West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Marie Kilburn

Martha Marie (Griffin) Chronister Kilburn was born the daughter of Leonard William Griffin and Bonnie Frances (Shehorn) Griffin on March 24, 1925, at Barren, Missouri in Carter County, and departed this life on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by one son, Michael Chronister of Alton, Missouri; two grandsons, Brent Crump and wife, Tina of Billmore, Missouri, and Derrek Crump and wife, Nicole of Portage, Michigan; two great grandchildren, Jaden Crump, and Jasmine Crump of Portage, Michigan; other relatives and many friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Kilburn; her daughter, Katherine Dianne Crump; and sister, Frankie Mayfield.

She loved flower gardening and nurturing the hummingbirds. Her favorite pastime was playing the piano, playing cards with friends, and being with her family.

Marie was a beloved member of the community in which she lived and a member of Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.

She will always be remembered as a positive influence on the lives of those she knew and loved.

Marie, We Love You!

The family will have a private burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Alton, Missouri, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Cemetery and left at Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Betty Sullivan
    July 8, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

    Dear family,
    I will miss her so very much. Enjoyed sharing stories about “hummers”, flower gardens and of days gone by. I treasure her friendship and will be reminded of her often when we gather together for our weekly “auction pitch” game at the Thomasville General Store. I’m so thankful to have known her and pray for peace and strength in this time of sorrow.


  2. Kristy Pingleton Fluhr & Chris Pingleton
    July 11, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    Mike & family,
    I will always remember your mother as such a beautiful, sweet, giving lady and a great friend to my family. I know she was happy to be reunited with your sister. I am praying that you will feel God’s comfort wrap around you during this painful time.
    Kristy Pingleton Fluhr & Chris Pingleton (Max’s daughter & wife)


  3. Anna Marion
    July 22, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    I am thankful we moved up the trip with Mom and Dad’s remains and had that special time with Marie and with you. I knew as I was preparing and delivering the message that day, it was as much for Marie as it was for us. In her home I saw the sheet music to “What A Wonderful World” on the piano in her room. Cameran sang it at Mom’s service in Waverly, and I asked Jack to include it in our service. Marie recognized it even before he sang the first word. She said she plays that song every morning. Here’s a link with the lyrics.

    She’s dancing with Jesus now! The ‘Wonderful World’ she’s in now is more wonderful than she could dream or imagine. To God be the glory =)

    Much love from your Texas cousins,
    Emily and Anna


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