Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2007

Obituary: Arkie L. Messer

1917-2007

June 14, 2007

Graveside funeral services for Arkie Lee Messer, 89, Eudora, were Tuesday, June 12, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Stanley.

Mrs. Messer died Friday, June 8, 2007, at Eudora Nursing Center.

She was born Oct. 23, 1917, in Ashland, the daughter of John Wesley and Mary Brooks Stapleton. She moved to Olathe as a youth and later lived in Gardner before she moved to Eudora to be with her family.

Mrs. Messer owned a secretarial company that made labels for seed catalogs. She was a member of the Big O Square Dancers and Docey Dandies.

She married Ervin Franz. He died in 1980. She married Vernon Messer. He died in 2003.

Mrs. Messer also was preceded in death by a son, William Victor; and siblings William, Owen, Perry, Ellis, Harry, Mary and Minnie.

Survivors include a son, Harold Richard "Dick" Victor, Gardner; two daughters, Sandra Louise Hagman, Mound City, and Laura Janette Eddings, Olathe; a brother, Andy Stapleton, Tacoma, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Eudora Nursing Center or Heart of America Hospice, sent in care of the Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

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