She was born Nov. 16, 1912, to Frank and Mary Luck Mears at Beloit. She graduated from Beloit High School and attended Kansas State University in Manhattan. After graduating from high school, she completed her normal certificate, and at the age of 16 started teaching in a Mitchell County, Kan., one-room school. She taught grades one through eight for six years in several schools.
On May 10, 1936, she married Charles P. McKinnie at Beloit. They came to Erie in 1943, maintaining a home there until 2006.
Her main interest was her family, friends and many forms of art, including oil and china painting. She also loved gardening of flowers. She was a member of the Erie Federated Church, United Methodist Women and the Erie Study Club.
She is survived by her three children, JoAnne Adell of Dubois, Wyo., Charles McKinnie of Holiday Island, Ark., and Gordon McKinnie of San Antonio; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a sister, Mildred Mears.
There will be a graveside service at Elmwood Cemetery in Beloit Tuesday.
Colonial Funeral Home of Universal City, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Maudie O. Wheeles
ERIE -- Maudie O. Wheeles, 99, of Erie died at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at Labette Health in Parsons, where she entered last Monday.
She was born Oct. 7, 1909, in Parsons to Albert and Angelina (Hankins) White and moved with her family to Erie when she was 1 year old. She graduated from Erie High School in 1927.
On Dec. 14, 1935, she married Cleo I. "Slats" Wheeles at Erie. He preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 1983.
She was a member of the Erie Federated Church and enjoyed gardening, quilting and ceramics. In past years, she had been active in both the American Legion and V.F.W. auxiliaries, and she was a volunteer for the Senior Center, delivering meals on wheels.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Wheeles and his wife, Karen, of Ozawkie, and Gene Wheeles of Spring City, Pa.; and five grandsons, Barry Wheeles, his wife, Karen, and daughter, Katherine, of Overland Park, Bryan Wheeles, his wife, Jeri, and children, Leah and Jacob, of Topeka, Patrick Wheeles, his wife, Carlee, and daughter, Cassandra, of Lansdale, Pa., Michael Wheeles and his wife, Katie, of Barre, Vt., and Phillip Wheeles and his wife, Kim, of Dottown, Pa.
Also preceding her in death are four brothers, Ira White, Clarence White and John White; and a sister, Agnes Beard.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Erie Federated Church with the Revs. Larry Jordan and John Turner officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service in the parlor of the church. Friends also may call at their convenience at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorials are suggested to either Erie Federated Church, the Erie War Memorial or the Erie Meals on Wheels program.
TUSCON, Ariz. --Eugene "Gene" Ramirez, 47, a former resident of Parsons, died in Tucson, Ariz.
He was born Nov. 7, 1960, at Mercy Hospital in Parsons to Joaquin and Mary Galdina (Fuentez) Ramirez. He grew up in Parsons and attended Washington Elementary School, Parsons Junior High School and Parsons Senior High School. He worked various jobs before moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1986.
He was a member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church now St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, going to swap meets and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his parents, Joaquin and Mary Ramirez of Parsons; four brothers, Joseph "Steve" Ramirez of Parsons, Raphael "Ray" Ramirez of Austin, Texas, Joaquin "J.R." Ramirez Jr. of Parsons and Daniel Ramirez and his wife, Paula, of Parsons; four sisters, Vicki Williams and her husband, Jerry, of Parsons, Agnes "Nana" Mateer of Parsons, Ann Cruse and her husband, Kevin, of Parsons and Patty Shaver of Parsons; sisters-in-law, Becky, Melody, Janet and Laura; brothers-in-law, Kevin and Mike; and several nieces and nephews
The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to the Eugene Ramirez Memorial Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Brenda L. Davidson
ERIE -- Brenda L. Davidson, 52, of Erie died at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born on Aug. 5, 1956, at Parsons to Cleal and LaDonna (Myers) Perry. She grew up at Parsons and Cherokee and attended schools there.
She lived in Parsons, Galesburg and Walnut over the years before moving to Erie in 2002. She was a homemaker.
She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, animals and country music. She attended First Baptist Church in Erie.
She married Paul Spencer. They later divorced. She married Lyle Davidson on Feb. 3, 1995, at rural Parsons. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Shawn Spencer of Mulberry and Mark Davidson of Walnut; two daughters, Kelli Long and Mistie Dawn Baker, both of Erie; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Erie. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery at Walnut. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie.
John A. Birner
NEOSHO, Mo. -- John A. Birner, 65, of Neosho died at 5:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 11, 1943, in El Paso, Texas, to Augustine and Audra (Wilson) Birner.
He moved to Neosho Jan. 1, 1990, from Chanute. He had served in the National Guard and worked in construction.
He married Myrna Mitchell on Aug. 30, 1968, in Erie. She survives.
Other survivors include three children, Dhanna Birner of Wichita, John A. Birner of Ritchey, Mo., and Joe A. Birner of Sapulpa, Okla.; his mother, Audra Barnhardt of Neosho; and three grandchildren, Isabelle Birner, Jackson Birner and Heather Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clark Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Frank Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, south of Neosho.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Newton County Cancer Council, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, Mo., 64850.
Donald Lee Bolick
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Donald Lee Bolick, 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas, formerly of Parsons died on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, in Springfield, Mo., while visiting his family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
He was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Cherokee, Kan., and graduated from Crawford County High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned home to work in the medical laboratory at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. He then began working in the clinical laboratory at Mercy Hospital and later became laboratory director at Labette County Medical Center in 1961, retiring from that position in 1997.
He was an active member of the Men's Group at Grace Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. Bolick, of the home; his daughters, Delores "Lori" L. Naramore of Parsons and Cheryl L. Brown of Springfield, Mo.; his grandchildren, Stephanie Blake and her husband, Jacob, Melissa Thompson and her husband, Corey, Jennifer Rector and her husband, Dale, Justin Naramore and Taylor Cole; five great grandchildren, Brooklynn Engel, Natalie Rector, Nathan Rector, Jonah Blake and Kaela Thompson; two nieces, Meg Lunsford and her husband, Kevin, and Kate Wilburn; a nephew; Grant Wilburn; and a brother, Dean Bolick of Hiawatha.