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Elizabeth Mae Barnes, 73, Lawrence: Oct. 5, 1947 – Sept. 13, 2021

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Elizabeth Mae Barnes, 73, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. She was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Columbia, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Mary (Cunningham) Burton.

Elizabeth had been in the Lawrence community most of her life and had lived in Baldwin City, Kan., for the last few years.

Elizabeth was a cook at the Wagon Wheel Café, Lawrence, for 22 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Lawrence.

Frances Jean Granger, 97, Burlingame: May 15, 1924 – Sept. 15, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Frances Jean Granger, 97, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Brookside Retirement, Overbrook, Kan. She was born May 15, 1924, in Saffordville, Kan., the daughter of Charles and Jennie (Jones) Crook.

Jean, as she was known by all, grew up in the Saffordville and Toledo communities in Lyon and Chase counties. She had lived in Burlingame, Kan., for many years.

Jean graduated in 1942 from Toledo Township High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as an Avon Lady for more than 20 years. Jean was a member of the Burlingame Federated Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carbondale, Kan.

Cheryl L. Young, 74, Overbrook: May 9, 1947 – Sept. 3, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Cheryl L. Young, 74, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at her home surrounded by family. She was born May 9, 1947, in Beloit, Kan., the daughter of Keith Eugene Halstead and Dorthy Alice (Booher) Halstead.

She graduated from Mankato High School, Mankato, Kan. Cheryl attended The University of Kansas, earning a Master’s Degree in Music.

Cheryl worked for the state of Kansas as an ombudsman for the Workers Compensation Division.

She was united in marriage to Charles H. Young, May 12, 1989, in Overbrook. They shared more than 32 years of marriage.

Patti Jane Croy, 65, Vassar: Oct. 21, 1955 – Sept. 10, 2021

VASSAR, Kan. – Patti Jane Croy, 65, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, near Vassar, Kan., in an automobile accident. Patti Jane Jackson was born Oct. 21, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of John Henry and Jane Estella Christiason.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1973, and Brown Mackie College with associate degree in business.

She was joined in marriage to Don Croy Jr., June 21, 2001.

After graduating from college, Patti began working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in water management, where she would work for the next 46 years.

Betty Ann King, 86, Vassar: Dec. 13, 1934 – July 25, 2021

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Betty Ann King, 86, formerly of Vassar, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Prairie House Assisted Living, Broken Arrow, Okla. She was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Washington, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Nora (Foster) Peterson.

Betty had lived in Pomona Heights on Lake Pomona, near Vassar, for more than 40 years before moving to Oklahoma in 2020.

Betty had done clerical work for Cappers Insurance Services, Topeka, Kan., for more than 30 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church.

Larry Ray Yockey, 74, Melvern: Aug. 21, 1947 – Sept. 10, 2021

MELVERN, Kan. – Larry Ray Yockey, 74, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. He was born Aug. 21, 1947, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Charles and Frances (Groff) Yockey.

Larry had grown up in Cambridge, Kan., and moved to the Melvern, Kan., area when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from Melvern High School in 1965.

Larry worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a motor car operator, and then worked as a maintenance supervisor for IBP, Ohse Meats, LaSiesta, and Tyson Foods. Larry served as treasurer for eight years on the Agency Township, had been very active with his kids in 4-H, and was a member of the True Grace Community Church, Melvern.

Everett ‘Pete’ Neill, 81, Burlingame: July 14, 1940 – Sept. 5, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Everett “Pete” Neill, 81, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born July 14, 1940, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of Marvin and Dorothy (Sterrett) Neill.

Pete grew up in Quenemo and Olivet, Kan. He later moved to Maple Hill, Kan., where he lived for several years before moving to the Burlingame, Kan., community in 1996.

From 1960 to 1968, Pete served in the United States Air Force in missile maintenance and was discharged as an airman first class. He was involved in the construction of the dam at John Redmond Reservoir. Pete also farmed and ranched most of his life. He later worked at a rock quarry as an equipment operator. He was a member of the American Legion and attended the Overbrook Bible Church.

Glenn I. Atwood, 80, Harveyville: Dec. 17, 1940 – Sept. 5, 2021

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – Glenn I. Atwood, 80, of Harveyville, Kan., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Harveyville, the son of Irvin Jesse Atwood and Lenora May (Behner) Atwood.

Glenn graduated from Harveyville High School with the class of 1958. Following graduation, Glenn worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Topeka, and on the family farm with his father. Eventually Glenn took over the family farm from his dad and for the rest of his life Glenn was a full-time rancher and farmer.

