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12/14/ 1962 – 3/12/2024 

Denise Ann Lasley, 61, of Columbia, MO passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Columbia, what was almost a lifelong battle with cancer. 

Family & friends may gather Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Midway Locust Grove Church 2600 N Locust Grove Church Road Columbia, MO. Memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. and private family graveside service will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Denise was born December 14, 1962, to Carlton and Janet (Heines) Krueger of Elgin, IA. Denise was the middle daughter of three sisters. She joined Sam in marriage on March 21, 1987, in Lancaster, MO and in this union two children were born, Logan and Lindsey. They relocated their family to Columbia, MO in 1989. 

Denise had a true passion and love for learning and teaching. She graduated from Valley High School in Elgin, IA in 1981 and completed her higher education at Ellsworth Community College & Northeast Missouri State, eventually earning her master’s degree online from Lindenwood University. She began her teaching career at various locations around Missouri including a Director of Head Start in Kirksville. She worked for the Columbia Public Schools District from as a Speech Pathologist for 24 years before retiring in 2016, however returned to work part-time/as needed until 2018. 

Denise and Sam enjoyed many years of buying, selling and trading farm toys, they later had an online business: Lasley’s Farm Toys business that they ran together with their children. She loved spending time with her family, friends and grandkids. Denise enjoyed peace and quiet wherever she was. Denise had many talents including playing the flute and piano and singing hymns. She enjoyed going shopping, getting her nails and hair done, watching her kids and grandkids in sporting events, reading, listening to K-LOVE, going on vacations, and camping. She also enjoyed spending time at their cabin they shared with family. 

She is survived by her son, Logan (Megan) Lasley; daughter, Lindsey (Jeff) Weaver; grandson Tucker James Lasley, and granddaughter Lilly Grace Weaver all of Columbia; mother, Janet Hoins of Iowa; sisters, Debbie (Jim) Matt of Iowa and Deanna (Roger) Arendt of Georgia; and stepbrothers, Bill (Craig) Spitzer; several nieces and nephews and loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lasley, father, Carlton Krueger; father-in-law Robert Lasley; stepfather’s Lavern Hoins and Svend Aasberg; brother-in-law Russell Lasley, sister-in-law Pauletti Lasley; brother-in-law Kevin Douglas ad well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Denise will be deeply missed by her family and friends; her hope – what others have learned from her, is that God is in charge. Stay humble, tell your stories, love and be kind. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Midway Locust Grove Church, Missouri Cancer Associates and the Susan G. Komen Foundation 

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