Sumner County, Kansas




Funeral services for George F. Elsass, brother of two Wichitians, who died Friday, in a Topeka, Kan., hospital will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Wellington, Kan. Entombment will be in Prairie Lawn mausoleum, Wellington.

Mr. Elsass resided most of his life in Wellington. He was born July 18, 1880 in Carroll County, Ohio and was a retired Santa Fe Railroad machinist. Mr. Elsass was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and Rotary Club, all in Wellington and of Wichita Consistory.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie M.; two sons, Harold G. Worcester, N.Y. and Ralph W., Wellington; three sisters, Mrs. Maud Fritchman, 3316 W 2nd, Mrs. Ida Newkirk, 1711 S. Gold, and Mrs. Anna Malvern, Weatherford, Okla.

Fisher Mortuary, Wellington, has charge of funeral arrangements. (The Wichita Eagle, Sunday morning, January 22, 1956)


Ruth Betz, 87, of Columbia died Saturday, April 8, 1989, at Boone Hospital Center. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Park Cemtery with the Rev. Lewis Rogers officiating. Visitation will be at Parker Funeral Service, Tenth and Walnut streets, for two hours before burial. Mrs. Betz was born March 16, 1902, in Caldwell, Kan, to Ulysses and Laura Landreth Jones. She married Bradford Betz on Sept. 23, 1923, and they moved from Kansas to Columbia in 1925. Her husband died July 19, 1976. Mrs. Betz was employed at Boone Hospital Center for more than 20 years. Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Betz of Columbia and Robert Betz of Lathrop, Calif.; one sister, Bea Edwards of Sterling, Kan.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Four sisters and brothers preceded her in death. (The Columbia, Missouri, Daily Tribune, April 10, 1989, submitted by Robert King)


Infant son dies

Robert William, the one month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Washburn, of near Ashton, died at the family home Saturday night. Funeral services and burial were held a the home Sunday afternoon and the body was laid to rest in Forest Hill cemetery. Oldroyd’s were in charge of the case. (Arkansas City daily Traveler, November 24, 1924, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


An old timer has gone- Mrs Michael (Bridget) Burns who died near Perth Sunday, Had lived many years.

The funeral for Mrs. Michael Burns, who died on her farm near Perth Sunday at noon, and was held this morning from the Catholic Church at Perth, Rev Father Hayes presiding, closes the earthly history of a most interesting character.

Mrs. Burns, the mother of a family of interesting and prosperous children, breathed her last while the children were about her. It was her last request.

Besides the nine off spring, Mrs Burns left 37 grand children and 3 great grand children all of whom were at her home when she died. She blest them with her last words.

Mrs. Burns was 69 years old and had been a widow 9 years. She came to Sumner Co. 35 years ago, and with her husband and family settled on a claim where she died.

She was a native of Tipperary, Ireland and came to Sumner Co soon after reaching America, being a short time resident of Ohio.

Being married 51 years

Of the children who was with Mrs Burns when she breathed her last are, James, Michael, Patrick B. of Perth. Richard of Anndarko. Mrs S.H.Barner of Wellington, Mrs. Waddell, Mrs. Garrity and Mrs. Murphy of Perth, Larry Burns of El Reno.

The funeral was largely attended. (Wellington News, December 27, 1910, submitted by Pam McEachern)


J.W. Rains was born April 7, 1862 in Bates County, Missouri. In 1888 he was married to Sarah Kerns. They moved to Kansas in 1891, living in and near Caldwell until his death March 24, 1931. 

He leaves to mourn his departure, the widow and six children: Leslie Rains, Earl Rains, Wilson Rains, Dorothy Prather of Caldwell; Lillian Kloefkorn, Attica and Millye Burcough, Wichita. One brother, Marion Rains, of Caldwell; two sisters, Esther West of Bates County, Missouri, and Mary Ellen Larrance of Caldwell. Also a host of relatives and friends. One child preceded him in death. 

