Lelia A. Thompson, 94 died Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor, Sterling. Born Aug. 5, 1919, at Arpelar, Okla., she was the daughter of Boone and Virgie Mae (Ezell) Turner. She married Norman Thompson March, 26, 1938, at McAlester, Okla. He died March 18, 2002.
SALINA - Verla L. Hipp, 82, died on Nov. 26, 2013 at Sterling House of Salina. Born Jan. 6, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Frank Ernest and Helen (Schwartz) Ruble. On July 15, 1953 she married Robert F. Hipp in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 12, 1989. A lifelong resident of Great Bend, moving to Salina in 2009, she was employed for U.S.D. 428 as a Certified Food Service worker for 15 years, retiring in 1994. She was a gifted seamtress.
QUINTER - Rita Houdeshell, 72, of Quinter, died on Nov. 23, 2013 at Hays Medical Center. Born June 7, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harley J. and Helen (Strobel) Everett. She was a graduate of Radium High School. On March 4, 1963, Rita was united in marriage to Larry W. Houdeshell in Dodge City. She worked for many years and retired as a certified nurse's assistant at Gove County Hospital in Quinter.
LARNED - JoAnn (Bruntzel) Simmons Selzer, 82, passed away peacefully Nov. 22 at the Linnwood Park Senior Care home in Meriden. She was born Oct. 21, 1931 in Rozel, the daughter of Alfred and Mildred Ellis Bruntzel. JoAnn was a Pawnee County resident until 1985, when she and her husband, Clyde, sold their beloved Melody Ranch southeast of Larned and moved to Paola to be closer to their children and grandchildren living in the Kansas City area. She had lived in the Kansas City area for 26 years and then spent the last 2 years living in Meriden.
WELLINGTON - Evelyn Fairy DeYoe, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 24, at Lakepoint Nursing and Rehab Center in Wichita. Born Jan. 31, 1930, in Wichita, she was the daughter of William and Evalena (Fields) Gasswint.
Opal Marie McCullough, 95, died Nov. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m., at her home in Great Bend. She was born Nov. 27, 1917, in Wilmore, the daughter of Ather and Ella Burnett. She had two brothers, Carl and Orbia Burnett, who preceded her in death. She had lived in Great Bend since November, 1961, coming from Wichita. She married Paul W. McCullough on July 16, 1939. He was a partner of the former Self-Service Drug stores and preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1975.
BUSHTON - Patricia Carlene Rolfs, 59, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with pancreatitis, with her husband, sons, and a host of close family at her side. She was born Oct. 7, 1954 in Ellsworth Co. to Carl and Velma Louise (Cruth) Hoelscher.
Dorothy "Dot" Burt, 97, died Nov. 15 at Dillon Living Center, Hutchinson. She was born August 19, 1916, in Navarre, the daughter of Harvey Gamon and Emma (Rhodes) Wingerd. Dorothy graduated from Chapman High School 1934 and then Emporia State College in 1939, where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha.
MACKSVILLE - Rafaela Chavez de Lopez, age 75, passed away Nov. 13 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born Oct. 24, 1938, at Villa Matamoros Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Francisco Chavez and Maria del Refugio Soltero.