Deceased Name: Flossie Page - Oldest woman in Kansas dead at 112

ROSALIA (AP) - Flossie Page, the oldest Kansan on record, is dead at the age of 112 years, eight months and 10 days.

Page, who lived on a farm near Rosalia in Butler County since 1950, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado.

The Gerontology Research Group, which keeps a global database on people living past 100, said she was the sixth-oldest person in the United States and 11th-oldest in the world.

"Did Grandma look her age?" asked Becky Humig, Page's youngest granddaughter who lived with her at the farm the last two years. "We've never seen anybody that old. We thought she looked pretty good."

Humig said her grandmother had been hospitalized only about a week. It had become hard for Page to get around in recent years, and she had only reluctantly given up driving and cutting the lawn after she turned 90.

Her grandmother enjoyed quilting, gardening and working jigsaw and crossword puzzles, Humig said.

The former Flossie Elizabeth Bishop was born June 12, 1893, on her parents' homestead near the southern Kansas town of Haven. As a young woman, she taught at a one-room school about 80 miles west of her birthplace.

After the United States entered World War I in 1917, she went to Washington, working as a stenographer in the War Risk and Insurance Department. After the war, she worked in the Treasury Department before returning to Wichita to work for the Internal Revenue Service.

She married Frederic Page in 1926 and they lived in Winfield, then moved back to the Bishop family homestead and finally to the farm in Butler County.

Her husband died in 1967. Their only child, Donald, died in 1993.

Page documented her life in journals. One entry from Jan. 6, 1918, reads: "Spanish influenza has been raging all over the world, nearly. ... For most of October, the churches, schools, theaters and all public meetings were closed. In Washington, some days as high as 98 people would die."

In her later years, she awoke early and read her Bible before tending to her chores. One of those tasks was hand-washing her own clothes. She didn't believe in washers or dryers.

Though she enjoyed strong coffee, she abstained from liquor and soda, and didn't smoke or curse. She also took no prescribed medication. Humig said her grandmother recently told her she wouldn't take Tylenol PM when her ankles were hurting because "she didn't want to get hooked."

Humig said Page lived by herself until she was 108 - one year after breaking her hip while cleaning windows and undergoing hip-replacement surgery.

"Grandma attributed her longevity to living a moral life," Humig said. "She never wanted to inconvenience anyone."

Surviving, besides Humig and six other grandchildren, are Page's daughter-in-law, Glennis Pearl Page, 34 great-grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be Monday at the Carlson Colonial Funeral Home in El Dorado.
(Chanute Tribune ~ 24 Feb 2006)

ROSALIA - Page, Flossie E., 112, died Feb. 22, 2006. Service 1 p.m. Monday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: daughter-in-law, Glennis Pearl Page of Rosalia; grandchildren, Stephen Page, Bill Page, Tim Page, Sherry Holloman, Lynn Bechtold, Robin Duncan, Rebecca Humig; 34 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Published in the Wichita Eagle on 2/24/2006.


Harold J. Pendergrass, 89, retired Kansas State Highway Commission foreman, died Monday, April 23, 1990. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Carlson Funeral Home.

Survivors: grandsons, Garth Kellenbarger, Lance Kellenbarger, granddaughter, Cecile Kellenbarger, all of Wichita. Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 25 April 1990)


Pendergrass, Verda M., 93, retired Dr. Abbott's receptionist, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

Survivors: son, Max of Concordia; brothers, Paul Mayhew of Plainville, Howard Mayhew of Independence, Jack of Palco; sisters, Peggy Tucker of Plainville, Frances Veatch of Palco; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 10 Sept 2001)


Daisy A. (Morris) Pike, 89, homemaker, died Monday, Jan. 23, 1989. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: daughter, Helen Lipscomb of Augusta; brother, Louis Morris of Climax Springs, Mo.; sister, Pearl Stanfield of Independence, Mo.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Butler County Hospice.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 25 January 1989)


Pletcher, Caroline T., 92, former Rosalia, St. Johns and Oil Hill school systems food service cook, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999. Service 10 a.m. Saturday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: son, Wesley, daughter, Jeannine Steinhauer, both of Rosalia; six grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Rosalia United Methodist Church and Flinthills High School scholarship fund.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 29 July 1999)


Mallary A. Pletcher, infant daughter of Kelly and Jeannie, died Tuesday, April 16, 1991. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Blankenship Cemetery.

