Lynn Dempster

Saturday, April 12, 2003

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ethelyn "Lynn" Matthews Dempster, 76, of Sikeston died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Johnson County, Clarksville, Ark., eldest daughter of Herbert Spencer and Flora Ann Lee Matthews Sr. She and Robert A. Dempster were married in May 1979. He preceded her in death March 23, 1995.

Mrs. Dempster, a retired Sikeston businesswoman, was appointed to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents in March 1991, for a six-year term.

She was a legal secretary and office manager for the law firm of Dempster, Barkett and McClellan in Sikeston. She was active in numerous civic and professional organizations, serving as a member of the board of directors for Southeast Missouri University Foundations, and serving as an emeritus member of the Foundation Board.

Mrs. Dempster also served as chairperson of the Leadership Gifts Committee for Southeast Missouri University Foundation's Vision of Excellence Campaign, and was a member of the President's Council of the foundation.

Mrs. Dempster, along with her husband, Robert A. Dempster, who was a prominent Sikeston attorney, was active in the life of the university many years.

They made donations to the university in 1982 for the renovation of the original Robert A. Dempster Hall of Business, to the university's nursing program in 1988 for the construction of the Lynn Dempster Auditorium, and in 1990 for the construction of the new Robert A. Dempster Hall. In addition, Mrs. Dempster maintained several scholarships at Southeast Missouri State University for students having financial difficulties.

Mrs. Dempster also served as president of Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation in Sikeston, and secretary of Senior Citizens Bootheel Services Inc. She was a member of Scott County American Cancer Society, administrative board of First United Methodist Church, Menninger's President Club and Sikeston Little Theater.

Lynn and her husband furnished the lobby and family room of the Wendell Apartments prior to the opening of the complex, and were among the original founders of the YMCA in Sikeston.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Ann Waltrip of Sikeston, Paulette Mouchett of Jackson, Miss., Vicki Lynn Burke of Eureka, Mo.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Dawn Waltrip of Nashville, Tenn., Sarah Kathleen Burke of Eureka; three grandsons, Zane Mouchett of Jackson, Miss., Aaron Waltrip of Columbia, Mo., Sean Burke of St. Louis; and three sisters, Alice Gardner, Jewell "Jo" Sikes and Juanita Edwards of Sikeston.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James H. Matthews and H. Spencer Matthews.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.

The Dempster family requests memorials be made to Southeast Missouri State University Nursing Program, One University Plaza, M/S 7300, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701.