Robert "Bob" Gomez, 40, died Nov. 2, 1999, at Arlington Memorial Hospital
in Arlington, Texas.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church,
Florence, with interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in the church at Florence.
Born Aug. 3, 1959, at Marion, he was the son of the late Demetrio "Mitch"
Gomez and Demetria "Shirley" (Diaz) Gomez.
He grew up in the Florence community and graduated from Marion High
School in the class of 1977.
He was married to Teresa B. Waner at Marion May 27, 1978.
After moving to Texas he became construction superintendent for D.R.
Horton Custom Homes in Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa, of the home; daughter, Rhianon
Nichole, 20, and son, Dustin Nicholas, 16, at home; his mother, Shirley
Goemz, El Dorado; sister, Gloria M. Chrispens and her husband, Gary, El
Dorado; half-sister, Rita Dunning, Mustang, Okla.; brother, Tom G. Gomez
and wife, Elizabeth, Wichita; five nieces; two nephews; and many other
relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial funds have been established in his name with St. Patrick's
Altar Society, 815 Marion, Florence; and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for
Children, Dallas, Texas.
Leonard Francis Klein, 79, Hillsboro, died Nov. 7, 1999, at Hillsboro
Community Medical Center.
Born Jan. 8, 1920, on a farm in Marion County, he was the son of the
late David D. and Rachel (Eberhardt) Klein.
He was married to Elma Hamm on June 10, 1938, in Durham. She survives.
Other survivors include sons Donald Dean Klein and wife Sharon of Tampa
and Darold Lynn Klein and wife Beverly of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter,
Carol Ann Ollenburger and husband Wayne of Hillsboro; sister, Darlene Doris
Paulson; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a business man and a member of the Lions Club.
Services were held Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church, Durham,
with Pastor Richard Curtis officiating. Burial was in Durham Park Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in his name at the church.
Norma (Acord) Levings, 90, died Oct. 28, 1999, at Buffalo, Okla.
She was a sister of Irene Kinsey, Marion.
Funeral services were held Oct. 30 with burial in the Buffalo Cemetery.
She was married to Raymond Levings Aug. 27, 1932.
Survivors include her son, Wilford Levings and his wife Gayle, Buffalo,
Okla.; daughter, Frances and her husband Mark McVay, Wichita; nine grandchildren;
17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Kinsey, Marion, and Lottie Potter,
Hutchinson; and brother, John Acord, Sacramento, Calif.
Pascal Allen Roniger, 84, retired Burdick area farmer and former state
representative, died Nov. 8, 1999, at a hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Born Nov. 10, 1914, on the family homestead on Diamond Creek in Chase
County, he was the son of Charles and Anne Honor (Allen) Roniger.
He graduated from Elmdale High School in the class of 1932 and from
the University of Kansas in 1939. He also completed two years of post graduate
study in bacteriology.
On July 10, 1941, he was married to Martha Sharer of Garden City.
He was employed by the New Mexico State Board of Health as a serologist
and spent seven years at Manhattan as sanitarian for the city as well as
Riley County milk inspector.
From 1944 through 1946 he served as a lieutenant in the Navy, as communications
and gunnery officer on an LSM in the South Pacific.
After the war, he returned to Manhattan and in 1951 they moved to the
family farm where he had been born.
His life was devoted to his family and to public service. He was active
in the Chase County Soil Conservation District, serving as supervisor for
several years and as chairman of the Diamond Creek Watershed for 20 years.
He received numerous conservation awards.
He also served as treasurer of the Kansas Watershed Association, was
a director of the Flint Hills RECA board for 15 years, was on the board
of education of Elmdale Rural High School, was a member of the Burdick
American Legion, and was an active member of the Elmdale Christian Church.
In 1967 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Kansas
Legislature, representing Chase and Marion counties. He served five terms.
