CENTENNIAL, COLO. - Billy Conrad Smith, 71, died Dec. 27, at his daughters home in Centennial, Colo. Born April 25, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Raymond H. and Juanita M. Woelk Smith. A longtime resident of Larned, he moved to Centennial, Colo., to be close to family. He was a retired Occupational Therapist at Larned State Hospital and was a graduate at Barton County Community College, Great Bend. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church.
LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Gladys Rosalie Woodrow, 93, died Dec. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1919, at Great Bend, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Minnie Evangaline (Mead) McMullen. She married Woodrow Wilson Woodrow on Oct. 29, 1938, in Russell. They were later divorced, but remained very close.
HUTCHINSON - Jacqueline Elaine Bliss, 84, died Dec. 26 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Hamilton, the daughter of John Henry and Violet Georgia (Guffey) Rush. On June 23, 1945, she married Wayne A. Bliss in Inman. He died Sept. 22, 1998. She was a resident of Great Bend from 1952 until moving to Hutchinson in 1986. She was a homemaker and a foster parent for South Hutchinson Elementary School.
ELLINWOOD - William N. (Bill) Johnson, 81, died Dec. 19 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 11, 1931 in Winfield, he was the son of Dee Johnson and Juanita M. Ermey Johnson. On Feb. 19, 1954 he married Joan Hauser in Las Cruces, N.M. She died on Aug. 25, 1991. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Ark City, he was a Division Engineer at Marlette Homes and service station manager at Bird Oil Company, both of Great Bend.
BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.
Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.