Category Archives: Obituaries

Karen Jenkins, 71, Oxford: Sept. 13, 1945 – Oct. 17, 2016

Karen Jenkins

Karen Jenkins

Karen Marie Jenkins, 71, of Oxford, died Monday, October 17, 2016, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Oxford Funeral Service – 104 N. Sumner Oxford, KS 67119. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made out to Union Rescue Mission. Contributions can be left in care of the funeral home – P.O. Box 123 Oxford, KS 67119.

Karen was born September 13, 1945 in Winfield, Kansas, the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Koonce) Ketterman. She enjoyed being out and about and attending community events like Arkalalah. Karen dearly loved her family.

Chance Edward Jackson, 10 months, services will be Wednesday

Chance Jackson

Chance Jackson

Chance Edward Jackson, 10 months, received his angel wings on October 14, 2016, in Wichita. He was born in Wichita, as a fraternal twin, on December 6, 2015. Chance received the gift of holy baptism.

Chance always had a smile and in his short life loved to play with his twin brother Henri. Chance loved to play ball and listen to stories. Chance is survived by his parents, Carlos and Abby Jackson; twin brother, Henri; grandparents, Barbara and Claudell Jackson and Wayne and Connie Biles; uncle, Sam and wife, Anne Biles; cousins, Cameron Sanchez, Roger, Katie, Kira, and Iris Marchese; uncle, Tyler Biles and his son, Rylan Biles; great-grandfather, Don Rager; great aunt, Judy Wells, and many, many other great cousins, great aunts and uncles.

Roanna Fritzler, 54, Wellington: May 25, 1962 – Oct. 14, 2016

Roanna Fritzler

Roanna Fritzler

Roanna Clare Fritzler, 54, of Wellington, died Friday, October 14, 2016, at her home.

Funeral Mass services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday October 17, with Rosary starting at 7 p.m. both at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Memorials can be made out to Susan G. Komen Foundation or the Rush County Fair. Contributions can be left at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington.

Roanna was born May 25, 1962, in Ness City, Kansas, the daughter of Richard and Betty (Maneth) Fritzler. She attended Valley Center High School and worked as the Radiology Manager at the Sumner Regional Medical Center. Roanna enjoyed winning at the casino, traveling, reading and most importantly her faith and family.

Ernie Cink Jr., 73, Caldwell: Jan. 8, 1943 – Oct. 4, 2016

Ernie Cink

Ernie Cink

Ernest Francis Cink Jr., 73, died Tuesday afternoon, October 4, 2016, at the Brookdale Senior Living Center located in Wellington with family present.   He was born on January 8, 1943 in Caldwell, to Ernest Cink Sr. and Pauline Struble.

Ernie attended Caldwell Elementary School and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1961.  He earned his Certificate from the Kansas School of Barbering in Wichita in 1963.

He met Freda Bozman at the Caldwell Bowling Alley and was eventually united in marriage to Freda on August 7, 1965 in the United Methodist Church at Edna, Kansas. The couple made Caldwell their home for 45 years, Ernie lived in Caldwell another four years after Freda’s passing in 2010.   In 2014 he moved to the Brookdale Senior Living Center.

Connie Morris, 68, Oxford: Oct. 14, 1947 – Oct. 4, 2016

Connie Morris

Connie Morris

Connie Morris, 68, of Oxford died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at her home in Oxford.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m.., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Oxford United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday, October 7, 2016 at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel from 1 p.m. until 8 a.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. Memorials have been established with the Geuda Community Building and the Winfield American Legion Post #10 and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be at the Geuda Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Connie Jo Morris was born October 14, 1947, the daughter of Donald and Dorothea (Nixon) Thompson in Wellington, Kansas. She graduated from Oxford High School in 1965. On July 31, 1965 Connie was united in marriage to Ronald Morris. Connie had many roles; from being a farmwife to cooking at the local school, driving a school bus, delivering fuel, working at the turnpike and Emerald Bank. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary Charlotte Sherrard, 92, Wellington: Jan. 25, 1924 – Oct. 2, 2016

Mary Sherrard

Mary Sherrard

Mary Charlotte Sherrard, born January 25, 1924, died of complications of a stroke and advanced cancer in Wellington on October 2, 2016.

Mary was the youngest of four children born to Ava Laura Sherrard (Jones) and Harry Clifford Sherrard. Mary never married, instead residing with her parents until their deaths in 1973.

For many years Mary worked as a care-giver to the elderly at various locations in Wellington. Her artistic passion was hand work, and she was an accomplished seamstress, producing a large quantity of quilts, napkins, pillows and other finely decorated pieces.

Bonnie Quillin, 89, South Haven: Sept. 4, 1927 – Oct. 1, 2016

Bonnie Quillin

Bonnie Quillin

Bonnie L. (Larimore) Quillin went home to be with her Lord on October 1, 2016.  She was born September 4, 1927 in Ashton, Kansas to Charles J. and Carrie M. (Cutwright) Larimore.  She attended all school years in South Haven, graduating from High School in 1945.

