AUGUSTA - Joyce A. French, 76, Augusta, died March 22 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born on April 15, 1935, in Ponca City, Okla., the daughter of Anthony G. and Ruth P. Casteel Brizendine. On Aug. 14, 1954, she married Lyle D. French in Eureka. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1982. She graduated from Eureka High School and then attended Emporia Teachers College. She worked as a secretary and a bookkeeper.
YUMA, Ariz. - Wanda Nadine Meyer, 80, of Yuma, Ariz., passed away peacefully at 3 p.m. on March 16. She was born in Great Bend on Jan. 24, 1932, to Edward and Sarah Etta Keys.
Naomi Janell (Jan) Williams died on March 9. Born on June 9, 1926, in Hayworth, Okla., she was the daughter of William McKinley "Bill" Whala and Lessie Whala. In 1943 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. She retired from Civil Service at Tinker Air Force Base.
TOPEKA - Lenora Jean McMillan, 83, of Topeka, went home to be with her Lord on March 23, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Eugene and Edith Duncan Johnston. She attended Great Bend High School and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing from Barton County Community College. The early years of her life were spent raising her family in Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1975.
Shannon Ward and Luke Snyder were united in marriage on Oct. 15 at the Eden Valley Church of the Brethren in St. John in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Tom Harrison. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Brett Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Snyder, all of St. John. Grandparents of the couple are Robert and Carolyn Ives of St. John, Harold and Jolene Ward of Oklahoma City, Okla., Charles Allen of Hideaway, Texas, and the late Shirley Allen.
McPHERSON - Magdalene E. Schauf, 79, died March 24, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Wayne and Judy McReynolds of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a card shower.
Mel and Mary Waite of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Christine Waite, to Curtis Wade Snodgrass, son of Roger and Lynda Snodgrass of Atwood.
B. Marie Schwartz, 82, died March 22 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born April 16, 1929, at Liebenthal, the daughter of Alex and Mary (Doerfler) Pfeifer. She married Maurice C. Schwartz on July 29, 1947, at Liebenthal. She was a nurse's aide and volunteer at Central Kansas Medical Center. Mrs. Schwartz was a Great Bend resident most of her life, coming from Liebenthal.
Maxine Rogers will celebrate her 101st birthday on March 27 with a card shower.
HOISINGTON - Phyllis Y. Nulton, 80, died March 23 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Jan. 12, 1932, at McAllen, Texas, the daughter of Pierce and Gertrude (Phillips) Wikoff. She married Tom Nulton on Oct. 21, 1951, at Hays. She worked in retail sales for Ann's Dress Shop in Hays and Verna's in Hoisington, and as an office manager for over 25 years at State Farm Insurance, Hoisington. She had been a Hoisington resident since 1967, coming from Hays.
Brad and Connie Mauck of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter Kendra Mauck of Lenexa to Russell Heinen of Merriam, son of Kent and Margie Heinen of Seneca.
WICHITA - Carolyn Ann Risley Hill, 62, of Wichita, passed away March 20, surrounded by loved ones, following a short but valiant battle with cancer.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
Recently commuter students across the nation have been speaking out about the benefits and unforseen costs of living at home and commuting to class.
Republicans may have won the Senate and kept the House, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is no inspiration, allowing President Obama to keep all of the leverage of shutting down government spending while the President wags the threatening finger of executive orders in McConnell's face.
Lydia Mato put her name in the record books Saturday at the NJCAA Cross Country National Championships. The Ghana native became the fifth Barton Community College women's cross country runner to earn an individual national champion honor and the first since 1995.
A good finish to a good season. The Barton Community College men's cross country capped off one of its better season recently by earning a 15th place effort at the NJCAA National Championship in Lubbock this past weekend.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
What makes a marriage last? Some experts believe it's a number game, while others identify a handful of factors that may provide a wedded-bliss edge.
A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity?