Mary ‘Joan’ White, 92, Waverly: May 3, 1928 – May 23, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Mary ‘Joan’ White, 92, Waverly: May 3, 1928 – May 23, 2020

WAVERLY, Kan. – Mary “Joan” White, 92, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her home in Waverly, Kan. She was born Mary Joan Rudolph on May 3, 1928, in Gridley, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Isabel Myers Rudolph.

When Joan was a child her family moved to the Key West community east of Lebo, Kan. She attended Lebo High School and graduated with the class of 1948.

She married the love of her life, Willis “Warren” White, July 4, 1948, in Melvern, Kan. Joan and Warren made their home on a farm south of Melvern. She was a homemaker and took great pride in her family. In 1993, Joan and Warren moved to Bella Vista, Ark., and would return to Waverly in the summer of 2006.

Joan attended the United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Rain or Shine Club of Melvern for many years.

She will live on in the hearts and memories of her daughters, Irene Perry and her husband, Ron, of Forsyth, Mo., Marie Rogers and her husband, Brad, Emporia, Kan., and Dianna Hendon and her husband, Kevin, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sons, Duane White, Melvern, Cletus White and his wife, Tammy, Waverly, and Jeff White and his wife, Gayle, Paola, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Sue White, Kansas City, Kan.; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family and a host of friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Warren, on Sept. 3, 2007; son, Frank White; and five sisters and one brother.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Lebo, Kan. Burial will follow services at Waverly Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences can be left at

(Due to current restrictions, social distancing will be practiced at all times during the visitation and services with the use of facial masks recommended.)

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