Category Archives: Obituaries

Mary (Kincaid) (Stewart) Murphy, formerly of Wellington: June 6, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Murphy, Mary F. (Kincaid) (Stewart), born June 6, 1925, died June 30, 2014.

Preceded in death by parents, brother Bill, husbands John Stewart and Al Murphy, children Becci and David, granddaughter Erika Bennett.

Survived by daughters Marilyn (Ron) Deckert and JoAnn “Jodie” Bennett, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends. Mary loyally served her God Jehovah for many decades.

Ruth Bailey, 81, Wellington: June 16, 1933 – July 16, 2014

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Lucille Bailey died on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her home in Wellington at the age of 81.

Ruth was born the daughter of Irvin and Stella Lucile (Wilson) Brill on Friday, June 16, 1933 in Isabel.

On July 15, 1954, Ruth and Willard “Bill” Bailey were united in marriage in El Dorado. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in May of 2013. 

Donald Eugene Warner, Caldwell: Feb. 22, 1936 – July 17, 2014

Donald Eugene Warner

Donald Eugene Warner

Donald Eugene Warner was born Feb. 22, 1936 in Arkansas City  to John Carrol

Warner and Sylvia Alice (Wilson) Warner.  He passed from this life on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Caldwell Hospital, in Caldwell, with his wife and daughters at his side. He spent his first years in Arkansas City attending his first half of the first grade there.  The family then moved to Palacious, Texas. When Don was in the third grade they returned to Arkansas City, where he attended the next four years of school. During this time he made his life long friend Wesley Hickey.

Kurt Klein, 51, formerly of Oxford: June 20, 1963 – June 13, 2014

Kurt Klien

Kurt Klein

Kurt Klein, 51, of Waynoka, OK, formerly of Oxford, KS, died Saturday, July 13, 2014, in Waynoka, Oklahoma.

Graveside Memorial Services will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Oxford Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Waynoka Ambulance Service 1759 Cecil St., Waynoka, OK 73860 or may be left with the Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit

Kurt Douglas Klein was born June 20, 1963, the son of Lloyd Dean and Lodean (Lofton) Klein in Winfield, KS. He graduated from Oxford High School and attended Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City.

William “Bill” Lacey, 67, Arkansas City: Jan. 15, 1947 – July 12, 2014

Bill Lacey

Bill Lacey

William “Bill” Lacey, 67, of Arkansas City, KS passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Geuda Springs Cemetery. Following services the family will gather to receive friends at the Geuda Springs Community Building. A memorial has been established with the Geuda Springs Museum and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City. For further information please visit

William “Bill” Ray Lacey was born January 15, 1947 the son of Milo “Wayne” and Minnie “Midge” (Brewer) Lacey in Arkansas City. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1965. After High School he served his country in the United States Army. On January 3, 1966 Bill was united in marriage with Pamela Rush and three children were born to this union.

Shirley Jean Craig, 87, co-KOA Campground owner: Aug. 22, 1926 – July 11, 2014

Shirley Jean Craig

Shirley Jean Craig

Shirley Jean Craig, age 87, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away Friday morning, July 11, 2014 at Cherished Friends in Wellington, KS.  Shirley and her husband, Bob, owned and operated the KOA camp ground for many years.

Shirley Jean (Bedwell) Craig was born on August 22, 1926 in Wellington, KS to Clark W. Bedwell and Nellie E. (Hall) Bedwell.

Shirley married Bob Craig on September 28, 1947 in Wellington, KS.  He preceded her in death on June 23, 2003.

Lorrain Whomans, 77, Wellington: Oct. 4, 1936 – March 30, 2014; Services on July 15

Lorrain Whomans, 77, of Wellington died March 30, 2014 at her home in Wellington, KS.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Sumner County Humane Society and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. To leave online condolences please visit

Bertha Lorraine Whomans was born October 4, 1936 the daughter of Fred and Amber (Finnemoore) Tracy in Caswell, Maine. Lorraine was a homemaker, and a janitor for the school system. She also worked for Oak Tree Inn in housekeeping for a number of years.

Rose Subera, 97, Caldwell: Aug. 17, 1916 – July 7, 2014

Rose Subera, 97, of Caldwell died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Wellington.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Czech Cemetery in Caldwell. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m.  A memorial has been established with the Czech Cemetery. Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Rose Lillian (Jess) Subera was born August 17, 1916 the daughter of Frank Sr. and Mary (Cink) Jess in rural Harper County Kansas. Rose was united in marriage to Theodore Otto Subera on February 4, 1937. She was a wife, mother, and homemaker who thoroughly enjoyed gardening, cooking and making pastries. Rose spent most of her adult life in rural Sumner County with her family.

