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Dera Mae O’Linda Rehmeier


Dera Mae O’Linda Rehmeier (née Paul) was born on May 23, 1934, in New Melle, Missouri and passed from this earthly life to her heavenly home on January 28, 2024, having lived 89+ years.

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She is survived by one brother, Burton Paul of New Melle, Missouri; two sons, Rick (Benita) Rehmeier, and Dean (Mary) Rehmeier, all of Augusta, MO; two daughters, Faye (Andrew) Fairchild of Benton City, Missouri; and Sara (Curt) Fellhoelter, of Deepwater, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Eric (Anita), Nick (Whitney), Brian (Becky) and Justin (Kelly) Rehmeier; Amy (Nick) Barron; Adam (Julia), Aaron and Anthony Fairchild; Levi (Jaina) and Lana Fellhoelter; thirteen great-grandchildren; Keegan, Hunter, Ryleigh, Jack, Emma, Allison, Anderson & Remi Rehmeier; Lane & Nash Barron; Kasen & Konner Fairchild, Braydon Wheatly; one former sister-in-law Linda Paul (née Smith) of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Dera Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Layton Walter Rehmeier; her parents, Edwin and Meta Paul (née Prior); her parents-in-law, Edward and Clara Rehmeier (née Joerling); her brothers, Lelen and Roger (Dickey) Paul; her sisters, Eunice Thiemann and Vivian Joerling; two brothers-in-law Vernon Thiemann and Clarence (Pete) Joerling; and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Lutz; a nephew, Steve Paul; two nieces, Ronae Muschany (née Joerling) and Donna Paul (née Evans).

Dera Mae was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a long-time member of the Femme Osage United Church of Christ.

In her younger years, Dera Mae was a tremendous basketball and softball athlete. She played for the AT&T Long Lines softball team out of St. Louis, Missouri, before marrying Layton Rehmeier on October 15, 1955. During her years on the farm, Dera Mae kept a huge garden, was an excellent cook, and prepared numerous meals for her family and hired hands daily.

She was also an active member of the local and state Pork Producers and Porkettes, having served as President of the St. Charles County Porkettes. Dera Mae enjoyed playing bingo, bunco, and pinochle in her spare time. However, her greatest pleasure was being part of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives, watching their many activities, and cheering them on from the sidelines.

Dera Mae was a friend to all who engaged with her. She always gave those she knew a warm smile and cared deeply for her many close friends and family. All who knew Dera Mae were blessed, and her family and friends will dearly miss her.

To Dera Mae’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, you could ask for no greater role model to follow regarding how to love, support, and cherish your family. Dera Mae has given each of us a great example and wonderful memories of how to live your life.

Visitation: Friday, February 2, 2024, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, 5542 Walnut Street, Augusta, MO 63332.

Funeral Service: Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Femme Osage United Church of Christ, 4360 Cappeln Osage Rd, Augusta, MO 63332.

Interment: Femme Osage UCC Cemetery

Memorials: Femme Osage UCC Cemetery Fund