Obituary of Darla Bruner

Darla Dean Bruner, age 85, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Sunday, December 27, 2020, at the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

She was born November 29, 1935, in Seiling, OK, the daughter of Lewis and Gladys Bartell Mandersheid. She graduated from Humboldt, KS high school. She then attended Chanute Junior College and Pittsburg State College. She then taught grade school near Fredonia, KS. Darla married Elvis Willard Bruner on June 4, 1960, in Fredonia, KS. They moved to Ft. Scott in 1962.

He preceded her in death on July 20, 2018.

In 1973, she began working at Western Insurance and later American States Insurance until 1992. Later, she was employed by Med-Plans 2000 for several years.

Her greatest enjoyment was being with family and Christian friends, quilting, flower gardening, attending garage sales with Willard, and serving the Lord. Darla attended the Church of Christ, at 1900 Margrave.

She was the best of us and always put other first. We will miss her sweet smile and kind heart.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Graham and husband William, Joplin, MO, and Sharon Bruner, Roeland Park, KS; a son, Ernest Bruner and wife Stephanie, Overland Park, KS; 6 grandchildren, Lindsay Johnson, Cassandra Bailey, Jennifer Bruner, Khaled Graham, Donovan Graham, and Shanece Grimm; 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters; one brother; and her parents.

Private family services will be held. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Darla Bruner Memorial Fund 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

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