Category Archives: Obituary

Obituary of Jack Avery Young

Jack Avery “Babe” Young, age 90, a resident of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Glenwood Village in Overland Park, Kansas.

He was born January 17, 1929, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of Jack Young and Geneva Wollard Young. He graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1945.

From an early age, Babe showed an interest in music. He played the clarinet and saxophone in the school band and often performed in a jazz band for area dances.

He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While in the Army, Babe was a member of the Signal Corps and also performed in army bands.

He married Marilyn Phillips in July of 1954, at Ft. Scott. Babe and Marilyn later relocated to the Kansas City area where he was employed for many years for Bendix Corp.

Following his retirement, his loved of performing was rekindled and he and some friends formed a jazz band which played for various occasions in the Kansas City area.

In addition to playing music, Babe enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as reading Old West magazines.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; his son, John Young and wife, Jeri, of Garland, Texas and a granddaughter, Lauren Minyard and husband, Kyle, of Lebanon, Oklahoma. A great-grandchild is expected in March.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald Young and a sister, Wilma Neaderhiser.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, December 6th at the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

Family and friends may meet at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 1:15 P.M. on Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and may be left in 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

Obituary of Marilyn Joan Neil

Marilyn Joan Neil, age 80, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019. She was born April 25, 1939, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Henry Neil and Viola Smock Neil. Marilyn was a teacher. She obtained her master’s degree in education and had taught elementary school in Illinois for many years. Following her retirement, she moved to Ft. Scott in 2009. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Scott. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed cooking and often baked cakes for the Feeding Families in His Name at the Methodist Church. She enjoyed times spent at the Senior Citizen’s Center and celebrating birthday parties with her friends.

Survivors include her cousin, Larry Ramey and his wife, Patsy of Nevada, Missouri as well as her beloved dogs, Roxie and Annie and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Following cremation, a visitation will be held from 2 to 3 P.M. Friday, December 6th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Private burial will take place later at the Oakridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to Paws & Claws Animal Shelter and may be left in 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

Obituary of Donald V. Cummings

Donald Verne Cummings, age 82, resident of Fort Scott, KS, went to his heavenly reward Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.  Don was born June 19, 1937, in Fort Scott at the old Mercy Hospital to Paul Verne and Delta Armour Cummings.  He attended the one room schoolhouse at Godfrey and graduated from Fort Scott high school with the class of 1955.  His first job was with JC Penney Company where he worked in the men’s department and learned that gentlemen always carried a white handkerchief which he did every day.  He served as a Sergeant with the National Guard Military Police unit in Pittsburg, KS.  On June 24, 1961, he married Peggy Pat Rose in the Sacred Heart Church in Mound City, KS.  His career with the Western Insurance Company began in the supply department in 1957.  In 1962 he accepted a transfer to the Lebanon, IN, branch office as a commercial lines underwriter.  In 1976 he assumed management of the Kansas City, MO, branch office and in 1979 became manager of the office in Bettendorf, IA, the Western Insurance Companies largest branch office.  He returned to Fort Scott in 1987 and worked as commercial lines manager for American States Insurance retiring in 1994 after 37 years in the insurance industry.  He always appreciated the opportunities the Western Insurance Company provided him.
Don was an avid collector and trader and the couple owned Collectiques, an antique business in Iowa.  Upon returning to his hometown he took great pleasure in restoring the Victorian home which had been in the family since 1955.  He would tell everyone that his children came to see their grandparents in this home and now his grandchildren and great grandchildren came to see him in the same home.  After retiring, his focus turned to gardening and landscaping to provide a proper setting for the home.  He was a former member of Kiwanis, the Bourbon County Arts Council, the Western Block House Committee, a board member of CASA and served on the Bourbon County Strategic Planning Committee.  Don was very proud of his membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and enjoyed traveling to research his patriot.
He is survived by his wife of 58 ½ years, Peggy; children Cara Gentry, Fort Worth, TX, Chris (Lori) Cummings, Dallas, TX, Todd Cummings (Brandi), Independence, MO, and Joey (Rachel) Cummings, Fort Scott; grandchildren Wyatt Gentry, Cari (Andrew) Oteo , Michael, Keli Jo, Caleb, and Jacob Cummings, Ashley (Greg) Garza, Sannam and Aamir Alaudin; and great grandchildren Charlee Rose Cummings, Quinn and Ana Oteo, and Kareena and Aubree Garza.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Betty Joan Cummings and Mary Lou Brungardt.
Gene Payne will conduct memorial services at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 7th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to either Fort Scott Wreath Ride or E3 Ranch  Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Dr. F. Wayne Stark

Dr. F. Wayne Stark

Dr. F. Wayne Stark, 79, a resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at his home.

