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Funeral services for Gayla L. Auffert, 63, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Curry Street Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Auffert died at 6:47 a.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born October 21, 1950, at West Plains, Missouri, to Luther James Ledbetter and Doris Mae Sumner Ledbetter. Gayla graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1968 and on June 6, 1968, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Joseph Auffert. She had worked at Boatmen’s Bank and retired as a dispatcher from Stewart-Morrison Redi-Mix. Mrs. Auffert was a fire fighter and safety officer at Howell County Rural Fire Department and was instrumental in the formation of Howell County Rural Auxiliary. She was also an active volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis; helping organize many fund raising shows. Mrs. Auffert had been a member of the Church of Christ and attended Curry Street Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Auffert, of the family home; two daughters, Christel Cantrell, husband, Gene and Stacie Auffert, all of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Donald Ray McGoldrick, Caulfield, Missouri and Jimmy Dale Ledbetter, Pottersville, Missouri; mother-in-law, Oleta Auffert, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Louise Ledbetter, husband, Gene, West Plains, Missouri; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of special friends.

Her parents, one infant daughter, Stephanie Dawn; two sisters, Patsy Brower and Peggy Evans; father-in-law, Everett Auffert; one sister-in-law, Janet McGoldrick and two brothers-in-law, Leroy Evans and Gene Brown, precede her in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis or Howell County Rural Auxiliary, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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