He was anxious to go home to meet his Heavenly Father, and expressed many times during his illness, in spite of his suffering, that he was resting in the arms of the Saviour. (Caldwell Daily Messenger, March 28, 1931, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Joseph R. Jenista, son of Mathias and Anna Jenista, was bon in Racine, Wis., Feb. 12, 1858, and departed this life Nov. 21, 1938, at the age of 80 years 9 months and 9 days. He grew to manhood in Wisconsin, leading a varied and busy life as farmer, school teacher, and storekeeper. 

Mr. Jenista came to Caldwell in 1885, when he was married to Lydia Kubik February 12 that same year. With the exception of five years in Wisconsin and one year in Minnesota they spent their entire married life close to Caldwell. To this union were born four children, three daughters and one son: Mrs. Edd (Agnes) Nulik and Mrs. F.W. (Pauline) Nulik, both living west of Caldwell, Mrs. L.P. (Mary) Nulik of Wichita, and Joseph E. Jenista west of Caldwell. Mr. and Mrs. Jenista lived on a farm west of Caldwell 33 years, moving to town in 1924, upon the marriage of their son. 

Besides the widow and four children, there are 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren to mourn his loss. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, November 23, in the Caldwell Presbyterian church, with Rev. J.P. Sinclair preaching the sermon. His text was John 14:1 and 2. A quartet composed of Mrs. C.H. Detrick, Mildred Foust, O.A. Pearce and A.V. Harter sang “Rock of Ages” “Sweet Bye and Bye” and “In the Garden”. Mrs. F.D. Fischer accompanied at the organ. 

Burial was in the Caldwell cemetery, with a Masonic service at the grave. Mr. Jenista was a member of Sumner Lodge No. 203, A.F. & A.M. Pallbearers were E.A. Detrick, William Francis, George W. Murray, Jerry Melichar, Joe Washburn, Cyrus Baker, C.A. Hough and P.A. Pearson. 

NOTE: Joseph Jenista is buried at the Czechoslovakian Cemetery. (Daily Messenger News, November 25, 1938, submitted by Judy Mayfield)


Mrs. Jenista, 95 Dies; Services Held Monday

Final tribute was paid Mrs. Lydia Jenista, 95, of 303 North St. Mary’s, Caldwell, Monday afternoon at two-thirty o’clock. Mrs. Jenista, a resident of this community since 1885, died Friday, May 13 in the Caldwell General hospital after a lingering illness.

Rev. John Maier, former pastor of the Caldwell Presbyterian church and now of the Grace Presbyterian church of Wichita, officiated at the services in the local Presbyterian church. Music was provided by Alan Kubik, soloist, and Mrs. R.M. Mattingly, organist, Mr. Kubik sang “Rock of Ages”, In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and In the Garden. 

Interment was in the Czechoslavakian cemetery with Schaeffer’s Mortuary in charge. Bearers were Veldon Massey, Harry Jenista, Ernest Metzinger, Lada Slavik, Alvin Jenista and William Crouse.

Mrs. Jenista was born September 9, 1864 in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Anna Danek Kubik. 

Mrs. Jenista is survived by one son, Joseph E. Jenista of Caldwell; three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Agnes) Nulik and Mrs. F.W. (Pauline) Nulik both of Caldwell and Mrs. L.P. (Mary) Nulik of Wichita; two brothers, Dan E. Kubik of Caldwell and Henry Kubik of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Pauline Bobek of Jefferson, Okla.; 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. (Caldwell Messenger, May 16, 1960, submitted by Judy Mayfield)



This community was shocked Monday morning by the sudden death of Levi J. Martin, when it lost a most honorable and useful citizen.

