06.05.16

MARGARET ALICE “PEGGY” MILLER STEPHENSON

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:40 pm by Sue Alexander

MARGARET ALICE “PEGGY” MILLER STEPHENSON

Margaret Alice “Peggy” Miller Stephenson, 94, died Friday, June 3, 2016.  Peggy, the daughter of George McNee and Pearle Evans Miller, was born February 21, 1922, at her parents’ home three miles east of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

She attended elementary school at Vernon, District 13, and Chase County Community High School in Cottonwood Falls.  She attended college at Baker University and graduated from the University of Kansas.

Peggy was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and PEO Chapter BZ.  As a young college graduate, she was employed by Braniff Airways as a transportation and ticket agent at the airport in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Flight Hostess in Dallas, Texas.  Peggy worked for many years as the Secretary to the Superintendent for the Unified School District No. 284, retiring in 1984.

Peggy married T.G. Stephenson in the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls on December 1, 1946.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Elmdale, Kansas.

T.G. and Peggy lived in Kansas City, Missouri, Salina, Kansas, and Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 1956, the family moved to their farm seven miles southwest of Elmdale, Kansas.  In 1994, they moved from the farm to Cottonwood Falls.

Peggy is survived by her children:  Tanner Gay Stephenson, III (Joan), Sally Pearle Sauceda (Ralph), and Betsy Gay Stephenson (Jill Ellis) and six grandchildren:  Sarah Stephenson Gray (Major Walter Gray), Maggie Stephenson, Valerie Stephenson, Holly Welter Davidson (Seth), Derek Welter (Maggie), and Lily Stephenson-Ellis.  She was a great-grandparent to Drew Asher Davidson, Stella Kate Davidson, and Jackson Tanner Gray.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three siblings, and her daughter, Celia Ann Stephenson.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, at 2:30 P.M., in Ritchie Lodge at Camp Wood YMCA near Elmdale, Kansas.  She bequeathed her body to the Willed Body Program at KU Medical Center to advance medical education and research.  Interment of her cremated remains will be held at a later date in Miller Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06.03.16

SANDRA DEE (COYLE) LAWYER

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:17 pm by Sue Alexander

SANDRA DEE (COYLE) LAWYER

Sandra Lawyer, age 56, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Saturday, May 27, 2016, at Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka.  The daughter of Robert and Marie (Jewell) Coyle, Sandra was born May 18, 1960, in Wichita, KS.  She was married and divorced.  She was physically and mentally challenged and had several chronic medical problems.

She is survived by her parents of Strong City; a son, Matthew Coyle of Muscatine, IL; two daughters:  Mandie and Shardea Lawyer of Mulvane; a brother, Scot Coyle, of Fredonia; and other relatives and friends.

Cremation is planned and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls.  Memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

05.28.16

GARY WAYNE BAKER

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:50 pm by Sue Alexander

GARY WAYNE BAKER

Gary Baker, age 69, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Cottonwood Falls, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his home.  The son of George Washington and Verda Jane (Hager) Baker, Gary was born September 8, 1946, in Wichita, KS.  He and Sheryle Potter were married and to that union were born Curtis, Theresa, and Camille.  They later divorced.  When he and Vicky Freeman were married, he gained another daughter, Angie, and to that union was born a daughter, Jennifer.  Vicky preceded him in death.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was wounded and honorably discharged.

He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Baker and Camille (Jim) Kelly both of Strong City and Theresa (Dave) Simmons of Elmdale; a son, Curtis Baker, of Vero Beach, FL; a step-daughter, Angie Potter, of Cottonwood Falls; two sisters: Lorraine and Loretta of CO; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife, Sheryle Baker, of Emporia.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Vicky.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, July 1, at 2:30 P.M., at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS, with Chaplain Floyd Sullivan officiating.  Military honors will be provided by a Fort Leavenworth Honor Guard.   Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

05.10.16

ROBERT LEE “BOB” CAMPBELL

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:02 pm by Sue Alexander

ROBERT LEE “BOB” CAMPBELL

Robert Campbell, age 81, a lifetime resident of Chase County (Cottonwood Falls, KS), died Friday, May 6, 2016, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, KS. The son of Louis Zechariah and Lila Belle (LeMay) Campbell, Robert was born at Miller’s Crossing in rural Cottonwood Falls.  He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1953, and served in the U.S. Navy.

He and Marian June Fischer were married December 8, 1956, in Alameda, CA.

Following his retirement from the Navy, they moved back to Chase County. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, as an equipment operator, for 20 years.

