HAROLD EDWARD TRUSSELL
Harold Trussell, age 88, of Cottonwood Falls, KS. died Wednesday, December 18, 2012, at his home. Services will be held at a later date. He has been cremated.
The son of Gilbert and Mabel Payne Trussell, Harold Edward was born November 5, 1924, in Strong City, KS. He graduated from Strong City Rural High School. He and Christa Schmage were married May 14, 1965, in BadHersfeld, Germany. He was serving in the United States Army at that time. They returned from Germany and he retired from the army, with the rank of Platoon Sgt., after serving 26 years. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, in Chase County, after his retirement from the armed forces. He was a member of the Association of the U.S. Army and had been a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Christa, of the home; three daughters: Lana (Rick) Church of Oklahoma City, OK., Cheryl (Earl) Whittington of Yukon, OK., and Christine (Craig) Clark of Emporia, KS.; one brother: Gilbert (Libby) Trussell, Jr. of Newton, KS.; six grandchildren: Herbert, Jr. and John Franks; Earl and James Whittington and Carmen and Callie Clark; and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert “Bob” Trussell and two sisters: Thelma Petersen and Hope Bullock.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to Hand in Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DELLA CORRINE (HULL) LAWRENCE
Della Lawrence, age 84, of Newton, KS. and formerly of Guymon, OK., and Matfield Green, KS., left this world for her heavenly home on Friday, November 16, 2012, in Newton, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at the Matfield Community Church in Matfield Green, KS. with Rev. Billie Blair officiating. Burial will follow in the Matfield Green Cemetery.
She was born November 3, 1927, to Horace Leslie Hull and Bernice Irene (Watchous) Hull in rural Chase County.
Upon graduating from Matfield Green High School ,with the class of 1945, she went to work as a telegrapher for the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railroad. She married Robert E. Lawrence on April 6, 1947, in her parents’ home in Matfield Green. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary prior to his death on August 5, 2007. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. They both had a love for animals and through the years many stray dogs and cats were blessed with their compassionate care.
She was a member of the Straight Christian Church in rural Guymon, OK. and attended Matfield Community Church prior to moving to Newton in 2007. Newton Christian Church was her church family at the time of her death.
She is survived by two daughters: Terri Lawrence of Wichita and Sherri Funk of Newton; a granddaughter, Stacy Thomas; a great grandson, Vance Thomas of Newton; a brother, Dale and his wife, Ginger Hull of Eldorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Roger L. Funk, a brother, Delmar Hull, and a sister, Mary L. Danby.
The family will meet friends Monday, November 19, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. Memorials have been established with the Matfield Community Church and Lifeline Animal Place and Protection at 310 W.45th St. N, Wichita, KS. 67204. Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MARK ALLEN SPAIN
Mark A. Spain, age 60, of Strong City, died at his home in Strong City on Thursday, November 15, 2012. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, from 1:00 until 3:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He has been cremated. Inurnment, in Strong City Cemetery, will be held at a later date.
The son of Herbert L. and Bonnie Lee Betty Spain, Mark Allen was born October 25, 1952, in Strong City. He attended and graduated from Strong City Rural High School. His first employment was as a heavy equipment operator for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad and his latest employment was as a jailer at the Chase County Detention Center.
He is survived by his parents of Strong City; one son, Adam Wade Spain of Elmdale; two daughters: Lacie Raean Spain of Wichita and Julie L. Raynor of Elk City, KS.; a sister: Pamela Zimmerman of Oklahoma City, OK; two grandsons: Shelvin and Payton Raynor; and three granddaughters: Tierney Raynor, and Dionne and Leilani Payne. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Memorial contributions to the Chase County Recreation Commission may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages of support and sharing of memories may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
MILDRED “MILLIE” MARIE (MOCK) PINKSTON
Millie Pinkston, age 90, of Cottonwood Falls, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She has been cremated. There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M., at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cedar Point Cemetery near Cedar Point, Kansas.