Other survivors: brother, Weston at home; grandparents, Wes and Genny Pletcher of Rosalia, Ken and Betty Martens of Winfield, Rudy and Lillian Krch of Lincolnville; great-grandparents, Carolyn Pletcher of Rosalia, Martha Stewart, Ruby Bond, both of Springfield, Mo. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, El Dorado.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 18 April 1991)


ELEANOR M. RECTOR, 83, of 625 E. 14th, former furniture store operator, died Saturday. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivor: sister, Roberta Easter of Batesville, Ark.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 7 May 1985)


MAUDE E. REISERER, 94, of El Dorado, homemaker, died Friday. Service 2 p.m. Monday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

Survivor: sister, Blanche Higganbotham of Wichita.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 14 April 1985)


Seymour, Rachel M., 88, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of El Dorado, retired dental assistant and church secretary, died Thursday, July 26, 2001. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Blankenship Cemetery, Rosalia.

Survivors: nephews and nieces. Memorial established with AlzheimerOs Association. Carlson Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 31 July 2001)


Irene Short, 78, homemaker, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 1991. Service 2 p.m. Saturday, Blankenship Cemetery.

Survivors: son, Tom of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Norma Ware of Rosalia; sisters, Edna Schottlar of Emporia, Frances Rhodes of Winfield; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association. Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.
(Wichita EagWichita Eale ~ 5 January 1991)


Kathryn V. Snodgrass, 89, homemaker, died Monday, Jan. 2, 1989. Service 1 p.m. Thursday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: daughter, Lucile Campbell of Wichita; brother, Dick Rypkema of Paradise, Calif. Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 4 Jan 1989)


Dixie Lee Spencer, 49, teacher at Flint Hills Middle School, Rosalia, died Thursday of injuries received in an automobile accident. Service 2 p.m. Monday, Flint Hills High School auditorium.

Survivors: husband, Walter; father, Ernest Roecker of Ottawa; mother, Jessie Roecker of Lawrence; brothers, Wesley Roecker of Chanute, Robert Roecker of Buena Vista, Colo., Doyle Roecker of Oregon, Mo., Leroy Roecker of Lewisburg, Eldon Roecker of Baldwin City, Douglas Roecker of Oregon. Memorial has been established with Flint Hills Middle School. Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 15 March 1986)


Stephens, Kacy J., 21, Ameriserve computer operator, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001. Service 10 a.m. Thursday, Carlson Funeral Home.

Survivors: parents, Orban and Sharon Stephens of Fredonia; sister, Kelly Stephens of Pratt; grandparents, Leon and Irene Stephens of Rosalia. Memorial established with Fredonia High School Library.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 13 Feb 2001)


Nellie A. Towne, 85, retired housekeeper, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1991. Service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

Survivors: brother, S. Valle of Canyon City, Colo.; sister, Hazel Williams of El Dorado. Memorial has been established with First Baptist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 8 Oct 1991)


FLOYD EDWARD TRAYLOR, 82, of El Dorado, retired Skelly Refinery employee, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 1988. Service 2 p.m. Monday, Carlson Funeral Home.

Survivors: wife, Anna Maye; sons, Duane of Littleton, Colo., Darryl of El Dorado, David of Towanda; daughter, Darlene Harring of Tempe, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Rosalia United Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 21 Oct 1988)


Marvin V. Vogts, 81, a longtime resident of Rosalia, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Lake Point Nursing Center in El Dorado.

