February 26, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Saddened by Death of Auditor April Lathrom

headshot of april lathromThe Springfield City Council and City employees are deeply saddened to announce the death of Internal Auditor April McHaffie Lathrom, who was 36.

April died Thursday evening at St. John’s Hospital after battling an aggressive type of cancer since late summer. April is survived by her husband, Grant, and two children, Caleb and Sydney.

A certified public accountant, April was named the City’s Internal Auditor in August 2008 and reported directly to the City Council. She had previously worked as a senior auditor in the Missouri State Auditor’s Springfield office. She held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Barnes Family Funeral Home in Ozark, Missouri. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2010, and funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

“April wanted to thank all the employees of the City of Springfield that provided support and prayers,” Grant Lathrom said. “The availability of the City’s Care Leave Program allowed her to maintain her benefits eligibility during her fight and she was very grateful for their generosity. April believed the City’s support, which allowed her to participate in clinical trials in the last six months, provided her additional quality time with her family.”

Donations can be made to the Caleb and Sydney Benefit Fund in care of Citizen’s Bank of Rogersville.

The Lathrom family has requested privacy at this time and will not be accepting or returning calls for comment. The City asks that members of the media please honor this request and the City also will have no further statement.

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