At the close of the 1978 session he retired from the legislature and from
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Martha, of the home; daughter, Ann and
her husband Bill Hussong of Oklahoma City, Okla.; son, John Roniger and
wife Mary of rural Burdick; sister, Elizabeth Rogler, Emporia; five grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilsey Christian
Church with Pastor Kevin Ingram and Pastor Steve Hanson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burnley Memorial Library, Cottonwood
Leta Rees, 91, one of Marion's best known longtime citizens, was noted
for being an individual in a world dominated by conformists.
She died Nov. 5, 1999, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion, where she
had resided since 1997.
At her services Monday morning in Valley United Methodist Church, Pastor
Lance Carrithers captured the spirit of her long lifetime serving others.
Born near Solomon, Oct. 21, 1908, she was the daughter of the late
Percival and Florence (Hough) Reese.
In 1916 her family moved to Marion where her father was manager of
Seymour Packing Co. Leta attended school at Marion and after graduation
taught one year in western Kansas. Following this she pursued an education
at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She worked as a registered nurse
before returning to Marion.
Leta was a longtime legal secretary for the law firm of Carpenter and
Morse and, later, Morse, Batt, and Brookens. She also served as Marion
City Clerk for many years.
Noted as a perfectionist, especially as a legal secretary, she also
had a warm heart which prompted her to help others; including family, friends,
and a multitude of stray animals.
One episode in her life that stands out was her effort, along with
the late Judge E.G. Westerhaus, to save a mighty oak tree at the corner
of Elm and Main. When highway crews were threatening to destroy the tree,
she wrote a letter to the Marion County Record saying they'd have to cut
through her body with their chain saws, as she planned to wrap her arms
around the tree. Westerhaus, whose office was nearby, agreed. He drew up
petitions which were signed, and the tree was saved. It stands today as
a stalwart memorial.
She was active in the Democratic party and was a longtime member of
Valley United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern
Star, Marion Community Guild, and the Kansas State Nursing Association.
Leta's hobbies included collecting dolls and taking care of animals,
especially cats that would come to her home. She also was an avid historian,
reading about other countries and researching her ancestry.
Pastor Larry King read the obituary at the service and Sarah Lowry
presented a personal tribute.
Nanette Lowry was the vocal soloist, singing "Love Lifted Me" and "Now
the Day is Over."
Ruth Jo Penner was organist. Among featured selections were "Abide
With Me" and "What A Friend We Have in Jesus."
Casket bearers were Jack Beaston, Bud Pierce, James Meier, Larry King,
Gale Lowry, and Bob Edmunds. Honorary bearers were Roger Morse and Bill
She is survived by sisters Anna Belle Baker and Mary Alice Parmley,
both of Topeka; a nephew and niece, David and Mary Ann Siller, Dallas,
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dick and
Burial was in the family plot at Marion Cemetery.
Memorial funds have been established in her name with Valley United
Methodist Church and St. Luke Living Center.
Funeral services for Rosemary Thiessen, R.N., 52, were held Monday
afternoon at Parkview Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.
The daughter of Jake and Mary (Warkentin) Thiessen, she was born Nov.
6, 1947, at Hillsboro.
She died Aug. 11, 2000, at Peabody Living Center.
Survivors include her mother, Mary Thiessen, Hillsboro; daughter, Bridget
Thiessen, Hillsboro; brothers, Jim Thiessen and his wife Joyce and Linden
Thiessen and his wife Dorene, all of rural Hillsboro; sisters, Enid Cady
and her husband Jerry of Marion.
Pastor Roy Keller was the officiating clergyman. Burial was in Gnadenau
Cemtery, near Hillsboro.
A memorial fund has been established as a scholarship fund to benefit
Ottilie Strecker, 94, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Hillsboro Community Medical
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, following burial at 10:30
Pastor John Ryding will officiate at the funeral in Zion Lutheran Church,
Hillsboro, with burial in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hillsboro
She was born Feb. 27, 1906, at Hillsboro, the daughter of Albert and
Julianna (Schultz) Matz. On Dec. 19, 1936, she was married to Sigmund Strecker.