He was born December 25, 1939, in Fort Scott, KS, the son of Ernest Lloyd Stark and Lillie Elizabeth Davis Stark.

On March 25, 1963, Wayne married Alice Garner Stark.

He served the Church of the Nazarene in several capacities from 1960-2015.

Wayne graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in religion. He went on to earn his M.A. in religion from Southern Nazarene University and his Master of Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Wayne received his Doctorate of Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary on June 2, 2019.

Wayne began his service to the Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Nazarene Gospel Mission as Head Pastor from 1960-1962. Wayne then served as Pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Noble, Oklahoma until 1966. He spent the next ten years serving at Central Church of the Nazarene in downtown Oklahoma City. In 1976, Wayne accepted the call to the Nazarene Indian Bible College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During his time in Albuquerque, Wayne served as both Pastor and professor before being appointed by the General Superintendent as President of the College until 1983.

Following a one year sabbatical, Wayne moved his family to Pleasanton, Kansas where he would serve as Pastor of the Pleasanton Church of the Nazarene until 1996.

At that time, Wayne felt a calling to once again go back and serve the inner city of Oklahoma City. He took an unpaid position as pastor at First Indian Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition, he served as Site Director of Love Link Ministries until his resignation in 2008. Wayne retired in 2015 after serving the Nazarene denomination for 55 years.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Alice Garner Stark; his brother Eddie Stark and wife Margaret; his sisters Naoma Hemphill and husband Bob, and Marilyn Rogers; his sons Kevin and wife Cristin Stark, and Stephen Stark; his daughters Evangeline and husband Matt Korinke, and Michelle Seciwa; his grandchildren Christian Tavernaro and wife Cristin, Johnathan Stark and wife Sarah, Wyatt Stark, Wes Seciwa, Dawson, Brody and Lila Korinke.

Wayne was preceded in death by his grandparents M. Grant and Leota Stark and Ernest Eddie “Edd” and Haskell Hayse Davis; and parents Ernest and Lillie Stark.

Rev. Virgil Peck will conduct funeral services at 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 27th, at the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.

Burial will follow in the Prescott Cemetery, Prescott, KS. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM Tuesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to either Pathways or AgGrandize Global and may be left in care of the website or Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Glen A. Pearson, Jr. Obituary

Glen Alexander Pearson, Jr.

Glen Alexander Pearson, Jr., 3-day old son of Glen Pearson, Sr., and Shelby Brown, of Iola, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Allen County Hospital Emergency Room in Iola, Kansas.

He was born November 20, 2019, at Pittsburg, Kansas.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Brailynne and his grandparents and great-grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, December 2nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

A private burial will take place Tuesday at the Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the Glen Pearson, Jr. 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

Obituary of Marcella Timmins

Marcella R. Timmins, age 89, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Medicalodge of Frontenac, Kansas.

She was born November 23, 1929, in Anamoose, North Dakota, the daughter of William C. Roufs and Josephine Hanenburg Roufs.

Marcella graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1948.  She married George Timmins on September 3, 1949 in, Seattle, Washington.

Marcella had worked as an audit examiner for the Western Insurance Company for thirty-eight years.  She also assisted her husband, George, with their jewelry business.


Survivors include four nephews and three nieces and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her husband, George, preceded her in death on October 29, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Ralph, Harold, Clifford and Orville Roufs.


At Marcella’s request, a simple graveside service will be held at 11:30 A.M. Monday, November 25th at the Evergreen Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be prior to the service on Monday from 10:30 to 11:15 A.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Paws & Claws 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

Obituary of Marvin Gates

Gates, Marvin Ray, 95, cherished husband, father, grandpa, and retired agricultural mechanic with International Harvester Co., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Marvin served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, June Gates; parents, Albert and Grace Gates; and sister, Viola Bowers.

