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Vickie J. Cole 1946 - 2014
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HAYS — Vickie J. Cole, 67, passed away Jan. 2, at Hays Medical Center. Born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr. On July 3, 1966, she married Tom O. Cole in Great Bend.
Vickie was an Executive Secretary for DaMar resources Inc. of Hays. She was an avid dog lover and co-founder of the Smoky Hill Golden Retriever Club in 1999. She was also involved with C.A.R.E., which helps to find homes for displaced dogs. In 2013 over 1,300 dogs were saved through her help.
Survivors include her husband, Tom of Hays; a son, Jason Cole and wife Kelly of Hays; a daughter, Shannon Bauer and husband Gary of Valley Center; a stepbrother, Donald A. Bowsher Jr. and wife Twila of Great Bend; a brother-in-law, Dr. Dale Cole and wife Beverly of Salina; and three grandchildren. Her parents and a sister, Sherry Barnett, preceded her in death.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date as well as a suggested memorial contribution. Condolences may be sent to the family by guest book at or emailed to

Funeral arrangements provided by
Brock’s North Hill Chapel**                                                                                                              
2509 Vine
Hays, Ks. 67601
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Jan. 7, 2014