Vesta Marie Hodges, 75, of Columbia, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at her home.

Friends will be received from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Nilson Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Jacksonville, Mo.

She was born in Dayton Ohio, the daughter of the late Luther Smith and Lillie Jutte.

In 1963, she was united in marriage to William C. Hodges from Dallas.

Marie was a homemaker for most of her life and worked for a short time for the Visiting Nurses Association. Marie enjoyed gardening, working in her yard, the outdoors and spending time with her grandchildren. She was also a member of the Columbia Pachyderm Club.

She is survived by her children, Martin Hodges (Kathy) of Centralia, Christopher Hodges (Maura) of Hallsville, and Nichole Barnette (Gregory) of Lee Summit; six grandchildren, Dustin Hodges, Joseph Hodges, Brandon Hodges, Danielle Barnette, Victoria Barnette and Alecia Barnette; three step-grand-

children, Diana DeWilde, James and Johnathon Kemp; eleven siblings, Nina Calhoun, Shirley Bladen (James), Sharron Whelan (Tim), Glen Smith, Darlene Mayl, Steven, David, Ronnie, Tony, Lou and Kenny Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and sister, Aileen Shields.

Expression of sympathy may be made to the Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.nilsonfuneralhome.com.