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Wray, William K. "Bill"  
William "Bill" K. Wray Graveside services for William "Bill" K. Wray, 70, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. He passed away May 20, 2015 at his home. Bill was born December 7, 1944 in Winchester, KS the son of James Perry and Velma (Orr) Wray. He served his country in the United States Navy. He was a union carpenter and a maintenance carpenter for the University of Kansas. He married Jane Miracle. They later divorced. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Wray; three grandchildren, Sam Mayo, Cruz Chino, Layla Chino; and one sister, Carole Frederick. The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 25, 2015

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Anderson, Lowry F. "Andy"  
Lowry F. "Andy" Anderson Funeral services for Lowry "Andy" Anderson, 93, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 27, at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Lowry died May 23, 2015. Lowry was born in Elsmore, Kansas, on August 27th, 1921 to Arthur Alexander Anderson and Media McWilliams Anderson. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1939, and from Chanute Junior College shortly thereafter. After serving his station in China during WWII, he retuned to Lawrence and married Wanda Pearl Johnson. Together they had three children: Arthur, deceased, Lowry Jr, and Rebecca. Lowry was employed with Southwest Bell Telephone Company for over 30 years. He was a member of Lawrence Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M, York Rite Body, a 50 year member of Abdallah Shrine Temple, Overland Park, KS. He was also a member of Lawrence Shrine Club, Life Member of the Order of High Priesthood of Kansas, Royal Arch Masons, Lawrence Chapter #4, Lawrence Council # 14, DeMolay C #4, V.F.W. Post 852, American Legion Post 14, and the Telephone Pioneers. He was a Charter Member of North American Fishing Club, and the Senior Sportsman Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dale; his four sisters, Lillian M Timmons, Cecil Benton, Nona Curtice and Velma Anderson; his wife Wanda, and their son, Arthur. In addition, he was preceded in death by wives Genevieve Landon Anderson and Grace Boyd Anderson. He is survived by his son, Lowry Jr. of Overland Park, KS, and daughter Becky (Mere Marie Delores) of Notre Dame de l'Ecoute, Benin, Africa. Survived also by daughter-in-law Kathleen Anderson; and grandchildren Malisa Anderson-Strait and her husband Eric of Atlanta, GA; Sara of Overland Park, and Brad and his wife Maureen of Lawrence; as well as daughter-in-law Mary Anderson, and grandchildren John and Alex of Lawrence. In addition, he is survived by his stepsons Tom, Bob and Andy Boyd; their wives Diane, Becky, and Shirley; their children Trisha, Michele, and Kylie; Barry and Robin; and Ross and Rachel. Other survivors include sister-in-laws Wilda Schornick and Elsie Anderson, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or a charity of the donor's choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent at www.warrenmcelwain.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015
Bowen, Montie J. - Tonganoxie  
Montie J Bowen Montie J Bowen, 86, KU grad, passed May 21st. Visitation 2-3 pm, funeral 3 pm, Wed. May 27th at Basehor UMC. www.chapelhill-butler.com
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015
Counts, Margaret  
Margaret Counts Margaret Counts died at home on May 5, 2015. She was born March 4, 1918 on a farm nearHasty, Colorado to Wilma (Crossan) & Wilson Counts. Margaret was the second child of four daughters and started school at Coal Creek public school near Vinland, Kansas. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1936 and enjoyed being in the first wood working shop that girls could take. Margaret attended Baker University and enjoyed being a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was the badminton champion her sophomore year. She left Baker University in 1940 to attend St. Luke's Nursing School in Kansas City. She then returned to Baldwin City and became a sales clerk for Harry Barnett, and served on the Ration Board helping to administer ration coupons for Baldwin City during WW II. Like many patriotic women, she became a Hostess for the returning airmen at the Olathe Naval Air Base, while working as a chemist at the Sunflower Ammunition Plant. She subsequently began her long professional career of about 40 years and worked as a technician and dental assistant for Dr. Stanley Flickinger, Dr. J B Flickinger and Dr. J A Emerson. She was the treasurer for two years of the Kansas Dental Assistants and became a life member. While she worked she also assisted her parents at the Counts Farm with their cattle and farming business. She married J W Taul November 1938; they later divorced in 1955. She