Mary L. Buchholz, 78, Carbondale: Nov. 19, 1939 – March 26, 2018

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz, 78, passed away March 26, 2018, at the Fields of Brookside, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Nov. 19, 1939, to Ernest and Ethel (Cyr) Mellies, in Clay Center, Kan. She was a graduate of Topeka High School with the class of 1957.

Mary was joined in marriage on Nov. 2, 1956, to James L. Buchholz, in Topeka; he predeceased her March 17, 2014. To this marriage three children were born, Debbie, Linda and Kenneth. They moved to Carbondale, Kan., in 1959, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mary enjoyed being a stay at home mom and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, scout leader, 4-H leader, and room mother at the school.

Mary was sworn in as city clerk of Carbondale in May 1976, until she retired in November 2002. Never ones to be idle, she and Jim volunteered on the Carbondale Fire Department, now Osage County Fire District No. 1, as fire fighters and board members.

They also volunteered their time to Heartland Share/Prairie Land foods for many years. Mary served as the Carbondale city traffic judge for several years as well. She enjoyed serving on the Carbondale Cemetery Board, often helping families with genealogy research and questions.

Mary enjoyed decorating cakes and many local brides had cakes she created for them. Her grandchildren enjoyed personalized cakes as well. Mary and Jim enjoyed square dancing as well as round dancing for many years. They also enjoyed traveling, with many summers while their children grew, camping and exploring across the United Sates. After retirement they enjoyed international travel and cruises.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Paul) Eamigh and Linda Buchholz, and a son, Kenneth (Debra) Buchholz, all of Carbondale; sister, Glendora Kirkwood, Carbondale; five grandchildren, Douglas (Karen) Eamigh, Michael Eamigh, Nicholas (Christine) Gerdes, Brandy (Derek) Payne, James L. (Miranda Long) Buchholz II; and seven great grandchildren, Hanna, Cory, Grace, Faith, James, J.T. and Kayleigh; and a great grandchild to arrive in November.

Mary was a woman before her time. She worked side by side with Jim while remodeling their home and her mother’s house as well as many family construction projects. She took women’s auto mechanics classes, and fought fires beside the men. She was a ‘kick-ass’ woman that was loved by many and missed by all.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Friday March 30, 2018, at Grace Chapel, 211 Center Street, Carbondale. Interment will follow at Carbondale Cemetery. Family will greet friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, 730 Western Heights Drive, Overbrook.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fields of Brookside or Great Lakes Hospice and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be left at lamb-roberts.com.

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