Obituaries - March 2011

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March 31, 2011

Carl Dougherty
Betty Davidson
Rita Anne Ubelhart
Charles Brecheisen
James "Jim" Williams
Wilmer J. Perry
Amber Collins
Marguerite Zellner
Nora Swafford
Hallie Nix

Carl Dougherty - Published March 3, 2011

Death has claimed the life of Carl V. Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Morton County Care Center in Elkhart at the age of 92.

He was born February 1, 1919, in Marion, Il., the son of John Carsel Dougherty and the former Nellie Bryson Midgett.

Carl moved to Cimarron County, Ok., from Illinois at a very young age. He graduated from Plainview High School at Griggs Community, Ok. Carl was a farmer and rancher and enjoyed caring for his cattle, driving combine cutting wheat, eating homemade ice cream, fishing trips with his sons and eating fresh fish.

June 15, 1940, Carl and Anna Jo Hagelberg were married in Boise City, Ok. She preceded him in death. He later married Mildred Ingram, December 28, 1996, in Boise City.

Survivors include his wife Mildred; two sons, Johnnie Dougherty and wife Ruth of Eva Community, Ok., and Bill Dougherty and wife Debbie of Edmond, Ok.; his daughter Becky Ellis and husband Leon of Elkhart; daughter-in-law Sandy Dougherty of Elkhart; three stepsons, E.J. Ingram and wife Darla of Amarillo, Tx., Deryl Ingram and wife Verna of Gilbert, Az., and Gary Ingram and wife Laura of Keyes, Ok.; two stepdaughters, Deanna Groves of Amarillo and Brenda Higgins of Elkhart; his sister Opal Cryer of Boise City; eight grandchildren, Kevin Dougherty and wife Pam of Miami, Tx., Shelly Field and husband Russell and Jodie Peterson of Goodwell, Ok., Gerry Dougherty and wife Mindy of Elkhart, Ty Ellis and wife Renee of Texhoma, Ok., Nancy Meyer and husband Barry of Elkhart, Colby Dougherty of Edmond and Brandon Dougherty and fiancé Lisa Matheny of Edmond; his 12 great grandchildren; and many step grandchildren; and step great grandchildren.

Mr. Dougherty was preceded in death by his parents; wife Anna Jo Dougherty; one son, Joe Dougherty; one grandson, Jackie Lane Dougherty; and three sisters, Nina Dougherty, Aleta Cryer and Nadine Smalts.

Services for Mr. Dougherty were attended Thursday afternoon, February 24, 2011, at the Church of Christ in Elkhart with Minister Layton Leatherman officiating. Burial followed in Willowbar Cemetery in Keyes, Ok. Garnand Funeral Home of Elkhart was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to donor's choice in care of Garnand Funeral Home, Box 854, Elkhart, Ks. 67950.

Wilmer J. Perry - Published March 3, 2011

Lifelong Stevens County resident Wilmer Jess Perry passed from this life Friday, February 25, 2011, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton. He was 94.

Born November 26, 1916, in Stevens County, Wilmer was the son of Jesse Norton Perry and the former Birtha Ann Gore.

Wilmer was a farmer and a lifelong resident of Stevens County. He graduated eighth grade from Evergreen School in Stevens County.

September 8, 1940, Wilmer and Isabel Mae Higgins were united in marriage in Guymon, Ok.

Mr. Perry served on the Hugoton Cemetery Board and was a County Trustee. He was also a member of the Rolla United Methodist Church and the Gas Capital Promenaders Square Dancing Club. Wilmer enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, working with his animals and card games.

Survivors include his four sons, Wilmer C. Perry and wife LaDonna, Donald Perry and wife Paula, Steve Perry and wife Cynda, all of Hugoton, and Robert Perry and wife Marjorie of Taos, N.M.; two daughters, Donna Taylor and husband Jack of Kahola Lake and Patricia Kleffman of Hugoton; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Wilmer is preceded in death by his parents; wife Isabel; son Larry Leroy Perry; granddaughter Katrina Kay Kleffman; great granddaughter Anna Belle; four brothers, Frank Perry, Roy Perry, Homer Perry and Robert Perry; and two sisters, June Clinesmith and Ruby Perry.

Funeral services were attended Monday afternoon, February 28, 2011, at the First Church of God in Hugoton with Pastor Lanny Bollacker officiating. Interment followed at the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Hugoton.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of God in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S Main, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Nora Swafford - Published March 3, 2011

Former Hugoton resident Nora Swafford, age 91, passed from this life Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.

She was born October 24, 1919, in Stevens County, the daughter of Frank Anderson and the former Jessie Sillin.

Nora graduated from Preston High School in Preston.

In 1942 Nora and Milton L. Swafford were united in marriage in Ashland. She was a longtime Hugoton resident and worked as the head cashier for 35 years at Citizens State Bank.

Mrs. Swafford was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her three sons, Todd Swafford of Hugoton, Michael Swafford and wife Jackie of Tulsa, Ok. and Milton D. Swafford of Casper, Wy.; one sister, Betty Brown of Jessieville, Ar.; her three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Nora is preceded in death by her parents; husband Milton; brother Woody Anderson; and four sisters, Lillian Reynolds, Mary Madden, Dorothy Thompson and Alice Demuth.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Garnand Funeral Home of Hugoton is in charge of the arrangements, 620-544-4323.