He is deceased.
Alice Wandling of Hillsboro is the sole survivor.
Olive May (Hadsell) Haynes, 98, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Marion.
Born Sept. 4, 1901, at Fairbury, Neb., she was the only daughter of
the late Franklin F. and Olive Lura (Carpenter) Hadsell.
She grew up in the Clifton community and after high school attended
the Conservatory of Music at Portland, Ore., studying piano and voice.
Music continued to be important in her life.
A career in banking began when she returned to Clifton and started
working in the local bank.
In 1938 she was married to Charles Farnsworth. They established their
home at Gering, Neb., and she continued in the banking business at Scottsbluff.
After her husband's death, and her retirement from banking, she moved
back to Clifton in 1967 and was married to Joseph Haynes of that town.
They enjoyed travel and hobbies prior to his death in 1971. She then moved
to Marion to be near her brother, L.L. Hadsell, and his family.
She especially enjoyed activities of Marion Senior Center, and traveling.
She had taken several trips to England and the European continent.
In addition to music, she enjoyed knitting. It was a craft in which
she was highly skilled.
She also enjoyed collecting rocks. She and her husband traveled to
many states seeking various stones. As a hobby, she operated a rock shop.
A member of the Episcopal church, where she sang in the choir, she
attended the Presbyterian church while living in Marion.
She also was a past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands and brothers
LaVern and Guy Hadsell.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Lorraine Hadsell; niece Louise
Colburn and her family; and three stepchildren.
Services were held Monday morning at Zeiner Funeral Home with the Rev.
Brad Hansen officiating.
Organ selections were played by Laura Williams.
Honorary casket bearers were Gail Merrill, Roger Morse, Ivanlee Timm,
Rosse Case, and John Brose.
Burial was in Marion Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in her name at Marion Senior Center.
An assemblage of family and friends which exceeded the capacity of
Valley United Methodist Church attested to the character of Donald LeRoy
Smith during funeral services held Saturday morning.
The son of Robert E. and Shirley (Smith) Smith, he was born Aug. 20,
1955, at Goessel.
He grew up in the Marion community, attended local schools, and was
a star athlete when he graduated from Marion High School in 1973.
His football coach during his senior year, Bill Pickering, remained
a life-long friend and fishing companion. And Don, or "Smitty" as he was
called by a multitude of friends, continue to support the MHS athletic
While in high school he participated in the vocational-technical school
program at Emporia, specializing in auto mechanics.
He was employed by Lynn's Truck and Tractor, Co-Op Grain and Supply,
Zerger Construction, and eventually purchased and operated Smitty's Service
Station in Marion. He was noted for his "full service" which extended beyond
expectations. Many in Marion trusted no one but "Smitty" with their car
He remained in business until January of this year, when he had to
sell-out due to health problems.
Those problems, leukemia, were fought valiantly by Smitty with the
full support of the community. Drives were made, bone marrow examined,
and dinners served to help him.
His fight received a great deal of publicity in the regional press.
Friends hoped he had won the battle, when the dreaded disease again
reared its ugly head. Nothing more could be done. But, as usual, he met
adversity with logic.
He was noted for his support of Marion athletic teams, his ability
as a master fisherman, and his enjoyment of attending Kansas City Chiefs
football games, holding season tickets for nearly 20 years.
Smitty was an Explorer Scout, achieving the God and Country Award.
He was a loving father who supported his children in all their activities.
His lesson to them was that they must strive to do their best, and complete
anything they started.
He was married to Neva Oller, his high school sweetheart, June 5, 1976,
at Valley United Methodist Church. They enjoyed more than 24 years of life
as a couple. They had two children, Steffanie and Eric. Their family enjoyed
and treasured many moments, including some great vacations and family gatherings.
