She was born Nov. 16, 1937, at Mercy Hospital in Parsons to Lloyd and Hope (Newell) Bennett. As a young girl, she grew up in the rural Altamont area, where she attended Newell Rural School and Ellis Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont. She lived her adult life in Parsons, where she worked as head cashier at Don Divine's Restaurant and also at Charles Prescription Shop for several years.
She was a member of Altamont Methodist Church, a charter member of FCE Ideal Home Extension Unit and the S.E.K. Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club. In previous years, she was active in planning her class reunions and enjoyed attending alumni banquets.
She married Howard B. Cave on June 12, 1955, at Altamont Methodist Church. He preceded her in death April 17, 2007. She lived her life for and through her children.
Survivors include a son, Darrell Cave of Parsons; a daughter, Michele Cave of Parsons; a sister, Ardith Holmes of Altamont; three nephews, Stan Holmes, Tony Holmes and Jeff Holmes; five great-nieces and nephews; two stepgreat-nephews; and three great-great-nieces.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Ideal Home Extension Unit and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Sharon K. Johnson
Sharon K. Johnson, 69, of Parsons died at 10:43 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Center in Little Rock, Ark.
She was born on Feb. 17, 1939, in Joplin to Jack and Ada (Richards) Morgan. She grew up in the Joplin area and attended Duenweg schools, graduating from Duenweg High School in 1956. She graduated from Chapman College in Orange, Calif., with a bachelor's of arts degree in secondary education.
She married Jerry Johnson on Dec. 4, 1956, in Miami, Okla. He survives of the home.
She worked as a school teacher for many years in Orange County, Calif., public schools. She later moved to Plano, Texas, in 1975 and to Parsons in 1995.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Parsons. She enjoyed art, oil painting, sewing and playing the piano. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Steve Johnson of Plano, Texas, and Jerel Johnson of Parsons; six grandchildren; and four sisters, Becky Binkholder of Union City, Ky., Nancy Lea and Sue Crumbliss, both of Joplin, and Jane Hutchinson of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Ben Johnson, in 1982.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Parsons. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation and my be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Valerie Lynn Carmona
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Valerie Lynn Carmona, age 58, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1977 and formerly of Wichita, died on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
She was born on Oct. 27, 1950, in Parsons.
After high school, she married John Acuna Carmona on July 24, 1976, in Girard, Kan. He survives.
She was a taxpayer service representative for the Internal Revenue Service.
She was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary, serving at both the local and state levels. She was of the Catholic faith and very much loved spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also enjoyed reading and weekend nature trips to the mountains.
Other survivors include a daughter, Melissa Ann Carmona of Colorado Springs; two sons, John Wesley Carmona and Andrew Alfonso Carmona, both of Colorado Springs; four grandchildren, Jessica Lynn, Chyann Hope, Alexander Lee and Johnathon Michael Carmona; her parents, Clarice and John Miller of Girard; a brother, Alan Miller of Girard; and four sisters, Donna Woolman of Monkey Island, Okla., Lisa Franklin, Janet Miller and Joyce Lord, all of Girard.
The service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel of Roses. Private inurnment will be at the Pope John Paul II Memorial Columbarium.
Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, P.O. Box 9670, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80932.
ST. PAUL -- Lewis Bradshaw, 73, of St. Paul died at 8:36 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. His death was unexpected.
He was born April 2, 1935, at Walnut to Leland and Regina (Westhoff) Bradshaw. He grew up in Walnut and graduated from Walnut High School. He served six years as a reservist in the Army National Guard.
On Nov. 17, 1956, he married Mary Jo Fager at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul, and they had lived in St. Paul since. She survives of the home.
He was employed for many years as a heavy equipment operator, working for Hy-Grade Construction and Harry Byers Co. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus.
Other survivors include three sons, Steve Bradshaw and his wife, Kaye, Michael Bradshaw and his wife, Cindy, all of Girard, Doug Bradshaw and his wife, Teresa, of Kingman; two daughters, Brenda Thompson and her husband, Charles, of Pittsburg and Carla O'Brien and her husband, Joey, of St. Paul; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Bradshaw of St. Paul and Donald Bradshaw of Walnut; five sisters, Helen George, Rose Mary Church, both of Walnut, Betty O'Toole of Texas, Clara Miller of Alabama and Alice Stratton of Radley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy Bradshaw, who died in 1997.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul with burial in St. Francis Cemetery.
The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the parish will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both at the church.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Catholic Church.
Carson-Wall Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel E. Quathamer
SOLOMON -- Hazel E. Quathamer, 97, of Solomon died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at the Village Manor, Abilene.
She was born May 23, 1911, at Hallam, Neb., to William W. and Lydia (Glebe) Vitousek. She attended school there.
She married Geard J. Quathamer on Nov. 20, 1930, in El Dorado. He preceded her in death.
She was a CNA and worked in Erie, Chanute and Iola.
Survivors include a son, Geard Quathamer of Wabaunsee; two daughters, Joan Hoefler of Westphalia and Geraldine Criswell of Solomon; 14 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Others preceding her in death are a daughter, Lavina Cole; and a grandson, Shawn Cole.
The service was on Tuesday at First Christian Church in Abilene. Graveside services and burial will be at 1:30 p.m. today in Spring Hill Cemetery in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Charles P. 'Chuck' Varsolona
GALESBURG -- Charles P. "Chuck" Varsolona, 66, of Galesburg went to be with the Lord at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
He was born June 19, 1942, at Arma to Frank and Lucille (Vezzetti) Varsolona. He grew up in Arma and graduated from high school there in 1960. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pittsburg State University.
