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Mary Lou Hampton, 68, died Friday, December 30, 2022, in her home in St. Peters, MO after a long illness.

She was born in Kirksville, Missouri on December 19, 1954, the daughter of John William Grice and Mary Elisabeth Grice.

She attended the Linn County R-1 School and graduated in 1972. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education degree in 1976. She earned her Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University in 2000. She taught elementary art in several Missouri schools after her graduation and touched the lives of hundreds of children.

On September 26, 2015, she was united in marriage with David Hampton in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in St Peters, Missouri. Mary Lou enjoyed travelling, being with friends and family but her most precious time was simply spending her time with her beloved Dave. Mary Lou was a highly regarded teacher and a gifted artist. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Her artistic talent was something she inherited from her paternal grandmother, Frances Elizabeth Grice. She loved to cook and she inherited that love from her maternal grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Smith.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Elisabeth Grice, her father, John William Grice, and a niece, Amy Elizabeth Head.

She is survived by her husband, Dave, and a son, Joseph Dylan Spray of Kansas City, MO; her four siblings: Dr. John Victor Grice and his wife Kitty Jo of Raymore, MO, Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Head and her husband Jim of Centralia, MO, Nancy Margaret Heimann and her husband Bob of Centralia, MO, and James William (Jimmer) Grice and his wife Amy of Overland Park, KS; ten nieces and nephews: John Lawrence Grice and his wife Rachel of Liberty, MO, Dr. Jared Victor Grice and his wife Jenny of Nashville, TN, Clifford James Head and his wife Kristi of Fulton, MO, Maxwell Aaron Head of Springfield, MO, Dr. Lucy Margaret McGowan of San Luis Obispo, CA and her life partner, Justin Mills of Centralia, MO, Elizabeth Joan and Mary Christine Heimann of Centralia, MO, and Rachel Fame, William Perry, and Emily Renee Grice of Overland Park, KS; and 6 great nieces: Emma Fennel of Fulton, Greta Bea, Jettie Jane, and Olive Anne Grice of Liberty, MO, Claire Elise Mills of Centralia, MO, and Ellory Dare Grice of Nashville, TN.

Graveside services were held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the Jenkins Cemetery, East of Browning, Missouri. Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the American Lung Association.