Mr. Martin was one of the first to get to the store of W. H. Pickrell & Co., that morning, as usual with him, helped to sweep out and get the store ready for the business of the day, was cheerful and passed jokes with the other empolyes of the store as was his custom there where all thought so much of him, and appeared to be in his usual good health. He went to the wareroom in the rear of the store for some purpose and was gone only a few moments when he returned with a distressed look upon his face and was holding to counter to support himself while he tried to walk. Otto Brewer (a graveling man who happened to be in the store at that time) noticed that something was wrong asked him if he was sick and he said, "yes," and placed one hand to the back of his head and complained of a very severe pain there. Mr. Brewer and Leon Hollowell went to him very quickly and assisted him to a counter and placed him upon it. He seemed to be suffering intensely and soon after he was laid upon the counter he became very sick at the stomach. When he was relieved somewhat from this nausea he reclined upon the counter again and made the remark, "This is my last sickness; it will not last long." There were his last words. He soon last consciousness and the physicians who were called and got him very shortly after he took sick, could not rouse him from the state of coma. The news spread quickly over town, his wife and children were at the store in a very short time, and many friends came in and assisted in removing him to his home in the west part of town. Everything possible was done for him but he never regained consciousness and passed away at about 11:30, less than three hours after he received the first pangs of pain which he seemed to realize warned him of the nearness of the end.

Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church at 2:30 this afternoon and interment will be made in the Conway Springs Cemetery. His daughter, Mrs. Joe Thew, arrived from Garden City yesterday, his sister, Mrs. C.F. Russell is here from Milan and one brother lives in California and another in Minnesota, along with a sister in Michigan but it is probable that none of them will come.

Mr. Martin was just past 53 years of age. Probably just as good men are living, gut there are no better men than Levi Martin was, when plain, honest and circumspect living is recognized as the standard. He was a Christian and lived his religion the utmost. He had not use for shams of any sort, but was true to his principles and so firm in his conduct that all knew exactly where to find him at all times, and with it he was so kind and considerate toward was universally respected.

Everybody liked Levi Martin. "He stood squarely upon is merits as a man in all the relations of life, and he died leaving a worthy example, a fadeless memory, and a name without a blemish."
It is probably that dates and other facts in relation to the life of Mr. Martin will be given later, but this is not time to ask the bereaved ones for them. His wife and four children, Mrs. Joe Thew, Lloyd, Josie and Bert, survive him.

Pam's note:
I do not know where this was published but believe it must have been in Sumner County KS.

In Memoriam

Levi J. Martin was born at Darlington, Wis. April 18, 1860. He came of a family whose history has been kept for more than three centuries.

When the Brown Academy decided to add to its faculty the chair of Theology in 1812, his grandfather Rev. Ora M. Martin, was chosen to fill that place. That school is now the great Brown University of Hartford, Conn.

Levi Martin came to Kansas in 1884. Was baptized and united with the church of his fathers in 1885 and none of the Christian people ever blushed for his conduct at any time. He was married to Miss Flora shortridge at Norwich, Kansas, March 7, 188, and to this union were born four children. The oldest, Mrs. . Joe Thew now lives at Garden City and the others at home.

Levi Martin lived that clean, open life that made all love him and those who knew him best loved him most. He was one of the pilliars of the Baptist church and the church will miss his counsel.

Again I do not know where this published but it must have been in Sumner County.
There are a couple of typos that I left from the original. The meaning is not changed by them. (Submitted by Pam McEachern)



Funeral for Pioneer Wellington Woman Held This Afternoon

Mrs. Emily Ann McManis, 86, for almost fifty years a resident of Wellington, died Saturday evening at 8:45 o'clock at her home, 310 West Tenth Street. She had been in failing health for about four years.

Mrs. McManis was born May 5, 1848, in Carrol County, Kentucky. In the fall of 1884 she came with her husband, Taylor McManis, to Wellington from Etna, Ill, and had resided here ever since.

She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. For ten years, until about five years ago, she taught a class of boys in the Methodist Sunday School without missing a single Sunday.

Surviving are seven daughters: Mrs. A. E. Bowers, Mrs. L. H. Sarchet, Mrs. Harry Russell, Mrs. Webb Palmer and Mrs. Kate Jones all of Wellington; Mrs. Minnie Burnsworth, who arrived last evening from Clovis, N. M. and Mrs. George Wakefield of New Jersey; thirteen grandchildren, Harold Wakefield of New Jersey; Helen Russell of Battle Creek, Mich.; Mary Margaret Russell of Wellington: Thomas, Emily May, Henry and Lloyd Sarchet of Wellington; Mrs. Gerald Cooley of Medford, Okla., Miss Virginia Bowers of Wellington; Ralph, Ruth, Phillip, and James Bowers of Wellington; and two nephews, Walter McManis and Newt McManis of Rome. Mr. McManis preceded her in death in 1896.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooley were here from Medford to attend the funeral.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church with Rev. Nelson Gardner, the pastor, officiating.

