10.10.17

Ginette A. (Baron) Potter

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:34 pm by Sue Alexander

Ginette A. (Baron) Potter

Ginette Potter, age 93, of Emporia, formerly of Mission, TX and Toledo Township, KS, died Sunday, October 8, 2017 in Emporia, KS. The daughter of Marius and Antonia (Pizoird) Baron, Ginette was born March 29, 1924 in Lamanon, France. She and Leslie Daniel Potter were married June 6, 1945 in Cheval-Blanc, France. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1992. She was the “first war bride” to come to Emporia. Her son was the first child born to a WW II couple in Emporia.

Ginette worked for 25 years at Hallmark Greeting Cards, as a dietitian at St. Mary’s Hospital for a year, and as a floor supervisor in doughnuts at Interstate Bakery for 25 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, TX. Ginette and Les enjoyed dancing, especially waltzes. She was an outgoing lady and played cards and bingo. She was talented and began painting while residing at Mission, TX.

She is survived by three children: Leslie G. Potter and his wife, Linda, of Emporia, Janice Davisson and her husband, Eldon, of Lincoln, CA, and Danny L. Potter of Auburn, KS; ten grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a great granddaughter.

Ginette’s family will meet friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, at 2:00 at the funeral home with burial in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you give to Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township or Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Please send them in care of the funeral home. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on the funeral home Facebook site.

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10.04.17

William Carl Powers

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:41 pm by Sue Alexander

William Carl Powers

Carl Powers, 89, of Winfield, formerly of Matfield Green and Emporia, KS, died Monday, September 4, 2017 at William Newton Hospital in Winfield. The son of Jesse E. and Margie (King) Powers, he was born September 29, 1927 in Quail, TX. He graduated from San Jacinco High School in 1945 and completed a two and one-half year technical program by correspondence. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Carl and Betty Jo Lammon were married January 20, 1950 in Emporia, KS. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2015. He was a farmer before he worked as an operator and maintenance for Vickers refinery. Carl then worked in a civil service position as a pipe fitter/plumber on several Air Force bases retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Emporia. He bowled on a league and he and Betty Jo were “RV snowbirds” spending the winter in warmer climates.

Carl is survived by one son, Marvin Eugene Powers and his wife, Ellen of Emporia; a daughter-in-law, Kay Powers of Longview, WA; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jesse Jay Powers.

A memorial graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date in the Matfield Green Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Westside Baptist Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on our Facebook page.

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Bruce Duane Conley

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Bruce Duane Conley

Bruce Conley, 53, of rural Chase County (Saffordville), died suddenly Thursday, September 21, 2017, at his home. The son of Joe E. and Delores “Toots” (Kewley) Conley, Bruce Duane was born December 24, 1963, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1982. He and Carolyn Betty Nichols were married June 11, 1998, in rural Chase County.

Bruce was a member of the Saffordville United Methodist Church. He was a farmer/rancher and owner/operator of Conley Excavating, LLC. His cows were important to him and he loved living on the farm. He played football when he was in high school and supported his boys’ playing football. Bruce was proud of his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. They could be found hunting deer, coyotes, and doves or fishing.

Bruce was a competitive participant in truck pulling competition.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of the home; two sons: Doyle Josiah Conley of rural Chase County and Duane Edward Conley of the home; his mother, Delores “Toots’ Conley of Cottonwood Falls; his brother, Brad Conley and his wife, Becky, of rural Chase County; his step-brother, Brian Dreasher and his wife, Amanda; his step-sister, Kayla Delgado and her husband, Lance; and his step-mother, Jean Conley all of Americus. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe; a brother, Bryan Conley; and his grandparents, Doyle and Twila Conley.

A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, October 7, at 3:00 pm at the Saffordville Schoolhouse. A private family inurnment will be in the Grandview Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions to the Bruce Conley Memorial Fund may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

