Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005


May 26, 2005


Funeral services for John Rankin Webb, 83, Emporia, were Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Emporia. Mr. Webb died May 19, 2005, at Newman Regional Health Center, Emporia.

He was born Feb. 19, 1922, at Osage City, the son of Lewis August and Clara M. Balding Webb.

He married Carolyn E. Silven Feb. 22, 1942, at Osage City. She survives of the home.

Mr. Webb was vice president for Administration and Fiscal Affairs at Emporia State University for 27 years. He retired in 1987. He was a member of the Emporia Recreation Committee, USD 253 Board of Education, State Government Ethics Commission appointed by Gov. Robert Docking, Emporia City Commission, mayor for two years, SOS Core. He received the Xi Phi Service Award at ESU selected by the students. He was on the United Way Cabinet and served as drive chairman. He received the Liberty Bell Award -- Lyon & Chase Bar Association. He was a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, president of Alumni Association C of E, president Noon Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, veteran of U.S. Army, Ball -- McColm Post #5, American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, J. Thomas Webb, Emporia, and Timothy Lynn Webb, Olpe; two daughters, Eleanor Ann Webb Nelson, Manhattan, and Martha Suzanne Webb Shook, Emporia; one brother, Frederick Lewis Webb, Baldwin City; one sister, Katherine Webb Hawthorne, San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Margaret Webb.

Private family inurnment will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia. Memorials may be made to the John Webb Leadership Scholarship Foundation at ESU, National Kidney Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church. Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia, was in charge of arrangements.


Memorial services for Dorothy N. Resch Knox, 89, Lawrence, were Wednesday at Smith Center in the Brandon Woods Retirement Community. Mrs. Knox died May 22, 2005, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, Lawrence.

She was born March 31, 1916, at Emporia, the daughter of David W. and Alice Fisher Resch. She moved to Lawrence in 1962 from Olathe.

She received a Bacelor of Science degree in education from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. She taught at Bethany College, Burlington High School, Wellington High School, Baldwin City, Eureka, Olathe and Lawrence. She helped organize Hestia Club in Baldwin and was the first president. She was a member of Chapter FZ of PEO; Pi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, Lawrence Schools Foundation and the LMH Auxiliary. She helped organize the first free kindergarten. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lawrence.

She married Carl S. Knox, former superintendent of USD 497, May 10, 1942, at Emporia. He died August 29, 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Carladyne Conyers, Lawrence, and Nancy J. Todd, Aurora, Colo., and four grandchildren.

Private burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials may be made to the Lawrence Early Childhood Center at East Heights Elementary School, the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.


Florence Craig Morgan, 88, died April 18, 2005, at Prineville, Ore. No services were held.

Mrs. Morgan was born June 13, 1916, at Vinland, the daughter of Lester M. and Ruth Hayes Jones Craig.

She married Jess Fowler in 1932 and moved to Oregon in 1939. They divorced and she married Ronald Morgan in 1950. He died in 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Ruth Fowler Lemberger, Pilot Rock, Ore.; a son, John Fowler Morgan, Brownsville, Texas; a sister, Margaret J. Deay, Baldwin City, and several grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Gerald and John Arnold Craig.


Funeral services for Vergie Ellen (Hoffman) Heffner, 98, Worden, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Worden United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Worden Cemetery. Mrs. Heffner died May 24, 2005, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 10, 1907, the daughter of Benjamin Sebastian and Grace Bragg Hoffman. She attended Bethel Church and Brubaker Grade School, graduating eighth grade. She worked for neighbors as a teenager, helping with new babies or cooking and cleaning. She was a homemaker and partner with her husband in the farming operation.

She had been a member of the Worden United Methodist Church since 1932. She was superintendent of the first combined Vacation Bible School for Worden E.U.B. and St. John's Church held at Worden in 1948 and superintendent of the children's department of the Sunday School.

She moved to Lawrence in 1953 and to Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in 1997.

She married Floyd Elmer Heffner Feb. 24, 1932, at Worden. He died August 16, 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruby M. Armstrong and her husband Richard A., Baldwin City; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Elgitha A. Hepner, Topeka, Wilma J. Donadio, Dallas, Texas, Doris J. Brown, Ottawa, Mari-Donna Cain, Ottawa; two brothers, Maurice D. Hoffman, Des Moines, Iowa, and Donald E. Hoffman, Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruth M. Hoffman, Anna M. Stahel, Thresa V. Salsbery, Myrtle A. Eggert and four borthers, Lloyd R. Hoffman, Delbert J. Hoffman, Howard F. Hoffman and Frederick A. Hoffman.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Memorials may be made to the Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

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