A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. V.E Dieterich, Mrs. Glenn B. Miller and Mr. H.P. Beckwith sang "Rock of Ages" and Mrs. McManis' favorite hymn, "How Firm a Foundation", accompanied by Mrs. C. D. Hensley. Mr. Beckwith sang a solo, "Abide With Me".

Burial was made in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Pall bears were: A. E. Bowers, L. H. Sarchet, Webb Palmer, Harry Russell, Ralph Palmer and Phillip Palmer, sons-in- law and grandsons of Mrs. McManis. Burial was made in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, beside the husband. (Wellington Daily News, She died June 30, 1934- submitted by Pam McEachern


Emily Ann Spillman was born in Carroll County, Kentucky, May 3, 1848. She died at her home in Wellington, Kansas, June 30, 1934.

Her girlhood days were spent in Kentucky and Illinois. She was married to Taylor McManis, at Mattoon, Illinois in 1870. To them eight daughters were born, one of whom died in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death thirty-eight years ago. They moved to Kansas fifty years ago and all of their time has been spent in Sumner County.

She is survived by seven daughters: Mrs. George Wakefield of Bloomfield, New Jersey; Mrs. Minnie Burnsworth of Clovis, New Mexico. Mrs. Catherine Jones; Mrs. A. E. Bowers; Mrs. Webb Palmer; Mrs. J. H. Russell and Mrs. L. H. Sarchet, all of Wellington and thirteen grandchildren.

She was from Methodist stock, her grandfather being an English Methodist minister. She united with the church in childhood. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in this city at the time of her death and had taught in the Primary Department of the Sunday School for twenty-five years.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church with Rev. Nelson Gardner, the pastor, officiating.

A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. V.E Dieterich, Mrs. Glenn B. Miller and Mr. H.P. Beckwith sang "Rock of Ages" and Mrs. McManis' favorite hymn, "How Firm a Foundation", accompanied by Mrs. C. D. Hensley. Mr. Beckwith sang a solo, "Abide With Me"

Burial was made in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Pallbears were: A. E. Bowers, L. H. Sarchet, Webb Palmer, Harry Russell, Ralph Palmer and Phillip Palmer, sons-in- law and grandsons of Mrs. McManis. Burial was made in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, beside the husband. (This was in a Wellington paper but there is no indication of the name of the paper or the date. She died June 30, 1934 - submitted Pam McEachern)


Burial Will Be in Family Cemetery in Sumner County

Patrick Burns, 68, a Dodge City laborer for fifteen years, and as a youth one of the first residents of Sumner County, died Friday in St. Anthony hospital, and he will be buried in the old Burns family cemetery at Prairie Creek, near Wellington, in Sumner county.

A niece, Mrs. WM Rickard of Wellington, is here and the Dunsford funeral home is preparing to send the body to Wellington. Mr. Burns had made his home with the J.R. Carder family here for a good many years.

He was born in Ohio and came as a boy 65 or 70 years ago, with his parents to a homestead on the prairie near Wellington, and that had been his home most of his life. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. F.H. Barner of Wellington and Mrs. T.J. Stapleton of El Reno Okla. And two brothers, L.W. Burns of El Reno and Jim Burns of Emporia, in addition to his niece who is here.

Pam's info.

Patrick is the son of Michael Burns and Bridget Kerns Burns. He was born 10 Feb 1871. I believe he was born in Scammon, Cherokee County, KS. The 1870 census has the family leaving there.




Body of Sumner County Pioneer to Milton, Kansas

The body of Mrs. C.F. Russell, pioneer of Sumner County, who died at Winfield Monday night following an operation arrived here last night and is being held in state at the home of J.H. Russell, 1112 North Washington.

