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Obituary Of Marjorie Greenfield

Marjorie Darlene Hudgen Greenfield, age 95, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas and more recently from Denton, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Denton, Texas. 
She was born February 12, 1923, in Altamont, Kansas, the daughter of John Wesley Hudgen and Beulah Marjorie Kingsbury Hudgen.  She worked at the Western Insurance Company in Ft. Scott until her marriage to Ben C. Greenfield, Jr. on September 2, 1967.  After their marriage, Ben and Darlene lived in Jackson, Mississippi, and Parsons, Kansas.  They later moved to Irving, Texas where Darlene cared for her Aunt Ester until her passing.  They later returned to Ft. Scott where they retired.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Scott. 
Darlene is survived by cousins, Bob Kingsbury and wife, Judy, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Gary Cawood, of California.  Also surviving are a step-daughter; Pamela Marshall and husband, Terry, of Florida; grandchildren, Troy Marshall, and wife, Susan and great-granddaughter, Sienna, of Vermont, Brandon Marshall, and wife, Jennifer and great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Alissa and Aden of New York and a second step-daughter, Rhonda Nelson and grandchildren, Robbie and Aaron Nelson and great-grandchildren, Alyson, Trey, Alex, and Trevor, all of Texas. 
Darlene was preceded in death by a step-son, Ben W. Greenfield and is survived by his wife, Connie and grandchildren, Deborah and Carey Greenfield and great-grandchildren, Raymond and Skyla, of Texas. 
She was also preceded in death by a step-daughter, Eileen Marshall and is survived by her husband, Sam and grandchildren, Steve and Tammy and great-granddaughters of Washington State.
Rev. Steve Cole will conduct graveside services at 1:30 P.M. Friday, May 4th at the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. 
Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Obituary Of Carol Welch

Carol Louise (Meme) Welch, age 77, a former resident of Fort Scott, and more recently of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at St. Luke’s South Hospital. 

She was born December 14, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kansas the daughter of Victor Carpenter and Lucille Willey Carpenter. 

Carol was a 1958 graduate of Fort Scott High School.  She attended Pittsburg State College.  She was previously employed by American States Insurance in Overland Park. 

She married Denny O. D. Welch Jr. on August 29, 1987, in Overland Park. 

Her joy was spending time with grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Denny O.D. (Papa) Welch; five sons, O. D. Welch III  and wife Melody, Chet Shellenberger, Stephen Shellenberger and wife Chris, Chuck Welch and wife Elizabeth, and Daniel Shellenberger; one daughter, Karin Shellenberger.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren; Lacey, Joseph, Lauren, Taylor, Kelsea, Phillip, Emma, Ashlyn, Victoria, Peyton, Charles, Meghan, Gabriel, and Oliver. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, CPL Nicholas Gomez.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 5th, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors project and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Fort Scott Fifth-Graders To Learn of Mary Bickerdyke May 7

Throughout the day on Monday, May 7, The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will be presenting the story of Mother Mary Bickerdyke along with the Tiffiny Durham from the Fort Scott National Historic Site.

“All of the 5th-graders from Eugene Ware Elementary will be attending the presentations,” Megan Felt said. “We would also like to invite the public.”

The presentations are at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m in the Lowell Milken Center at Wall and Main street in downtown Fort Scott.

Visitors can stop by anytime that day and learn more about the Unsung Hero and Civil War nurse Mother Mary Bickerdyke.

Obituary for Pauline Stoughton Beeler

Pauline Stoughton Beeler, age 95, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room.

She was born August 4, 1922, in Mapleton, KS, the daughter of Frederick and Mary Faulhaber Stoughton. She attended Mapleton grade school, Blue Mound High, and Ft. Scott Junior College.

Pauline worked in both the offices of Key Overall factory and Kansas Utilities.

She married Dale Warren in November 1942, one year after they met. From 1943 through 1947 they lived in Manhattan, KS, and their first two children, Gary and Pat were born. Dale graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dale’s father was a veterinarian and his son Stephen also received his veterinary degree from KSU 25 years later. Dale died in 1952 in a small airplane accident near Fulton, KS.

Pauline remarried Norbert Beeler (Bud) in 1953. Pauline’s fourth child, Rebecca, was born in 1954 on her mother’s birthday in Tacoma, WA, where Bud was stationed in the Army.

The family moved to Prairie Village, KS, where they lived 20 years. Bud spent that time employed by Stine & McClure funeral home. In 1973, they moved back to Fort Scott, owning and managing Cheney’s Chapel funeral home (now Cheney Witt Chapel). Bud retired in 1989 and died as a result of Parkinson’s disease in 2004.

Pauline is survived by her four children, Gary Michael Warren and wife Charlene, Patricia Pauline Morris and husband Jim, Stephen Dale Warren and wife Patti, and Rebecca Ann Beatson and husband Jim; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings; Bernice Lawrence, and Raymond, Milton, Sheldon, and Ellis Stoughton; two husbands, Dale Martin Warren and Norbert Joseph Beeler; and her granddaughter Frances Elizabeth Warren (1985).

There was cremation.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, May 25, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, PO Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at