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Kathryn Julienne "Bebe" Sombart

October 12, 1921 ~ July 14, 2018 (age 96)



On July 14, 2018, Kathryn Julienne “Bebe” Sombart passed away peacefully at Katy Manor where she had been lovingly cared for by the wonderful and caring staff, nurses and the dear nurses from Hometown Health.  She was surrounded by her family who loved her dearly.


Kathryn is the last of a pioneer family that was instrumental in the early development of Boonville.  She was preceded in death by her father G.W.

Sombart, her mother Bernice (McCann) Sombart, her sister Martha Ann (Sombart) Williams Chancellor and one brother G. W. Sombart Jr.

 She was born in Boonville on October 12, 1921 where she lived her entire life.  She attended S.S. Peter and Paul

Boonville Public Schools and Christian College in Columbia.  She had been a devout and active member of S.S. Peter and Paul Church most of her life.  She enjoyed singing in the choir with her beautiful soprano voice.


One of her big loves was to go antiquing with her sister Marky in their 36-panel van, and to refinish furniture.  She was interested in so many things!!!  She enjoyed their cabin at the lake, bird watching, working in the yard, traveling, weaving and was an accomplished artist.  She was also a big animal lover, especially dogs.  Over the year she had many dogs, cats, and birds that she lovingly cared for.   She also had a goat named Penny that lived in their backyard and became a local celebrity.


Bebe lead a life that was dedicated to her two wonderful parents, Pop and Pete, whom she cared for their whole lives, and to her family. She was a second mother to her nieces Nancy (Williams) Callis of Longboat Key Florida, Annette (Williams) and husband George of Temecula, California, and Melanie (Williams) Oswald and her husband Pat whom she adored.  She also leaves one nephew, Don Williams of Boonville, 15 great great nieces and nephews and one great great- great nephew.


The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove at eleven o’clock in the morning with visitation beginning at ten.  Burial will follow in the family plot at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Boonville Humane Society.  Online condolences may be left at


It is impossible to describe in these few words the sum of a person’s life. It is woefully inadequate. Bebe was truly one of a kind.  She was generous, kind, funny, talented and part of an amazing generation of people that is almost gone now.  We are all thankful that she was such a big part of our lives for so long.   We know you are in heaven Bebe, with all of those you have loved and missed for so long and we hope to join you there one day. 

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