Christine (Chris) Marie Cone

Christine (Chris) Marie Cone, age 66, passed away in the comfort of her Columbia Missouri home, surrounded by infinite love, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 due to complications caused by cancer. She was born on July 24, 1950 in St. Charles, Missouri to Mark T. and Mary E. (Borgmeyer) Bond.

Chris was raised in Chester, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Southern Illinois University in September of 1972, and received her Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Missouri in July of 1998.

On June 12, 1971 Chris was married to David L. Cone at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester, Illinois. They were able to spend their 46th wedding anniversary together at their home the day before she passed.

Chris dedicated her career to the field of Special Education, teaching elementary aged children. Chris retired after 3 decades of teaching in 2012 from Midway Heights Elementary, a Columbia Missouri Public School. Her passion for helping kids, and her success in doing so was unsurpassed. Chris’ impact on her students and colleagues was powerful and was a result of her leading the way with her heart and thorough knowledge in her field.

Chris was an incredibly loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She felt happiest unconditionally helping others and being with family and friends. Her genuine smile and positive, upbeat attitude impacted everyone she knew. Chris was so full of life, and her presence in any space radiated pure light and energy. The impact Chris had on so many was positively life changing. Chris loved traveling, spending time in the yard, entertaining family and friends at her home, decorating and volunteering her time at organizations she was passionate about.

Chris was preceded in death by her father Mark and her brothers Mike and Leland. Chris is survived by her loving husband David; daughter Mindy (Cone) Kopser and son Matt Cone; grandsons Riley and Dresden Kopser; mother Mary and sister Karen.

Memorial services will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, MO 65203 on Saturday, June 17th. Visitation and memory sharing will be from 9:30am to 10:30am, with mass beginning at 10:30am. A luncheon will immediately follow mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Flowers and/or donations are welcome, though not necessary. Donations can be made to the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri at


  1. Phyllis Cope on June 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I worked with Chris at CPS & other educational ventures. She was a lovely, devoted, inspirational person.
    She will be greatly missed

  2. Tasha Fraizer on June 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    My staff and I at Talbots were deeply sorry to hear of Chris passing. She was such a delightful person, beautiful inside and out. We will miss seeing her walk through our doors and calling us by name. Rest In Peace sweet lady

  3. Bonnie Epps on June 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Dearest David, Mindy and Matt,
    Being at Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday for Chris’s Mass was so very special. She meant the world to me.
    The first time I met her I was overwhelmed by a Luncheon I was set out. I looked up and there was Chris. Big smile on her face and ready to help! Not another person had stepped up. She became my, “Go to Gal”. Whenever there was something that needed doing- there was Chris. Her smile was always there and so were her positive words, Loved her laugh, which was so genuine.
    I know that when she passed into God’s arms she gave Him that special smile. God has blessed us one and all, that we had the privilege of knowing and loving Chris.

  4. Meridith Green on June 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Mrs. Cone was my SpeD teacher in Elementary school. I had the privilege of working with her during my teacher training in college. She was a source of inspiration for me to follow my dreams of working with special needs and differently abled students. May she Rest In Peace.

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