BETTY (MCCRAKEN) HASTINGS
Betty Hastings, age 87, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. The daughter of Clarence H. and Bessie Pinkson McCracken, Betty was born November 13, 1926, at rural Bazaar, KS. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1941.
Betty spent her entire life in Chase County and married Kenneth J. Hastings on June 1, 1947, at Cottonwood Falls. They were married nearly 63 years before his death on April 3, 2010. The early years of her married life were spent as a homemaker caring for her children and husband. When her children were in high school, she reentered the workforce as a secretary to the Probate Judge in Chase County. She continued in that position until the court systems were combined and she became a deputy clerk of the District Court of Chase County. She was appointed Clerk of District Court in 1981 and continued in that capacity until retiring in 1987, after more that 20 years in the court system.
She is survived by a son, Mike Hastings and his wife, Kathy, of Cottonwood Falls, KS along with four grandchildren: Shannon Lostutter of Kansas City, MO, Janis Demmitt (Tim) and Shawn Hastings (Jennifer) of Broken Arrow, OK, and Wesley Bruce of Yuma, AZ and five great-grandchildren: Allie Demmitt, Micheal Hastings, Lindsey Hastings, Nate Demmitt, and Matthew Hastings. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Patricia Jones.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, April 24, at 2:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with Pastor Kim Shank of Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Bazaar Cemetery. The family will meet friends Wednesday, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Friends may come by to sign the book Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M.until 8:00 P.M., and Thursday, from 10:00 A.M. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Central Care Cancer Center of Emporia may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
PEGGY L. (JONES) COOPER
Peggy L. Cooper, age 76, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at her son’s residence near Cottonwood Falls, KS. The daughter of Louie “L.R.” and Martha Haley Jones, Peggy was born September 6, 1937, in Emporia, KS. She graduated from Emporia High School in 1955. She worked at Hallmark Cards before her marriage to James “Jim” Cooper on March 8, 1957, in Emporia. He died March 5, 2008.
She was a homemaker who worked at Iowa Beef and S & S Propane after her children graduated from school. She, also, worked on the farm and helped Jim with the paint and thorough breed horse operation. She attended Saffordville United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two sons: J.E. (Vicky) Cooper of Grandview Community, KS and Clay (Connie) Cooper of Cottonwood Falls, KS; one daughter, Vickie (Bill Timm) Cooper of Laurel, IA; two brothers: Jack Jones of Lebo, KS and Dick Jones of Garland, TX; one sister, Sarah “Sally” Bowden of Emporia, KS; two grandchildren: Lacey Dawn Cooper and Christopher Clay Cooper; and three great-grandchildren: Clark Miller, Alexys Miller, and Cooper Lane Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Dennis Jones.
A celebration of life memorial graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., at the Bazaar Cemetery with The Rev. Marilyn Christmore officiating. Peggy has been cremated. There will be no family visitation. Friends may sign the register book Tuesday, from 10:00 until 6:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Peggy Cooper Memorial Fund (the family will make a designation at a later date) and sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Dennis Maddox, age 74, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County, in Cottonwood Falls, KS. The son of Edward and Martha Walker Maddox, Dennis was born January 21, 1940, in Matfield Green, KS. He graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1958. He and Sonja Kohls were married July 31, 1958, in Haviland, KS. When he was younger, he was a bareback rider and a bull rider in rodeos. As a builder/carpenter, who constructed buildings and homes and, also, did fine carpentry. He was a fisherman and loved his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He was a person anyone could turn to for an answer to a question. He served as a Chase County Commissioner because he felt this was something he could do to help his community.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons: Dennis W. (Linda) Maddox and John J. Maddox of Strong City, KS; two daughters: Leigh Ann Swigert of Matfield Green, KS and Nancy (Mike) Woodrow of Pawnee Rock, KS; a sister, Gwen Brown, of Hoisington, KS; six grandchildren: Dustin (Jessica) Maddox, Shane (Velvet) Swigert, Ryan (Allison) Swigert, Jenessa Tammen, Rostin Tammen, and Adam Woodrow; and three great-grandchildren: Dana Maddox, Daxton Maddox, and Tanner Swigert. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Joe Galentine and Edward “Moose” Maddox, and a sister, Alice Cahoone.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 6:30 P.M., on the north end of the Cottonwood Falls river bridge in Cottonwood Falls. Dennis has been cremated. Scattering and inurnment of his ashes will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission (to be used for the Chase County Kids Fishing Derby) may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845
Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
JAMES A. “FATS” HARRISON
James “Fats” Harrison, age 94, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. He was born December 2, 1919, in Thornton, Arkansas, to Nora E. Harrison and Arthur Scott. He served in the United States Army and was a WW II veteran. He served in the Rome-Arno and N. Apennines campaigns and received two bronze stars for these campaigns, a good conduct medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, and three Overseas Bars. He moved to the Chase County area in 1946 after his discharge from the Army. He was married to Evelyn Richardson who died in 1957. He and Charlene Hutcherson were married August 8, 1959, in Emporia, KS. She died April 3, 2002.
