Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005


September 29, 2005


Funeral services for Katharine B. Kelley, 96, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Miss Kelley died Sept. 27, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

She was born June 2, 1909, at Bittersweet Farm near Vinland, the daughter of George Edwards and Kate Sophia (Soule) Kelley. She grew up in Vinland and attended grade school at Coal Creek Elementary School. She graduated from Vinland High School in 1928. In 1932, she graduated from Baker University with a B.S. Degree. She furthered her education at the University of Kansas.

She taught for more than 40 years beginning in 1932. She served the districts of Clearfield and Hopewell for six years. In 1939, she continued teaching at Baldwin Elementary School, teaching fifth grade for the majority of her career until her retirement in 1974. She taught 1,002 pupils in her 40 years of teaching.

Miss Kelley continued working after her retirement at the Baldwin City Library where she was known for her abundant knowledge of Baldwin City's history. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, and circle president of the First United Methodist Women. She was active in the Baldwin Bird Club, Kansas Ornithological Society, North American Bird Banding Association, Oregon-California Trail Association, charter member of the Santa Fe Trail Association which awarded her a plaque naming her the "Official Ambassador of the Trail" in 1989. She will be receive an award posthumously Oct. 1, 2005, from the Santa Fe Trail Association in McPherson. She was a volunteer at the Baldwin Senior Center, the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society, the Maple Leaf Festival and many other organizations.

She had many hobbies including marionettes, soap carving, wax molding, photography, gardening, bird watching and banding. She enjoyed traveling in the United States, especially to see historical preservations.

She was involved in the restoration of the lettering on the seven D.A.R. markers along the Santa Fe Trail in Douglas County and the placement of metal markers at these sites.

In the fall of 2004, Miss Kelley received the Dr. Ivan L. Boyd Award for Outstanding Contributions and Service from the Kansas Ornithological Society. In May of 2005, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Baker University. She was named "Teacher of the Century" at the Baldwin High School Alumni Banquet. In January of 2005, she was the first recipient of the Missouri River Outfitters of the Santa Fe Trail's newly established "Outstanding Achievement Award."

Survivors include her sister, Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, Baldwin City; four nephews, Edwin Smith, Baldwin City, Byron Strom, Des Moines, Iowa, James Hemphill, Tucson, Ariz., and Howard Hemphill, Baldwin City; two nieces, Katharine Renes, the Netherlands, and Becky Browning, Lawrence; and a brother-in-law Malcolm Strom, Dwight.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Edith Strom and Anne Hemphill.

Burial will be at Vinland Cemetery, Vinland. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baldwin City Library or to the Katharine B. Kelley Endowment Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Anna Elizabeth Meall, 92, Cawker City, were September 22 at the United Methodist Church, Cawker City. She resided earlier this year at Vintage Park Assisted Living, Baldwin City. Mrs. Meall died Sept. 18, 2005, at the Salina Regional Health Center.

She was born March 16, 1913, on a farm near Cawker City, the daughter of Henry and Herminia Reling Moxter. She attended the Granite Creek Country School and graduated from Cawker City High School in 1930. She taught country grade school and worked at the cafe in Cawker City.

She married David Pace Meall April 30, 1933. He died in May of 1996.

She was a member of the Cawker City United Methodist Church, where she held several offices, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Home Makers Club, the Outlook Club, the Bridge Club and was a neighborhood charity chairwoman. She and her husband were members of the Waconda Swingers Square Dance Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister Alma Pirott.

Survivors include a daughter Delma Hitchcock and her husband Bert, Baldwin City; a son, Bryan Meall and his wife Dee, Minneapolis; a brother, Lawrence Moxter and his wife Helen, Ellsworth; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Cawker City. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Cawker City, or the Hesperian Library Museum Fund and sent in care of McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service, 910 N. Campbell Ave, Beloit, KS 67420.


Funeral services for Beatrice Eleanor "Bea" Van Deusen Gottstein, 87, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, Kansas City, Mo. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Gottstein died Sept. 25, 2005, at Baldwin Care Center.

She was born March 26, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Helen DeField Peery. She graduated from East High School in 1935. She attended comptometer school in Topeka. She had lived in Germany, Japan and in the Pensacola, Fla., and Washington, D.C., areas and later returned to Kansas.

She worked for Esso/Standard Oil Co. and other companies in accounting and bookkeeping areas. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ and Eastern Star.

She married Millard Van Deusen April 23, 1946. He died in 1976. She married Clifford Gottstein August 3, 1979. He died in 2002. A son Christian Van Deusen died earlier.

Survivors include two stepsons, John Gottstein, Baldwin City, and Raymond Gottstein, McPherson; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Friday at the chapel. Memorials may be made to Baldwin Care Center, 1223 Orchard Lane, Baldwin City, KS 66006; Heart of America Hospice, 3715 Southwest 29th St., Suite 20, Topeka, KS 66614, or the Gardner Church of Christ, 158 West Park, Gardner, KS 66030.

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