also enjoyed doing lapidary work with her father. After her parents moved to town, she moved to the Counts Farm. She enjoyed being a member of various groups and organizations such as: The First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City Library, Farm Bureau, Professional Women, Campfire Girls, Hostess at Olathe Naval Air Base, Baldwin High School Alumni, Ottawa Co-Op, Wellsville Fit and Fun, Committee member for Wilma & Wilson Counts Scholarship Fund at Baker University, Santa Fe Historical Society and Senior Volleyball Team. After Margaret retired she enjoyed traveling in the US, and abroad, seeing new places, eating new food, and making new acquaintances. Margaret took great pleasure spending time with her friends and family. She hosted her cousins' reunions, sisters' reunions and numerous happy gatherings around the dinner table in her home. As an accomplished cook she enjoyed baking for charitable events such as: pies for the American Legion for the Maple Leaf Festival and her creative donations for the Baker University Chocolate Auction. Margaret is survived by her sister, Maryann Arndt of Bellingham, WA; 5 nieces, and numerous other relatives. Margaret will be remembered by her friends and family for many attributes, particularly her cheerfulness, generosity, and joy of living each and every day. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 712 9th Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Condolences may be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015
Floyd, Joan A. (Scott)  
Joan A. (Scott) Floyd Visitation for Joan A. (Scott) Floyd, 77, Pryor, will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:00 AM at Warren-McElwain Mortuary & Cremation, Lawrence, Kansas. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Kansas. Services are entrusted to Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care, Pryor, Oklahoma. Joan was born January 17, 1938 in Lawrence, Kansas to Albert Lester and Elma Abby (Ulm) Scott. She departed this life on May 21, 2015 in Pryor at the age of 77 years 4 months and 4 days. Joan attended school in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Lawrence High School. She was married to Robert R. Floyd on November 5, 1978 in Lawrence. Joan was a member of the First Christian/Presbyterian Church in Pryor. She loved music and was a great dancer. Joan was given the "Volunteer of the Year" award for hospice service in Texarkana, Texas. She enjoyed knitting and had made all of her children afghans. Joan liked to grow flowers and plants and also liked to travel. The love of her life was her grandchildren and Joan always wanted to please all of her family. Above all she loved her faith in the Lord and her husband. Joan is survived by her husband Robert "Bob" R. Floyd, son Jerry Cunningham of Chouteau, daughter Julie Littlefield of Pryor, step-son Bob Floyd, Jr. and wife Kim of Austin, Texas, three step-daughters Barbara Nottingham of Clearwater, Florida, Debbie Balise and husband Paul of Tustin, California and Gina Bates and husband Bryan of Midlothian, Texas 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, two brothers John Scott and wife Corinne of Lake Arrowhead, California, and Gary Scott of Lawrence, Kansas, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one daughter Janice A. Copp. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015
Gaches, Hazel Wadean Colquitt - Manhattan  
Hazel Wadean Colquitt Gaches Following an extended period of declining health, Hazel Wadean Colquitt Gaches passed gently to heaven on Thursday, May 21, 2015. In her final hours, she was surrounded by family and friends at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. She passed to her lord immediately following the recitation of the Lord's Prayer by her niece Lora Annette Bernstein Cooley and her oldest son Ron. Hazel Wadean Colquitt Gaches was born in a rural home outside of Comer, Georgia on January 28, 1931. She was the oldest daughter of Wade Hampton Colquitt and Luna Mae Steele Colquitt. As a youth she excelled at basketball and loved the outdoors. She left Comer at the age of 16 for Columbus, Georgia where she lived with her Aunt Billie and worked in a department store. At age 18 she fell in love with a young Army officer completing his training at Fort Benning, Georgia and travelled cross-county by train to marry Robert A.L. Gaches in Washington State on December 28, 1949. During her early years of marriage, she enjoyed the adventures of life as an officer's wife, and later, beginning in 1963, enjoyed raising her family and building many lasting friendships while living in Manhattan, Kansas. Although she always remained a Georgia peach, she loved the change of seasons and rolling hills of the Kansas Flinthills. Dean deeply loved her family and her animals. She was a great cook and homemaker, and