The daughter of Charles and Lulu Lutt Mock, Mildred Marie was born July 27, 1922, in the Homestead Community, Kansas. She worked as a telephone operator prior to her marriage to Hugh Ellis “Cobby” Pinkston on June 10, 1943, at the Qualley Memorial Church in Kansas City. He died in November of 1981.
They operated a Skelly gas station and she answered the phones and did the office work. She was the head cook for the Cedar Point schools and she was a good cook. She made the best cinnamon rolls. She went to cosmetology school in Wichita and opened a shop in Elmdale. She, later, moved her shop to the main street of Cottonwood Falls. She retired at age 75. She kept several head of cattle and cared for them. She enjoyed being a homemaker, keeping her yard mowed and growing many kinds of flowers.
She is survived by two daughters: Linda Yette and Jolene Heathman, both of Cottonwood Falls, KS., one brother: William “Bill” Mock, of Kansas City, Kansas; one grandson: Steve Fillmore; two step-grandsons: Jason Robison and Jacob Kampff; and one great granddaughter: Taylor Marie Fillmore.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Lloyd and an infant, and two sisters: Alice Auerbach and Wilma Benjamin.
Memorial contributions to the Elmdale United Methodist Church or to an Animal Fund of your choice may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages, to the family, may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WANDA LEE “JIM” CAHOONE
“Jim” Cahoone died Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at the First Presbyterian Church, USA, in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. Pat Ireland will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Bazaar Cemetery, Bazaar, Kansas.
The daughter of Walter T. “Windy” and Helen “Brownie” Russell Pinkston, “Jim” was born August 27, 1927, in the family home in Bazaar, Kansas. She graduated from Chase County Community High School in 1945. She worked as a telephone operator before her marriage and for Eshbaugh Hardware. She and Sidney “Sid” Cahoone were married May 22, 1948, at the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He died April 10, 2002. She worked as a secretary at Scribner’s Insurance Agency in Cottonwood Falls for over 50 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, USA, and the Presbyterian Women’s organization. She loved to read and dance. She learned to dance as a child, when her father and his brothers played for dances in the surrounding community. She was always busy taking care of her family and doing something for others. She was a good cook. She made the best fried chicken and always had, at a moment’s notice, plenty of food on hand to feed anyone who happened her way. She enjoyed her houseplants.
She is survived by her two daughters, Terri Jo Bek, and her husband, Warren, of Curtis, NE. and Vicki Ann Cahoone of Curtis, NE., one sister, Wilma L. Giese, of Bazaar, KS., and a granddaughter, Paige Wood, and her husband, Scott, of St. Paul, NE. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son, Jess Cahoone.
The family will meet friends Tuesday, September 11, from 7:00 until 8:30 at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial contributions, to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Newman Regional Health or to the Presbyterian Women’s organization, may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
DOROTHY ELIZABETH WHITCOMB
Dorothy E. Whitcomb, age 95, of Emporia, formerly of Cedar Point, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor.
She willed her body to the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. There will be no services. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
Dorothy Elizabeth Whitcomb, the daughter of George L. and Enid Alzine Redden Whitcomb, was born October 25, 1916, at home on the farm on Cedar Creek near Cedar Point, Kansas. For a short time she owned and managed a general store in Cedar Point. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Library Science. After she finished her bachelor’s degree she taught science and math and spent time in California where she attended college. She was a librarian in the Kansas City, Kansas Library for 11 years. When she returned home to help with the family farm, in 1976, she “retired.” She was in charge of the farm accounting (Corporation Accountant) from 1936 until 1988. She did this accounting even when she was in California and Kansas City. When the family home was sold in 1996, she moved to Emporia to be closer to her sister, Virginia. They lived in the duplexes at Presbyterian Manor.
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Cedar Point and spent many hours doing volunteer work there. She transferred her membership to First United Methodist Church in Emporia when she moved to Emporia. She enjoyed working in the garden and the flower beds at the Manor.
She is survived by three brothers: George Whitcomb of Botthel, Washington, Gerald Whitcomb of DeWitt, Arkansas, and Marcus Whitcomb of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Rhoda Whitcomb of Forney, Texas; a sister-in-law, Lorene Whitcomb, of Marquette, Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Warren Whitcomb, one sister: Virginia Whitcomb; and a brother and sister in infancy.