Survivors include his daughter, Marsha Shrack (Chris); son, Alan Gates; brother, Norman Gates; grandchildren, Chelsea, Emma, Gates, and Sam Shrack, Dustin and Kenton Gates; three great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service, 11 am, Friday, Nov. 22, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 100 5th St., Uniontown, Kansas.

Graveside, 1 pm, Uniontown Cemetery, Uniontown,

KS. Memorials to Heartland Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association. Share condolences at Services by Broadway Mortuary.

Obituary of Rodger Quick

Rodger Morris Quick

Rodger Morris Quick, age 72, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Sunday evening, November 17, 2019, at his home after a long battle with heart disease.

He was born October 11, 1947, in Ft. Scott, the son of Morris David and Ethel Delma (VanDyke) Quick. Rodger attended Redfield grade school and graduated from Uniontown high school with the class of 1965.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970, stationed at Whiteman Airforce base and in the Aleutian Islands.

He enjoyed all sports; playing baseball, football, and basketball in high school and American Legion baseball during summers. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved attending grandsons’ and nephews’ activities.

One of his greatest pleasures was his family. He spent many summers coaching Redfield boy’s baseball teams. He was the number one fan of his daughters’ softball and volleyball careers.

On June 22, 1968, he married Susan Campbell at Bethel Community Church. He retired from Fort Scott National Historic Site in 2009. He was a member of the Redfield Methodist Church.

Rodger is survived by his wife, Susan of the home; 2 daughters, Becky Warfield and husband Sean, and Jodi Murrow and husband Nick; 2 grandsons, Gavin Warfield and Cooper Murrow, all of Ft. Scott; mother-in-law, Clara “Babe” Campbell; sister, Sharon Jubert; sister-in-law, Bonnie Quick; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Cindy Bowman; niece, Debbie Palamaris; nephews, Mike, Mitch and Matt Quick, and Dru, Cole and Alex Bowman; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Ethel Quick; a brother, Tom Quick; and father-in-law, Gerald Campbell.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, November 22nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM Friday until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Austin Colwell Holeman

Austin Colwell Holeman passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, MO.   Colwell was 92.

He had suffered numerous health issues in his last months and it was time for God to call him home.  Colwell was born in a farmhouse northwest of Bronson, KS and was a life-long farmer and stockman in the Bronson area.  The only time Colwell was away from the Bronson area was a tour of duty serving his country in the Korean conflict, where he served in the US Army as a corpsman and x-ray technician in a MASH unit.

Colwell loved the outdoors, and spent much of his time hunting, trapping, tending the livestock and operating one of his Allis Chalmers tractors.  He loved working harvest and assisted many friends and neighbors with haying, silage chopping and grain harvest.

After retiring from full time farming, he and Hope would travel to the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas in the cold winter months to spend time with friends and family in the more agreeable climate.

Colwell was a life-time member of the American Legion and a lifelong member of the Bronson United Methodist Church.

Colwell leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Hope Elaine (Burtch) Holeman and two sons; Robert Austin Holeman of Parsons, KS and William Burtch Holeman and wife Lora of Bronson, KS.

He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Justin Daniel Holeman and wife Jamie, William Austin Holeman, Jessica Nicole (Holeman) Laforge and husband Jordan, Joshua Chance Holeman, Joel Austin Holeman, Andrew Olin Scott Holeman, Adrienne Hope Holeman and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23rd at the Bronson United Methodist Church.

Friends and relatives are invited to come share their remembrances of Colwell’s life.

Burial will follow in Bronson Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #385 of Moran.

Arrangement are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel of Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #385 and may be left in 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

Obituary of Willis Irvin

Willis “Hugh” Irvin, 99, of Fort Scott, formerly of Rogers, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at his home in Presbyterian Village. He was born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, February 10, 1920, the son of Herbert and Hope (Swayze) Irvin. On June 19, 1945, Hugh married Mary Agnes Barrett in San Francisco, California, where they had met on a blind date.

