Ann F. Pontious, 99, of Parsons died at 1:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Elmhaven East.
She was born Dec. 14, 1913, in Parsons to John F. and Annie M. (Quirin) Journot. As a young girl, she grew up on a farm southwest of Parsons and was a graduate of Dennis High School. She received nursing training at the Fort Scott Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Parsons. Through the years, she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Mercy Hospital, Labette County Medical Center, Presbyterian Manor and Heritage Nursing Home. She also worked as a private nurse in homes.
She was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, now St. Patrick’s, and its Altar Society, the VFW Auxiliary and SCOOP. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and embroidering. During World War II, she volunteered in the soup kitchen and, in later years, at St. Vincent De Paul Society and Meals on Wheels. For many years, Ann personally made meals and delivered them to shut-ins and had cared for numerous family members.
She married James “J.W.” McElroy on Jan. 28, 1934. He preceded her in death in 1964. On Aug. 6, 1966, she married Ira Pontious. He preceded her in death Oct. 30, 1976.
Survivors include two stepsons, James Pontious of Pittsburg and Loren Pontious of Winfield; a stepdaughter, Eileen Surridge of Pittsburg; a stepgranddaughter; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Bill Journot, Barbara (Journot) Milks, Cynthia (Journot) VanLeeuwen, Clint Journot, JoAnn (Journot) Washburn and Jane (Journot) Kelsey.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Frank J. Journot, Eugene C. Journot, John P. Journot, George W. Journot and Richard L. Journot; three sisters, Ida Frayher, Mary L. Bauer and Pauline D. Stilley; an infant son, James Joseph McElroy; and a stepson, Alvin Pontious.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 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.