Lou Chowning Bridgford Callis, 106 of Paris, MO passed away Saturday morning, March 17, 2018 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris.
She was born on December 10, 1911 to Walter T. and Marietta Chowning Murphy Bridgford. Lou’s birthplace was located east of Paris in a two-story home built around a log cabin on the farm that had been in her mother’s family since 1858.
After graduating from Paris High School at the age of sixteen she began teaching students fourteen years old and younger in a one-room rural school. Lou attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville (now known as Truman State) and taught in several schools in Monroe County until she married Thomas Fletcher Callis on May 25, 1935.
She and Tom purchased the farm where her father, Walter Bridgford, was born and lived there until the Corp of Engineers bought the land for Mark Twain Lake. They then moved to Paris in the 1980’s. Lou lived the life of a farmer’s wife and helped in every way.
Lou and her husband were very active in the community, especially the Powers School community. She served as a 4-H Leader, a member of the Extension Club, a member of the Paris Methodist Church and was recently honored for her mission to United Methodist Women (WMU), past treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the James Monroe DAR Chapter, and was instrumental in compiling the historical records of the county and other organizations.
Lou is survived by her son, Charles Emmett (Annis Jane) Callis; three grandchildren: Chad Alan (Shannon) Callis of Ballwin, MO; Colleen Elizabeth (Richard) Huffman of Corinth, TX; Bridget Leigh (Bruce) Weimer of Macon, MO; seven great-grandchildren; Emily Michelle and Madison Danielle Callis; Brooke Elizabeth, Payton Delaney, and Raleigh Grace Weimer; Richard Alec and Grace Addison Huffman; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, on January 19, 2002, her parents, her twin sisters, Vivian Jones and Lillian Anderson, and two brothers-in-law, Otis Jones and John Anderson.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris with Reverend Lin Donnelly officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery