Archive for Wednesday, June 25, 2003


June 25, 2003


Funeral services for LouAnn George, 60, Lawrence, were Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mrs. George died June 17, 2003, at her home in Lawrence.

She was born Sept. 5, 1942, at McPherson, the daughter of John and Vera (Colwell) Smith. She graduated from Lawrence High School and worked on the family dairy farm before she went to work for Commerce Plaza in 1981. She worked as a sales associate for Bud Jennings from1985 until her death.

She married LeRoy George on March 3, 1962, in Lawrence. He died Nov. 7, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Eugene George, Baldwin City; a daughter, Sherri Brown, Baldwin City; two sisters, Janet Harper, Lake Orion, Mich., and Jeanne Adams, Winchester; a brother, Roy Smith, Eudora, and four grandchildren.

Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Funeral services for Elizabeth Hazel Niebrugge, 93, Baldwin City, were Monday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Worden. Mrs. Niebrugge died June 20, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

She was born April 27, 1910, at Grand Rapids, Mich., the youngest daughter of William Withbolt and Helen Dejong Van Malsen. She attended schools at Grand Rapids. At the age of 15, following the death of her mother, she became a homemaker for her father and her handicapped brother. She worked in many homes doing housework and caring for children.

She married Karl Niebrugge at Grand Rapids, Mich. They moved to the Niebrugge family farm in rural Douglas County after their marriage. He died Sept. 27, 1998.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Worden, and a 50 year member of Lloyd Beaton Post No. 228 American Legion Auxiliary, Baldwin City.

Survivors include one daughter, Janel Coffman and her husband, Wayne, Baldwin City; one son, Alan Niebrugge and his wife Joyce, Louisburg; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was at St. John's Cemetery, Worden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ or the Baldwin Care Center sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


An inurnment service for Betty Lee Salsbury, 64, Ottawa, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville. Mrs. Salsbury died June 16, 2003, at Olathe Medical Center, following a long illness.

She was born Feb. 9, 1939, at Warrensburg, Mo., the daughter of George and Genevra Hout. She graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1957 and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, majoring in art. She married Larry House and moved to Lawrence where they lived until his death. She married Dr. Darrell L. Salsbury Aug. 5, 1966, at Lawrence. They moved to Ottawa where they restored the Ransom-Bennett house. She was instrumental in getting that home and the Carnegie Library on the National Register of Historic Places. They then moved to their current home on a farm south of Baldwin City.

Mrs. Salsbury was an artist and seamstress and occasionally taught classes and tutored on these subjects. She was active in the Minervian Club, a member of the General Edward Hand Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of The American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband Darrell, of the home; one brother, George, Warrensburg, Mo.; one son, Daniel, and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the General Edward Hand Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to


Funeral services for Thomas "Tommy" L. Burns, 83, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Burns died June 23, 2003, at the Eudora Nursing Center.

He was born Sept.1, 1919, at Lawrence, the son of Thomas L. and Angelena Barnes Burns, Sr. He attended Lawrence schools. He was the yard foreman for Lawrence Paper Company for 27 years. Formerly, he farmed and had worked at Bowersock Power Company.

He was a member of the Indian Hills Church of God. He wrote a book "60 Years on the Kaw River" in 1993.

He married Ozella E. Pearson Sept. 28, 1939, at Ottawa. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Thomas E. Burns, McLouth; three daughters, Carol Sue Taul, Baldwin City; Patricia Ann Breithaupt, Lawrence; Jeannette Marie Hadley, Baldwin City; one sister, Annamarguerite Simmons, Missouri; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. The family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

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