He was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Zeredatha Masonic Lodge #80 A.F. & A.M. in Cottonwood Falls.

He is survived by his wife, Marian, of the home; a son, Robert (Linda) Campbell, of Cottonwood Falls; two daughters: Sheryl Fournier of Riverside, CA and JoAnn (Robert, Jr.) Feldman of Rutherford, VA;  a sister, Barbara Alexander, of Abilene, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Zechariah Campbell, Jr. and his parents.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday, at 1:00, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Following the service, military honors will be presented by a U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Detail.  A private family interment of his cremated remains will be held at Prairie Grove Cemetery. 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, in Cottonwood Falls. Memorial contributions to USD 284-CCES Teachers’ Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Messages to the family may be left online at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

04.11.16

BENJAMIN “BEN” RUSSELL MILLER

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:45 pm by Sue Alexander

 

BENJAMIN “BEN” RUSSELL MILLER

Ben Miller, age 27, of rural Emporia, KS, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, following an accident during pasture burning. The son of Brian and Pamela (Eidman) Miller, Benjamin Russell, was born July 22, 1988, in Emporia, Kansas.  He was a 2007 graduate from Reeds Spring High School in MO. He worked for Unit Corp, drilling gas wells, for several years.  He was a farmer/rancher with Eidman Farms, LLC, at the time of the accident.  

He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. He enjoyed nearly all outdoor activities including fishing and hunting arrowheads and woodworking.  He was a member of the “Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club” and was always willing to help anyone.  He was a friend to all.

Ben is survived by his mother, Pam (Kevin) Burnett of Cape Fair, MO; his father, Brian (Frances) Miller of Allen; five sisters: Amanda (Jared) Huckleberry and Samantha Miller of Springfield, MO, Tyan Burnett of Cape Fair, MO, and Faith and Hope Miller of Allen; his grandparents:  Morris (Janett) Eidman of Toledo Township and Larry and Sylvia Miller of Olpe; and his dog, Pepper.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Jo Eidman, and his uncle, Russell D. Miller.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 14, at 2:00 P.M., at the Saffordville Community Building (schoolhouse) in Saffordville. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Toledo Township, KS.  The casket will be closed.

A visitation will be Wednesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

Memorial contributions to the Ben Miller Memorial Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com

 

 

04.08.16

JOLENE F. (PINKSTON) HEATHMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:38 am by Sue Alexander

JOLENE F. (PINKSTON) HEATHMAN

Jolene Heathman, age 65, of rural Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. The daughter of Hugh “Cobby” and Mildred “Millie” (Mock) Pinkston, Jolene was born January 7, 1951, in Marion, KS.  She graduated from Strong City High School in 1969 and completed the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Newman School of Nursing.  She worked at the Cottonwood Falls nursing home and Dr. Jimmie Browning’s medical office.  Later, she cooked at the Elementary and Middle School in Strong City.  She and Gordon Heathman were married in October of 1984, in Miami, OK.

Jolene was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church. She loved her animals which included Guineas, dogs, cats, and even skunks and raccoons.  She  worked many hours outdoors, planting flowers and mowing the yard.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and, even when she was in pain, she never complained.

She is survived by Gordon of the home; a sister, Linda Yette, of Cottonwood Falls; a step-daughter, Diane Kampff (Richard) of Cottonwood Falls; a nephew, Steve Fillmore; a niece, Taylor Fillmore; and a step-grandson, Jacob Kampff. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mock and Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pinkston.

Her family is honoring her request not to have a service. Cremation is planned and she will be inurned in a private burial site overlooking the Flint Hills.  Memorial contributions, to Elmdale United Methodist Church or to Chase County EMS, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Online condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

04.02.16

PATSY (GARR) READMAN

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:45 am by Sue Alexander

Patsy (Garr) Readman

Patsy Readman, age 60, of Leavenworth, KS, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. The daughter of William & Charlene (Strom) Garr, Patsy was born on October 27, 1955, in Council Grove, KS. She attended Strong City High School in Strong City, KS. She married Doyle Potter and two daughters were born of this union. They were later divorced. She married Tim Readman on April 22, 2006.

She worked at CF Sauer West Holdings in Gardner, KS for almost 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading books, crocheting, and watching KU basketball.

