Archive for Wednesday, November 5, 2003


November 5, 2003


Graveside services for Ella Marie Souders, 57, Lawrence, were Friday at Clinton Cemetery, Clinton. Mrs. Souders died Oct. 26, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 13, 1946, at Lawrence, the daughter of Elmer Eugene and Mary Ruth (Dressler) Holladay. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1946. She worked for Honeywell for 30 years.

She married Charles H. Souders March 13, 1964, at Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jess Souders, and a sister, Bertha Daniels.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Sondra Gillenwater, Lawrence; three brothers, Calvin Holladay, Eudora, Willie Holladay and Ralph Holladay, Lawrence; five sisters, Betty Holladay, Osage City, Eugenia Mullins and Delores Guy, Lawrence, Freda Schmitt, Baldwin City, and Clara Ann Anderson, Kansas City, and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be left to the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Services for Ethel A. Butell, 95, Baldwin City, were Saturday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence. Mrs. Butell died Oct. 30, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 28, 1908, at Paola, the daughter of Weston E. and Ellen Riley McWilliams. She was a graduate of Paola High School. She was a secretary for Farm Bureau Extension for one year and secretary of the Home Savings and Loan Association in Paola for five years. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence; a charter member of Willmyra Extension Unit, and a 50-year member of Extension, having served on the advisory board for four years; a member of the Harmony Singers, and South Douglas County Precinct Committee woman for several years.

Mrs. Butell was the organist and choir leader at the Annunciation Catholic Church at Baldwin City for 36 years, and taught CCD classes for Baldwin and Edgerton pupils. She wrote the history of the Annunciation Church in 1968 and wrote the history of Prairie City titled "Where Was Prairie City?"

She married George H. Butell April 2,1932, at Baldwin City. He died Aug. 1, 1990.

Survivors include one son, G. Robert (Bob) Butell, Baldwin City, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers.

Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

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