Audrey Louis Yusko 1921 – 2017
Audrey Louise Yusko passed away in her home on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
A service honoring Louise’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris. Visitation will begin at 1:00 to until time of service on Friday. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Louise was born in Oden, Arkansas, on May 6, 1921, to Chesley and Mattie (Herron) Simpson. While still an infant, the family moved to Oklahoma where Louise graduated as valedictorian from Eakly High School. She went on to attend Draughon Business College in Oklahoma City before marrying Leslie Skaggs and returning to the family farm. In 1949 they relocated their machinery and livestock from Oklahoma to Paris, Mo.
Louise was employed as a bank clerk at Paris National Bank and with “banker’s hours," she was able to get home and take a tractor to the field and help on the farm. She later served as Monroe County Deputy County Clerk for six years, learned to use a computer while employed at Uregas Company in Moberly, and served as Secretary for the City of Paris for 12 years.
In 1968, Louise married Andy Yusko and moved to his “Breezy Hill Farm," where they enjoyed many years entertaining family and friends. She was a member of the Smizer Extension Club, the Monroe County Historical Society, the Paris Chapter of Eastern Star, and the Paris Methodist Church. In Columbia, Louise attended the Fairview United Methodist Church. As a result of Louise’s extensive family research, her family was able to complete the search for an ancestor who played a role in the Revolutionary War, allowing Louise to gain Daughters of the American Revolution membership at age 93.
In 2002, Louise relocated to Columbia, Mo., to be closer to her daughters.
Louise is survived by her daughters, Donna Vaught and Sue Roland of Columbia; grandchildren, Jessica Roland, Kansas City, Derek Roland and wife, Shannon, St. Louis, and Aimee McBride, Columbia; great-grandchild, Ellie Roland; one sister, Lois Davis of Paris; a special friend who was like a daughter, Sharon Phipps and her husband Jerry of Kirksville, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Jack Simpson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Compassius, I-70 Dr. SE, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203 or the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.