She was born Sept. 6, 1913, in Montana, Kan., she later moved with her parents, William and Etta (Gass) Swearingin, and sister, Myrtle, to the farm that would become her home for the next 91 years. She graduated from McCune High School.
On Sept. 28, 1936, she married Wayne Hobson at the home of the Rev. Daniel Neher of rural McCune.
Primarily a homemaker, she also worked in the bookstore at Pittsburg State University and for the Agricultural Census Bureau in Parsons. For 12 years she served in a clerical position at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons.
A lifelong member of the McCune Christian Church, she was involved in several McCune activities, including the Mound Club, and was past president of the McCune Improvement Club.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne, of the Golden Living Center in Pittsburg; a son, Col. Alan Hobson, U.S. Army, retired, and his wife, Linda, of Wichita; four grandchildren, Cynthia McGowan and her husband, Steve, of Topeka, Grace Hobson and her husband, Doug LaTessa, of Overland Park, Major Lance Hobson of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mark Hobson and his wife, Robyn, of Shawnee; five great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Ryan McGowan, Alyssa and Seth Hobson and Quinn LaTessa; and several nieces and nephews.
Her most enjoyable role was being hostess to countless get-togethers for family and friends over the years. The Hobson farm provided the home base for her son's military family. They loved returning to Venus' warm hospitality.
Her parents; sister, Myrtle Buffalow; and cousin, Maxine Price, who was raised by Venus' parents; preceded her in death.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to either the McCune Library or the McCune Community Center. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P. O. Box 258, Girard, 66743.
Owen A. Duling
WALNUT -- Owen A. Duling, 80, of rural Walnut died 3:16 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in the emergency room at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. His death was unexpected.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1927, at Greenbush to William Joseph and Anna (O'Rourke) Duling. He grew up on the family farm near Walnut and attended country schools.
He worked as a farmer and stockman on his farm near Walnut for 54 years. He had worked as a cowboy at the Parsons Livestock Association. He also worked as a gentleman rancher in his retirement.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul and the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Walnut. He was also a member of the St. Paul Saddle Club, Knights of Columbus and the Walnut Ruritan Club. He enjoyed riding horses, coon hunting, raising cattle and horses, and, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
He married Frances Titmus on Aug. 28, 1954, St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Walnut. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Jim Duling of Wichita and Chris Duling of Walnut; his daughter, Roberta Mattox and her husband, Don, of Erie; four grandchildren, Aaron Mattoxm, Kendra Mattox, both of Erie, Broc Mattox of Pittsburg and Tyler Duling of Emporia; five sisters, Patricia Riley of Seattle, Cleo O'Brien of St. Paul, Mary Nelson of Zilliah, Wash., Ann Thomasovich of Sacramento, Calif., and Joann Mengrelli of Granger, Wash.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Pat Duling and Luke Duling; and a sister, Eileen Ermey.
Mass of Christian Burial will at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Walnut. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery at Walnut. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the church with visitation following. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Paul Saddle Club and these may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 303 N. Grant St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, 66733.