Etta L. Kazzee (nee Murray), of St. Peters, MO, passed from this life and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the age of 92. Loving wife of the late John W. (Wes) Kazzee; beloved daughter of the late Marvin and Lula Murray; devoted mother to Linda (and late son-in-law Gene Blum); and treasured grandmother to Jason Blum. She was the dear sister of the late James E (the late Betty) Murray, the late Retta J (late Richard) Cox, the late Mary L (Gary) Roney, Aubrey E. (the late Ann) Murray, Leroy C (June) Murray, Marvin E (the late Lana) Murray, Jr, Donald R (Naomi) Murray, and Ronald L (Diane) Murray as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Etta was born on January 3, 1930, in Butler County, MO.
Etta worked with the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Family Services, retiring in 1992 as a supervisor of case workers. She was a member of the BJC St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary for more than 8 years. In 2014, she moved to an independent living senior community in St. Peters, where she served on as a committee member, vice president and president of the resident council. She was most recently serving on the welcoming committee.
During their 48 years of married life, Wes and Etta loved fishing and trailer camping. For many years, you would not find them on the weekend unless you went to the various lakes in Missouri and Arkansas. After Wes passed, Etta became an avid amateur genealogist. She traveled throughout the Midwest with her dear friend Polly Schulte researching the Kazzee, Hogan and Murray families and shared her research files with many others in the extended family.
A devoted Christian, Etta read her bible and a devotional on a daily basis. Prior to Covid, she attended services at her residence. She read constantly across a range of subjects and frequently donated her used books.
Through the years, Etta coordinated our annual family reunions. She was the one who found the venues, helped decide the menus, and managed all the details necessary to arrange for a reunion of thirty to fifty people. As the oldest of eight siblings, Etta was a little mother to all her brothers and sisters. After her marriage, her home was always open to family and friends.
Etta had a great love of baseball and was an ardent St. Louis Cardinals fan. Her great love was the Little League World Series. She loved watching the kids play baseball.
Etta was a friendly and caring person who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial may be made in Etta’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the American Heart Association.
Baue Funeral Homes is currently following CDC recommendations regarding mask and social distancing policies.