Tena Vanessa Backues


    Tena Vanessa Backues was born December 31, 1986 in Columbia, Missouri to Ralph and Karen (Holt) Backues and passed away on October 3, 2022 at the age of 35 years, 10 months and 2 days.


    She lived in Licking, Missouri, her entire life, graduating from Licking High School in 2005.
    After high school, Tena worked at a few of the local businesses including, The Coffee Pot, the Shell station, and the Scenic River Inn.
    For the last year, she had volunteered at the Bargain’s for Mission Thrift Store through Purpose Ministries in Steelville, where she was a blessing to the community & the ministry.
    Tena remained in the home of her parents, caring for them, especially after her mother’s stroke in 2015. She loved helping her father outdoors, spending time fishing and visiting with family, and taking care of her animals and flowers. She also enjoyed helping out at family reunions and caring for the stones at family cemeteries.
    Shewas preceded in death by her grandparents, Lester and Viola Holt, Clyde Backues and Junior and Rosalie Ritz; aunt, Vickie Eiffert; uncle, Brian Turner; and cousins, Michelle Rector, Dalton Backues and Seth Backues.  
    She is survived by her parents, Ralph and Karen Backues; brother, Toby and fiancée Bobby; sister, Tory and fiancé, Cecil; aunts and uncles, Virginia and Roger Bates, Barbara Turner, Roy Holt and fiancée Carlene, Brenda Rector, Pamela and Jerry Gorman, Starla Garrett and fiancé Ryan, Clyde Backues Jr. and fiancée Maricris, Bobby Backues, James and Michelle Backues, Steve and Margaret Ritz, Greg and Michelle Ritz and Patricia and Mitch Fall; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking, Missouri.
    Funeral service was held at noon on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking, Missouri with Brother Mike Gorman officiating.  
    Interment followed at the Craddock Cemetery.  
    Arrangements under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Licking, Missouri.