Sharlene Berger, 81, Oxford: Sept. 8, 1932 – July 6, 2014

Sharlene Berger

Sharlene Berger

Sharlene A. Berger, age 81, died early Sunday morning, July 6, 2014 at Riverview Manor in Oxford, KS.

Sharlene A. (Abel) Berger was born on September 8, 1932 in Hominy, OK to Joseph Carl Abel and Jewel May (Marlar) Abel.

Sharlene married Vernon A. Berger on February 12, 1971 in Nobel County, Oklahoma.  He preceded her in death in 2004.

Nellie “Marie” Gentry, 61, Wellington: July 1, 1953 – July 6, 2014

Nellie Gentry

Nellie Gentry

Nellie “Marie” Gentry, of Wellington, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at her home in Wellington, KS at the age of 61.

Marie was born the daughter of James and Imogene (Tabor) Cassidy on Wednesday, July 1, 1953 in Webb City, MO. On April 16, 1976, she and Leslie Gentry were united in marriage in Norman, OK. Together they celebrated 38 years of marriage. Marie retired following 30 years of service as a LPN. She spent many of those years caring for those in nursing homes. A woman of great faith, Marie was a member of the Argonia Bible Church.

Elise Brunholtz, 88, Wellington: Feb. 28, 1926 – July 7, 2014

Elise Brunholtz

Elise Brunholtz

Elsie Brunholtz, of Wellington, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at her home at the age of 88.

Elsie was born the daughter of Bertie and Elizabeth (Swisher) Hughes on Sunday, February 28, 1926 in Salina.

On June 18, 1943, Elsie and John F. Brunholtz were united in marriage in Salina. Together they celebrated over 50 years of marriage before his death in 1994. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother that will be missed by her family. Survivors include her son, Timothy Brunholtz (Dee Dee) of Granite City, IL, daughter, Cindy Sims of Wellington, KS, son, Terry Brunholtz (Lori) of Owasso, OK, son, Rick Brunholtz (Lynne) of Columbia, MO along with nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. 

Pedro Aviña, 99, Wellington: January 31, 1915 – July 5, 2014

Pedro Aviña

Pedro Aviña

Pedro Aviña, of Wellington, died Monday, July 5, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 99.

Pedro was born the son of Pedro and Florentina (Arroyo) Aviña on Sunday, January 31, 1915 in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.

On June 28, 1941, Pedro and Jesusita Ángel were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated over 62 years of marriage before her death.

Survivors include his two sons: Michael Aviña and his wife Carol of Temple, Texas and Pedro “Donald” Aviña of Wellington. Other survivors include his grandchildren: Tammy Beard and her husband Matt of Temple, Texas, Michael Aviña, Jr.  of Austin, Texas, Shanta Carrillo and her husband Angel of San Diego, California, Zach Aviña of Wellington, Ian King of Wellington and Taylor Aviña of Wichita and his great-grandchildren: Heather Reaves of Temple, Texas, Kensley Aviña of Wellington, Timmy, Michael, Haley and Madison Hoolihan of San Diego, California and Isabella Carillo of San Diego, California.

Elaine Clark, 71, Wellington: August 22, 1942 – July 5, 2014

Elaine Clark

Elaine Clark

Elaine Clark, 71, of Wellington went to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her home near Wellington with her family by her side.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 11 at the Corbin United Methodist Church. Memorials have been established with Take His Heart Ministries and Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society (SCHGS). Contributions can be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Elaine May Clark was born August 22, 1942 the daughter of Beryl Julian and Edith “Verna” (Hess) Evans in Caldwell. She attended Corbin School and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1959 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Southwestern in 1963. On May 26, 1963 Elaine was united in marriage to Larry Clark. She later earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas and Friends University.

Vera Pauline (Miller) Wolf, 94, Wellington: Feb. 14, 1920 – June 26, 2014

Vera Wolf

Vera Wolf

Vera Pauline (Miller) Wolf, of Virginia Beach, Virginia (formerly of Wellington), died Thursday morning, June 26, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the age of 94.

Vera was born the daughter of Carson Lee and Grace J. (Richmond) Miller on Saturday, February 14, 1920 at the family home southwest of South Haven. Having graduated from South Haven High School, she was proud to be a SHHS Alumni. Vera was very active in the community and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Her daughters, grandchildren & great grandchildren were the center of her life. A woman of many interests, Vera loved flowers and took great pleasure in her gardens. She was interested in antiques and was a collector of historical antique glassware and furniture. Among her many talents, Vera was especially gifted at needlework and created many pieces over the years.

