Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004


July 29, 2004


Cynthia Louise Sewell, 78, died July 8, 2004, at Fairfax, Virginia, from complications of pneumonia. Services will be private.

She was born at Lawrence, the daughter of Leo and Blanche Smith. She grew up at Baldwin City and attended Baldwin public schools. She attended the University of Chicago and graduated with honors from Hunter College in New York. She received her master's degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 1970.

Early in her career, she was an editorial assistant at Puck, a weekly humor magazine in New York City, an ad copy assistant at The New Yorker magazine and a tour guide at Rockefeller Center in New York. She taught English Literature at Montgomery County, Maryland, public schools and worked at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, as a Cancer Grants Biologist. At the time of her death, she was working on a book of fables for children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Margaret Hanscom, and a brother-in-law, Daniel Hanscom.

Survivors include her two children, Leslie Carangi Kelley, New York, and Jeffrey Carangi, Newport News, Virginia; a brother, Leo F. Smith, Jr., Baldwin City, and a niece and nephew, Suzy and Duane Lyon, Baldwin City.


Helen Deel, 94, Baldwin City, formerly of Topeka, died July 25, 2004, at Baldiwn Care Center. No services are planned.

She was born Jan. 14, 1910, at Baldwin City, the daughter of Samuel A. and Mary G. Gill Deel. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1927. She graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, in 1932 with an AB degree and from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., in 1934 with an AM degree. She was employed by Washburn University, Topeka, as an associate professor in the English department for 31 years before retiring in 1977.

She was a member of the Chapter DN of P.E.O. in Topeka, Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and First United Methodist Church, Topeka.

Survivors include one sister, Dorothy Barnthouse, Baldwin City, one brother, William G. Deel, Baldwin City, and many nieces and nephews.

Ms. Deel bequeathed her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences by be sent to the family at


Graveside services for Loretta Cora Gatewood Tise, 84, Baldwin City, will be today at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Tise died July 24, 2004, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe.

She was born Oct. 13, 1919, at Shell City, Mo., the daughter of Farrel L. and Goldie E. (Greer) Gatewood. She graduated from Shell City High School. She attended junior college in Kansas City.

She married Billy L. Tise at Kansas City, Mo. on April 15, 1950. He died July 8, 1986. The family moved to Baldwin City in 1976.

She was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Rebecca Lodge No. 267, all of Baldwin City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five children, Clyde Perdue, Jr., Venita Smith, Claude Tise, Clarence Tise and Goldie Wilcox.

Survivors include one daughter, Katheran Ellifrits, Baldwin City, five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one brother and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Koretta Ellifrits Education Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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