Mr. Vogts was a driller for White and Ellis of El Dorado for 40 years. He later worked for Flint Hills School District 492 of Rosalia and the Can Do Plastic Plant in Eureka.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

The son of Claus and Esther Meta Brandt Vogts, he was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Canton. He married Dorothy M. Trear on June 27, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. She survives.

Mr. Vogts was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in El Dorado. He also was a member of American Legion Post 81 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1174, both in El Dorado.

He is also survived by a a son, Victor L. Vogts of Rosalia; a daughter, Debra M. Vogts of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Ella Lawson of Emporia; a brother, Ray Lee Vogts of Olpe; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Seven sisters and four brothers died earlier.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John's Catholic Church in El Dorado. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery at Rosalia. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado.

The family suggests that, instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Marvin V. Vogts Scholarship Fund at Flint Hills School in Rosalia and sent in care of the funeral home, 200 S. Star St., El Dorado, KS 67042.
(Emporia Gazette ~ 19 Nov 2004)


Wamsley, Florence Mae, 104, homemaker, died Monday, May 13, 2002. Graveside service 10 a.m. today, Blakenship Cemetery, Rosalia; memorial service 2 p.m. today, Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Survivors: son, Kenneth Wamsley of Houston, Texas; daughter, Jewell Welch of El Paso, Texas; sister, Irene Callen of Wichita; grandchild, Steve Welch; nephew, Jon Callen; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorials established with Metropolitan Baptist Church, 525 W. Douglas, Wichita 67213 and Prairie Homestead, 1605 May, Wichita 67213. DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 17 May 2002)


Opal Mae Wilcox, 78, homemaker, died Monday, Feb. 25, 1991. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Resthaven Mortuary; 1 p.m. Saturday, Blankenship Cemetery, Rosalia. Survivors: son, Dale, daughter, Lois Duncan, both of Wichita; brothers, Rolla Dilts of Leon, Ray Dilts of El Dorado; step brother, Harry Glassburner of Anderson, Mo.; step-sister, Hazel Waner of LaJunta, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Meridian Avenue Baptist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 27 Feb 1991)


Willhite, E. Ellsworth, 73, farmer and stockman, died Tuesday, June 20, 1995. Service 11 a.m. Friday, Flint Hills High School, Rosalia.

Survivors: sons, Norman of Guthrie, Okla., Myron, Curtis, both of Leon; sisters, Genevieve Seals of Augusta, Effie Baade of Coldwater, Mich., Muriel Mae Whiteside of Towanda, Peggy Douthitt of Gransville, Mich.; 11 grandchildren. Memorial has been established with Butler County Fair Swine Barn Fund-Raiser. Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, El Dorado.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 22 June 1995)


Willhite, Laura I., 89, homemaker, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002. Service 11 a.m. Thursday, Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, El Dorado.

Survivors: sons, Lloyd, Vernon, both of Rosalia, Larry of Leon; daughters, Donnese Harsh of Cassoday, Elsie Haines, RoJean Owen both of El Dorado; brother, Lloyd Gray of Leon; sister, Elsie Van Wey of Mo.; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Memorial established with Rosalia United Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 25 Sept 2002)


LEONARD R. WILLHITE, 68, of El Dorado, retired farmer and mechanic, died Tuesday. Service 10 a.m. Friday, Carlson Funeral Home.

Survivors: wife, Dorothy; sons, E. Wayne of Howard, Gary Dean of El Dorado; brother, Ellsworth of Leon; sisters, Genevieve Seals of Augusta, Effie Baade of Temperance, Mich., Muriel Mae Whiteside of Towanda, Peggy Lou Douthitt of Grandville, Mich.; three grandsons. Memorial has been established with the El Dorado First United Methodist Church.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 7 Aug 1985)


GLEN C. YETLEY, 81, of El Dorado, retired trucker, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1987. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Blankinship Cemetery, Rosalia.

