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Lillian Zada Buerge-Carpenter, 76, passed away June 6, 2017, at her home.
Lil was born June 25, 1940, in Commerce, Texas, to Hansel Lucas and Lera Miller Lucas. Lil was a longtime resident of Avilla, Mo., and worked at Justin Boot. She was a member of the Avilla City Council for many years.
Lil was united in marriage to Kenneth Buerge September 17, 1979; he preceded her in death August, 2004.
On December 27, 1997, she was united in marriage to Dean Carpenter in Las Vegas, Nev.; he preceded her in death April 29, 2009.
Lil is survived one son, Leonard Buerge, of Joplin; two daughters, Kenetta Kay Colombe of Gravette, Ark., and Lisa Lynn McKinney, of Seneca, Mo.; three sisters, Latrell Beck, of Albuquerque, N.M., Lola Jones of Leonard, Texas, and Joan Wilcox, of Tyler, Texas; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Lil was preceded in death by one son, Tony Lucas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Avilla Baptist Church in Avilla. Burial will be at Avilla Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on June 8, 2017
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