Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Obituary: Elsie J. Avery


August 23, 2007

Funeral services for Elsie J. Avery, 82, Lawrence, were Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Avery died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born March 19, 1925, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Alma Smith and May Liggett-Smith. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence in 1943.

Ms. Avery worked for Hallmark Cards for many years before she retired in 1987. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

Survivors include a son, Robert D. Avery, Lawrence; a daughter, Gayle Mead, Lawrence; five granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

A brother, O.W. Pete Smith, and a daughter, Judy Bornheim, died earlier.

The family suggests memorials to the Susan G. Komen Organization for Breast Cancer Research, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence 66044.

Online condolences may be sent at, subject: Avery.

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