On Nov. 24, 1963, Glenn was united in marriage to Sharon Fry, at the United Methodist Church, Topeka. They celebrated 57 years of loving marriage this past year.

Bradley Padilla, 33, Carbondale: Oct. 17, 1987 – Sept. 6, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Bradley Joseph Padilla, 33, of Carbondale, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1987, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Louis Padilla and Tammy Harrison.

Brad graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School with the class of 2006. Brad worked as a salesman at Famous Footwear and a farmhand for Clint Lispcomb.

Brad enjoyed being outside, and he loved being a coach of either wrestling or baseball. He was also part of the Santa Fe Trail wresting club, the Trail Hands. He was a talented painter. He loved travelling and being with his family. He will be remembered by everyone as someone who always knew how to enjoy life.

Cory M. Molloy, 42, Carbondale: Dec. 13, 1978 – Sept. 5, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Cory Micheal Molloy, 42, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Dec. 13, 1978, in Moundridge, Kan., the son of James D. Molloy and Norma J. Sloan.

Cory had lived most of his life around the Carbondale, Kan., community. Cory worked as a heavy equipment operator, and was a grader operator for Rush County, Osage County, and Williamsport Township.

On Feb. 13, 2018, Cory was united in marriage to Jennifer Marx, at Carbondale.

Daryl McNabb, 88, Spring Lake, Mich.: June 22, 1933 – Aug. 30, 2021

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Claiming the promise of 2 Corinthians 5:8, which says, “We are confident … that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” Daryl Carter McNabb opened his eyes in heaven at 1:18 p.m. August 30, 2021. He was born June 22, 1933, in Melvern, Kan., to Tennessee Carter McNabb and Ellen Burns McNabb.

Daryl graduated from Melvern High School in May 1951, when he began working on the Santa Fe Railroad just outside of Melvern. In the spring of 1952, Daryl understood the Gospel and that he was a sinner in need of a savior. During the invitation at the Church of God in Melvern, his mother’s prayers were answered as he publicly committed his life to Christ.

In June 1953, he married the love of his life, Donna Ruth Sutton. In courtship and marriage, they were side by side for more than 70 years.

Evelyn Marie Williams, 87, Osage City: July 30, 1934 – Aug. 27, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Evelyn Marie Williams, 87, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Aug. 27, 2021. Evelyn was born July 30, 1934, in Burlingame, Kan., to her parents Jesse and Eva (Saffle) Mundy.

She spent her childhood in Burlingame, and attended Burlingame High School until her senior year, when she attended and graduated from Topeka High School.

In December 1950, she was united in marriage to Floyd “Bud” Williams. To this union they had four children, Dan, Teresa, Mike, and Dave. The family lived in Scranton, Kan., for around 30 years, until eventually relocating to Osage City.

Brenda Richardson, 81, Carbondale: July 17, 1940 – Aug. 28, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Brenda Richardson, 81, passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born July 17, 1940, in Monterey, Calif., the daughter of Wesley and Mary (Denison) Biesemeyer.

Brenda had lived in Topeka for many years before moving near Carbondale, Kan., in 1982. Brenda worked as a case worker for job service with the state of Kansas until her retirement.

On June 5, 1978, Brenda was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Richardson, in Topeka.

Etta Mae Tripp, 82, Overbrook: April 18, 1939 – Aug. 27, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Etta Mae Tripp, 82, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away peacefully, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, Kan. She was born April 18, 1939, in Potosi, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Olive (Winfield) Warden.

She graduated from Valley High School in 1957.

On September 16, 1961, Etta Mae was united in marriage to David Tripp, in Topeka, Kan. They enjoyed 46 years of loving marriage until David passed away March 14, 2007.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cooper, 96, Overbrook: June 21, 1925 – Aug. 27, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Elizabeth “Betty” L. Rowe Fedrizzi Cooper, 96, passed away Aug. 27, 2021. She was born June 2, 1925, in Scranton, Kan., to William W. Rowe and Melissa M. Jolly.

Betty graduated from Scranton High School in 1943. She attended nursing school at Christ Hospital (currently known as Stormont Vail), graduating in August 1946; she received her Colorado nursing license in 1947. Betty took a position as a public health nurse on the Ute Native American Reservation in Durango, Colo. She provided health services to multiple Native American populations throughout the San Juan Basin area for more than 32 years and received numerous commendations for her work. Betty retired as a nurse in 1982 and spent her time volunteering with hospice and being a family care giver.

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