She was born Nov. 4, 1930, in Miltonvale to Ralph “Red” and Flossie (Emig) Garretson. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Parsons, where she grew up and attended school. In 1950, she graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
She married Melvin C. Short on July 22, 1950, in Frostburg, Md. He served more than 20 years of active military service during World War II and the Korean War. During that time, the couple lived in various areas and, in 1964, returned to Southeast Kansas. In 1968, they moved to Parsons, where she had lived since. She was preceded her in death by her husband, Melvin Short, on Aug. 14, 1992.
In earlier years, she worked at Stewart’s Drug Store and Litwins, both in Parsons; and 18 years as a sales representative at Westco in Parsons. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Parsons. Onie enjoyed playing bingo and cards and going to the casinos.
Survivors include a sister, Rose Mary Dodson of Topeka; a nephew, Steve Brunenn and his wife, DeLisa, of rural McCune; a niece, Tammy Rose Dodson of Kansas City, Mo.; a great-nephew, Tyler Brunenn of Fort Collins, Colo.; a great-niece, Melissa Leonard of Austin, Texas; a brother-in-law, Wayne W. Brunenn of rural McCune; numerous Garretson and Bush family members; and a dear friend, Geneva Smith of rural Dennis.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Brunenn.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the Assembly of God Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.