GARFIELD — Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time so special.
She was a member of the Rozel United Methodist Church where she was the organist for 42+ years. She was the current president of the Rozel United Methodist Women. She served on many church committees. Creating memorable Easter Sunrise Services was one of her favorites. Naomi held many positions within the Larned Music Club. Music was a passion. She could make any piano sing.
Naomi loved taking road trips with Alan, exploring the beautiful southwest United States. She enjoyed the Red Hat Ladies, playing bridge for many years and the mischievous adventures with her traveling friends. She had many creative interests including stained glass, painting, decorating and shopping.
Naomi married Alan Converse on April 18, 1957, in Rozel, Kansas. They were married for 58 years and he survives.
Other survivors include: four daughters, Diane (Ray) Gans, of Wichita, Denise (Tim) Ruehlen, of Katy, Texas, Donna (Mike) Schmidt, of Wichita, and Desni (Brad) McGuire, of Overland Park; a brother, Neil V. Meckfessel, of Rozel; two sisters, Anita C. Witcher, of Elkhart, and Audrey L. (Dee Jay) Hubbard, of St. Louis, Mo..; a brother-in-law, Kent Converse, of Garfield; nine grandchildren, Gigi Gans, Katherine Gans, Rebecca Gans, Abby Ruehlen, Samuel Schmidt, Micah Schmidt, Austen McGuire, Parker McGuire and Alisen McGuire; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; brother- in- law, Dan Witcher, sister- in- laws, Linda Converse and Patty Meckfessel, nephew Jason Meckfessel and a niece Brooke Meckfessel.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Rozel, with Pastors Rob Schmutz and Brad McCoy presiding. Burial will be at the Larned Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Beckwith Mortuary in Larned. Memorials may be given to the Rozel United Methodist Women or the Rozel United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 12, 2015