Clarabell Laizure, 86, Prague, Okla.: Feb. 4, 1929 – June 19, 2014

Clarabell Laizure

Clarabell Laizure

Clarabell Laizure, 86, of Prague, Oklahoma, formerly of Oxford passed away on June 19, 2014 at the Prague Municipal Hospital in Prague, OK.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, June 23 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Monday at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. Pastor Glendon Epp will officiate. A memorial has been established with the Prague Municipal Hospital. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit

Clarabell was born on February 4, 1929 the daughter of Albert and Beulah (McCauley) Waters in Muldrow, Oklahoma.  She was a homemaker who also worked at the hospital in Prague as a cook for many years.

Merle Carl Houchin, 76, Caldwell: Oct. 12, 1937 – June 17, 2014

Merle Carl Houchin

Merle Carl Houchin

Merle Carl Houchin, 76, of Caldwell, retired tool grinder for Raytheon and owner of Kansas Whitetail Outfitters, died June 17, 2014 at his home in Caldwell.

He was born the son of William Oria and Zenia Elizabeth (Cook) Houchin October 12, 1937 at Canton, Oklahoma.  Carl was a 1957 graduate of Caldwell High School

who enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling and was planning a trip to Estes Park the first part of July.

Steven Shamblin, 30, Wellington: April 26, 1984 – June 16, 2014

Steven Shamblin

Steven Shamblin

Steven D. Shamblin died Monday, June 16, 2014 near Wellington at the age of 30. Steven was born the son of Ted and Janna (Singer) Shamblin on Thursday, April 26, 1984 in Wellington. He was a graduate of Wellington High School. Following high school, Steven enlisted in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq.

Survivors include his mother, Janna Shamblin of Wellington; father, Ted Shamblin of Wellington; children, Alexaiver Farley, Christopher Martin, Trystan Cole, Hunter Martin, Scotty Martin and Benjamin Easter; a brother, Derrick Shamblin (Shelby) of El Dorado, KS; half-sisters, Rachel Galdamez (Flavio) of Rogers, AR, Christina Reiss (Clint) of Kismet, KS, Sabrina Sanders (Billy) of League City, TX and his grandparents: Stephen and Edna Shamblin of Wellington. 

Donald Anderson, 86, Wellington: Sept. 28, 1927 – June 11, 2014

Donald Anderson

Donald Anderson

Donald Earl Anderson, 86, of Wellington, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Via-Christi Saint Francis.  Donald was born in Clay Center, KS on September 28, 1927, the fourth eldest child of 9 children to Herbert Martin and Berta Belle (Hundley) Anderson.   Donald attended Clay Center, KS schools, and enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 and served 3 years.  Donald was a farmer and worked in the aircraft industry for 50 years after being honorably discharged.

He retired from Cessna Aircraft in 1991.  Donald was an avid participant at car shows with his antique car.  He also enjoyed repairing small engines, lawnmowers, weedeaters and chainsaws.  Donald spent time boating, camping and fishing in his younger years.  He also loved spending time with family and friends and playing Bingo at the VFW and American Legion.

Donald married his sweetheart, Joyce Arlyn Edwards on September 1, 1949 in Marysville, KS, and together they raised 4 children and 4 foster children.  

Karen D. Kelley, Wellington: Sept. 22, 1940 – June 12, 2014

Karen Kelley

Karen Kelley

Karen D Kelley, of Wellington, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Joseph in Wichita at the age of 73.

Karen was born the daughter of Velma (Bryant) and Frank Steele, Jr. on Sunday, September 22, 1940 in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Survivors include her son, John “Scott” Brewer and his wife Loretta of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Susan Parker and her husband Mike of Victoria, Texas, grandchildren: Lorann Pruett and her husband Bryce, Meagan Brewer, Sarah Dugger, Ashley Lopez, Brittney Pavlish and her husband Aaron and Kelly Nash; a great-granddaughter, Lilly Pruett and her half-sister, Marlene Ladner and her husband Jules of Houston, Texas. 

George Conley, 65, South Haven: April 25, 1949 – June 12, 2014

George Conley

George Conley

George Edward Thomas Conley, age 65, of South Haven, Kans., died at home early Thursday morning, June 12, 2014.  He was a retired CNC machine operator for Beechcraft.

George Edward Thomas Conley was born on April 25, 1949 in Watergap, KY to Redmond Monroe Lee Conley and Minnie (Whitt) Conley.

George married Barbara Miller on July 10, 1971 in Marion, IN. Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents

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