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Memorial service held today for Mary Lee Grobe

The 74-year-old went missing in September of 2003, and her remains were found in April of 2009 not far from her home. The 74-year-old went missing in September of 2003, and her remains were found in April of 2009 not far from her home.
At the memorial service Family members shared stories about Mary remembering her as a kind, gentle person who was an amazing cook and gardener. At the memorial service Family members shared stories about Mary remembering her as a kind, gentle person who was an amazing cook and gardener.
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) -

Family and friends gather to remember a Butler County woman who disappeared nearly nine years ago.

A memorial service was held Friday afternoon at Calvary Baptist Church in Dexter for Mary Lee Grobe.

The 74-year-old went missing in September of 2003, and her remains were found in April of 2009 not far from her home.

Family members say they just found out three weeks ago that official DNA results confirmed that the skeletal remains were in fact their loved one.

At the memorial service Family members shared stories about Mary remembering her as a kind, gentle person who was an amazing cook and gardener.

The investigation into her death continues, and the family still has plenty of questions.

Mary Lee Grobe's granddaughter Amy Bridgewater was the last to see her alive.

"It was very important for us to have this service," said Bridgewater. "It has been nine years of suffering. We still don't have answers, and I guess we never will."

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers says the cause of death is unknown.

Akers also confirmed that Grobe's skeletal remains are still in his custody.

The family had planned to have a burial after Friday's service.

Amy Bridgewater and other family members say two of Mary Lee Grobe's children have refused to sign over the remains, while four of the six siblings want the remains released.

"We want to put her to rest right next to my grandfather," said Bridgewater.

The matter may now have to go before a judge.

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