Bonnie was married to Burl F. Quillin on February 16, 1947.  To this union three sons were born – John (Wichita), David (Kismet) and Warren (Lawrence).     

Bonnie was involved most of her life in all phases of Church activities, from teaching youth and adult classes, youth and adult choir to directing Christmas and Easter pageants and plays. In other words any and all programs involving music.  She was the Church pianist for the past 50 years.

Neva Eleanor Ferguson, 97, Wellington: Jan. 22, 1919 – Sept. 30, 2016

Neva Eleanor Ferguson

Neva Eleanor Ferguson

Neva Eleanor Ferguson, 97, longtime resident of Wellington, died Friday, September 30, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  Neva was a homemaker and seamstress.  In years past, she worked as a clerk at Safeway Grocery, also at  the IGA store in Wellington, and as a cook for the USD 353 school food services.

Neva (Furber) Ferguson was born on January 22, 1919 in Pawnee County, OK to Simeon Furber and Elsie H. (Cockrell) Furber.  She was a 1936 graduate of Tonkawa High School in Tonkawa, OK.

She married Jason Allen “Pat” Ferguson on July 4, 1939 in Tulsa, Okla.  They were married for almost 71 years when Pat died in February of 2010.  She was proud of the home they built in 1947 and remained in it until nearly the end of her days.

Wanda Jeffries, 86, Wellington: March 22, 1930 – Sept. 30, 2016

Wanda Jeffries

Wanda Jeffries

Wanda Jeffries, 86, of Wellington went to be with the Lord, September 30, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Burial will be at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Wanda Fae Jeffries was born March 22, 1930, the daughter of Floyd and Leona (Nuttle) Wampler in Wellington, Kansas. She attended Wellington High School. On December 7, 1947 Wanda was united in marriage to George Clair Jeffries in Wellington. Wanda worked as a cashier at the Mayfield Meat Locker and Dillons. She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed cooking, crocheting and singing. Wanda loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Dianne Church, 70, Sumner County resident: June 16, 1946 – Sept. 22, 2016

Dianne Church

Dianne Church

Dianne Church, age 70, resident of Sumner County since 1972, died September 22, 2016 at her home.  Dianne worked as a USDA/Farm Loan Program Technician from October 4, 1987 to December 31, 2008.

Dianne (Fuller) Church was born on June 16, 1946 in Fulton, KY to William Douglas Fuller and Mabel E. (Snyder) Fuller.

She married Larry Joe Church on August 20, 1977 in Wellington.

She enjoyed being a farm wife; spoiling her grandchildren; cooking for her family for holidays and harvest meals, and cooking for many, many dinners at the Church of Christ; and KU basketball.  Dianne was known for remembering dates and attention to detail.

Willard Webster, 81, Caldwell: Sept. 16, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2016

William Weber

Willard Webster

Willard Leroy Webster, age 81, of Caldwell, KS, longtime resident of Corbin, KS, died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at his home.  Willard was the owner of the Day & Night Food Market located on North “C” Street in Wellington.  He was also an employee of many grocery stores in Wellington and he also was an employee of Sunflower Mobile Homes in Wellington.

Willard was born on September 16, 1934 in Wellington, KS to Jay D. Webster and Mabel C. (Stewart) Webster.

He married Pamela MauRie McKnight on July 28, 1955 in Wellington.  They were the 1955 Wheat Festival wedding couple.

Willard loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  The great grandchildren called him “Hot Dog.”  He loved fishing, gardening, and finding treasures with his metal detector.

Charlene Mannon, 77, Burden: Nov. 27, 1938 – Sept. 4, 2016

Charlene Mannon

Charlene Mannon

Charlene M. Mannon died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Burden, at the age of 77.

Charlene was born the daughter of Dale and Luella (Alcorn) Millen on Sunday, November 27, 1938 in Mulvane.

Charlene enjoyed her free time by quilting, sewing, doing yard work and decorating cakes. She loved any time spent with her grandchildren and looked forward to attending their various school functions. Charlene was an Avon Lady and sold their products for many years. In fact, she sold so much perfume that she was awarded a trip to the Bahamas. Charlene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burden, Kansas and belonged to the church quilting group. She will be missed by all that knew her. 

Survivors include her daughters: Michele Mannon and Christie Weber (Leonard) all of Burden; sister, Beverly Jenkins (Ronnie) of Winfield; brother, Gary Millen of Colorado, grandchildren: Jason Mannon (Jody), Nicholas Bowman (Kaycie) all of Burden, Levi Weber (Brittney) of Arkansas City, Amanda Weber, Shannon Mannon and Caitlin Mannon all of Burden, great-grandchildren: Jaydan Mannon, Kysen Mannon, Abbi Bowman, Sam Bowman, Greg, Emily, Ricki and Averi Hilario along with many nieces and nephews.  

Barbara Coats, 65, Wellington: Jan. 16, 1951 – Sept. 6, 2016

Barbara Coats

Barbara Coats

Barbara Ellen (Coulter) Coats died on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 65.

Barbara was born the daughter of James and Lois (Crane) Coulter on Tuesday, January 16, 1951 in Wichita.

