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Dianna D. Shallenburger, 69, of Boonville, Mo., died on Jan. 12, 2014.

Dianna is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jack W. Shallenburger of Boonville and two sons, Joe H. Shallenburger and Jason W. Shallenburger, both of Portland, Ore.

Dianna had a career in education that spanned 40 years. A Professor Emerita of Accounting at Central Methodist University, Dianna served for 28 years, beginning in 1983, on the faculty of CMU as a member of the Division of Accounting, Business and Economics. During Dianna’s tenure at CMU, she served as division chair and also served on several key committees and task forces, including the General Education Taskforce, Learning Resource Committee, Personnel Committee, Academic Affairs Committee and Extended Studies Committee. In the latter capacity, she helped CMU establish its extended studies Accounting program at several of the university's regional campuses. Dianna also took an active role in many aspects of the CMU campus community and enjoyed working with students, serving as a teacher, advisor and mentor to her students.

Dianna received numerous awards and honors during her career in education. Among those honors were the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; a number of Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator Award Nominations; Outstanding Young Woman, Boonville Chamber of Commerce; and Extension Leaders Honor Roll, University of Missouri. She also served as President of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, as well as Vice President, Secretary, and as a Board member.

Dianna earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Social Science and her lifetime teaching certificate in 1966, her Master's degree in Education in 1975 and her Master's degree in Accounting in 1983, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also held a Missouri CPA Certificate. Dianna began her teaching career at Boonville R-I School, taught at Blackwater R-II School, and then served as an instructor and supervisor of student teachers with the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education-Lab School.

Dianna’s many community service efforts include 15 years as a 4-H project and club leader, member and President of the Cooper County 4-H Council, and Board Member and Treasurer of Creative Child Care Inc.

A Boonville native, Dianna was born on Dec. 15, 1944, to Joe Jeff Davis and Helen Virginia Fuser at St. Joseph Hospital in Boonville. Dianna’s sister, Pamela Jo Davis, preceded her in death.

Dianna requested that she share a memorial service with her husband, Jack, at the time of his death and in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in her honor to the cancer research fund of your choice.

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