Virginia Marie Gillen McKenna died Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kansas at the age of 80.
Virginia was born July 14, 1938, in Harper County, Kansas, to Arnold P. and Margaret A. (Goetz) Gillen. She grew up on a farm near Willowdale where she and her eight siblings played hide-n-seek and red rover outside on the wide prairie. Because the family could not attend daily mass, they added the phrase, “All for the honor and glory of God today” to the end of their daily meal prayer. This is a tradition that continues to this day in the Gillen and McKenna families.
Virginia graduated from Kingman High School in 1956 and married Michael J. McKenna at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kingman, Kansas on December 29, 1959. They lived in Mishawaka, Indiana and in Kansas City, Kansas while Mike attended Notre Dame and then the University of Kansas Medical School. They had three children: Jennifer Ann, Edward Christopher, and Michael Joseph, before settling in Fort Scott where Dr. McKenna worked with Dr. James Basham at the Basham McKenna clinic before starting his own practice. When her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she became his sole caregiver. Virginia and Mike were married for 41 years before he died in 2000.
The simple things in life gave Virginia the most joy. Each day, she looked forward to her daughter Jennifer and grand-dogs coming to say hello. She doted on her granddaughter Maude. In past years, she loved spending time at the McKenna cabin in Kingman with family members. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed birdwatching, sketching, and playing bridge with friends. A lifelong gardener, she could often be found puttering in the yard. She loved spending time on her front porch visiting with family, neighbors, and friends. Virginia was a member of P.E.O. and the St. Anne Altar Society. For years, she participated in the 24-hour adoration at Mary Queen of Angels. Most recently, she particularly enjoyed her daily drives with her son Ed (Chris) to Lake Fort Scott and Gunn Park.
Virginia is survived by her children Jennifer McKenna of Fort Scott, Ed McKenna of Fort Scott, Mike McKenna and wife Steph, and her granddaughter Maude of Boise, ID; her sisters Rosella Thissen and husband Bob of Augusta, KS, Lorraine Yalong of Fresno, CA, and her brother Fred Gillen and wife Margaret of Kingman, KS. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, her parents Arnold and Margaret Gillen, sisters Esther Ross, Louise Steffen, Catherine Lauener, and Mary Odell, and her brothers James Gillen and Robert Gillen.
Following cremation, Father Robert Wachter will celebrate the Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Rosary at 9:30 a.m., under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will take place on Thursday at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at msfocus.org, the National Breast Cancer Foundation at nationalbreastcancer.org, or the St. Mary’s school in Fort Scott. Memorial contributions may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.
Photos Featured at the Governor’s Water Conference in November
Kansas is blessed with great natural resources and Kansans are encouraged to capture the most vital of these, water. The Kansas Water Office (KWO) is accepting water photos to be featured at the 2018 Governor’s Water Conference in November. The photos need to pertain to water or water use in Kansas. Examples include all bodies of water, irrigation, and agriculture, recreation and fun, or other water infrastructure.
Worthy entries will be selected for display at the 2018 Governor’s Water Conference, scheduled for Nov. 13-14, 2018 in Manhattan, KS. Attendees at the conference will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo. The winning photo will earn feature photo at the 2019 Governor’s Water Conference. It will also, along with second and third place, be displayed in Kansas State Capitol and the Kansas Water Office during the year.
Entries can be submitted through our online portal on the KWO Website: www.kwo.ks.gov or should be sent to email@example.com with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The following formats are accepted: .jpg, .png and .gif. Participants have until October 12, 2018, to enter a maximum of five photos that follow contest guidelines. For more information for photo, categories visit the KWO website.
By submitting photos, participants grant KWO permission to freely use and share photos at the Governor’s Water Conference, on social media, web, publications, and displays.
Updates on the contest will be distributed through the KWO social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information visit the KWO website.
The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is hosted by the KWO, K-State /Kansas Water Resource Institute. Major sponsors for the event include Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.
Jennifer Lyn Houston, age 30, a resident of rural Arcadia, Kansas, passed away Sunday, August 5th at the Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, following injuries received in an automobile accident in Cedar County, Missouri.
She was born September 28, 1987, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Richard Allen Barnard and Connie Patricia Price Barnard.
Jennifer graduated from the Fort Scott High School and had been an FSHS cheerleader. She had worked in various restaurants in both Fort Scott and Nevada and was currently being trained as a manager for Wendy’s in Ft. Scott. She enjoyed spending time with children, being outside and fishing as well as listening to music.
Survivors include a son, Aidyn Allen Barnard and a daughter, Lyza Renee Houston. Also surviving are her parents, Richard and Connie Barnard, of Arcadia; three brothers, Michael Allen Barnard and Chester Ray Barnard, both of Ft. Scott and Randall Eugene Barnard, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a sister, Rebecca Dawn Barnard, of Arkansas City, Kansas as well as her grandparents, Don and Barbara Barnard of Pharr, Texas and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pastor Larry Stevicks will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 13th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sheffield Cemetery near Arcadia. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Jennifer Houston Memorial Fund and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.
She was born on June 14, 1966, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of James and Linda Dunlap Marshall. Angela lived in Germany for two years and enjoyed her time there.
She enjoyed collecting movies, skulls, and jewelry. Her favorite drink was a suicide. Her favorite things to eat were mac and cheese, Peeps and Twizzlers. She worked as a clerk for Pump-N-Pete’s Convenience store where she was in management training. Angela was willing to help anyone in need and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include a son, James Delaney, of the home; a brother, Brian McDaniel, Ft. Scott; a sister, Melissa McDaniel and husband Michael, Bella Vista, AR; her father since she was 1 year old, Darrell McDaniel, Bentonville, AR; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda McDaniel; and a sister, Tammy Baglin.
There was cremation, with memorial services at 10:30 AM Friday, August 17th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Private family interment will take place at a later date in the Centerville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until service time Friday morning.
Memorials are suggested to the Angela Delaney Memorial Fund and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.
A 15-year-old was killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash five miles south of Fort Scott in Bourbon County, according to a Topeka Capital-Journal report.
The incident was reported at 9:40 a.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash log.
Hunter D. Kovacic, of Stark, was driving north on US-69 when he crossed the center line. He sideswiped a southbound Ford F350 and then struck a semi-truck head-on.
It isn’t known if Kovacic was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Ford F350, who was wearing a seat belt, wasn’t injured.
The semi’s driver, Billy Rabbit, 40, of Pryor, Okla., was transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott with injuries. He was wearing a seat belt, KHP said.
I want to thank everyone who voted and participated in the 2018 primary election.
It’s an honor and a privilege for us as Americans to show our appreciation and dedication to all who stood up and defended our rights to self-govern and to have a voice in the electoral process.