Survivors include her daughter, Robin Creamer of Wellington; son, Ken “Allen” Davis of Colorado; granddaughters, Joslyne Creamer of Wellington and Sophia Davis of Texas: sisters, Carol Slovacek of Dodge City, Patty Coulter of Wichita, Ruth Coulter of Wichita and many nieces and nephews.  

Weston Heath Farley, 24, Wellington: April 12, 1992 – Sept. 4, 2016

Weston Farley

Weston Farley

Weston Heath Farley, 24 of Wellington died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Future Farmers of America in Wellington and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit

Weston Heath Farley was born on April 12, 1992 in Wellington, Kansas the son of Dennis and Dotty (McKellip) Farley. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He enjoyed guns, tinkering and loved his dogs.

Ella Ann-Marie Leonard, 3 months, Wichita: May, 31, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2016

Leonard, Ella AnnMarie

Ella AnnMarie Leonard

After three short months in our world, Ella Ann-Marie Leonard died in her mother’s arms on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was eagerly welcomed by her loving mother, Melissa Nicole Leonard. Although she was little in size, Ella made an enormous impact in the lives of those who knew her.

She leaves behind her mother, Melissa Leonard of Wichita; father, Kyle Sanderson of Wichita; her brother and sister, Blake and Brianna Burris; grandparents, Kathleen and Dale Havens of Wichita and Pamela and Marty Dobson of Derby, Kansas. She was also loved by her aunt, Carrie Howard of Belle Plaine, and godfather, Larry Cox of Udall.

Bonnie Landes, 90, Wellington: June 23, 1926 – Sept. 1, 2016

Bonnie Landes

Bonnie Landes

Bonnie Faye Landes, age 90, resident of Wellington, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Golden Living Center.  Bonnie worked side by side with her husband in the family business of the gas and oil stations, farm fuel transport, bait house, ice house, and café.

Bonnie Faye (Riggs) Landes was born on June 23, 1926 in Geuda Springs, KS to Raymond R. Riggs and Ida Olive (Baker) Riggs.  Bonnie was a Wellington High School graduate with the Class of 1944.

She married Merle Leon Landes on March 11, 1946 in Newton, KS.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, dancing with Merle, camping and traveling with family, cooking, and sewing.  Bonnie was a care giver for anybody in need her entire life.  She also enjoyed hosting large family and friends’ holiday get-togethers.

Robert Dare, 88, Wellington: Feb. 3, 1928 – August 29, 2016

Robert Dare

Robert Dare

Robert L. Dare, age 88, lifelong Wellington resident, died Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, KS.  He worked as a salesman for Jostens for over 30 years.

Robert L. Dare was born on February 3, 1928 in Wellington, to William H. Dare and Frances F. (Smith) Dare.  He was raised in Wellington and was a WHS graduate with the Class of 1946.  Bob then joined the United States Army and served from September of 1946 – March of 1948.  After active duty, he then served in the United States Air Force Reserves.  Bob graduated from the University of Kansas in 1952.  He was a member of the Beta Theta Phi Fraternity.

Robert married Patsy Jean Gault on July 20, 1958 in Wellington, KS.  Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Cassandra Cay (Wood) Hibbs, 73, Wellington: Jan. 17, 1943 – Aug. 29, 2016

Cay Hibbs 2

Cay Hibbs

Cassandra Cay (Wood) Hibbs, 73, of Wellington died Monday, August 29, 2016 at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington, Kansas.

The family will have a time to remember Cay at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the American Legion in Wellington. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit

Cay was born the daughter of William and Ramona (Patterson) Wood on January 17, 1943 in Wellington. On April 11, 1960 Cay and Richard Hibbs were united in marriage in Wellington, KS. Cay wore many hats in her life time. For many years she was employed by Walmart. Cay was an avid reader and enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, 52, Wellington native: July 9, 1964 – July 27, 2016

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, Jr., 52, gained his Angel Wings at this home in Longview, Wash. on July 27, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Marvin was born in Wellington, on July 9, 1964 to Marvin L. Walton, Sr. and Janice (Engelhardt) Walton.  He attended schools in Deer Creek-Lamont, Okla.

Marvin served 21 years and retired, with the Blackwell, Okla. Army National Guard.  Marty loved to cook, fish, garden, build things, and spend time with his family and his beloved dog, Diva.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Mildred Winchell and Richard and Grace (Bestwick) Walton; step-father, LeRoy Engelhardt; and step-sister, Kim Rogers.

Vaunda Day, 78, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1938 – Aug. 26, 2016

Vaundalia Day

Vaunda Day

Vaunda Day died on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 78.

Vaunda was born the daughter of J. Eugene and Bertha H. (Dwyer) Wartick on Monday, January 31, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas.

On February 5, 1956, Vaunda and Russell Dean Day were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Vaunda was first employed as a Teller at First Federal Savings and Loan; however, many will remember her from a 25 year career as a Para Educator in the Wellington schools. She really enjoyed working with students in the expanded skills classes. Outside of work, Vaunda held many interests such as genealogy where she spent many hours researching and assembling books about her family history.

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