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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Obituary - Irma Marie Ciggel Case

Irma Marie Ciggel Case left her earthly home in Raymore, MO at age 104 on Friday, May 26, 2017. 

Private graveside burial service will be held in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO at a later date. Memorials to charity of choice.

Her childhood was spent on her parent’s (Henry and Nelly Enos Ciggel) family farm east of Adrian, MO with her sister, Birdena and brother Albert. Riding her pony to the one-room Coleville Schoolhouse nurtured a free-spirited woman – born too soon for what could have been a “glass ceiling” destiny.

After graduating top in her class from Adrian High School in the heart of The Depression, Irma moved to Sedalia, MO to attend Central Business College. A jewelry box full of medals offers testimony to her prowess with the now antique Underwood typewriter. Following graduation, Irma worked for the Milton Oil Company in Sedalia.

In 1935, Irma married Aubrey Brooks Case (deceased March, 2008) in Sedalia and became a fulltime mother raising 3 children – Judith Ann Murphy (deceased 1989); Mary Jo Browne (Los Angeles); Charles Ciggel (Gloria) Case (Overland Park, KS). The children grown, Irma returned to the family business – Sedalia Royal-Crown/Nehi Bottling Company and served as office manager until the business was sold in 1973.

Throughout her life, Irma was active in the First Baptist Church Sedalia, working with youth; singing in the choir; chairing women’s missionary groups. The home was always open for social events and hosting Rotary International scholarship students. Irma was president of the Helen G. Steele Music Club; the perennial room-mother and an excellent seamstress.

After selling the family business, Irma and Aubrey were active in Rotary International events and traveled around the world several times before moving to Foxwood Springs Retirement Village/Raymore where they remained active until their mid-nineties. Irma was impatient with the final phase of her life. She wanted to serve – not be served.

Irma, a fun Grandma, mashed potato culinarian, ping-pong shark, leaves 4 granddaughters: Michele Murphy (Emporia, KS); Christen Carr (Placentia, CA); Rebie (Richard) Foote (Evanston, IL); Brooke (Charles) Dillman (Los Angeles). 3 grandsons: John Murphy (Overland Park, KS); David Murphy (Dallas, TX); Kristopher (Gena) Case (Olathe, KS). 4 great-grandchildren: Kyle Stone (Seattle) and Koree Case (Overland Park, KS); Christian and Hannah Judy Foote (Evanston, IL).