Hugh was a graduate of Decatur High School in Georgia, Class of 1938. Dr. Irvin graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University, Class of 1943.  During WWII, Hugh was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a Communication Officer on the USS Barnett in the European Theatre and took part in the invasion at Salerno, Italy, and D-Day at Utah Beach, Normandy.  His next assignment was on the USS Montrose in the Pacific Theatre involved in the assault on Okinawa. When the war ended, his ship landed the first U.S. troops into Occupied Japan at Sasebo.

After the service, he started his career in Omaha as a USDA Veterinarian Meat Inspector. As he rose through the ranks, he worked in Chicago, Indianapolis, New Jersey, New York, Kansas City, and Dallas. He retired after 35 years of service as the Director of Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection in Washington, DC. He and Mary retired to Rogers, Arkansas, in 1981. He was a longtime member of the Rogers’ Noon Kiwanis Club, a member of the Association for Beaver Lake Environment and a volunteer at Rogers’ St. Mary’s Hospital for many years.

Hugh will be remembered for his great sense of humor which he used professionally as well as socially to the amusement of his friends and family. He was a prolific, engaging storyteller who, in his Southern drawl, entertained all with his stories of growing up during the depression in northwest Arkansas.  Hugh had an amazing memory for jokes and a dictionary mind for vocabulary, excelling at crossword puzzles. He enjoyed traveling in retirement, exploring new places and foods. He made friends wherever he lived or worked. His love of history led him in his later years to read a biography on every president.  Always active, he loved gardening, square dancing, and biking.

He was deeply caring about his family, his community, the environment and the wider world around him. He was proud of his public service in the military, career in food safety, and years of community volunteering. He was loved by an extended family and friends who miss the character and brightness he brought into the world.  Just like the great books he loved, he changed us in many ways and will be in our hearts forever.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by two sons, Roger (Susan) of Monroe, Oregon, and David (Janet) of Fort Scott, Kansas, a daughter, Barbara Irvin (Bruce Mayer) of Madison, Wisconsin, four grandchildren, Patrick Irvin (Jarita), Christopher Irvin (Annie Brice), both of Oregon, Kelly Irvin and Betsy Philipp (Nick), both of Kansas, and six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Henry, Jack and Shail Irvin of Oregon and Barrett and Theo Philipp of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leslie Irvin, and Jack Irvin and two sisters, Marguerite Steele and Evelyn Jean Bagwell.

Funeral arrangements for Hugh Irvin were at Mary Queen of Angels at 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 9, 2019, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Interment was at the Fort Scott National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to either The Nature Conservancy at or the Good Samaritan Fund at The Presbyterian Village, and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, P.O. Box 309, 15 W. Wall St., Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.

Obituary of Sharon Rains

Sharon “Sharry” Ann (Martin) Rains, 72, of Fort Scott, passed away peacefully at her home, Thursday morning, November 7, 2019.  She was born on July 29, 1947, in Cherokee, Oklahoma to Loren Ralph and Anna Hayes Martin. Sharry moved to a farm outside of Fort Scott in 1960 and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1965.  She was married to Ronald Lee Rains on April 16, 1967, in Chanute, Kansas by Ron’s father, Pastor Edgar Rains. Together they had two children, Cecilia Jill Rains Evans and Shannon Lee Rains.

Sharry worked as a Bookkeeper at Western Insurance, Midwestern Distribution, Hammer Insurance, Ruddick’s Inc., and My1Stop.  She retired from bookkeeping in 2012 but then held a part-time job at Gene’s IGA until 2015. Sharry was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 and bravely fought four bouts of it.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott and was a faithful servant to our Lord and a fervent prayer warrior.

Sharry was extremely proud of her kids and grandkids and loved to attend as many of their events as she could.  She was their biggest cheerleader, believed in and prayed for them always, and loved them with all her heart. Sharry had the sweetest spirit and was the most generous person to all she knew.  She was deeply loved by her husband, children, and grandkids and will be greatly missed by them all. Survivors include her husband, Ron, of the home; a daughter, Jill Evans and husband Chris, Louisburg, KS; a son, Shannon Rains, Fort Scott; four grandchildren, Bethany Phillips, Jordan Phillips, Kylie Rains, and Robert Rains; a brother, Loren L. Martin and wife Patty, Girard, KS; a sister, Maryn K. Wiggins, Pittsburg, KS; and several nieces and nephews.  Sharry was preceded in death by her parents, Loren Martin and Anna Wade; her father-in-law, Edgar Rains, and mother-in-law, Eva Rains; and by her stepmother, Maxine Martin.

