Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2003


May 21, 2003


Funeral services for Anna Mae Reed, 75, Bronson, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home. Mrs. Reed died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her home.

She was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Missouri, the daughter of Mack and Jessie (Miller) Hartman. She married James F. Reed in June,1952. They later divorced. She lived in Ottawa prior to 1960 when she moved to Baldwin City. She was a cook at Orchard Lane, now Baldwin Care Center, from 1981 to 1993. She was a cook for sorority houses at Kansas University, Lawrence, and Baker University, Baldwin City. She moved to Bronson after retiring.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Reed, Mildred, and David Reed, Baldwin; a sister, Ruth M. Hartman, Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. An infant son, Larry Lynn Reed, preceded her in death.

A service will be at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, Fort Scott, at 9:30 a.m. today. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time. She will be taken to Baldwin for services at 2 p.m. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time at Lamb-Roberts. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to the Bronson Senior Citizens Center and sent in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.


Funeral services for Ruth Baker, 101, Derby, formerly of Neodesha, will be at 1 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, Neodesha. Mrs. Baker died Sat., May 17, 2003, at the Alterra Sterling House, Derby.

She was born May 19, 1901, near Sisseton, S.D., the daughter of Willie Arthur and Idaho (Fuller) Koutz, homesteaders when that part of South Dakota was opened for settlement in the late 1890s. She attended rural school until 1909 when the family moved to Richland, Mo. They moved to Neodesha in 1912. She graduated from high school in 1921. In 1927, she received a BA Degree from Baker University. She taught in Dixon, Mo., Jamestown, Mo., Colony, Yates Center and Neodesha. She did summer graduate work at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., University of Denver, Colo., and Kansas State College, Pittsburg.

She married John Wesley Baker, Roeland Park, in 1967. He died July 2, 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters, two brothers, two nieces and one nephew.

Survivors include two step daughters, Kathryn Dougan and Mary Hendrick, both of Grand Prairie, Texas; seven step grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home, Neodesha. Burial will be at Neodesha City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or the United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Loran Fawcett Funeral Home, 704 Indiana, Neodesha, KS 66757.


Funeral services for Emerson John Ott, 85, Lawrence, were Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Ott died Thurs., May 15, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born Nov. 16, 1917, in Douglas County, the son of John George, Jr., and Zilla (Schuman) Ott. He graduated from Eudora High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 103rd Infantry during WWII. He received the ETO ribbon with three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star. He worked for Green Brothers (John Deere dealer) for 12 years and then for Deemes Farm Equipment (John Deere dealer), retiring in 1985.

He married Flora J. Markley August 31, 1940, at Savannah, Mo. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Dorsey-Libert Post No. 14, American Legion, Alford Clarke Post 852, V.F.W., and Square Dance Clubs of Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kerry Allen Ott, in July, 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Flora Ott, of the home; a daughter, Debi K. Waggoner, Lawrence; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Catherine Reeves, Fullerton, Calif.

Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Funeral services for Charles Robert Henderson, 72, Lawrence, were Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Military graveside services were at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin. Mr. Henderson died May 14, 2003, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Lawrence, the son of Charles L. and Carrie K. (Hunsinger) Henderson. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1948. He joined the U.S. Air Force on May 7, 1952, and served a tour of duty in Korea as an air-traffic controller. He also served at Hamilton Air Field Air Force Base in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was discharged from McDill Air Force Base in 1956, as a staff sergeant. He returned to Lawrence and worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1963 until he retired in 1992. He was a member of Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, Acadia Lodge No. 9, A.F. & A.M. in Lawrence for 48 years and National Association of Letter Carriers, serving as local president for several years.

He married Alice May Shults on Sept. 20,1953. She died Aug. 15, 1998.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Jean Bigsby, Lawrence, and a companion, Mary Lou Holcomb, Lawrence.

Memorials can be made to American Heart Assn. or American Cancer Society, and sent in care of the mortuary. E-mail condolences may be sent to, subject: Henderson.

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