Nancy Elaine Stone, 65 of Paris, Mo., slipped peacefully away at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. on the evening of Friday, June 8, 2012, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Nancy was born on July 15, 1946 in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Dr. Jesse Waydelich and Olivene Slater White. She was married to Edwards Lee Stone on April 20 1968 at Columbia, Mo. He predeceased her on July 24, 2002. Nancy is survived by three children, Mark Edwards (Debora) Stone and Mary Elizabeth Stone of Paris, Mo. and Jessica Josephine Yates of Columbia; three grandchildren, Slater Lee Stone of Paris, Ember Leigh Yates and Satey Alicia Nichole Yates of Columbia; and two stepgrandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Baker and Shawn Basnett. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Richard Warren White.
Nancy’s first love was journalism and she started down that path at the University of Missouri after high school. There she met Ed, got married and started raising a family. After her children were grown, she got her Commercial Driver’s License and joined Ed in pursuing his passion of driving a “big rig.” After Ed passed away in 2002, Nancy went back to college and finished her degree then began pursuing her two passions of journalism and history. She was the editor for the Monroe County history book titled, “Monroe County, Missouri, Then and Now, 1831–2006” and following that, a co-editor for the book, “Monroe City, Missouri Sesquicentennial: 1857-2007.” For several years she wrote a weekly history column for the Monroe City Lake Gazette all the while researching the pioneer families of Monroe County. Known for her amazing memory, Nancy has written several books and pamphlets about the cemeteries and pioneer families of Monroe County.
Nancy was President of the Monroe County Historical Society and the driving force for establishing the Monroe County Historical Society Research Center in Paris in 2007. She was also a member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, DAR, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Harrodsburg (KY) Historical Society. Mrs. Stone was a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church.
Nancy will be greatly missed by all who knew her and she leaves a grand legacy in her wake. She was known to many as the “Monroe County History Lady” and she left us much too soon.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris with Reverend John Grimmett officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Agnew Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Paris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monroe County Historical Society or the Monroe County Cancer Supporters.