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The Sheldon auditorium was filled with family and friends of Sen. Claire McCaskill and her family Sunday for the memorial service for her mother Betty Anne McCaskill who died last week at age 84. Claire and her sisters Anne Moroh, Lisa Finn and brother Will McCaskill  paid tribute to their mother, an outspoken activist and larger-than-life personality well known in civic and political circles. Among the attendees was Sen. Roy Blunt, whose father, LeRoy Blunt, defeated Betty Anne McCaskill for state representative in 1978 in Springfield.  Others attending included former Congressman Dick Gephardt,  Gov. Jay Nixon, Lt. Gov. candidate Susan Montee,  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel,  Attorney General Chris Koster, Joyce Aboussie, Cong. Russ Carnahan and his wife, Debra, County Executive Charlie Dooley, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and her husband Juan Carlos Antolinez and Congressman Jerry Costello. The sensational 50-member New Sunny Mount Missionary Baptist Church Chancel Choir filled the Sheldon with joyful music, and the New Mount Sunny pastor, Rev. Donald Hunter, and Rev. Carla Aday of Kansas City offered prayers and remembrances. THEY’RE GOING FAST!

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