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08.16.17

Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter

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Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter
Gloria Potter, 68, of Marion, KS, formerly of Strong City, KS, died Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. The daughter of Leland “Bud” and Lola M. (Galemore) Wodke, Gloria was born December 23, 1948, in Austin, TX. She graduated from Council Grove High School in 1966. Gloria and Floyd Lee Potter were married May 25, 1968 in Council Grove, KS. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1996.
She owned and operated the Wagon Wheel Café in Strong City for over 20 years and had a smile for everyone who frequented her restaurant. She loved to cook and enjoyed preparing holiday meals for family and friends. She had an incredible work ethic and made helping others a priority. She enjoyed making ceramics, crocheting, camping, biking, swimming, and fishing. Sports were also an important part of her and her family’s life with her coaching her daughter’s softball team and attending all activities of her children and grandchildren. She had a special place in her heart for animals, especially her beloved dogs. She loved country and Christian music that she enjoyed singing at Grace Lutheran Church in Strong City where she, Floyd, and the kids were members during their childhood.
Gloria is survived by a son, Brian Potter and Rhonda of Strong City; a daughter, Lori Wheeler and Jason of Marion; a sister, Patricia Blount and Calvin of Council Grove; brother-in-law, Jim Kahle of Emporia; Grandchildren: Misty Brewer and Chris, Brendan Potter and Savannah, Brianna, Brylee, and Brant Potter, Corbin Wheeler, and Burton Harshman; Great-grandchildren: Macie, Kenzlie, Alexis, and baby boy Brewer; along with many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Brenda Kahle.The family will meet friends on Friday, from 6 until 7:30 P.M. at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 19, at 2:00 at the Marion Presbyterian Church in Marion. Burial will follow in Strong City Cemetery in Strong City.
Memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 200, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. An online message may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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07.25.17

Robert E. “Bob” Coyle

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Robert E. “Bob” Coyle
Bob Coyle, age 80, of Strong City, KS died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, KS. The son of Joseph Clark and Mary (Douglas) Coyle, Robert was born August 12, 1936 in Tucson, AZ. He served in the U.S. Army.
He and Lois Marie Jewel were married June 1, 1957 in Wichita, KS. They celebrated their 60th anniversary this June. Bob was a hard worker. He started working at a bakery and then at a hog serum manufacturing company in Arizona. When they moved to Kansas, Bob worked at IBP and in his and Marie’s janitorial service. He spent much of his time reading the Bible and watching FOX news. He was active in his church and enjoyed time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of Strong City; a son, Scot Coyle (Darlene) of Fredonia; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Lawyer; a brother, Eugene Coyle; and three sisters: May Coyle, Barbara Ann Fox, and Mildred Jewel.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, July 29, at 1:00 P.M.at the Bethel Baptist Church in Emporia, KS. with a dinner at 11:00. Burial will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. There will be no formal visitation time. Memorial contributions to the Bob Coyle Education Fund (for his grandchildren) may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home or in care of Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

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07.12.17

Lawrence Richard “L.R.” Foose

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Lawrence Richard “L.R.” Foose
Lawrence Foose, 90, of rural Cedar Point, KS died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home in rural Cedar Point. The son of Elmer Ray and Ella Birdie (Stevenson) Foose, Lawrence was born May 14, 1927, in Matfield Green, KS. He graduated from Matfield Green High School and served in the US Army during World War II. Lawrence started working with his dad on the railroad during high school. When he returned after serving in the Army, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 45 years as a machine operator-group 5.
Lawrence married Hope Bastin and she preceded him in death in 1958. He and Harriette Louise Ayers were married December 23, 1977 in Cedar Point. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Lodge #2045. He enjoyed gardening including planting trees and fishing. After his retirement he spent many hours working on his woodworking projects.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Harriette, of the home; a sister, Verla McCabe of Topeka; two stepsons: Timothy Starkey of Rio Rancho, NM and Paul “P.R.” Starkey of Goessel; three stepdaughters: Sharon Williams and Sue Markley and her husband, Darvin, both of Marion and Rene Starkey of Florence; 10 step grandchildren; and 15 step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a brother, Donald Foose.
A celebration of life graveside service, with military honors, will be held Saturday, July 15, at 10:00 A.M. at the Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield Green, KS. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Memorial contributions to Amedisys Foundation may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on Facebook at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home site.