She is survived by her husband of the home; two daughters: Cheri Wilson of Leavenworth, KS and Laci Jacques (Paul) of El Paso, TX; one brother: Dallas Garr (Joyce) of Emporia, KS; two sisters: Carol Fillmore of Strong City, KS, Betsy Heathman (Terry) of Gardner, KS; three grandsons: JD Loving (Aliana), Ricky Loving (Amanda), and Carson Jacques; one granddaughter: Caitlin Jacques; and three great-grandchildren: Abel Loving, Makayla Loving, and Kylie Loving. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Lloyd Garr and Eddie Garr; Brother-in-Law, Robert Fillmore.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 2 pm, at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Steve Strom will be officiating. The remains will be scattered at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be used for the grand-children and great-grandchildren’s education may be sent to the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be sent in care of the funeral home at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

KYLE WILLIAM SMITH

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:41 am by Sue Alexander

KYLE WILLIAM SMITH

Kyle Smith, age 28, of Strong City, KS, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Morris County. Kyle William, the son of Troy Blankley and Lori Smith, was born July 27, 1987, in Emporia, KS.  He graduated from Chase County High School in 2005.  He and Trista L. Benjamin were married June 20, 2009, in Saffordville.  He worked for Pierson Wireless as a tower hand.  He spent many hours with a close friend, Dennis Varelman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of the home; two sons: Chaz Smith and Hunter Smith of the home; a daughter, Ralissa Smith of the home; his father, Troy Blankley, of Lyons; his mother, Lori Smith, of Strong City; and two sisters:  Peyton Schroeder (Justyn) of Hartford and Paige Blankley of Council Grove.  He was preceded in death by Dennis Varelman.

A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, April 6, at 11:00 A.M., at the Saffordville Community Building. His family will scatter his cremains at a later date.  There will be no visitation.  Memorial contributions, to Kyle Smith’s Children’s Education Fund, may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.    

03.24.16

NELLIE LOUISE (SMITH) COOPER

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:30 pm by Sue Alexander

LOUISE (SMITH) COOPER

Louise Cooper, age 85, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. The daughter of Thomas A. and M. Eunice (Traner) Smith, Nellie Louise was born November 20, 1930, at Hymer, KS.  She graduated from Strong City Rural High School in 1948.  She and Ivan LeRoy Cooper were married July 15, 1950, in Augusta, KS.  He preceded her in death on September 27, 2002.

She worked at the nursing home for 18 years, in the dietary department, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church.  Louise enjoyed sewing, embroidering, and watching KSU ballgames and she made the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

She is survived by two sons: Donald Cooper (Vista) and Wendell Cooper (Cindy) of Cottonwood Falls; one daughter:  Linda Chancey (Larry) of Sapulpa, OK; four grandchildren:  Joshua Fraser (Misti), Todd Fraser, Amber Schlup (Brent), and Travis Cooper; and four great-grandchildren:  Rustin Fraser, Fiona Fraser, Eva Schlup, and Harvey Schlup.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister, Evelyn Jackson.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 P.M., at the Bazaar Schoolhouse with officiate, Pastor Kimberly Shank. The family will scatter her cremains at a later date.

There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com

 

 

03.16.16

JAMES L. “JIM” KEWLEY

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:54 pm by Sue Alexander

JAMES L. “JIM” KEWLEY

Jim Kewley, age 83, of Emporia, died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at his home. The son of William and Mary (Schultz) Kewley, James LaVerne was born February 18, 1933, in Persho, SD.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He and Alma Jean Brown were married October 5, 1959, in Pierre, SD.  He was a farmer/rancher while they lived in Tripp County, SD.  After they moved to Chase County, he worked for Neosho Construction as a truck driver until his retirement in 2000.  He was a member of the American Legion.  He enjoyed the company of his dogs and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of the home; three sons: Michael Kewley (Gina) of Burlington, Bill Kewley (Janell) of Cottonwood Falls, and Greg Kewley (Carolyne) of Wellsville; two daughters:  Kay Smith and Terry Hensley of Emporia; a brother, Robert Kewley (Judy) of Emporia; three sisters:  Phyllis Talkington and Delores Conley of Matfield Green and Jean McElfresh of Emporia; nine grandchildren:  Sara Ochs, Nathan Smith, Nichole Armstrong, Michael Kewley, Chase Kewley, Madison Kinkaid, Colton Kewley, Easton Kewley, and Annalise Kewley; and five great-grandchildren:  Allison Ochs, Calvin Ochs, Genevieve Smith, Ava Gormley, and Mesa Armstrong.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jimmy Kewley; a sister, Carol Horton; and a son-in-law, Bob Hensley.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 18, at 11:00 A.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions to the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.  Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.

 

 

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