Labette Avenue area deaths

For more information, see the current issue of the Labette Avenue. To locate previously posted death notices, enter the decedent’s last name in the archive search. Labette Avenue publishes death notices free of charge. Paid obituaries ($20) are printed in their entirety in the Labette Avenue and online at www.taylornews.org.

Judy C. Arabia

PARSONS—Judy C. Arabia, 66, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at the First Christian Church in Parsons and officiated by her brother, Rev. Claude Shue. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Irene E. Willey

PARSONS— Irene E. Williey, 89, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Elm Haven West Nursing Home in Parsons.

Following cremation, the family will hold private services at a future date. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Kelly J. King

PARSONS—Kelly J. King, 47, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at her home. She had been in her usual health and death was not expected.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. The body will be cremated following the service.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to PALS (Proud Animal Lovers Shelter).  These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Herby “Delbert” Jeffries, Jr.

NEOSHO, Mo.—Herby “Delbert” Jeffries, Jr., 87, Neosho, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Freeman Neosho Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho, with Rev. Floyd Barnard officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors.

Friends may call at the funeral home in Neosho, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 pm, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday evening
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.

Delbert was born July 7, 1924, in Quinlan, Okla., to Herby Delbert Jeffries, Sr., and Ethel Gladys (Nickerson) Jeffries.

Mr. Jeffries was a WWII veteran of the U. S. Army and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for valor. Following discharge from the Army, he worked in construction.   He moved to the Neosho, MO area in the early 1960s, from Oswego, Kan. He was a member of Local Union #27, in Independence, Kan., American Legion and V.F.W. #4142, in Neosho, and a member of Burch Baptist Church.

Delbert and Bessie Marie (Adams) were married in 1962 in Miami, Okla. Bessie preceded him in death Jan. 12, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ronnie.

He is survived by three children, Keith Jeffries, Neosho, Mo.; Joyce Kimball, Covington, Tenn.; and Danny Jeffries, Neosho, Mo.; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Jeffries, Hammond, Ind.; and Ann Weaver, Wichita, Kan.; and a brother, Jack Jeffries, Oswego, Kan.

Lena M. Holley

CHETOPA—Lena M. Holley, 92, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 5:58 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Chetopa. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery east of Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Chetopa.  These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Lena was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Cherokee County, Kan., to Elwood and Ella (James) Johnston. She was a lifetime area resident and a 1937 graduate of Cherokee County Community High School in Columbus.
For 45 years, she worked as an Avon representative and had received numerous awards through the years from Avon for her efforts. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Chetopa.

She and Jesse Henson were married. He preceded her in death.  On Nov. 24, 1955, she married Adrian Leroy Holley in Hockerville, Okla. He preceded her in death Dec. 9, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Henson, Commerce, Okla.; and Gary Wayne Henson, Narcissa, Okla.; one daughter, Debbie Nading, Galena, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Thelma Correll; one daughter, Judy Tullis; and one granddaughter, Michelle Brady.

Floyd “Whitey” Clymer

CHETOPA—Floyd “Whitey” Clymer, 67, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 9:35 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at his home.

The body has been cremated under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. No services are planned at this time.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Whitey was born Nov. 13, 1944, in Sayre, Okla., to Clell and Pearl (Packard) Clymer. He was a graduate of Sublette High School in Sublette, Kan.

Through the years he worked as a construction worker.

He and Gloria Mesa were married in 1964. They later divorced.

Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Bruce, Coffeyville, Kan.; Toby Long, Garden City, Kan.; Becky Becker, Garden City, Kan.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Red Clymer, Garden City, Kan.; Wesley Clymer, Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Linda McCary, Joplin, Mo.; Doris Desrochers, Sublette, Kan.; Floreen Romesberg, Garden City, Kan.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandchild.

Esther R. Dunn

MIAMI, Okla.—Esther R. Dunn, 68, of Miami, Okla., former resident and longtime businesswoman of Chetopa, Kan. died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Miami, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Chetopa School Gymnasium. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery near Columbus.

Memorials are suggested to the Esther Dunn Scholarship Fund.  These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Esther was born Dec. 1, 1943, at the Assembly of God parsonage in Chetopa, to Laurence and Minnie (Smith) Street. As a young girl she attended Frontier and Center rural schools and was a graduate of Columbus High School.

She owned and operated the Hornet’s Nest in Chetopa from 1981 to the present. She was a member of the Assembly of God in Chetopa and had attended the First Assembly of God in Miami. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family and had sponsored the Fine Arts Team at the First Assembly of God in Miami. She was an avid Sawyer Brown fan and received great enjoyment when she was able to attend one of their concerts.
On Sept. 4, 1964, she married Willard Dunn in Welch, Okla. They later divorced. He preceded her in death in July 2010.

