Archive for Thursday, May 27, 2004


May 27, 2004


Memorial services for Anne Elizabeth Hemphill, 93, Baldwin City, were Monday at Vinland United Methodist Church, north of Baldwin City. Mrs. Hemphill died May 20, 2004, at her home, Bittersweet Farm, rural Baldwin City.

She was born May 20, 1911, in rural Baldwin City, the daughter of George Edwards Kelley and Kate Sophia (Soule) Kelley. She graduated from Vinland High School in 1929 and later from Baker University. She was a homemaker. She was a published author of local and family history. She wrote and recited poetry and was a lifelong historian. She was born, married and died in the house on Bittersweet Farm in rural Baldwin City. She died on the morning of her 93rd birthday.

She was a lifelong member of Vinland United Methodist Church, a member of Vinland United Methodist Women and Santa Fe Trail Historical Society of South Douglas County.

She married Herschel W. Hemphill June 23, 1940, at Bittersweet Farm, rural Baldwin City. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, James Walter Hemphill, Tucson, Ariz., and Howard Herschel Hemphill, Vinland; a daughter, Rebecca Anne Browning, Lawrence; two sisters, Katharine Kelley and Martha Smith, both of Baldwin City; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Strom.

Burial was at Stony Point Cemetery, Vinland. Memorials may be made to Vinland United Methodist Church and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Graveside services for M. Elaine Thomas Hoopes, 83, Baldwin City, will be today at 2 p.m. at the Worden Cemetery, Worden. Mrs. Hoopes died May 23, 2004, at the Baldwin Care Center.

She was born April 22, 1921, at Windom, the daughter of Walter and Sarah Hubenett Lindholm. She graduated from Windom High School in 1939. She retired from Electronics Research Corporation where she was employed more than 25 years. After retirement, she worked as a cook for the Baldwin Care Center and for a sorority and a fraternity at Baker University.

She was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Baldwin City Garden Club.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Thomas and his wife, Connie, Baldwin City; one daughter, Pamela Thomas May and her husband Bob, Groves, Texas; a twin brother, Duaine Lindholm, rural Baldwin City; one sister, Pat Gilges, rural Baldwin City; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ronnie Thomas, in 1982.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Downs Syndrome Foundation for Tara Decker and sent in care of Lawrence Funeral Chapel, 3821 W. 6th St., Lawrence, KS 66049.

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