Survivors include his wife, Neva, of the home; daughter, Steffanie,
a student at Kansas State University, Manhattan; Eric, a sophomore at Marion
High School; his parents, Bob and Shirley Smith of Marion; a brother, Terry
Smith and his wife, Sandy, and sons Ben and Dusty, of Sterling, Va.; his
mother-in-law, Pat Oller of Marion; two sisters-in-law; and a multitude
of loyal friends.
He died Oct. 31, 2000, at St Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
The Rev. Tony Horsley of Valley United Methodist Church officiated
at the funeral service, delivering words of assurance.
Jeff Martin, M.D., Lawrence, a close friend and fishing partner of
Smitty for many years, delivered a heartfelt and eloquently worded eulogy.
Casket bearers were Bill Pickering, Grant Thierolf, Dr. Jeff Martin,
Mike Ewert, Dr. Bruce Skiles, and Charles Kannady.
Greg Carlson, the vocal soloist, sang "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and
"You've Got a Friend."
Laura Williams was the organist and accompanist.
Burial was in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial funds have been established in his name to benefit the Marion
High School Track and the Leukemia Society of America.
Mary Gray Shull
Mary Gray Shull, 89, widow of former Marion School District superintendent
Adrien Shull, died Nov. 1, 2000, at Wichita.
After moving from Marion to Wichita, she became an elementary school
A memorial service was held Friday at Woodland United Methodist Church,
Wichita, with graveside services at Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.
Survivors include a son, Dr. John Shull of Ellsworth; daughter, Karen
Laham, Wichita; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Frances Matz, 69, died Nov. 5, 2000, at Hillsboro Community Medical
Born Oct. 15, 1931, at Denver, Colo., she was the daughter of Van F.
and Eileen (Wilson) Carroll.
She married Marlin Kinning Sr., March 13, 1952. She was a homemaker
and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors include her ex-husband, Marlin Kinning Sr., Roundrock, Texas;
three sons, Marlin Kinning Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., Daniel Kinning, Hillsboro,
and Ronald Kinning, Loveland, Colo.; two daughters, Deborah Matz, Marion,
and Laura Hanan, Austin, Texas; three brothers, Donald Carroll, Casper,
Wyo., John Carroll, Taylorsville, Utah, and James Carroll, Thornton, Colo.;
10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Hillsboro United Methodist
Church with Bishop Jack Brunner officiating.
Burial was in Gnadenau Cemetery, Hillsboro.
A memorial fund has been established with the American Cancer Society.
Floy Esther Lee Legg died Nov. 4, 2000, at Hillsboro.
Born Floy Esther Brown March 7, 1907, at Paragould, Ark., she was married
to James Drury Legg on Dec. 25, 1927.
She was preceded in death by hger husband.
Survivors include 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one
Services were held Monday at Baker Funeral Home, Peabody, with Pastor
Jacob Baker officiating. Burial was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in her name with the American
V.G. "Ben" Benda, 84, died Oct. 29, 2000, at his home in Madera, Calif.
He was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Marion. He was engaged in farming with
his father in Kansas and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Later he
joined Ford Motor Company Tractor Division, experimental department at
After moving to California, he joined Petrucci's Farm Machinery &
Heavy Equipment. After retirement he owned a sewing and appliance business.
He lived at Madera, Calif., for 37 years and was a member of the Catholic
He is survived by his wife, Ida of the home; one son, Scott of Eagle,
Idaho; one daughter, Gwendolyn Craig, Madera, Calif.; four sisters, Gerada
Shramek of Hutchinson, Constance Maranville of Northglenn, Colo., Marcella
Biehler of Sheridan, Ore., and Joan Black of Victoria, Texas; and three
Funeral Mass was held Thursday morning at Madera, Calif. A graveside
service was held Saturday morning at Holy Family Parish, Pilsen, with Father
Steve Gronert as celebrant.
Burial was in Pilsen Cemetery.
Memorials have been established in his name with the American Heart
Association or St. Joachim's Church School, Madera, Calif.
