Obituary of Patsy Gomez

Patsy Jane Linker Gomez, age 82, resident of Iola, KS, formerly of Fort Scott, KS, died Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola, KS.  She was born on May 8, 1941, in Cambridge, MD, the daughter of Lawrence and Pearl Mae Morow Headley.

Although her life was not easy, she was always there for her family, providing in every way possible.  She babysat for most of her grandchildren at some point.

Patsy enjoyed yardwork and rock gardening.  She liked to decorate for every holiday.  She loved volunteering at the Iola Senior Thrift Store, serving as vice-president.


Survivors include her children; James Helm (Ilene) Springfield, MO, Sherry Briggs, Pittsburg, KS, and David Schaffer (Alice), Fort Scott, KS; a brother, George Headley, Chanute, KS; 3 sisters, Dolores Asleton (Rick) GA, Carolyn Eastwood (Melvin), Fulton, KS, and Katherine Thuma, Wann, OK; several stepchildren, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Carl Linker, and Jr. Gomez; 8 siblings; and her parents.


Pastor Kelly Klubek will conduct funeral services at 10:30 am Saturday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Barnesville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Patsy Gomez Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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