He worked for the Santa Fe railroad as a foreman for 34 years, retiring in 1980. He enjoyed playing poker, fishing, cutting timber for firewood, and, in later years, playing golf. He was a member of the American Legion in Strong City and Cottonwood Falls and the Cottonwood Country Club.
He is survived by three step-daughters: Virginia Bailey of San Diego, CA, Diana Kirkendoll of Lincoln, NE, and Carlotta Webster of Emporia, KS; two brothers: Arthur Scott and Huey Scott of Chicago, IL; one sister: Mary Smith of Little Rock, AR; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life graveside service, with military honors, will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 1:00 P.M., at Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls. There will be no formal visitation.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County All Veterans Memorial may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. Friends may come by the funeral home to sign the book Monday, from noon until 6:00 and Tuesday, 9:00 until 11:00. Condolences messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HAZEL ADKINS HARTMAN
Hazel Adkins Hartman, 91, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, and was ushered into the presence of God.
She was born to Walter and Bessie Bickel Adkins in Diamond Creek, KS, on February 6, 1923. Walter and Bessie lived in Cottonwood Falls where Hazel graduated from Chase County High School in 1940. She then attended business college in Wichita, KS. She met her late husband, Howard I. Hartman, at an airplane factory during WWII. After the war, they moved to 210 S. Union in Emporia, where Howard worked as a candy and tobacco salesman in Emporia.
Hazel had 28 exciting years as the personal executive secretary of Eugene Lynn of Lynn Insurance and Lynn University. After years living on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO, she moved with Lynn Insurance to Boca Raton, Fl. She retired at 68 and was active in her community at Abbey Delray volunteering every chance she got. She was a blessing to many.
Hazel was an active member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Delray Beach, FL.
Hazel is survived by one sister, Ruth Miser, of Bazaar, KS, who now resides in Edmond, OK. Predeceasing her were her other two Elsie Richards of San Diego, and Wilma Augustine of Strong City.
Her older son, H. Michael Hartman and his wife, Karen, reside in Merriam, KS. They have two married children: Mick and Sarah Hartman of Shawnee Mission, KS, and Denise and Kerry Godwin of Madrid, Spain. Her younger son, Rev. Jack Patrick Hartman and his wife, Patricia, reside in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They have three married children: Chrysalyn and Jeff Huff of Olathe, KS, Jocelyn and Mark Stacer of Overland Park, KS., and Philip and Katie Coury of Campbellsville, KY. She is, also, survived by six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Hudson Huff of Olathe, KS.
A visitation will be held at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 6:30 until 8:00. A celebration of life service will be conducted by her son, J. Patrick Hartman at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the missionary organization where Denise (Hartman) and Kerry Godwin minister. It provides Christian films to a lost world. Please send checks to International Media Ministries, C/O Assemblies of God #2916658, 1445 Booneville, Springfield, MO 65802. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
FRANK L. MATSON
Frank L. Matson, age 65, of Cottonwood Falls, KS, died suddenly Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, KS. The son of Warren F. and Agnes L. Houk Matson, Frankie Lee was born February 9, 1949, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, CA. He served in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War, as a helicopter mechanic and as a door gunner. He worked as a tool and die maker for Boeing. After he moved to Chase County, he attended the Bazaar United Methodist Church and the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and was active at the Chase County Senior Center where he shared his large collection of music. He was a “handy man” and spent much time making improvements to his home.
