Obituary of Marsha Lancaster

Marsha Louise Lancaster passed away on September 19, 2021, at the age of 54. Marsha was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, on March 1, 1967, to Cecil Otis and Vivian Louise (Towle) Lancaster.

A graduate of Fort Scott High School Class of 1985, Marsha then attended Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology.

Marsha worked briefly as a beautician before starting a job at Great Plains Deli, located in old Belltown. What once was Great Plains Deli in Belltown is now Marsha’s Great Plains Deli on south National, famous for generous sandwiches and a welcoming lady at the register with the gift of gab.

Marsha and her deli, over the years, have become known by people from all around the world. All of her nieces and nephews, at one time or another, worked at the deli with their beloved Aunt Marsha.

Anyone who has ever known Marsha, loved Marsha. One of the most caring, compassionate, and loving people around, Marsha will be deeply missed by our entire community. Marsha loved her community and continuously supported her local Tiger and Greyhound sports teams, whether it be by sponsoring teams financially, working late to feed them, or sitting on the sidelines, rooting them on.

She especially loved when her nieces and nephews were playing.

With Marsha’s passing, Fort Scott has lost a valuable piece of our community, but nothing compared to the piece that her family has lost. Family was everything to Marsha, and Marsha was everything to her family.


Marsha is preceded in death by her parents and her best friend, Mary Ann Guss.

Survivors include her two brothers, Tom and wife, Kay Lancaster, and Don and wife, Gwen Lancaster; her two sisters, Debbie Baxley and Carolyn and husband, Gary Washburn; nine nieces and nephews, Matt, Adam and wife Bridgett, Brian and wife Amanda, Keith and wife Amy, Kyle and wife Sarah, Shelly and husband Dan, Sara, Margie, and Donnie; her aunts Ruth Spencer and Eloise Towle; Jade Johnson and family and numerous other family members and friends.


Rhonda Dunn will conduct funeral services, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorial are suggested to the Fort Scott High School Booster Club or Care to Share 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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