Dolores Carol (Rowe) Gillet, 59, died Dec. 12, 2001, at Via Christi-St.
Francis Hospital, Wichita, following a tragic accident at Peabody.
She was a receptionist and nurses assistant. She married Lloyd Douglas
Gillet May 2, 1964, at Waco, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, of the home in Peabody; sons, Stephen
and John, both of Peabody; brother, Jim Rowe of Waco, Texas; sister, Ellen
Feagin of Plano, Texas; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, David Lee Gillet.
The daughter of the late Benson and Francis Louise (Denney) Rowe, she
was born March 4, 1942, at Waco, Texas.
Services were at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, Peabody,
with the Rev. Roger Megli and the Rev. Rodger Charles officiating. Burial
was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with Peabody-Burns High School Alumni
Scholarship Fund and the First Baptist Church.
Mable E. Williams, 87, died Dec. 13, 2001, at Marion Manor nursing
home in Marion.
Born Oct. 22, 1914, near Marion, she was the daughter of the late James
and Anna (Hayen) Conyers.
Well known in the community, she was a homemaker for her family and
a friendly clerk in stores.
She was a lifelong resident of the community and a member of Eastmoor
United Methodist Church.
She was married to John R. Williams on Oct. 26, 1935, at Marion. He
died in 1989. Their daughter, Mary Ann Meyer, also preceded her mother
Survivors are sons, John of San Diego, Calif., Fred "Tim" of Marion,
and Maurice of Pinetop, Ariz.; brother, Harold Conyers of Marion; sisters,
Louise Grubb of Shreveport, La., Hazel Muratet of Tulsa, Okla., Bessie
Bass of Marion, Henrietta Richmond of Marion, and Bernice Sturdy of Wichita;
13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Following cremation, a memorial service and private inurnment will
be held later.
A memorial fund has been established in her name with the American
Anna M. Wassom
Elmdale resident Anna Wassom, 63, died at her home Dec. 12, 2001.
A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at Brown-Bennett-Alexander
Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls. Private inurnment will be in Strong City.
Anna Marie Henderson was born Feb. 27, 1938, at Strong City, the daughter
of Elmer and Marie (Atkinson) Henderson.
She married Larry Wassom Aug. 14, 1954, at Belleville. He died March
A licensed practical nurse, she worked on the surgical floor of Newman
Hospital, Emporia, many years. She then was employed in the dental office
of Dr. Steve Jones for 10 years, prior to retirement due to ill health.
Survivors include a son, Daniel Wassom, of Elmdale; five daughters,
Kathy Keyes of Marion, Larriat Schulte of Lebanon, Ore., Patricia Collier
of Florence, Tammy Robison of Derby, and Julie Wassom of Emporia; 10 brothers;
four sisters; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hand-in-Hand Hospice.
Velda E. Harp, 93, Wichita, died Dec. 13, 2001, at her home.
She was born Jan. 5, 1908, to Charles Wesley and Emma B. (McClure)
Morris in Chautauqua County. She grew up in the Cloverdale are.
She married Frank Harp in 1926. They had a daughter, Lorretta. Her
husband died in 1930. She married James Harp in 1935 and the Harp family
moved to Wichita that same year.
She was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, United
Methodist Women, Women's Association of Railroad Lodge, Chat & Dine
Club at Marion County Lake, and EHU.
She worked for Boeing as a quality control inspector for 25 years and
retired in 1965.
Harp traveled extensively throughout the country and the world. She
enjoyed her flower gardens and she liked to crochet, knit, sew, and make
quilts for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Frank in 1930
and James in 1956, five sisters, Opal Downs, Blanche Sweet, Mildred Sneff,
and two infant sisters.
