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Kelly Lee Phillips, 51, Wellington: Sept. 27, 1963 – Aug. 28, 2015

Phillips, Kelly

Kelly Lee Phillips

Kelly Lee Phillips, of Wellington, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at his home in Wellington at the age of 51.

Kelly was born the son of Billie and Lois Jean (Briles) Phillips on Wednesday, September 27, 1963 in Wichita.

Kelly was an avid fisherman and loved having a line in the water with his family and friends. He also enjoyed his employment as a sales clerk at Gov’s Liquor Shoppe in Wellington. Kelly will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Stringer-Smith of Georgia; his beloved chihuahua, Lola; brother, Kevin Phillips (Melody Goodman) of Wellington; sister, Bobbie Stewart of Wellington; brother, Eddie Murray and his wife Vickie of Kansas City, Missouri; aunt, Golda Jenkins of Wellington along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Leon Stewart.

Nina Vineyard, 90, Argonia: June 20, 1925 – August 25, 2015

Nina Vineyard

Nina Vineyard

Nina A. Vineyard, of Argonia, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Harper Hospital in Harper at the age of 90.

Nina was born the daughter of Sheridan and Hattie F. (Walker) Wise on Saturday, June 20, 1925 in Aurora, Missouri.

On September 10, 1946, Nina and Charles Vineyard were united in marriage in Hiawatha. Together they celebrated 39 years of marriage before his death.

Survivors include her son, Wayne Vineyard and his wife Kim of Wichita; son, Russell Vineyard of Washington D.C.; grandchildren: Wayne Vineyard, Jr. and his wife Sarah of Argonia, Brian Vineyard of Ellsworth and Amanda Hernandez of Wichita; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.  

Edna Mae Neal, 94, Caldwell: July 16, 1921 – August 20, 2015

Edna Mae Neal

Edna Mae Neal

Edna Mae Neal passed quietly from her Caldwell, home Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the age of 94. She was born on July 16, 1921 to John Simons and Edna Mae Griffin Simons at the Grant County, Okla., homestead near Wakita, Okla.

She attended Grant County Rural Schools and Wakita High School.  She completed her senior year at Medford High School, graduating with the Oklahoma State Football Championship class of 1938.

On April 12, 1940, Edna Mae married Lewis M. Neal of Caldwell. They met at a dance in Drury, Kansas and were never far apart from that day on. They spent over 60 years together farming and ranching in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Mary Ruth Abasolo, 85, Wellington: March 2, 1930 – August 20, 2015

Mary Ruth Abasolo

Mary Ruth Abasol0

Mary Ruth Abasolo, age 85, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Thursday evening, August 20, 2015 at her home in Wellington. Ruth was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Wellington. Mary Ruth (Rodriguez) Abasolo was born on March 2, 1930 in Gary, Indiana to George Rodriguez and Maria (Martinez) Rodriguez.

Ruth married Jesus J. Abasolo on August 5, 1950 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wellington, KS. He preceded her in death in 2002.

Floyd Ancell, 73, formerly of Wellington: April 29, 1942 – August 11, 2015

Floyd Ancell

Floyd Ancell

Floyd Lee Ancell, 73, died with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 11, 2015 at his home in Pueblo, Colo.

Floyd was born on April 29, 1942 in Wellington, KS to George Carson and Rosa (Love) Ancell.

He was preceded in death by parents George and Rosa Ancell; wife Carolyn Ruth Ancell; daughters Judith Ann Ancell; Gina Yvonne Ancell; brother Jack Ancell; niece Janet Ancell; brothers-in-law Forrest Haine; and David Deffenbaugh; son-in-law Jake Stewart. He is survived by wife Jodi, of the home; brothers Henry (Joyce); Francis; and Jon; sister Margaret “Sis” Hain; children Carla Stewart and family; Floyd Lee (Vicki); Tammy Cooper (Lee); Debra Cassaday (Mitchell) and their mother Joy Collins; grandchildren Joey (Ricki); Anthony (Tonya); Jarod; Starla; and Amy. He is also survived by Melvin Hain (Carolyn); Becky Hackney (Howard); Peggy Tevington (Brian); Kathy McCreary (Robert); Gene and Lila Deffenbaugh; Dwayne and Cathy McKinney; Kenny Ross; Ann Pierce; Norm Monte and family; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and friends.