Survivors: wife, Imogene; son, Glen E. of Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; daughter, Dorothy Elia of Atlanta; sisters, Jeanette Banks of El Dorado, Elizabeth Anderson of Newton; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Carlson Funeral Home.
(Wichita Eagle ~ 1 Sept 1987)



Mrs. Olof M. Larson, 78, Leon resident for the past 70 years, died at 5 p.m. Friday at Wichita, after an illness of two and a half months.

She was born October 25, 1876, in Indiana, and moved to the Leon community eight years later. She was married on February 1, 1910, at Wichita to Olof M. Larson and Mr. Larson died in June, 1936. She attended the Leon Methodist church.

Survivors include two sons, Gilbert M. and Leroy, both of Leon; a daughter, Mrs. Helena Antisdel, Wichita; two sisters, Mrs. Julia Brickley, El Dorado, and Mrs. Essie Dennis, Route 2, El Dorado; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. at the Byrd-Snodgrass Funeral home. Rev. Wesley H. Davis officiated and burial was in the Blankenship cemetery at Rosalia.
(Augusta Daily Gazette ~ Monday ~ March 14, 1955)


Charles Verlyn Burden, 19, of Leon, was killed Saturday in a one car accident five miles north of Cambridge, Kan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kirby Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Willard Bullard and the Rev. Mike Rathbone will officiate. Burial will be in Blankenship cemetery. His high school senior class will attend the funeral in a group.

He was born Oct. 16, 1951 at Wichita. He was a 1969 graduated of Leon High school and attended Butler County Community Junior college last year. He also attended the Little Walnut Baptist church. He was a lifetime resident of Leon.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verlyn Burden, one siste,r Marlen Kay, and one brother, Rickey William, all of the home; and grandmothers, Mrs. Fannie Gray, of 521 Hoser Drive, and Mrs. Rhoda Burden, of Wellington.

A memorial has been established in his name at the Leon High School library.

The Kirby Funeral Home is in charge.
(Wichita Eagle ~ Monday ~ December 7, 1970 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


Funeral services for Charles V. Burden, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Verlyn Burden, who died Saturday in an auto mishap, were held here today from the Kirby Funeral Home chapel.

The Rev. William Bullard and the Rev. Mike Rathbone officiated. Organist was Mrs. Gene McAllister. Singers were Mrs. Connie Darnell, Mrs. Annie Crabtree, Mrs. Genie Willhite, Miss Christine Seward and Miss Kay Boucher. They sang "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord."

Bearers were Bill Seglem, Steve Pharr, Darrell Sturges, Gary Turner, Jim Squier and Larry McAllister.

Honorary bearers were Larry Crabtree, Chuck Bird, Sam Phillippi, Mike Price, Mike Kingsley, Ronnie Williamson, Everett Hall, Page Lewis and Jim Edwards.

Burial was in Blankenship cemetery.
(El Dorado Times ~ Tuesday ~ December 8, 1970)



Services were held Sunday at the Kirby Funeral Home for Jack Grant, 64, who died Wednesday, April 13, at the home of a brother, Robert Grant, El Dorado route three. The Rev. Letha Wood officiated and interment was in Blankenship Cemetery. Mrs. W. H. Bullerdiek and Letha Wood were the musicians. The casket bearers were Lowell Scribner, Louis Jackson, Sr., John Ramsey, Merle Junker, James C. Jackson and Jack Stanhope.

Mr. Grant was born August 28, 1895 in Illinois and resided at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital several years before moving to the home of his brother two months ago. He was a World War One veteran and a member of the American Legion at Leavenworth.

Surviving are five daughters and a son, Mrs. Elvis Sullivan, Haysville, Mrs. Paul Flint, El Segundo, Calif.; Mrs. Fern Rogers, Kansas City (Kansas); Mrs. Beulah Blake, Mrs. Elton Lewis and John Grant, El Dorado; two sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Nellie Brown of Yates Center; Mrs. Kittie B. Braman, Buffalo; Charles and George Grant of California, and Robert and Dee Grant of El Dorado.
(El Dorado Times ~ April 21, 1960)

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