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Joyce Estella Goreham 1930 - 2011
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Joyce Estella Goreham, 81, Gorham, died April 5, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born March 18, 1930, in Liberal, she was the daughter of Lewis F. and Emma C. (Mische) Culver. She grew up in Yates Center. On June 15, 1948, she married Rolland F. "Ladd" Goreham in Yates Center. She worked as a waitress for a number of years. In 1952, she moved to Russell.

A member of St. Mary Catholic Church, she was active in the church and parish, Alter Society and served as president and taught catechism for three years. She was a member of the Russell Home Demonstration Unit.

In 1970, she moved to Hoisington and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the 20th Century EHU of Hoisington, the Dodge City Council of Catholic Women where she was a board member, and the Great Bend Daughters of Isabella. She was active in the parish and church, choir, served as Altar Society president, Parish Council president and was a member of the Core Group of the Renew Program. She was a lector, an eucharistic minister and baked eucharistic bread for the church. She started an afternoon card club for the widowed and lonely women of the parish and started a scholarship for women of the diocese.

In 1986, she moved to Gorham and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was a lector, active in the parish and church, and was a Eucharistic minister. She was a member of Salina Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and served as church communities chairperson and vice-president of the Vicariate. While on the board, she wrote "Prayer for the Conversion of America," and it was published in a book of prayers of Catholic women in 1991 . She was a member of St. Charles ‘Daughters of Isabella’ and was a member of the original board of the Gorham Senior Center.

Survivors include her husband, Rolland F. "Ladd" Goreham, of the home; three sons, Rolland E. Goreham and wife, Pegy, of Green Acres, Ore., Timothy J. Goreham, of Wilmington, Calif., and Robert E. Goreham and wife, Judy, of Hoisington; two daughters, Rolana J. "Lana" Fisk and husband Neal, of Russell, and Mary McCartney and husband, Drew, of Gorham; two sisters, Rosemary Breault, of Junction City, and Emalee Solander, of Yates Center; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Richard, Louis, Robert, Albert, John, and her twin, Joseph Culver; three sisters, Louise Brown, Irene Mische and Miriam Culver; and a grandson, Mark Wagner.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Gorham. A private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Cline’s Mortuary in Victoria, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church. A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church or Gorham Senior Center in care of the mortuary. Condolences can be sent via email to

Funeral arrangements provided by
Clines Mortuary*

P.O. Box 252

Hays, KS 67601

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 8, 2011