Bernice Neises, 82, Belle Plaine: Feb. 28, 1933 – August 16, 2015

Bernice Neises

Bernice Neises

Bernice Neises, 82, of Belle Plaine died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at her home in Belle Plaine.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 21 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield. Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service with Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield. A memorial has been established with the Totus Tuus-Summer Catholic Youth Program and Birthline-Pregnancy Resource Center. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

Lora Lea Topinka, 72, Wellington: Sept. 19, 1942 – August 14, 2015

Lora Topinka

Lora Topinka

Lora Lea Topinka, 72, of Wellington, died early Friday morning, August 14, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wellington. Lora worked for many years in the medical field, working for Drs. Diacon and McGovern and several other doctors in Wellington. She also worked in medical records at Sumner Regional Medical Center and as an aerobics instructor for the Wellington Recreation Center.

Lora Lea (Bond) Topinka was born on September 19, 1942 in Wellington, KS to Christopher John Detrick Bond and Ruth V. (Mayo) Bond. She was a 1960 graduate of Argonia High School.

Lora married Carl W. Topinka on April 27, 1968 in Wichita, KS.

Imogene Dykeman, 82, Wellington: March 15, 1933 – August 12, 2015

Imogene Dykeman

Imogene Dykeman

Imogene Dykeman, age 82, formerly of Wellington, died Wednesday morning, August 12, 2015, at her home at Grand Lake, Okla. She was the owner of Dykeman’s Printing in Wellington for 27 years starting in 1971.

Imogene (McKenzie) Dykeman was born on March 15, 1933 in Gravette, Ark. to Leonard Chester McKenzie and Georgia (Griffin) McKenzie.

She married Arlyss K. Dykeman on August 13, 1958 in Wichita.

Before retirement, Imogene was an active volunteer for the American Diabetes Association. She enjoyed bowling with the Ladies Bowling League at Meadow Lanes for a number of years participating in state and national bowling tournaments.

Alicia Renée (Graves) Luna, 41, formerly of Wellington: June 12, 1974 – Aug. 12, 2015

Alicia Luna

Alicia Luna

Alicia Renѐe (Graves) Luna, died on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at her home in Park City at the age of 41.

Alicia was born the daughter of David and Jeanette (Hartman) Graves on Wednesday, June 12, 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She attended schools in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1992. She later graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Alicia was a Surgical Nurse at Wesley Medical Center. 

On January 3, 2009, Alicia and Andy Luna were united in marriage at their home in Park City. Together they celebrated six years of marriage.

Neva Jane (Hoshow) Middleton, 79, Wellington dies peacefully

Neva Middleton

Neva Middleton

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Neva Jane (Hoshow) Middleton, 79, of Wellington.

 Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 14, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Haysville. A memorial has been established with the Wellington Food Bank and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

  Neva Jane Middleton was born March 12, 1936 the daughter of Noah and Ruby (Crum) Hoshaw in Winfield. She attended East High in Wichita and received her GED. Neva worked at Cessna as a sheet metal inspector for 22 years. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching TV, and spending time with her family. One of her cherished memories was when she visited Elvis’ Graceland home.

Bill Parrack, 77, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 27, 1937 – August 6, 2015

Bill Parrack

Bill Parrack

Bill Parrack, 77, of Wichita, formerly of Wellington, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Wichita.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Fallen Firefighters Foundation www.firehero.org and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Billie Vaughan Parrack was born December 27, 1937, the son of Vaughan and Edna (Russell) Parrack in Climax Springs, Missouri. He graduated from Metz Missouri High School in 1955. On July 4, 1958 Bill was united in marriage to Betty Pryor in Nevada, Missouri. Bill was a Firefighter in Wichita retiring on September 7, 1984. As a secondary profession he owned and operated his own concrete business. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and reading.

Christopher Nickum, 37, Oxford: July 27, 1978 – Aug. 1, 2015

Chris Nickum

Chris Nickum

Christopher Steven Nickum, 37, of Oxford died on August 1, 2015 in Gonzales, La.

Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Church of the Nazarene in Winfield. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. A memorial has been established with the Christopher Nickum Memorial Fund. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com

George Jeffries, 87, Wellington: June 15, 1928 – August 4, 2015

George Jeffries

George Jeffries

George C. Jeffries, 87, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at his home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Burial will be at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield. Visitation will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established with the Wellington Senior Center and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

George Clair Jeffries was born on June 15, 1928 the son of Charley and Grace (McGregor) Jeffries in Milan, KS. He was a 1946 graduate of the Milan High School. George was united in marriage with Wanda Wampler on December 7, 1946 in Wellington.

Marnie Thaete, 75, Wichita: August 6, 1939 – August 3, 2015

Marnie Thaete

Marnie Thaete

Marnie Keith Thaete, of Wichita, died Monday, August 03, 2015 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 75.