partner for her husband. She lived a Christian life and was a moral compass for her two sons, Ronald and Michael, and taught them to respect themselves and others, and to love all animals. She helped to care for all of the family's dogs, including her husband's hunting dogs, showering them with love and affection. But her biggest animal love was her big gray, tabby cat Fritz, who would lie on her shoulder and nuzzle her face with his whiskers. The neighborhood squirrels all knew they could find a free meal in Dean's backyard, where her giant cottonwood tree provided them shelter. Although she was short on formal education, Dean was smart about people and could spot a phony from across the room. A self-described, yellow-dog Democrat from the red clay hills of northeast Georgia, she was a populist through and through. She stayed abreast of the latest political news and had strongly held opinions about who should be running the country and how. Dean loved cooking and sharing a cup of coffee with her friends. Her favorite foods were sweet potatoes, home grown tomatoes and peaches. The last food she ate was a baked sweet potato. She loved to garden and work in her yard, and was an environmentalist before she knew the word. Dean was preceded in death by her beloved sister Lila Annette Colquitt Bernstein, of Athens, Georgia and her faithful husband Robert, originally from southeast Kansas. She also lost a half-brother, Billy Colquitt of Elberton, Georgia. She is survived by her sons Ronald Neil Gaches, and his wife Colette and their two children, and Michael Dean Gaches, and his wife Sonya and their three children; her half-brother Troy Colquitt of Elberton, Georgia and his family; and her nieces Lora Bernstein Colquitt and Robin Bernstein Dance, and her nephew Jason Bernstein and their families. Funeral Services for Mrs. Gaches will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday May 26, 2015 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Private Interment will be held at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery. Dean's friends are encouraged to make a contribution to the Riley County Humane Shelter in her memory, help a deserving animal find a loving home. Contributions may left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015
Reeves, Frances Patricia - Lawrence  
Frances Patricia Reeves A visitation for Frances Patricia Reeves, 75, Leawood, will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044. Frances was born in Harris county, Texas, on January 15, 1940, the daughter of the late Pelham and Odelle Mott Jones. She peacefully entered God's Kingdom with her family by her side on May 22, 2015. She was married to her best friend and the love of her life Travis Reeves who preceded her in death in 2006. Frances was a loving mother who's greatest joy was being with her family. Most of all, she looked forward to seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed music, movies, boating and fishing. She attended Southern Baptist Church in Overland Park. Survivors include daughter Jennifer Reeves; sons Michael and wife Amy Reeves, Mitchell and wife Lorrie Reeves. Grandchildren John, Brandon (Savannah), Ryan (Abby), Amy (Matt) and 5 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Cay Wheeler and Martha Keeley, one brother, Thomas Jones, and one aunt, Bessie Hodges. Friends may call from Noon to visitation time on Tuesday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6-7pm. The family suggests memorial contributions made to the American Stroke Association, sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at rumsey-yost.com Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2015

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Dickinson, Betty Ann Landree  
Betty Ann Landree Dickinson Betty Ann Landree Dickinson died on May 22,2015 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor after suffering from serious health problems. She was 82. Cremation was private. A gathering of relatives and friends will be held in the fall at a date to be determined. Betty moved to Lawrence with her husband in 1991 after a 20 year career as research associate and quality assurance officer with Hazleton Laboratories in Vienna, VA.,a Washington, D.C. suburb. From 1991 until 1995. she worked part time as a medical technologist at Watkins Student Health Center at the University of Kansas. She was born at home , Dec. 14,1932, in Keytesville, Mo.,the daughter of Roy Gray Landree and Margaret Virginia Rucker Landree. The family had moved to Keytesville when her parents lost their bookkeeping jobs in Kansas City during the Great Depression. With the outbreak of World War II, they returned to the Kansas City area to take jobs in defense industries. Betty graduated from Shawnee Mission High School near the top of her class. She worked summers as a ward