Survivors include one son, Kenny Dunn and wife Gina, Moore, Okla.; one daughter, Cheryl Barnes and husband David, Miami, Okla.; four grandchildren, Jessica Bauer and husband Brit; Kayla Barnes, Amanda Dunn and Logan Dunn; two great-grandchildren, Oliver Bauer and Joey Bauer; one brother, James Street and wife Carolyn, Columbus, Kan.; and one sister, Sharon Johnson and husband Ronnie, Baxter Springs, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pauline Christine

PARSONS—Pauline Christine, 80, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in the emergency room of Labette Health.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call at their convenience at Carson-Wall Funeral Home Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to either First Christian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Joan Mullen

PARSONS—Joan Mullen, 77, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. After the funeral in Parsons, she was taken to Indianola, Miss., for additional services and burial in Indianola City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Calvary Baptist Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Beverly J. McKee

EDNA––Beverly J. McKee, 89, of Edna, Kan., died at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at her home.  She had been in failing health.

She was born Nov. 4, 1922, at Coffeyville, to Arthur L. and Maude L. (Heisler) Willcoxon. She grew up in Coffeyville and graduated from high school and junior college there.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the graveside at the North Edna Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons on Friday.

On Jan. 21, 1945 she and Denzil McKee were married in Coffeyville. They lived most of their married life in the Edna area.  For many years he was the pastor of the Coffeyville Bible Church. She spent her life serving the Lord. Denzil preceded her in death on April 27, 2003.

Survivors include two sons, Russell McKee and his wife, Terry, Edna and Mark McKee of Edna; four grandchildren, Justin McKee and his wife Jeannie; Cami Raschen and her husband Edward; Jason McKee and his wife Jamie; Monica Allard and her husband Les; eight great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Braden, Pryce, Cilla, Caleb, Chloe, Lucas and Lily; sister, Carol Sue Holliday, Michigan.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence E. Willcoxon,  James C. Willcoxon; two sisters, Martha L. Rook and Bonnie J. Willcoxon and her daughter-in-law, Flora McKee.

Memorials are suggested to Bible Impact Ministries. They may be left at or sent to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home at Box 942, Parsons, KS  67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com

Betty V. (Miller) Wiley

OSWEGO––Betty V. (Miller) Wiley, 84, of rural Oswego, Kan. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at her home.

She was born July 19, 1927, near Altamont, Kan. to Forrest and Virgie (Raymond) Miller. She grew up and attended rural schools in Labette County and was a 1945 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at the Altamont United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to Altamont United Methodist Church or to the Milan and Betty Wiley Memorial Agriculture Scholarship at Labette County High School.  These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

She attended Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg (Pittsburg State University) attaining her teaching certificate.  She taught the 1945-46 school year at Foland School, rural Bartlett.

She was married to Milan D. Wiley on March 11, 1946.  He preceded her in death in 1991.

She enjoyed her family and farm life, especially raising poultry.  She was a member of the Altamont United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Survivors include: four sons, Gerald Wiley, Altamont; Daryl Wiley and wife, Judy,  Marshfield, Mo.; Steven Wiley and wife, Janice, Charlotte, Tenn.; Scott Wiley and wife, Shelly, rural Altamont; two daughters, Marilyn Nelson and husband, Don, rural Caney; Carolyn Nelson and husband, Dareld,  rural Edna; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Darlene Harshaw, Oswego.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by infant son, Garold; brother, Arden Miller; sister, Rosella Feldt; and granddaughter, Andrea (Wiley) Shaffer.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

George H. Higgins

ALTAMONT––George H. Higgins, 80, of Altamont, died at 9:02 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He had been in failing health several years.

He was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Leonard, TX, to John Paul and Dorothy Viola (Branch) Higgins. He grew up in Leonard where he attended school and graduated from high school.

In 1947, he entered the United States Army where he served his country for over 20 years.  He received one bronze star during the Korean conflict, two bronze stars during the Vietnam conflict, the National Defense medal with oak leaf cluster and the Vietnam service medal.He was honorably discharged in 1969 with a rank of Sergeant First Class.

After retirement from the army, he managed convenience stores in Sherman, TX until entering a career in law enforcement. He was employed by the Oswego Police Department before joining the Labette County Sheriff’s Department where he served as undersheriff.  He then worked as a special investigator for the Labette County attorney’s office. On Feb. 12, 1985, he became Chief of Police for the City of Altamont where he worked until retiring on June 30, 1993.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altamont.  He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.

He and Jeanne Chauvaux were married Dec. 27, 1974 in Parsons.  She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include three sons;  George Higgins, Jr. and wife, Tammy, Carl Junction, Mo.; Steve Higgins and wife, Amy, Parsons and Lynn Nolder of Bartlesville, Okla.; four daughters; Dorothy Jones, Columbus, Kan.; Shirley Nelson and husband, Ross, Livingston, TX;  Susan Godwin and husband, Burl, Sherman, TX and Linda Wolgamott and husband, John, Altamont, Kan.; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Higgins, Oswego.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and daughter, Carol Deming.

Following cremation, a memorial services was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Bath-Forbes-HoffmanFuneral Home in Altamont.  Burial of the cremains was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshobbman.com

Kathryn J. Collins

OMAHA, NEB. ––Kathryn J. Collins, 77, died Friday, Dec., 23, 2011, in a fire.

She is survived by four sons, four daughters, a brother, 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, including Floyd Cavitt of Oswego, and other relatives.

Services were held at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at New Hope Apostolic Temple with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Thomas Funeral Home.

 

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