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05.19.17

Esther Ellen (Ames) Eusey

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Esther Eusey, age 92, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Pasadena, CA, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at the home of her daughter. She was born March 25, 1925 in Pasadena, CA to Edwin Neal and Esther Pamilla (Brown) Ames. She attended Pasadena Jr. College for one year. Esther and Don Hansen Eusey were married October 10, 1947 in Pasadena, CA. He preceded her in death on January 22, 2009.
She was a member of the Methodist church and taught Sunday school. She also was a Boy Scout leader for several years. Esther was a teacher’s aide, grades K-6, at Riverside Elementary from 1967 until 1983, when she retired to Oceanside, CA. She moved to Santa Barbara, CA after her husband’s death to be closer to two of her daughters. In 2012, she moved to Emporia, KS to spend time with two of her other children.
She is survived by two sons: Patrick M. Eusey of Santa Monica, CA and Don H. Eusey, II and his wife, Lucie of Emporia; four daughters: Christine Matson and her husband, Larry of Emporia, Diane Deal and her husband, Michael and Lauren Eusey and her husband, Paul Deal both of Santa Barbara, CA, and Linda Phillips and her husband, Harvey of Hong Kong, China; one brother, Edwin Neal Ames, Jr and his wife, Blanche of San Fernando Valley, CA; nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Elizabeth Pauline Williams.
A memorial service will be held in Riverside, CA at a later date. Interment of her cremated remains will be in the Riverside National Cemetery on the base.
Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Christine Matson, 810 E. South Ave, Emporia, KS 66801. Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls is in charge of arrangements.
Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

05.11.17

Patsy J. (Archer) Johnson

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:32 pm by Sue Alexander

Patsy J. (Archer) Johnson
Patsy Johnson, 86, of Whitewater, formerly of Matfield Green, KS died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater, KS. Patsy was born November 5, 1930 in Saffordville, KS to Jackson Leroy and Gertrude (Selves) Archer. She and Ira Frank Johnson were married July 12, 1953 in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2007.
Patsy was a homemaker and a workaholic. She was very particular about cleaning her house on a schedule and worked as a housekeeper and caregiver for others in the community. She helped Frank haul hay and cleaned parts when he was working on machinery. They loved to dance and would glide across the floor doing the two-step. She also had a garden when she was younger.
She is survived by her son, Cecil Johnson of Belle Plaine; a brother, Leroy Archer and his wife, Doris of Council Grove; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Rob, Bill, Jacob, John, and Jim Archer; and two sisters: Fern Moore and Betty Meyers.
A visitation will be held Friday from 7:00 until 8:00 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 in the Matfield Community Church with burial to follow at Matfield Green Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Matfield Community Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box, 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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05.06.17

RONALD E. “RON” SPARKS

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Ronald E. “Ron” Sparks
Ron Sparks, 71, of Strong City, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Cottonwood Falls. The son of Ned Sparks and Velma (King) Warren, Ron was born April 1, 1946 in Emporia, KS. He served in the United States Army. He and Sharon K. Butter were married April 20, 1968 in Cottonwood Falls. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2016.
Ron was a member of the American Legion. He was happy when he could be outdoors. His favorite pastimes were fishing and working on lawn mowers and cars. Ron loved his family and spent as much time as possible with them.
He is survived by his daughters: Kim Walker and her husband, James, of Strong City, Kerry Sparks of Kansas City, KS, Kelly Sparks of Oskaloosa, Kathy Mullins and her husband, Danny, of Cottonwood Falls, and Mel Butter of Strong City; a sister: Nellie Beyer and her husband, Larry, of Emporia; eight grandchildren: Matthew and Michelle Givens, Tyler Mullins, Danielle Townsdin, Megan, Dillian, and Madison Grother, and Alec Keller; and six great grandchildren: Avery, Raiden, and Orion Givens, Stella Mullins, Sophia Townsdin, and Eleanor Mullins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James and Ned Sparks; a half-brother, Jr. Warren; nephews, Chad Butter, Braysen Butter, and Beau Wallace.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held Monday, May 8, at 2:00 PM at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City followed by a gathering time to share memories of Ron at St. Anthony Hall at 3:00. His eight grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley honor detail. There will be no visitation and the casket will be closed. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission for the Fishing Derby or to the funeral home to assist with expenses may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Online messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

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05.04.17

WILLIAM “BILL’ GEORGE

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:56 pm by Sue Alexander

William “Bill” George
Bill George, age 63, of Strong City, KS died Monday, March 27, 2017 at his home in Strong City. The son of Harold E. and Marjorie (Kimberlin) George, William Edward was born February 17, 1954 in El Dorado, KS. He graduated from Strong City High School in 1972.
He and Cynthia Snead are the parents of Nathan and Kelly George. They later divorced.
Bill worked as an aircraft sheet metal specialist for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita for many years. He enjoyed his family and hunting, fishing, watching movies, and camping.
He is survived by his two children: Nathan George of Strong City and Kelly Fontenot and her husband, Thomas of Summerset, S.D; his mother, Marjorie George of Strong City; two sisters, Karen O’Neil of Wichita and Donna Hardiger of Strong City; two grandchildren: Ryan Flanigann and Jolie Fontenot; and relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father. A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.

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