshfield, Missouri. She was born October 20, 1921, in the Round Grove Community, the daughter of Flavius Lane and Nancy Elda Evelyn (Casteel) Shaffer.

Flavia was a 1939 graduate of Miller High School and received her teaching certificate from Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri. She and her husband, Kenneth, owned and operated the Miller Press for many years. She was a member of the Round Grove Church and attended the Miller Baptist Church, prior to moving to Marshfield in 2006, to be closer to her family. She liked to play pitch with friends at the senior center, work the daily jumble and watch the Lady Bears and the St. Louis Cardinals.

On March 7, 1942, she married Kenneth Floyd Friar, in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 25, 1995.

Flavia is survived by her daughter, Kenda Thomas and her husband, Dick, of Marshfield; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Flavia was preceded in death by her parents, Flavius and Nancy, husband, Kenneth, son, Bill Friar and sister, Georgia Washam.

A visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home in Miller with a graveside service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Shiloh Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shiloh Cemetery, Round Grove Cemetery or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

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Flavia Lenora Shaffer was born October 20, 1921, to Flavius Lane and Nancy Elda Evelyn Casteel Shaffer, the youngest of two daughters. She was born and lived her childhood on her parents' farm in the Round Grove community northwest of Miller. She attended grades 1 through 8 at nearby Scott School along with her sister Georgia. Flavia attended high school in Miller, graduating in 1939 as valedictorian of her class.

Following graduation, Flavia attended Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield. In the early 1940's, she taught in the one-room school known as "Little Moore" located in the Lawrenceburg area.

Flavia Shaffer married Kenneth Floyd Friar on March 7, 1942, at the Baptist Hill home of the Reverend J. A. Curtis. During WWII, Kenny and Flavia lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where Kenny was stationed at nearby Millington Naval Base. Though they considered staying in Memphis, they chose to return to the Miller area to reside and raise a family. Their son William Douglas was born in 1947; daughter Kenda Lea in 1951. In 1953, the family moved into a home that had been relocated to Miller; the former Scott School Flavia had attended as a child. It would remain the family home until 2006.

In 1956, Flavia gathered news from an office on Miller's Main Street and was assistant editor of the Miller Town and Country Journal, a newspaper printed weekly in Carthage. In 1957, the Friars purchased the Journal and it became The Miller Press. They worked side-by-side, often six days a week and late on Wednesday nights, until they sold the newspaper in 1983. All through their years of local publishing, Flavia and Kenny believed in community and supported Miller and the schools, attending sports events, concerts, banquets, plays, and meetings.

Following Kenny's death in 1995, Flavia continued to make Miller her home for several years. Due to health concerns, Flavia moved to Marshfield, Missouri, in 2006 to be closer to family. Flavia made many new friends during her years in Marshfield. In recent years, she resided at Webco Manor, where she passed away on July 16, 2019.

Flavia was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Georgia Washam; her husband, and her son, William (Bill) Friar. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kenda and Dick Thomas of Marshfield; 5 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Flavia was baptized as a young girl at Round Grove Church and attended Miller Baptist Church before moving to Marshfield. She liked to play pitch with friends at the senior center, work the daily word jumble, watch the Lady Bears and the St. Louis Cardinals. What many don't know is that Flavia was the original secret behind the fish sandwiches made famous at the Miller Fall Festival, mixing up too many gallons of the batter to count through four decades.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

19

Jul

9:30 AM 7/19/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/19/2019 10:30:00 AM
Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home

501 N. Davis St.
Miller, MO 65707

Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home
501 N. Davis St. Miller 65707 MO
United States

Graveside Service

Friday

19

Jul

11:00 AM 7/19/2019 11:00:00 AM
Shiloh Cemetery

Shiloh Cemetery, Miller, MO.
Miller, MO 65707

Shiloh Cemetery
Shiloh Cemetery, Miller, MO. Miller 65707 MO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Shiloh Cemetery Final Resting Place

Shiloh Cemetery, Miller, MO.
Miller, MO 65707

Shiloh Cemetery, Miller, MO. Miller 65707 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Shiloh Cemetery

P. O. Box 108
Miller, MO. 65707
Memorial donations may be made payable to the Shiloh Cemetery, in care of the funeral home, P. O. Box 108, Miller, MO. 65707

Round Grove Cemetery

Memorial donations may be made payable to the Round Grove Cemetery, in care of the funeral home, P. O. Box 108, Miller, MO. 65707

Donor's Choice

Memorial donations may be made payable to the Donor's Choice, in care of the funeral home, P. O. Box 108, Miller, MO. 65707
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