Memorial contributions may be given to the United Methodist Church of Hugoton in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 423 S Main, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

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Betty Davidson - Published March 10, 2011

Morton County resident Betty J. Davidson passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Morton County Care Center in Elkhart. She was 86. Prior to being a resident of Morton County, she resided in Richfield for many years.

Betty was born July 10, 1924, in Nevada, Mo., to Orville R. Crawford and the former Kathleen Munger.

December 12, 1941, Betty and Cecil M. Davidson were married. He preceded her in death in 1995.

During World War II, she served in the United States Army as a WAC.

Mrs. Davidson loved her family and enjoyed being with them. She was a cook at the schools and the hotel in Richfield.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Don Davidson and wife Linda of Mustang, Ok. and Joe L. Davidson and wife Claudine of Elkhart; her eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Phillip and Gregory Davidson; daughter Kathleen Iris Davidson; and three sisters, Lois Crisp, Phyllis Cramm and Arlene Rae Chubbuck.

Graveside inurnment will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at he Richfield Cemetery with Rev. Sandy Ferguson presiding. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton is in charge of th arrangements.

A memorial has been established for the Morton County Care Center of Elkhart. Memorials may be mailed to Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

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Rita Anne Ubelhart - Published March 17, 2011

Friends and family gathered last week to honor and remember Rita Anne Ubelhart of Willits, Ca. Mrs. Ubelhart passed from this life Tuesday, February 14, 2011, at The Oaks Medical Center in Petaluma, Ca. She was 77.

Born October 25, 1933, in Hugoton, she was the daughter of Claude French and the former Nellie Coulter. In 1948, her mother Nellie passed away. Her father Claude remarried and Rita and her brother Larry were raised by their father and stepmother Hildred.

Rita Anne grew up in Hugoton where she attended school and graduated from Hugoton High School. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Paul B. Ubelhart of Willits; her son Raymond Ubelhart and wife Jennifer Colquhoun-Ubelhart of Ventura, Ca.; her brother Larry French and wife Linda of Ann Arbor, Mi.; sister Theda Turner and husband Morris of Keyes, Ok.; her nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Rita Anne was preceded in death by her daughter Pauli Anne; son Jeffrey Lynn Ubelhart; and her parents.

A gathering of family and friends in Celebration of Rita's Life took place Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, at the Anker Lucier Mortuary in Willits. A luncheon followed in the Parish Hall of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church of Willits.

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Charles Brecheisen - Published March 24, 2011

Lifelong Stevens County resident Charles Paul Brecheisen passed from this life Sunday, March 20, 2011, at his home near Hugoton. He was 91.

The son of Charles A. Brecheisen and the former Della Marie Beavers, he was born September 6, 1919, in Stevens County.

Charles served his country in the Coast Guard during World War II as a Motor Mechanic and was a Patrol of The Great Lakes.

November 1, 1955, Charles and Ernestine Hunter were united in marriage. She preceded him in death May 25, 1999. He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Clarence W., Alfred Merle, James Marvin and Henry Raymond Brecheisen; and two sisters, Imogene Hinch and Jessie Fagan.

Mr. Brecheisen was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the First Church of God and a past member of Hugoton Riding Club.

Survivors include son James E. Livingston and wife Donna of Hugoton; daughter Cathy L. Starr and husband Bill of Greenfield, Mo.; his four grandchildren, Denese Yancey of Liberal, Christina Hoggatt of Denver, Co., Candace Glover of Olathe and Breck Starr of Stillwater, Ok.; three great grandchildren, Colton Yancey, Payton Yancey and Haley Yancey; and many other relatives and friends.

Services are planned for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the First Church of God in Hugoton with Rev. Robert Bailey presiding. Burial will follow in the Hugoton Cemetery. Paul's Funeral Home of Hugoton is in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial has been established for the Benincasa House of Garden City. Memorials may be mailed in care of Paul's Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Amber Collins - Published March 24, 2011

Friends and family member gathered Tuesday to remember and honor Amber Diane Collins. Amber passed from this life Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Pratt Regional Medical Center in Pratt at the age of 25.

She was born February 6, 1986, in Liberal, the daughter of Scott Norris and Shari (Matheson) Merritt.

Amber grew up and attended school in Hugoton.

September 29, 2008, she married Allen Ray Collins in Great Bend.

She was a resident of Coats for a short time, moving from Great Bend. She was a stay at home mom.

Mrs. Collins attended the First Baptist Church in Medicine Lodge.

Survivors include her husband Allen; her children, Kobe Collins of the home, Hunter Matheson of Oklahoma, Brayden Matheson of Liberal, and Aalyson Collins, Akielah Collins, Ray Linn Collins, Viktoria Collins and Dixzey Collins, all of the home; her mother Shari Merritt and husband Daniel of Hays; her father Scott Norris and wife Sylvia of Garnett; step sister Davena Henson of Missouri; grandparents Jerry and Betty Matheson of Hays and Lonnie and Cleta Norris of Hugoton.

