Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2001


January 4, 2001

William H. Nichols


Services for William H. Nichols, 80, Eudora, were Wednesday at Eudora United Methodist Church. Burial was at Eudora Cemetery.

Mr. Nichols died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Hartford, the son of William and Mildred (Howland) Nichols.

Mr. Nichols was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, and served in the Pacific Theater as an aerial photographer. He moved to Eudora from Topeka in 1972. He worked as a meat cutter for 27 years at Leonard Meat Company.

Mr. Nichols was a member of Eudora United Methodist Church, Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, Lawrence; Doric Lodge No. 83 AF & AM, Eudora; Abdallah Temple of the Shrine, Kansas City, Kan., and Lawrence Lodge No. 6 AF & AM, Order of the Eastern Star, Fidelity No. 11 White Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Jayhawk Fire Brigade and Shrine Club, all of Lawrence.

He married Mary Picket. She died earlier. He later married Amaretta Gabriel Wright. She died earlier. He married Bertha Ford on Nov. 26, 1985, in Eudora. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Dianna Meier, Big Springs, and Janet Vorhies, Lawrence; a stepdaughter, Beverly Emerson, Gilroy, Calif.; a son, William T. Nichols, Topeka; two stepsons, Richard Ford III, Roswell, Ga., and Mike Ford, Meyrargues, France; a brother, Jesse Nichols, Topeka; two sisters, Ruby Pendleton, Norfork, Ark., and Doris Ann Pusch, Carbondale; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Eudora United Methodist Church or World War II Memorial Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Pearl M. Rosenau


Memorial services for Pearl Martha Rosenau, 98, Eudora, were Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence.

Mrs. Rosenau died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 13, 1902, in Eudora, the daughter of Charles Christian and Louisa (Thoren) Gabriel. She was a lifelong resident of the Eudora area. She graduated from Eudora High School and attended Kansas University for two years.

Mrs. Rosenau was a homemaker and worked with her husband on their farm and apple orchard. She taught first grade for a year in Linwood. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Eudora, where she was a church organist for many years.

She was a 75-year member of the Helianthus and Adah chapters of Order of Eastern Star, and a member of Iota Phi Phi Bridge Club and the 1900 and Now Club.

She married Otto "Rosie" Rosenau on May 15, 1925. He died Nov. 13, 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Livingood, Eudora; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Shirley R. Foutz, died in October 1968.

The family suggests memorials to Eudora Nursing Center or St. Paul United Church of Christ, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

M. Eula Kauffman


Private graveside services for M. Eula Kauffman, 93, Eudora, were Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Kauffman died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born July 4, 1907, in Larned, the daughter of Charles and Mae Dona (Evans) Penwell.

She lived most of her life in Lawrence. She also lived in Emporia and Chicago.

Mrs. Kauffman graduated from Kansas University in 1928 with a degree in chemistry. She worked as a dietitian at Marshall Fields, Chicago.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Alumni Assn., and Kansas University Alumni Association, all of Lawrence.

She married Vernon Everett Kauffman in 1929. He died April 17, 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Werner, Kansas City, Mo.; and two grandchildren. A grandson died in January 1998.

The family suggests memorials to the Kansas University Alumni Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.

Josephine E. Rankin


Services for Josephine E. Rankin, 91, Prairie Village, were Wednesday at Overland Park Presbyterian Church. Burial was at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Rankin died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born Nov. 17, 1909, in McLouth, the daughter of J.R. and Mabel Edmonds.

She grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School and earned a degree in music education at Kansas University.

She taught in McLouth and Prairie Village. She also worked for the Federal Employees Credit Union in Kansas City.

She attended Overland Park Presbyterian Church.

She married Kenneth P. Rankin June 11, 1935, in Lawrence. He died Oct. 30, 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Phil Rankin, Lawrence, and Gary Rankin, Oklahoma City; a brother, Norman Edmonds, Lawrence; a sister, Barbara Peterson-Hauser, Overland Park; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Kansas University Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence 66045, or to the Overland Park Presbyterian Church, sent in care of D.W. Newcomer's Sons, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park 66204.

Gene C. Malone Sr.


Services for Gene C. Malone Sr., 80, Tonganoxie, were Thursday at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mr. Malone died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Manor Care of Overland Park.

He was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Bonner Springs, the son of Earl and Elsie (Peterson) Malone.

He served in the U.S. Navy and later farmed until his retirement. He had lived in Tonganoxie since 1991.

He married Dorothy M. Hillers on Aug. 24, 1940, in Olathe. She died May 22, 1999.

Survivors include a son, Eugene C. Malone Jr., Linwood; a daughter, Patricia Russell, Olathe; four sisters, Frances Landsberg, Odessa, Mo., Ruby Crossen, Iola, Emma Lou Nelson, Waterville, and Earlen Smarr, Gig Harbor, Wash.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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