He is survived by his mother; a brother, John Matson, of Desert Hot Springs, CA.; a sister, Linda Fowler, of Raleigh, NC; a cousin, Larry Matson and his wife, Chris, of Emporia, KS and their children, John Michal Matson and Mary Matson Hunter; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, February 20, at 11:00 AM, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls with Pastor Kim Shank officiating. Military honors will be presented by a Fort Riley Honor Guard. He has been cremated. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LINDA C. PRIDDY
Linda Carol Priddy, age 64, of Independence, KS, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at her residence.
The daughter of Earl and Wanda (Christensen) Priddy, Linda was born November 8, 1949, in Salina, KS. She was raised in Lincolnville, KS and graduated from Centre High School. She attended Emporia State and Brown Mackey College. She and Steve Collett were married in 1969.
She was a legal secretary for Masoner & North and an administrative assistant to Lyon County District Court Judge John O. Sanderson. She was a past president of that district’s Legal Secretary Association. She was a member of the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and was a youth leader and Sunday School teacher. She was a Girl Scout Leader and active in her children’s educational activities.
She is survived by her mother, Wanda Priddy, of Strong City, KS; three children: Amy (Stephen) Connolly of Tinley Park, IL; Ryan (Jessica) Collett, of Independence, KS, and Mary Collett of Overland Park, KS; one sister, Ellen Lynch of Sea Drift, TX, and six grandchildren: Elizabeth, Henry, Margaret, Makayla, Hudson, and Emma. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Dale Priddy.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Kim Shank officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church and sent in care of the Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS 67301. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com. or www.webbfamilyfuneralservice.com.
COLLENE (BLACKMORE) SLABAUGH
Collene Slabaugh, age 66, of Strong City, died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS, after a valiant battle with cancer. The daughter of William Mason and Myrtle Lorene Potter Blackmore, Helen Collene was born January 17, 1947, in Strong City, KS. She attended grade school at Saffordville Grade School and graduated from Strong City High School in 1965. She and G. Roy Slabaugh were married July 1, 1967, at the Strong City United Methodist Church in Strong City. He preceded her in death March 31, 1988. After Roy’s death, she and Ron Lake were companions until his death June 3, 2013.
She worked at Clark Farm & Home, Chase County Extension Office, Citizen’s National Bank in Emporia, and Strong City State Bank as a clerk and teller. In April of 1979, she and Roy bought the liquor store in Strong City and she owned and operated Slabaugh Liquor Store until her retirement in June of 2010.
She was a member of Strong City United Methodist Church, helped raise the funds for the organ, and played the piano and organ for church and funerals. She was an avid supporter of the Flint Hills Rodeo Association, serving the remainder of Roy’s Vice-President term, as past Secretary/Treasurer, painting rodeo signs, and working during the year to promote the rodeo. She was instrumental in bringing the Budweiser Clydesdales to Chase County for the rodeo parade two years. She was the Grand Marshal for the Flint Hills Rodeo Parade in 2012. She served as a Strong City Commissioner and was one of the founders of the Uptown Theater Preservation Alliance where she spent hours helping organize the “Raise the Roof” project to fund the restoration of the theater. She was active in the American Cancer Society and was a team captain for a Relay for Life team. She was a member, and past president, of the Strong City High School Alumni Association and a past member of the Russell Blackburn VFW auxiliary.
She had many talents and hobbies including sewing, quilting, knitting, dancing, and painting and sketching. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood, playing cards, working cattle, camping, golfing, working in the yard and driving the country roads, with Ron, to visit friends and enjoy the beauty of the Flint Hills.