There will be no formal family visitation. The family is grateful to the staff at Presbyterian Manor for making the later years of her life pleasant. They became her family here. Memorial contributions to the Presbyterian Manor may be sent in care of Presbyterian Manor, 2300 Industrial, Emporia, Kansas 66801 or Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Messages for the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
LESLIE F. “LES” COOPER
Leslie F. “Les” Cooper, age 93, of Cottonwood Falls, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 28, at 10:00, at the Bazaar Cemetery. The Rev. Kim Shank of the United Methodist Church of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas will officiate.
Leslie F. Cooper, the son of Frank and Hazel Yeager Cooper, was born February 9, 1919, in Bazaar, Kansas. He worked as a farmer and then as a janitor at the Chase County Courthouse.
He married Virginia Cahoone on September 29, 1961, in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She died May 5, 2006.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Cottonwood Falls and of the Lions Club.
He is survived by three sons: Michael Cooper of Lawrence, Kansas, Donald Cooper of Des Moines, Iowa; and Dale Starkey of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; one daughter, Linda Stubenhofer of Strong City; a sister of Phoenix, Arizona; 11 grandchildren: David, Joel, Arlette, Kai, Leslie, Missy, Mindy, Megan, Cole, Deanna, and Paula; 15 great grandchildren: Olivia, Ben, Burke, Willa, Johnathan, Tyler, Hannah, Josh, Jorden, Mason, Lilly, Wyatt, Brody, Macy, and Jake; and one great great granddaughter: Jenni .
There will be no formal family visitation. Memorial contributions to the Chase County Senior Center may be sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845.
Condolences may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
WILLIAM “BILL” J. LANSBURY
William “Bill” Lansbury, age 85, of Strong City, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A graveside service will be held Friday, June 29, at 10:00, at the Matfield Green Cemetery. The eulogy will be delivered by his son, John.
The son of John T. and Emma L. Kukes Lansbury, Bill was born March 28, 1927, in Pontiac, MI. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Virginia Robinson on May 2, 1952, in Cottonwood Falls. She died in1979. He worked as a ranch laborer. He was a member of the Strong City United Methodist Church and the VFW in Cottonwood Falls.
He is survived by two sons: John D. Lansbury and his wife, Terri, of St. Joseph, MO. and William J. Lansbury of Marysville, WA.; two daughters: Kathleen “Kate” S. Boehler and her husband, Clint, of Walsenburg, CO. and Rebecca J. Swart and her husband, Daniel, of Edmond, OK.; a brother, Carl Lansbury and his wife, Sylvia, of Claude, TX.; a sister, Gladys Stormont and her husband, James, of Versailles, MO.; seven grandchildren: Brian Lansbury, Phillip Swart, Nickalas Swart, Thomas Swart, Jessica Kinninger, Bridgette Varga, Jennifer Lansbury; and three great-grandchildren: Ava Lansbury and Elliott and Ethan Kinninger. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a daughter, Judy Ann Lansbury.
The family will meet friends Thursday, June 28, from 6:30 until 8:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, 10:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home. Contributions to the Activities Fund at the Golden Living Center of Chase County 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.
CHARLENE LOIS STROM GARR
Charlene L. Garr, age 89, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls, KS. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 10:00 A.M., at the First Baptist Church in Cottonwood Falls. Pastor Steve Strom will conduct the service. Pastor David Hatch will conduct the committal service at the Strong City Cemetery.
Charlene Lois Strom was born June 30, 1922, in Morris County, Kansas to Charley Hugo and Pauline Esther Strom. She attended one room school houses during grade school and went to Parkerville High School for two years. On August 13, 1938, she was married to William T. (Bill) Garr and they shared a life together for 64 years until his death in 2002. Their marriage produced six children: Lloyd Richard, Edward William, Carol Jean, Dallas Lee, Betsy Ann, and Patsy Sue.