Following the marriage of Mrs. Russell, she and her husband moved to Milton from Wisconsin in 1878 where they resided until 190?, when they moved to Wellington.

They remained here until 1911, then moved to Milan where they resided until 1915, going to Wichita for a year and then to Atlanta, where they resided at the time of Mrs. Russell's illness.

The body arrived in Wellington last night and was taken charge of by the local undertaking parlor.

Short prayer services will be held at the home of Mr. J.H. Russell, 1212 N. Washington Thursday morning at 8:45 with Rev. J.E. Coe of this city officiating. The body will leave here at 10:20 over the Santa Fe for Argonia, Kansas, accompanied by her son, Clyde Russell. Final services will be held from the Baptist Church at Milton at 2:00 PM with Rev. A.V. Kirk of Conway Springs officiating. Interment will be made in the Eden cemetery at Milton.

Mrs. Russell is survived by her husband, C.F. Russell of Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. C.F. Matthews of Wellington; four sons, J.H. Russell of this city; Clyde Russell of Atlanta; Roy Russell of Mi(l)an and C.D. Russell of Wichita. She is also survived by three brothers, two residing in California and one in Minnesota.

Additional information from Pam. Use or not as it works for this site.

Charles Farrington Russell and Eveline Martin were married on 31 Dec 1877 at Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He passed away 25 Feb. 1934 in Racine Co. WI

Eveline Martin was born 10 August 1858 in Walworth County, Wisconsin to John Henry Martin and Joanna Woodman Martin.

John Henry Russell was born, 5 January 1884 in Milton. 1 June 1910 he married in Wellington to Scottie C. McManis. They lived in Wellington till they passed away.

Roy Russell was born 4 Feb 1881 in Milton. He married Bonnie Zook.

Grace Hazel Russell was born 25 February 1891. In Wellington she married C. F. Matthews. He was called Fred. They lived in Wellington their entire lives. (Submitted by Pam McEachern)


Richfield, Minn. - John M. McEachern died Friday (30 Nov 1984) in the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 63.

McEachern was a retired salesman. He was a resident of Wellington for most of his younger life. He was born Dec 14, 1920 in Perth, the son of Roy and Nora McEachern. He married Mary Margaret Russell in June (July) of 1946. He served with the Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Margaret; one son, Doug, San Francisco, Calif.; two daughters, Pam McEachern, Toledo, Wash. and Kathy Blakely, St. Louis, Mo; one brother Melvin (Pud) McEachern, Wellington; five sisters, Tudy Sneed, Peggy Gwinn, both of Wellington, Dorothy Roberts, Frances Grundy, both of Wichita, and Mary Jane Lamb, Beaumont, Texas; and two granddaughters.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held today at the Assumption Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Wednesday at 7:00 pm, at the Frank Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Father Michael Garrahy will officiate.

A memorial has been established in his name with the American Cancer Society. Donations may be left at the funeral home.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and until service time on Thursday.

Frank Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

John M. McEachern

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday for John M. McEachern at the Assumption Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn. Father Roland Antus officiated.
Soloist was Peggy Antus and organist was Mary Gleason.

Casketbearers were Alex Antus, Steve Antus, Ed Scislow, Roy Stanley, Paul Taurinskas and Ralph Zainhofsky.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held Wednesday evening at the Frank Funeral Home.

Graveside services were held yesterday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Father Michael Garrahy officiated.

Military services were conducted by the Tom Schwinn American Legion Post No. 90 and the Dan C. Matson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 881.

Casketbearers were Bill Sneed, David Sneed, Jeff Sneed, Johnny McEachern, Russell Moe, and Mike Prete.

Frank Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. (Wellington Daily News, submitted by Pam McEachern)



Had Been A Resident Of Sumner County For 64 Years

James L. Burns, 74, a resident of Sumner county for sixty-four years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hugh McEachern, 203 North F street Saturday evening.