She is survived by her sister, Lynette Blackmore, of Strong City; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two grandmothers: Estella Potter and Mame Golden Blackmore.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, at 1:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home with The Rev. Pat Ireland officiating. The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Friends may come by to sign the book Monday from noon until 6:00, Tuesday, from 10:00 until 7:30, and Wednesday, from 10:00 until service time. The casket will be closed. Memorial contributions to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association and to the Chronic Illness Assistance Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
HAROLD KIPLING “KIP” WELLS
Harold Kipling “Kip” Wells, age 86, of rural Elmdale, KS, died Saturday, December 14, 2013, at his home. The son of Macy Kipling and Leona Hyle Wells, he was born March 12, 1927, in Emporia, KS. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1945 and from Washburn University School of Law with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence. He served, in the United States Army, as an airplane and engine mechanic 747, and was discharged, with the rank of Corporal, in 1946.
He and Barbara J. Chapman were married August 15, 1947, in her parents’ home in Elmdale. He owned his own private law practice in Kansas City for 25 years and then he was an attorney for the Department of the Interior in the state of Alaska for two years. He was an entrepreneur all of his life. In his retirement, he spent many working hours at his business, The Trading Post, in Elmdale. He was a lifelong private plane pilot.
He was a member of the Elmdale United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees several times. He served on the Elmdale Cemetery Board, was President of the Middle Creek Watershed Board for 17 years, and was a Chase County Commissioner. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Zeredatha #60 A.F. & A.M. and the local American Legion Post until it disbanded. He was a lifelong Republican and served as Chairman of the Kansas Day Committee.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, Harold Kipling Wells, II, and his wife, Sherry, of Elmdale; a daughter, Janna G. Hancock and her husband, Paul, of Strong City; six grandchildren: Kipling Macey Wells and his wife, Heather, Melanie Ann Brown and her husband, Mike, Bradley C. Wells and his wife, Traci, Patricia M. Falwell, Cory R. Falwell, and Laura I. Anderson and her husband, Aaron; 12 great grandchildren: Brooklyn Falwell, Zach, Alicia, and Drew Brown, Brooke Wells, Robin Covington, Luke Wells, Kenzie Anderson, Morgan Anderson, Madi Smedra, and Elijah and Noah Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with officiant, The Rev. Kim Shank. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Elmdale Cemetery. The family will meet friends Tuesday, from 6:00 until 7:00 P.M., at the church. Friends may come to the funeral home Tuesday, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church, Elmdale Cemetery Association, or Christian Mission Ministry may be sent in care of the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
EDWIN GILLETT GIGER
Edwin G. Giger, age 92, of Elmdale, KS, died at his home Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The son of Leroy “L.M.” and Aletta Inez Gillett Giger, Edwin was born August 22, 1921, at Elmdale. He graduated from Elmdale High in 1938 and attended Emporia State Teachers College for two years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He and Dorothy Grace Willey were married August 24, 1947, in Seiling, OK.
He was a farmer and retired in 1989. While farming, he worked, for a short time, at the Strong City Bank and at the Chase County Courthouse in the County Clerk’s Office.
He was a member and trustee of the Elmdale United Methodist church. He served on the Elmdale School Board, the Chase County Extension Board, and was a 4-H leader. He was a member of the Chase County Historical Society Board and the Elmdale Cemetery Association. He was a perfectionist woodworker and made items for his children and their families. He enjoyed “repurposing things.” He was very proud of his family.
When he looked at the picture board with everyone’s picture on it, he would say, “It’s just a mess” and “Look what we started.”
He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Alan Dean (Carol) Giger, of Elmdale; three daughters: Joyce Anne (Robert D.) Whitehead of DeSoto, KS, Alice Jean (Michael F.) McDaniel of Longmont, CO, and Debra Lynn (Richard A.) Irby of Valley Center, KS; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Irma Shehi, Julia Whitney, and Lela Christlieb.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, November 30, at 1:00 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church with The Rev. Kim Shank officiating. Burial will follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by a Fort Riley Honor Guard.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M., at the Elmdale United Methodist Church. Friends may sign the book Friday, from noon until 4:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Camp Wood, Elmdale United Methodist Church, or Harden Hospice may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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