Marnie was born the son of Armin G. H. and Elta Irene (Frey) Thaete on Sunday, August 6, 1939 in Sylvan Grove.

On June 1, 1971, Marnie and Marilyn Geesling were united in marriage in Holton. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage before her passing in 1997. Marnie was blessed to find love again and married Geri Adkins on September 1, 2001 in Wellington. The two were privileged with nearly 14 years of marriage.

Marnie received his Master’s Degree in education and made his career as an Industrial Arts Instructor. He retired from Quivira Heights High School following a 32 year career.

Lawrence Cole, 92, Wellington: August 17, 1922 – August 4, 2015

Lawrence Cole

Lawrence Cole

Lawrence R. Cole, age 92, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and lifelong Wellington resident, died early Tuesday morning, August 4, 2015, at his home in Wellington. Lawrence was a retired farmer.

Lawrence R. Cole was born on August 17, 1922 in Renfrow, Oklahoma to Charles W. Cole and Blanche D. (Williams) Cole. Lawrence was a graduate of WHS with the Class of 1941. He served from 1942 to 1946 with the Army Air Corps during WWII.

Lawrence married Maxine LeForce on August 28, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Wellington.

Christopher Steven Nickum, 37, Oxford, died Aug. 1, 2015

Christopher Steven Nickum, 37, of Oxford died on August 1, 2015 in Gonzales, Louisiana.

Services are pending with Oxford Funeral Service of Oxford. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com

John Ledesma, 80, Wellington: May 28, 1935 – July 31, 2015

John Ledesma

John Ledesma

John Ledesma, age 80, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, July 31, 2015 at the Harry Hynes Hospice Unit at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. He was a retired City of Wellington Street Department Supervisor. Previous to that he had worked for King Construction for several years.

John A. Ledesma was born on May 28, 1935 in Wellington, KS to Manuel D. Ledesma and Bonnie (Arebalo) Ledesma.

John married Gillian E. (Muncey) Miller on April 22, 1981 in Wellington, KS.

Jack Kastle, 95 and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, die 3 days apart

Jack Kastle and Nadine Kastle Peterson

Jack Kastle and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson.

Jack Kastle, 95, and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, died in Wellington, July 21, 2015 and July 24, 2015 respectively after short illnesses.

They are survived by two daughters, Shirley M. Theurer and husband, Richard, of rural Wellington and Arlene S. Duston and husband, Jim of Glendale, Arizona; six grandchildren — Mike Duston and wife Stephanie of Phoenix, Ariz.; Scott Duston and wife Mandy of Goodyear, Ariz.; Matt Theurer and wife Lea, Luke Theurer and wife Amy, Clint Theurer and fiancé Kiersen Howell, all of rural South Haven, and Dixie Theurer Russell and husband Stephen of rural Paxico, Kans. and 10 great grandchildren — Rylee and Reese Duston of Phoenix, Ariz.; Cannon Duston of Goodyear, Ariz.; Colby and Ethan Theurer, Jacee and Kelly Theurer, and John Henry Theurer, all of South Haven, Kans. Corbin and Kirwin Russell of Paxico, Kans.

Hazel Schmitt, 84, Winfield: Jan. 4, 1931 – July 25, 2015

Hazel Schmitt

Hazel Schmitt

Hazel J. Schmitt, of Winfield, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at her home in Winfield, Kansas at the age of 84.

Hazel was born the daughter of C.D. and Lara (Grifith) McCormick on Sunday, January 4, 1931 in Nash, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of 13 children born in the family. Hazel graduated from Holly High School in Oklahoma. She was a retired solder technician for NCR. 

Survivors include her daughters: Melisa Carmicheal and her husband Robert of South Haven, Kansas and Dana Keithley of Winfield, grandchildren: Michelle Decaire, Mandy Curry, Michael Trammel, great-grandsons: Crew DeVine, Kalon DeVine, Cooper Curry and her niece, Nora Jean Magness of Wichita

Rita Kathleen “Kathy” Knapp, 66, Oxford: April 20, 1949 – July 21, 2015

Rita Knapp

Rita Knapp

Rita Kathleen “Kathy” Knapp, 66, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 and now resides with her savior Jesus Christ and the who have gone before her in heaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday July 28 at the Brookhaven Baptist Church in Andover. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 27 with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the Brookhaven Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Humane Society or the Brookhaven Baptist Church.

Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Rita Kathleen was born on April 20, 1949 the daughter of William Clarence and Eva Irene (Everman) Bryant in Wichita, Kansas. Kathy was a 1967 graduate of the Derby High School. She was united in marriage with Don Eugene Blair and to this union one daughter; Martha Lynn (Blair) Snyder was born.

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