He was born July 2, 1866 at Arlington, Ill. Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Roy McEachern, Mrs. Bess Riner, Mrs. Harold Chesser all of Wellington; Mrs. Sarah Clarahan, Harper; Mrs. Anna Norris, Long Beach, Calif; Mrs. Mabel Wiliend of Emporia; three sons, John Burns, Emporia; Pat Burns, Los Angeles, and James L. Burns, South Haven; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Stapleton, El Reno, Okla., two brothers, M.J. Burns, Kansas City, Mo, and Lawrence Burns, El Reno, Okla. Thirty four grand children and several nephews and nieces also survive.

Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church in Perth on Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock with Father Green of Caldwell officiating.

Burial will be in the cemetery at the church. (April 12, 1941, submitted by Pam McEachern)



Pioneer Resident of Sumner County Died Suddenly Thursday, at Perth

Mrs. John Murphy, sr. 60, one of the early settlers of Sumner County, died suddenly of a heart attack at Perth Thursday afternoon about 3 o'clock. The death came as a great shock to her family and many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, whose home is at 522 South Fountain, Wichita, had gone to Perth Thursday on business. They stopped here for a few minutes visiting with their son, Wm. Murphy, at the Culver Store. Upon arriving at Perth, Mrs. Murphy learned that the Catholic Altar Society was meeting at the home of Mrs. John Kern and decided to stop there for a short while. She got out of the car went into the house, greeted all of her old friends and sat down. She was there only a few minutes when she suffered the fatal heart attack.

Mrs. Murphy was born at Scammon, Kansas, October 29, 1872, and came with her parents, Michael and Bridget Burns, to Sumner County in 1874, settling on a claim in Downs Township, three and one-half miles southwest of Perth. She was married to John Murphy at The Prairie Creek Catholic Church on May 22, 1892. They lived on a farm in Downs Township until August 1, 1926. Since they have resided in Manhattan and Wichita.

She is survived by her husband and nine children: Wm. M. of Wellington; Lieut. John D. Murphy, jr. of Cavite, P.I; James E. of Gallup, N. M.; Mervia K. Memphis, Tenn.; Hanna B. Lake City, Florida; Michael C. Wichita, Francis A., Evansville, Ind. Joseph D. Wichita, and Margaret Ann, Wichita; and five grand children. Five brothers: Michael Burns, Kansas City, Mo.; James Burns, Perth; Richard Burns, El Reno, Okla.; Patrick Burns, Dodge City; and Lawrence Burns, Chickasha, Okla.; and two sisters, Mrs. S.H. Barner, Wellington, and Mrs. Sarah Garrity, El Reno, Okla., also survive.

Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Perth at 10 o'clock Monday. The body will be taken from the Deweese Funeral Home tonight to the home of Wm. Murphy, 522 North Washington Avenue, where it will lie in state until Monday morning, when it will be taken to Perth. (July 14, 1932, submitted by Pam McEachern)


Cassie A. Stearns, age 100, of Wellington, KS passed away Friday evening, September 24, 2010 at the Slate Creek Deseret Nursing Home. She was worked as a nurse aide for Wellington Hospital for more than 25 years.

Cassie was born October 7, 1909 in Kingman, KS to Perry and Victoria (Weber) Pepper.

She graduated from Spivey High School.

She married Charles B. Stearns on January 2, 1931 in Kingman, KS. They moved to Wellington from Harper in 1954. Cassie was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist.

Cassie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles in 1988; infant daughter, Beverly; one brother; four sisters; and two stepbrothers.\

She is survived by two sons, Brent Sterns and his wife Mary of Wellington, KS and Roger Stearns and his wife Sandy of Lincoln, NE; three daughters, Lois Ferguson of Wichita, KS, Marcene Mitchell and her husband George of Hobert, NE and Charlene Johnson of Wichita, KS; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Frank Funeral Home in Wellington, KS. Pastor Keith Trumbo will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Duquoin Cemetery in Duquoin, KS.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 27, 2010 from 1:00-8:00 P.M.

A memorial has been established with the Slate Creek Deseret Nursing Home. Memorials can be left at the funeral home.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at (Wellington Daily News, October 10, 2010, submitted by Kyle M. Condon)

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