Charlene’s early married life was spent helping Bill start a family and working with him at farm life. During the early years of WWII, she worked at the Delavan Army Air Base as a base courier and later as a transport driver hauling supplies from Fort Riley to be loaded on bombers that were destined for duty in the Pacific Theater. One only has to visualize this 5 foot tall, 100 pound, Midwestern girl driving army trucks on a daily basis to realize the total commitment of the nation to winning this war and to appreciate that they are rightfully known as
“The Greatest Generation.”
After the war, she followed Bill to a series of construction jobs, finally settling in Council Grove in 1951, when he went to work for the State Highway Department. In 1956, they relocated to Strong City and she lived in the same house for the rest of her life.
Charlene worked at a number of jobs over the years. She was a waitress at many local cafes, including the Bank Hotel Cafe, The Hillcrest Manor, and The Flints Hills Truck Shop. She, also, worked at Crawford Manufacturing in Emporia for a time. She would always consider her number one job to be that of Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.
The Baptist churches of Cottonwood Falls and of Parkerville have been a huge part of her life. In the early days of living in Strong City, there were weekly trips back to Parkerville to attend church. It became almost a family tradition to expect at least one flat tire per weekend because of the thin tires and the rough roads. From the early days of the Cottonwood Falls Baptist Church, when it held meetings in downtown Cottonwood Falls, through the time of construction of the existing building, until now when the church is still serving the needs of the community, Charlene could always be counted on for moral guidance, administrative leadership, and financial support.
In their later lives, Charlene and Bill enjoyed traveling. They made countless trips to small out-of-the-way towns in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Their recollections of journeys to the Black Walnut Festival at Stockton, Missouri, the winding streets of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, or the trout hatchery at Roaring River State Park made it obvious to all how much the two appreciated the beauty of the Ozarks and how much they enjoyed spending time with one other.
After Bill’s death, Charlene became a companion with Helmut Holle and they have spent several years as good friends. Helmut very much became part of her family and his presence and attention as made her last years much more enjoyable.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill, her brother, Billy, her sons Lloyd and Edward, and her son-in-law Robert Fillmore. She is survived by her son, Dallas, and her daughters, Carol Fillmore, Betsy Heathman, and Patsy Readman. She has 15 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren, and two Great-Great Grandchildren. She, also, leaves behind her brother, Bob Strom, and a sister, Kathryn Rogers, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends all who are better for having known her.
Memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845.
The family will meet friends Friday, from 6:00 until 8:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home. Friends may call Thursday, 10:00 until 8:00 and Friday, 10:00 until 8:00.
Messages to the family may be left at www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
Charlene’s ultimate legacy will only unfold as people, especially the young ones, travel into the world and share her teachings and ideals to make the world a better place for all.
MARLA J. FULKERSON
Marla J. Fulkerson, age 54, of Oakley, KS., died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 10:00, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls, KS. Pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service. She has been cremated. Inurnment will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery west of Cottonwood Falls, KS.
The daughter of William Harold and Katherine Elizabeth Marlett Potter she was born December 31, 1957, in Emporia, KS. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Charles and Virginia Goad, and they lived in Reno, NV. She attended and graduated from high school in Reno, NV. She completed a computer tech program thru Topeka Tech in 2003. She was a homemaker and a waitress most of her life. She attended the Christian Church in Oakley.
She is survived by a son, Austin Fulkerson and his wife, Ashley, of Emporia; three daughters: Alida Andreasen of Holton, KS., Amber Andreasen Beougher of Colby, KS., and Loeva Mills of Fayetteville, N.C.; four brothers: Dan Potter and his wife, Barb, of Cunningham, KS., Les Potter of Whitewater, KS., Jack Potter and his wife, Beverly,of Colorado, and Rick Potter of Wichita, KS.; two sisters: Joyce Buckridge and her husband, John, of Americus, KS., and Donna Rigsby of Sedgwick, KS.; six grandchildren: Colby Cannon, Logan Cannon, Wyatt Cannon, Bailey Meredith, Savannah Beougher, and Shanlee Beougher; and her former husband, Steven Nosker of Lawrence, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Potter.
There will be no formal visitation. Memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses may be sent to the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS. 66845. Messages to the family may be sent to www.brown-bennett-alexander.com.
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