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Alberta Ann Mawhiney 1929 - 2021
Alberta Ann Mawhiney

HOISINGTON — Alberta Ann Mawhiney, 91, passed away on Oct. 5, 2021, at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington, Kan. She was born on Dec. 29, 1929, in Parsons, Kan. to James and Mabel (Pearce) Aldridge. She married Billy Joe (Bill) Mawhiney on March 31, 1951 in Parsons. Bill died June 5, 2021, three months after their 70th wedding anniversary.  

Alberta was a resident of Hoisington since 1971 when she and Bill moved from Great Bend to purchase the V.L. Durand Insurance Agency which later became the Mawhiney Insurance Agency. Alberta was a co-owner and licenced agent of Mawhiney Insurance Agency and worked alongside Bill for many years before their retirement in 1992. Prior to that she was the administrative assistant to the president of Barton County Community College in its early days. Before coming to central Kansas, Alberta and Bill lived in Parsons and Coffeyville, Kan. then Norfolk and McCook, Neb. At that time she was a homemaker devoting her time and love to their four children. She took great pride in her family which grew to nine grandchildren, their spouses and then 16 great grandchildren. She and Bill followed the activities and sports for their four in town grandchildren and hosted many summer camp weeks for the out of town kids. Alberta was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She enjoyed playing bridge, needle craftwork, reading and gardening. She and Bill traveled extensively, going to K-State games with friends, bus trips all over the U.S., as well as to visit family. She spoiled her family by cooking giant, hearty meals to feed all the generations. The family returning for Labor Day was an especially strong Mawhiney tradition. However, holiday or not, she created a special place that always drew her family home.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Mawhiney and wife Kim of Overland Park, and Brad Mawhiney and wife Cyndi of Gardner; two daughters, Janet Koester and husband Duane of Hoisington, and Lisa Baum and husband Bob of Great Bend; a brother, James Edward Aldridge and wife Dixie of Parsons, Kan.; a sister, Rosella “Rosie” Shivers of Pleasanton, Calif.; and; nine grandchildren, Brett Mawhiney and wife Kati, Blair Uriell and husband Brandon, Megan Bray and husband Jerron, Brian Koester and wife Brooke, Audrey Koester, Sarah Lober and husband Kyle, Allison Klingenberg and husband Grant, Amanda Malone and husband Jake, and Matt Mawhiney and wife Jaci; and 16 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister Nadine Hoffman.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Hoisington with Reverend Chris Lehew and Chaplain Jeffrey Owen presiding. The family will receive friends prior to the service.  Inurnment will follow at the Hoisington Cemetery at 1 p.m., for those wishing to attend. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Kindred Hospice in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS  67544. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home 

P.O. Box 146 

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 31, 2021