Funeral services were 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church with burial following in the Fort Scott National Cemetery.  The family received friends Monday, November 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home in Fort Scott. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Scott.  Contributions may be left in the care of, the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Elizabeth Myers

Liz Meyer’s smile said it all. She was not one to let the little inconveniences and the occasional setbacks of life alter her “can do; let’s do it” attitude. She truly achieved the fullness of life in her 78 years and died doing what she loved most… helping others. She was attending a Kansas P.E.O. meeting near Topeka, KS on November 8, 2019, to select grant recipients when the Lord called her home.

When she became the current President of the Kansas State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, she chose as her theme “Build, Grow, Live”, represented by the shell of the Nautilus, as her theme for the year.

Liz spent most, but not all, of her career in nursing education at the community college level.

After graduating from St. Louis University with her B.S.N. degree, she applied for and was awarded a federal grant which enabled her to continue her post-graduate education at Catholic University, earning her M.S.N. degree. While attending CU, she met her husband, Bill, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Liz was unique in her ability to balance work and family. Even though she was teaching full time, she never missed a school event or one of the many activities in which her daughters were engaged.

She was “Horse Show Mom” when Kay was into horses and voted “Parent of the Year” for attending and supporting the Lehigh University crew team when Beth was rowing.

She was an advocate for women’s education and a driving force in Sarah’s pursuit of a Master’s degree in Education and a career in teaching early childhood and elementary education.

Liz loved vacationing at the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

Liz never learned to swim but she loved the water! She and Bill met on a sailboat in Annapolis, MD and, for years, they enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay with their young daughters, Kay, Beth, and Sarah. In addition to sailing on the Chesapeake, Liz became a great cook! She loved to entertain and thought nothing of creating a culinary masterpiece for a house full of friends!

Liz’s professional accomplishments were many. In addition to teaching, she served on a national committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology developing standards for Obstetrical Nursing. She was Director of Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Care and Burn Trauma at the largest hospital in Des Moines, IA.

Liz also served for eight years as Nurse Manager for the Visiting Nurse Association of Washington, DC. In 2000, Bill and Liz retired to Fort Scott, KS where they had lived in the 1980’s, during which time Liz had served on the nursing faculty of Fort Scott Community College.

Soon after returning, Liz was offered the opportunity to serve as Director of the College’s Nursing Program. She accepted the position on condition that she could pursue accreditation of the nursing program by the National League of Nursing. With the full support of the College, the program achieved full accreditation under her leadership. Liz retired from her position, but not from life, in 2007.

She became more and more involved in the P.E.O. Sisterhood and served as President of Chapter FU before being selected to serve on the Kansas State Chapter Board in 2016, advancing to President in June of this year.

Within the Fort Scott Community, Liz served on the Board and as President of the Historic Preservation Society of Bourbon County; Chair of the Homes for the Holidays Tour; member of the Bourbon County Arts Council; and, at the time of her death, was serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College.

Liz was born in Omaha, NE. Her mother, Barbara, died in childbirth when Liz was six years old. Her father, Henry Osthoff, is also deceased. She is survived by her husband, William Meyer, and daughters Kay Meyer (husband Hank and daughters Carolina and Katie) of San Marcos, CA; Elizabeth Paulson (husband Michael, daughter Veronica, sons Henry and Leo) of Longmeadow, MA; and Sarah Ettore (husband John-David and sons Joe and Nate) of Perrysburg, OH. She is also survived by sisters Mary Eberenz, Theresa Osthoff, brother Joseph Osthoff, and beloved nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are provided by Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home of Fort Scott with a public celebration of Liz’s life scheduled at Fort Scott Presbyterian Church, 306 South Crawford Street, on Saturday, November 16, at 11:00 A.M.

The family will join for a private farewell service at Lake George, New York, next Summer.

In lieu of flowers, Liz would be thankful for contributions made to P.E.O.’s own Cottey College, Nevada, MO.