EDNA -- Helen H. Stine, 96, of Edna died Monday, March 2, 2009, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
Helen was born Nov. 22, 1912, in Chetopa to Henry Michael and Cora (Crane) Hahn.
She moved with her family from Chetopa to a farm west of Bartlett in her early childhood. She attended grade school at Lake Creek School, which was close to the family home. She was a 1930 graduate of Labette County Community High School.
She married Donald Edward "Snoox" Stine on May 14, 1938, in Oswego. They made their home on the Stine family farm east of Edna. Their ranching and farming operation specialized in deferred fed steers and for many years they operated their own feedlot. Snoox preceded Helen in death on Aug. 3, 1997.
Mrs. Stine was a member of the Edna United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served her church as president of the official board, president of the UMW and she held many other positions through the years. Her handiwork was always a popular item at the annual church bazaar. Her cutwork pillowcases and embroidered tea towels were of the finest quality. She was one of the ladies of the church who pieced and quilted numerous quilts. She spent many hours at this activity, both at the church and in her home.
She was one of the charter members of the Edna Civic Organization, ECO. She served as president of this organization and held several other offices. This group established the Veterans' Honor Roll Board and flagpole beside the old post office, which is a landmark in Edna. She worked in the various fundraising projects of the organization and made many batches of noodles for the annual beef and noodle dinners.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Cunningham Chapter No. 239, Edna. She held all of the offices in that organization and also served as a district aid.
For more than 20 years, she served her community as a charter member and treasurer of Edna Rural Rental Housing Inc. This organization was responsible for the building and operation of Golden Homes, an independent living facility for senior citizens in Edna.
Helen was always very involved in the activities in her daughter's life and served as sewing project leader for the Leib 4-H Club from 1954 to 1958.
She was a member of the Tuesday Afternoon Study Club, which was affiliated with the Federated Women's Clubs of America. She held various offices in the club.
Serving her community was very important to Helen. She was the local fundraising chairman for the American Cancer Society for many years.
For over 75 years, Helen was an active member in the local camp of the Royal Neighbors of America.
Helen's yard was a display of the evidence of her green thumb. Flowers, particularly roses, were her delight. For many years she grew a garden and canned the produce for her family. In her later years, she and Grace Carroll enjoyed planting flowers, trees and gardens together. There is still a small strawberry patch at her house.
Other hobbies Helen enjoyed at different times in her life were bowling, playing cards, creating beautiful ceramic pieces, sewing and cooking delicious meals for family and friends who often visited her home.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Jane Burnett and her husband, Gilbert, of Edna; her grandson, Gregg Burnett and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Maci and Max, of Evergreen, Colo.; her granddaughter, Michelle Henry and her husband, Troy, and their children, Ashley, Victoria, Morgan, Michael and Matthew of Greenville, Texas; her nephew, Michael Hahn and his wife, Nancy; her sister-in-law, Eloise Hahn of Bartlett; and her niece, Juanita Nunnallee of rural Welch, Okla.; and a host of family and friends.
An older sister, Mildred, and a younger brother, Wilbur, preceded her in death.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edna United Methodist Church. Burial will be in North Edna Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
The family suggests memorials to the Edna United Methodist Church, the Edna Volunteer Fire Department or the Edna Public Library and these may be left with the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline, Coffeyville, 67337.