She was born Feb. 21, 1919, in Parsons the daughter of Alva and May (Smith) Zuck. She attended Waverly High School in Waverly, and taught school in Coffey County.
She married M. Edward Dowell on Aug. 11, 1940, and moved to Parsons. In 2000, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
She worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, Hallmark Cards and the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, from which she retired as an art therapist in 1981.
She was a long-time member of First Christian Church of Parsons and held dual membership in Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo. In Parsons, she was an active member of the CWF. She was also an active member of Beta Sigma Phi and volunteered for the Red Cross and for Labette County Medical Center for several years. After moving to Kansas City, she lived at Wexford Place retirement community where she had many friends and was active in their new neighbor program.
Survivors include a son, Gary Dowell and his wife, Nancy, of Danville, Calif.; a daughter, Sheryl Shreve of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Linda Dowell of San Ramon, Calif., Laurie Davis and her husband, Bill, and son, Taylor, of Pleasanton, Calif., Edward Dowell and his wife, Jennifer, and sons, Owen and Brandon, of Alameda, Calif., Jennifer Shreve Jones and her husband, Bryan, and daughters, Justine and Robin, of Kansas City, Mo., and Adam Shreve and his wife, Montse, and daughter, Nina, of Walnut Creek, Calif.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Alva David Zuck, in 1992.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church of Parsons. These may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Rosalie L. Parlett
Rosalie L. Parlett, 95, of Parsons died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Elmhaven West. She had been in failing health.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1913, at Seiling, Okla., to John Allen and Julia (Bagley) Shira. When she was a teenager the family moved to Labette City.
She and Amos Parlett were married on Jan. 11, 1931, at Oswego. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1980.
She resided in Labette City, Oswego, Altamont, Parsons and Lincoln, Ark., during her lifetime. She was a homemaker and worked at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center as a seamstress.
She was a member of the Oswego United Methodist Church. She enjoyed oil painting, playing the piano, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and making quilts, afghans and paintings for her family.
Survivors include three sons, Doyle Parlett and his wife, Dru, of Altamont, Gary Parlett and his wife, Dorothy, of Talala, Okla., and Dan Parlett and his wife, Karen, of Abilene, Texas; two daughters, Shirley Ellis and her husband, Ed, of Parsons and Joan Hambrick of Cameron, Okla.; a son-in-law, David Talbot of Belle Plaine; 16 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Talbot; a grandson, Wayne Ellis; a great-grandson, Levi Nash; two brothers, Millard Gallentine and Orville Shira; and a sister, Gail Cox.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Labette City Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or to Wesley United Methodist Church, and these may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Christopher 'Chris' Ahrens
VINITA, Okla. -- Christopher L. "Chris" Ahrens, 23, of Vinita, Okla., died from injuries suffered in an auto accident Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2008, outside of Vinita.
He was born Oct. 29, 1985, in Bartlesville, Okla., to Lawrence P. and Rose Mary (LaCaria) Ahrens. He grew up and attended schools in Chetopa. He was employed at Allied Marine in Langley, Okla.
Survivors include three sons, Trenton Ahrens, Shawn Ahrens and Colton Ahrens, all of the home; his mother, Rose Mary Ahrens of Welch, Okla.; three brothers, Gene Ahrens of Tucson, Ariz., Gary Ahrens of Eagle, Wis., and Stephen Ahrens of Welch, Okla.; and two sisters, Cindy Porter of Welch, Okla., and Carolyn Tullis of Oswego.
He was preceded in death by his father on Oct. 11, 2000.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego. Burial will be in St. Anne's Cemetery in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.
Memorials are suggested to the Christopher Ahrens Memorial Fund. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 706 Maple, Chetopa, 67336.
Robert D. Blake
TOPEKA -- Robert "Bob" D. Blake, 81, of Topeka died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Stormont-Vail Hospital.
He was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Winfield to Robert D. and Marie (McGinn) Blake.
He married Joanne Hole on June 16, 1962, in Topeka. She survives of the home.
He grew up on the farm and later graduated from Winfield High School. He graduated from Kansas University with a master's degree in psychology and administration. For a time he worked as a recreation director at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.
Survivors also include two sons, Jon K. Blake and Ken Blake, both of Topeka; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka and these may be left at or sent to Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, 66608.