Ina L. Failor Arnett, 105, Lawrence: July 25, 1909 – June 12, 2015

061414-failorLAWRENCE – Ina L. Failor Arnett, 105, Lawrence, passed away June 12, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born July 25, 1909, to John and Rosa Kingery Failor, on a farm northwest of Melvern. She graduated from Highland Grade School in 1924 and from Melvern High School in 1928. After graduation from high school, Ina worked in the IGA store at Melvern.

In 1937 she married Charles C. Arnett and moved to a farm northeast of Agricola. They lived there four years, and then moved one and one-half miles west where they spent 52 years of their lives. To this union were born three children: Francis Arnett (Linda) of Shawnee, Kan., Norma Henley (Jerry) of Lawrence, and Carol Arnett, Lawrence.

Ina was a leader of the Lincoln Railsplitters 4-H Club for many years. She was a member and officer of the Agricola Ladies Aid, belonged to the EHU Club 36, a member and officer of the Booth Grange No. 1827. She belonged to the Golden Agers at Williamsburg, Kan., and served on the Pleasant View Cemetery Board for a number of years. She attended Williamsburg Methodist Church.

In her spare time, she liked to sew, crochet, embroider and make quilts. She made sure all of her grandchildren had something she made. She also liked working in the garden, canning what she raised, and playing cards with the community card club.

Ina and Charles moved to Lawrence in November, 1993. Charles preceded her in death in November 1994.

She had five brothers, Larren, Roy, Ray, Lee, and Glen, and one sister, Ola Fine. All six preceded her in death.

She has three grandchildren, Kent Arnett (Patty), Overland Park, Janelle Campbell (Bob), Kansas City, and Tammy Henley, Lawrence; and two step grandchildren, Debbie Husted, Lawrence, and Joanie Pearson, Eudora.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Agricola, Kan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Williamsburg Methodist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

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