Funeral services were attended Tuesday afternoon, March 22, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Medicine Lodge with Pastor Tracey Messer officiating. Burial followed in the Highland Cemetery of Medicine Lodge.

Memorials may be made to the Amber Collins Memorial Fund in care of Larrison Funeral Home in Medicine Lodge.

Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary .com

Hallie Nix - Published March 24, 2011

Death has claimed the life of Hallie M. Nix of Kalispell, Mt. Mrs. Nix passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at her home at the age of 94. She was a former Liberal resident.

She was born January 12, 1917, in Baca County, Co., the daughter of Charles B. Woodring and the former Mary S. Hardin.

Hallie and her family came to Stevens County in 1921. She worked at Ragsdale's Grocery at Woods. She and her husband farmed west of Liberal in the Pleasant Valley Community.

In 1977 she moved to Liberal and to Kalispell to live with her daughter in 2007.

Mrs. Nix was a member of the First Baptist Church, McArthur Sunday School Class in Liberal, the Cloverleaf Home Extension Unit for over 50 years, ABS Circle and was a Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer.

Her hobbies included sewing, gardening and growing African violets.

November 5, 1935, she married Clarence M. Nix at Buffalo, Ok. He preceded her in death April 15, 1974.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Nix of Kalispell; her brother Earl Woodring and wife Louise of Kalispell; one sister, Dee Burton of Oklahoma City, Ok.; her three grandchildren, Steve Nix and wife Susanne of Liberal, Phillip Nix and wife Sandy of Liberal and Tammy Blinco and husband Bruce of Kalispell; eight great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by her parents; brother Charles "Junior" Woodring; sisters, Neoma Young and Georgia Zinn; and son Loren Nix.

Graveside services were attended Monday morning at the Liberal Cemetery under the direction of Miller Mortuary of Liberal.

The family suggests memorials be sent to American Heart Association or to American Diabetes Association in care of the mortuary.


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James "Jim" Williams - Published March 31, 2011

Word has been received of the death of James A. "Jim" Williams of Ulysses. Mr. Williams passed from this life Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses at the age of 75. 

He was born October 25, 1935 in Lakin, the son of Thomas Vernon Williams and Dorothy (Hagler) Williams Yakel.

Jim, a farmer, graduated from Lakin High School in 1953. He married Shirley Pointer July 2, 1955 in Clayton, N.M. They have lived in Ulysses since 1968.

Mr. Williams enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling and was an avid bridge player. He also loved to read, watch sports and was a KU sports fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, kids and grandkids. Jim will be remembered for his good cooking and his wonderful dry sense of humor. 

Survivors include his wife Shirley of the home; two sons, Mitch Williams and wife Sue of Wichita and K.C. and wife Kathy of Edmond, Ok.; two daughters, Kathy Allen and husband Tom and Christine Norton and husband Neil all of Hugoton; four brothers, Harold Williams and Keith Williams both of Lakin, Tom Williams of South Dakota and Rick Yakel of Lakin; his five sisters, Doris Smith of Farmersville, La., Marion Weber of Lakin, Vera Calvin of Hot Springs, Ar., Joyce Randolph of Lakin and Jeanie Fraser of Garden City; his eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Karah Shawn Williams; one granddaughter, Karah Dawn Core; two brothers, Robert Williams and Thomas Vernon Williams Jr.; and one sister, Yvonne Yakel.

A praise service and celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses with Pastor Gerry Dupuis officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Gideon's International or Grant County Senior Center in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, Ks. 67880.

Marguerite Zellner - Published March 31, 2011

Friends and family members gathered last week to remember and honor Marguerite Mary Zellner, age 89, who passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Wichita County Long Term Care Center in Leoti.

Marguerite was born October 17, 1921 at Marienthal, the daughter of Anthony and Cecilia Baier Baker.

A lifetime resident of the Marienthal area, she was a farm wife and homemaker.

Marguerite was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary Alter Society, both of Marienthal.

December 30, 1943, she married Louis Michael Zellner at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Pilot Point, Tx. Louis passed away July 30, 2004 in Leoti.

Mrs. Zellner's surviving family includes four sons, Pat Zellner of Marienthal, Tom Zellner and wife Theresa of Hugoton, Louis Zellner, Jr. and wife Patricia of Hugoton and Marshall Zellner and wife Sheri of Leoti; two daughters, Charlotte Ridder and husband Dan of Leoti and Margie Caspers and husband Larry of Hays; three brothers, Louis Baker of Marian, Joe Baker of Haddam and Bernard Baker of Colby; four sisters, Mary Ann Winter, Celine Wimmer, Imelda Smith and Inella Scheffe all of Marienthal; her 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

A son, William Zellner preceded her in death.

Funeral Mass was attended Saturday morning, March 26, 2011 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marienthal with Fathers Ben Martin and Mike Helms officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery of Marienthal under the direction of Price and Sons Funeral Home in Leoti.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary Catholic Church or Wichita County Long Term Care Center in care of the funeral home.

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