He married Jeryl L. Brown on July 30, 1966, at Tuscon, Ariz. She survives of the home.
From 1965 to 1977, he was a teacher and administrator at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind at Tuscon. From 1977 to 1997, he owned and operated Varsolona Family Tree Garden Center at Cottonwood, Ariz. Later, for several years, he was employed by Griffith Enterprises at Cottonwood. In 2004, he retired to Galesburg.
He was a member of Galesburg United Methodist Church and of the Lions Clubs in Cottonwood, Ariz., and in Parsons. He had been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his involvement in the work of Lions clubs. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting and fishing and traveling.
Other survivors include a brother, Robert Varsolona of Galesburg; and a niece, Emalee Mikel and her husband, Mark, of Parsons.
The service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Galesburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ralph Peters officiating.
Memorials are suggested to either Galesburg United Methodist Church or the Parsons Lions Club and may be left at or sent to Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Kathryn Isabelle McFann
HAMPTON, Va. -- Kathryn Isabelle McFann, 88, of Hampton, formerly of Parsons, died on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in Northampton Convalescent Center, Hampton.
She was born in Herington to Raymond and Esther (Mullin) Dunlay in Herington, Kan.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master's degree in social work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
She married Robert J McFann. He preceded her in death.
She was the admissions director for Harrisburg State Hospital.
Survivors include a sister, Betty Van Decar of Granada Hills, Calif.; two daughters, Patricia Frank and Teresa Smith, both of Hampton Va.; two sons, Robert J. McFann Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mark McFann of Falls Church, Va.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Mollie Hawley.
The funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Church, 3435 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, Pa. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Rolling Green Cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Neill Funeral Home, Camp Hill, Pa.
Phyllis 'Filis' Emery
Phyllis "Filis" Emery died on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.
She was born July 5, 1951, in Albuquerque, N.M.
She attended Parsons High School and received a bachelor's degree at Pittsburg State University.
She married John "Skip" White. He survives.
She retired from Champion paper mill after 18 years.
Other survivors include her daughter and family, Demery (Rasdall) Meggs, Chason and Reagan Meggs; her son and family, John "Ezra" Emery-Perez, Michele and Alexis Emery-Perez; her brother, David Emery and family, Afsar Emery and Daniel Algilani; her birth mother, Ruth Jernigan; two stepdaughters; five grandchildren; cousins; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and many loved friends.
Preceding her death were her father, Thomas Emery; her "mom," Bonnie Emery; her brother, Jhon "Peter" Emery; and her sister, Lois Holmes.
The service will from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Faith Chapel North, 1000 Highway 29, Cantonment, Fla. Memorials are suggested to an Donate Life America, 700 N. Fourth Street, Richmond, Va., 23219.
Virginia Lee Cowdin
WICHITA -- Virginia Lee Cowdin, went to her heavenly home, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at her earthly home in Wichita with her family lovingly caring for her.
She was the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. Dutton.
She married Don Cowdin on Jan. 15, 1977. He survives.
She was a member of Cedar Chapel Methodist Church in Wichita.
Other survivors include her brother, Dean Dutton of Parsons; a sister, Patricia Lindholm of Scammon; five nieces, Cathy Trent of Parsons, Rhonda Franks of Scranton, Teresa Bell of Kansas City, Mo., Pam Harper of Talala, Okla., and Debora Bolin of Columbus; two nephews, Rick Dean of Olathe and Brad Dutton of Parsons; 12 great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was Aunt GiGi to the little ones and Aunt Ginny to the older ones. She was a very special aunt to them all, an extraordinary sister and a loving wife. She always had an extra special love for God, music, dancing, laughter, family and all the little ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Caroline Dean.
The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Weir, with the Rev. Jim Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Hosey Hill Cemetery.
Friends are welcome to stop by anytime at her sister's home, Pat Lindholm, 303 N. Sixth Ave., Scammon.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.
June Marie McConnell
OSWEGO -- June Marie McConnell, 76, of Oswego died suddenly at her home Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.
She was born May 22, 1932, in Parsons to Edward and Opal Kelly Passwater. She graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1950 and then married Robert L. McConnell on May 28, 1950, in the Methodist Church in Parsons. The couple lived in the Big Hill Lake area before moving to Oswego in 1974. He survives of the home.
She worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, retiring in 1995, and then worked for USD 504 as a cook until last year. She was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary and enjoyed quilting, camping, fishing, gardening and cooking. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Other survivors include two sons, Ron McConnell of Plumerville, Ark., and David McConnell and his wife, Diane, of Parsons; four grandchildren, Melissa Murray and her husband, Jon, Travis McConnelll and his wife, Karla, Matthew McConnell and Jessica Adams and her husband, Jason; four great-grandchildren, Kane and Noah Murray and Jackson and Joshua Adams; a sister, Crystal Harper and her husband, J.D., of Cherryvale; a brother, Lee Passwater and his wife, Liz, of Parsons; and a beloved dog, Mitzie.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra; her parents; a brother; and a sister.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Murdock Chapel with Richard Stapleton officiating. Interment will follow in Mitchell Cemetery, Oswego. The casket will be closed at service time and will remain closed. Memorials may be made to the Mitchell Cemetery with the funeral home serving as custodian.