Survivors include daughter Lorretta Knox of Wichita; two stepdaughters
Audra Schiffer of Denver, Colo., and Cindy Cameron of Hollywood, Calif.;
two sisters Faye William of Fredonia and Ella Jering of Gooding, Idaho;
four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Pastor Peggy Triplett of Trinity United Methodist Church officiated
at the funeral service Dec. 17 at Hillside Funeral Home East Chapel. Bearers
were Velda's great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Vern Wilkinson conducted the committal service at Greenlawn
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church,
411 South Martinson, Wichita KS 67213.
Elizabeth E. "Betty" Costello, 78, well known Marion Countian of the
Tampa community, died Dec. 13, 2001, at Marion.
Born July 27, 1923 at Wichita, she was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth
(Byrne) Buser. Before she married she worked for the Internal Revenue Service
and at a milling company in Wichita. On Aug. 10, 1957, at St. Patrick's
Catholic Church in Wichita, she married H. Eugene Costello. The couple
had three sons and three daughters.
Costello was an active member in the community with her involvement
in the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa, the Altar Society, Birthday
Club of Tampa, and other community activities.
One of her greatest joys was to spend time with her children and grandchildren.
She thoroughly enjoyed dining out and socializing with friends.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene, of the home; three sons, James
Joseph of Colwich, Thomas Michael of Garden Plain, and Daniel Richard of
Alexandria, Va; two daughters, Sharon Ann Gutsch of Lincolnville and Jane
Marie Dodds of Olathe; one sister, Gerry Dyer of Wichita; and 12 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Costello, who died
The rosary was led by Martin and Catherine Hajek Friday evening at
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Tampa, of Holy Family Parish.
The Mass of Resurrection was offered Saturday morning at the church
in Tampa with Father Steve Gronert as celebrant.
Tom Duggan was lector and Jeanne Rziha, organist.
Mass servers were Andrew Hajek, Bryant Gutsch, and Curtis Gutsch.
Casket bearers were Chris Costello, Tim Bergkamp, John Hajek, Pat Vossen,
Mark Vossen, and John Vossen.
Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, east of Tampa.
Memorial funds have been established with Tampa Ambulance and Marion
Mabel M. Edwards
Mabel M. Edwards, 99, El Dorado, died May 4, 2001, at Lakepoint Nursing
Center, El Dorado. Services were held May 8 at Carlson Funeral Home in
El Dorado. Interment followed in Burns Cemetery.
Mabel was born April 20, 1901, at Hiattville,
the daughter of Jon and Alice (Padgett) Edwards. She lived in Burns from
1931 to 1977, then moved to El Dorado. While living in Burns, she worked
in the lunch room at both Burns High School and the Burns Elementary School,
working with Lucy Strotkamp.
She was a member of the First United Methodist
Church and circle groups of the church.
She married Claude D. Edwards March 4, 1925,
in Erie. He preceded her in death March 5, 1954. She also was preceded
in death by her parents; a son, Harold; one brother, four sisters, and
Survivors are two sons, Claude D. Edwards
Jr. of Corona, Calif.; and Wendell L. Edwards of El Dorado; 10 grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchildren.
Helen Elizabeth Willoughby, 93, died Feb.
26, 2001, at Wichita.
The daughter of the late Gustav and Anna Block,
she was born Oct. 11, 1907, at Peabody.
She married Guinn Willoughby June 30, 1931,
at Peabody. He died July 21, 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Marcia)
Dumler of Perry, and many friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday
at Baker Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.
Pastor C. Kent Rogers of Salem United Methodist
Church will be the officiating clergyman.
Pat Stahlheber, 48, 1094 Old Mill Road, Peabody,
died Feb. 19, 2001, at Via Christi-St. Francis Regional Medical Center,
Born Feb. 25, 1952, at Pratt, she was the
daughter of Ralph and Irene (Derome) Pope.
She was a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
On Aug. 22, 1984, she was married to Kent
Stahlheber. He survives, at the home.
Other survivors include daughters, Angela
Logan, Topeka, and Hallie Tatarko, Dallas, Texas; son, Joshua Whitehurst,
Texas; stepson, Shawn Stahlheber of Newton; four sisters; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established in her
name at Peabody State Bank.