Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005


May 12, 2005


Funeral services for Maxine M. Patchen, 82, Lawrence, were Tuesday at Lone Star Church of the Brethren, Lonestar. Mrs. Patchen died May 6, 2005, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, Lawrence.

She was born February 4, 1923, at Lawrence, the daughter of Joseph D. and Lola M. (Hoover) Flory.

She was a co-owner of Patchen Electric, Lawrence, a lifelong member of Lone Star Church of the Brethren and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 40 years.

She married Tommy E. Patchen Oct. 22, 1942, at Lonestar. He died in July of 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Patchen, Olathe; a son, Tom Patchen, Baldwin City; two brothers, Earl Flory, Lawrence, and Roland Flory, Carey, N.C.; a sister, Olive Street, Tecumseh; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Washington Creek Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be made to Douglas County Hospice or Lone Star Brethren Church and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to Subject: Patchen.


A Service of Remembrance for Margaret E. Chalmers, 67, Baldwin City, formerly of Overland Park, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Osborne Chapel on the Baker University campus. Mrs. Chalmers died May 4, 2005, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Baldwin City.

She was born June 3, 1937, at Port Glascow, Scotland, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Burns) Taylor. She attended schools at Glascow.

She became a nanny for a family in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1955.

She married Walter S. Chalmers Dec. 22, 1956, at Detroit, Mich. He died in 1982.

She studied at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., receiving a degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She worked at the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, where she taught classes in Early American Cooking. She published a cookbook, "Early American Recipes and Colonial Fireplace Cooking."

Mrs. Chalmers and her children moved to Kansas City in 1989. She became a Nanny and worked for many prominent Kansas City families. She retired in 2001.

She moved to Baldwin City in 2004 and made costumes for the Baldwin Theatre Group.

Survivors include a son, Kelvin Chalmers, Garden City, Mich.; a daughter, Kerry Chalmers, Baldwin City; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Samuel Taylor and a nephew, Justin Taylor.

She was cremated. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Foundation and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Earl R. "Rusty" Flory, 85, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. today at Lone Star Church of the Brethren, Lone Star. Mr. Flory died May 8, 2005, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, Topeka.

He was born July 3, 1919, at Lone Star, the son of Joseph D. and Lola M. (Hoover) Flory. He was a lifelong farmer in the Lone Star community. He worked as a pressman at Kansas Color Press for many years. He served in the Army from Dec. 8, 1944, to Oct. 26, 1945. He was a member of the Lone Star Church of the Brethren.

He married Betty E. Hodge May 24, 1952, at Lawrence. She died April 6, 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Flory, Shawnee, and Jeff Flory, Lawrence; a brother, Roland Flory, Carey, N.C.; a sister, Olive Street, Tecumseh; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Washington Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lone Star Church of the Brethren and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to

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