clerk at the KU Medical Center. She attended Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, MO..on a full academic scholarship in 1950-51 before transferring to the University of Kansas. She married William B. Dickinson III in Danforth Chapel on the KU campus in 1953. When her husband graduated and was drafted during the final days of the Korean War, she left KU. After bearing two sons, she resumed her studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and graduated from KU with a major in microbiology in 1968. She received certification as a registered medical technologist from American University in 1969. After fully retiring from Hazleton Laboratories and moving to Lawrence with her husband, she became a Master Gardener with the Douglas County Extension Service and frequently fielded phoned-in questions from local residents. She was active in the University Women's Club, the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and supported Friends of the University Theatre and Friends of the School of Music. She traveled widely abroad on garden tours and cruises, and took special pleasure in watching the Kansas City Royals on television. Attending piano recitals by KU students on campus and at the home of Dave and Gunda Hiebert were magical occasions for her. She is survived by her husband, of the Lawrence home;two sons, William B. Dickinson IV of Overland Park, Kan.,and David Alan Dickinson of Santa Barbara,Calif.;and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Master Gardeners program of Douglas County, Friends of the KU Theatre, or Friends of the KU School of Music. Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 23, 2015

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Gay, Paul W.  
Paul W. Gay Paul W. Gay, 93, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be in Arnett, Oklahoma. Paul was born in Flippin, Arkansas on December 23, 1921, the son of Lewis Robert and Sylvia Myrtle Gay. He graduated from Wetumka High School in Oklahoma and Texas Tech University. Paul served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, in the original crew that commissioned the U.S.S. Pine Island. Since 2004, he was a resident at Brandon Woods Retirement Community and a member of the Westside Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS. He married Evelyn Tefertiller on January 1, 1946 in Ada, Oklahoma. Paul worked for Video Independent Theatres, managing movie theatres in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. He retired as the company vice-president in 1983. For the next 13 years, he worked for H & R Block as a tax-preparer and instructor. After that he served as a volunteer who helped senior citizens prepare and submit tax forms. After moving to Lawrence, KS, he served as the state of Kansas administrative assistant for the statewide Tax-Aide program for AARP. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, his parents, two sisters, Willie Mitchell and Goldia Crouch, and one brother, Gail. Survivors include two daughters, A. Susan Gay, Lawrence, and Sharon M. Steindl (Walter), Vienna, Austria, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews, and friends across several states. The family suggests memorials to The Coleman Theatre of Miami, OK, 103 N. Main, Miami, OK 74354, or Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 22, 2015
Gibson, Paulett  
Paulett Gibson Funeral services for Paulett Gibson, 64, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Warren-McElwain in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away May 20, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Paulett was born January 31, 1951 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of Paul Robert and Betty Rose (Beers) Burchett. She married Steven Alexander Gibson November 11, 1985 in Las Vegas, NV. He survives of the home. She worked for Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for over 40 years where she held many different positions. The majority of her career she was a machine operator. Paulett was a member of the Pilot Club of Lawrence. She enjoyed traveling, collecting antique glassware, and attending craft shows with her friends. She had a special fondness for her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She was known for always being supportive of her friends in their hardest times. Other survivors include one brother, Jimmy Burchett and wife, Theresa; one niece, Lisa Burchett; many friends; and her Hallmark family. The family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015 at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lawrence Pilot Club and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com . Please sign this guestbook at Obituaries.LJWorld.com .
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on May 22, 2015
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