Archive for Tuesday, December 23, 2003


December 23, 2003


Funeral services for Ruth A. Stevenson, 80, Lawrence, were Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Stevenson died Dec.16, 2003, at her home.

She was born Sept. 28, 1923, at Wamego, the daughter of Glenn B. and Sara A. Buchmeier Head. She graduated from Wamego High School. She worked for Hercules Powder Company and Sunflower Ordinance Plant during WWII. She and her husband owned Cozy Corner Grocery Store, Wellsville, and the Stevenson Oldsmobile Dealership, Lawrence.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 14.

She married Dale L. Stevenson Aug. 2,1947, at Wellsville. He died July 27, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters, Jo Elaine Blevins and Nancy K. Baker, both of Lawrence; a brother, Kenneth Head, Paola; two sisters, Lola Sander, Seneca, and Opal Patton, Osage City, and two grandchildren.

Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be made to the Stevenson Memorial Fund with the Douglas County 4-H Foundation and sent in care of Warren-MeElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.


Funeral services for Marilyn Gay Broyles, 71, Baldwin City, were Thursday, at Worden United Methodist Church, Worden. Mrs. Broyles died Dec.15, 2003, at her home.

She was born Jan. 31,1932, at Waverly, the daughter of Clarence Jack and Gladys Mae (Young) Everley. She attended Linwood schools and graduated as class valedictorian in1949. She moved to Lawrence in1955 and worked at Lawrence National Bank, then Lawrence Memorial Hospital in admissions, retiring after 22 years. She moved to the Worden area in 1979.

She was a member of Worden United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

She married Bob Broyles Dec. 15,1951. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Patti Watkins, Baldwin City, and Jan Green, Lawrence; one son, Lee Broyles, Baldwin City; one brother, Tom Everley, Bonner Springs; two sisters, Fae Anderson, Baldwin City, and Gladys Wright, Pleasant Hill, Mo., and seven grandchildren.

Burial was at Worden Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Worden United Methodist Women or Hospice Care in Douglas County and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Services for Renee L. Sudduth, 23, Lawrence, formerly of Topeka, will be at 1 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka. Interment will be in Penwell-Gabel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Miss Sudduth died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, in a car wreck in Douglas County.

She was born Feb. 14, 1980, in Topeka, the daughter of Michael L. and Kathryn K. (Kern) Sudduth.

Miss Sudduth worked in the admissions office at Baker University.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Kathryn and Terry Hiltibrand; her father; two sisters, Melynda and Jessica; her grandfather, Charles S. Sudduth; and a companion, Bobby Kasper.

The family suggests memorials to the Renee L. Sudduth Scholarship at Baker University, sent in care of the funeral home, 1321 S.W. 10th St., Topeka 66604.


Mary Alyce Steil, 82, Pensacola, Fla., died Dec. 15, 2003. She was cremated.

Mrs. Steil was born Dec. 14, 1921, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of William O. and Ollie Faye (Hunt) Cox. She graduated from Westport High School, Kansas City, Mo., in 1938 and from Baker University, Baldwin City, in 1942. She taught school at Cocker City. She took flying lessons and attained her private pilot license.

She married Ralph K. Steil July 18, 1944, at Olathe. They divorced in 1966. She returned to Baldwin City in 1966 where she made her home with her daughters. She owned Baldwin Dry Goods, becoming the third generation of her family to run this business. She sold the store in 1988 upon her retirement and remained in her home until 1999. She was a resident of Vintage Park Assisted Living, Baldwin City, until 2002, when she moved to Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility in Lawrence. In October 2003 she moved to Pensacola, Fla., to be near her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Cindy Steil Hardy.

Survivors include one son, John W. Steil, San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Sarah Maple, Medford, Ore. and Christy Steil, Perdido Key, Fla; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be left to any hospice.

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