CHARLESTON - Mayme Shelby Dernoncourt, 81, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau. "Mimi," as she was affectionately known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was born Sept. 9, 1922, and was the daughter of the late George U. and Waneta Martin Shelby Sr., who were from Charleston.
Born on Hunter Street and living most of her life in Charleston, she married Dr. John E. Dernoncourt on Dec. 14, 1956. He was a general family practitioner the community for more than 18 years. Mayme and John raised two daughters, Bonnie Ellen Dernoncourt Story of Charleston and Cathy Louise Dernoncourt of Wynnewood, Pa., with much success. Mayme and Dr. John moved to Kansas City and later also resided in Naples, Fla.
Well known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mayme was involved in numerous activities throughout her life. While attending William Jewel College at Liberty as an honor student in philosophy, Mayme's artwork was recognized for its excellence -- a passion that she would pursue for years to come. She was secretary for the Anniston Gin Company and participated locally in scouting as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She was also a charter member and past President of the Junior Study Club of Charleston, enthusiastically performing in the annual Ladies' Style Show. A charter member and past president of the Molly French Garden Club of Charleston, she was also a member of the Alpha Club in Kansas City and a member and past president of Chapter CF of PEO Sisterhood in Kansas City. As a member and past president of the Women's Council on International Trade and Relations, Mayme traveled to Europe, Japan and Taiwan promoting economic and social interactions between Kansas City and her international sister cities.
In addition to her husband and daughters, Mayme is survived by two sisters, Frances Brewer and Nancy Thurmond, both of Charleston; three grandsons and two granddaughters-in-law, Albert Loebe Story III of Tulsa, Okla., John Dernoncourt and Cindy Story of Charleston and George Shelby and B.K. Story of Leawood, Kan.; and one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Abbie Lynn and Benjamin LeFevre of Woodland Hills, Calif. She was also preceded in death by one brother, George U. Shelby, Jr.; and one sister, Evelyn Lowery.
Visitation took place on Feb. 15 at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 16 at St. Henry Catholic Church with interment following at the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston. The Rev. Timothy Vowels, lifelong family friend and pastor of the Church of the Incarnate Word in Chesterfield, officiated.
Casket bearers were: James M. Thurmond Jr., Clay Shelby, Roy Shelby, Jeff Shelby, Dave Brewer, Bill Brewer, David Brewer, Buck Story, Holt Dugan and Hetherington Story.
Honorary casket bearers were: James Bogle, Warren E. Hearnes, Bart Weiss, Ed C. Marshall, Marion Waggener, George Simmons, Byron Moxley, Sam Lowery, Jr. and Nelson Brewer.
Mimi will be remembered as a fun-loving woman who enjoyed her crossword puzzles and playing boccie ball with her husband and friends. Her wonderful sense of humor and outer beauty was exceeded only by her inner strength and kindness.
Strongly devoted to her faith and family, Mimi will be deeply missed by all.
The family requests
that contributions be made to
St. Henry Catholic School
306 Court St.
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