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  • Betty Jo Sandon, age 85 lifelong resident of Coffeyville, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

    Betty was born in Coffeyville on August 18, 1931 to Clarence and Thelma (Norris) Neese. Betty attended Coffeyville schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. Betty worked as a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company following her graduation. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Herbert (Bud) Sandon on October 2, 1950 in Bentonville, Arkansas. The couple made their home in Coffeyville, where they were blessed with four children. Betty found employment with the Coffeyville school district as the school secretary for Garfield and later for McKinley. She retired after 30 years of devoted service to the district. 

    Betty enjoyed caring for her home and her yard, she loved spending time outdoors in her flower beds. Betty was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, serving as different chair and committee positions as needed. She was also a member of the EZ Chapter P.E.O Sisterhood. Betty was always willing to help others and will be remembered by many for her loving and kindness. One of her biggest joys in life was her family, she loved spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. 

    Her memories will live on with her children; David Sandon his wife Peggy, Mark Sandon his wife Tracy, Janet Wall, a sister Charlotte Neese, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. 

    Betty now rests with her parents, her husband of 50 years; Bud, and daughter, Jean Leedy.

    Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:00am at the First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Nicole Schwartz-Eck officiating. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The family suggest memorials may be made payable to the First United Methodist Church or a charity of choice and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, Kansas 67337. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com

     

  • Cora Alice (Plummer) Benning, 102, went to be with the Lord on June 4, 2017, at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas. 

    Cora was born April 27, 1915, in Coffeyville, KS. to Lawrence “Del” and Clara Mabel (Hedrick) Plummer.  She attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Coffeyville Senior High School and Coffeyville Business College.  On February 6, 1937, Cora married William H. Benning at Holy Name Catholic Church.  They owned a farm East of Coffeyville in Labette County, where she helped with the farm and they operated a dairy for many years.  They were blessed with 57 years of marriage.  William passed away on February 28, 1994.

    Cora worked for J.W. Hiebert Ins. Co. for several years before working at Continental Can.  Cora was a kind and generous woman that spent much of her time and energy as a homemaker, caregiver, and friend to her family.  She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Valeda Friendly Neighbors.  She enjoyed quilting and sewing; playing scrabble and card games with family; watching baseball games on television, but especially going to her grandchildren’s baseball and softball games; and many years of dancing with William. 

    Cora leaves behind a family that she loved and cherished and will remember her always with joy in their hearts.  She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Donnie) Garber; daughter-in-law Sharon Benning; grandchildren, Dee (Danny) Hepola, Kim Benning, Kate (Robert) Greer, Keith (Julie) Garber, Kristi (Stephen) Ditmer; great grandchildren, Allen Hepola, Krista Greer, Amber (Caleb) Bechtle, Megan Benning, Rylee Greer, Tyler Benning, Ryan, Corey, and Nathan Ditmer; great great grandchildren, Allen Hepola; and sister Mary Ellen Todd and many loving friends.

    She is preceded in death by her husband, William H. Benning; her sons, William Deloran and Kenneth Benning; her daughter, Clara Louise Benning; her parents, Lawrence “Del” and Clara Mabel (Hedrick) Plummer; her sister Elsie Kaufman Stryker; her brothers, Charles Albert and Ivan Claire Plummer; and an infant great grandson Aaron Hepola.

     

    A Rosary Vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Holy Name Catholic Church.

     

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8th at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Chad Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

    Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Church prior to the Rosary.

     

    The family suggests memorials in her honor to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

    To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

    David W. Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  • Kenneth Ray Voris, 62, of Coffeyville, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

     

    He was born on September 30, 1954, at Nowata, OK to Jack S. and Myrtle E. (Redman) Voris. Kenneth grew up and attended school in Coffeyville graduating from Field Kindley High School.  Kenneth worked at Morrow Foundry from many years. He loved to fish and spend time at the river.

     

    Survivors include daughter, Heather Voris of Kansas Ctiy, MO; son, Julius White of Coffeyville; daughter, Kayla White of Coffeyville; his mother, Myrtle Sitsler of Coffeyville; significant other, Teresa White; three brothers, Robert Voris and wife Donna of Independence, KS, Larry Voris and wife Paula of Wichita, KS, and Jack Voris and wife Cheryl of Goshen, AL; two sisters, Linda Boughn and husband Don of Chanute, KS, and Elizabeth Nipper of Coffeyville; and five grandchildren.

     

    He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Voris and step-father, Andy Sitsler.

     

    Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

    Friends may call on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.

     

    The family  suggests memorials in Kenneth’s memory be left with the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville to assist with funeral expenses.

    To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

    David W. Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  • Mabel Lydia Williams, 98, passed away peacefully May 16, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Mabel was born April 28, 1919 near Lincoln, Missouri, the sixth of seven children. 

     

    Her father died in 1924 but her hard-working family managed to hold on to their small farm throughout the depression. Much to Mabel’s disappointment, she had to leave school after the eighth grade to seek employment.

     

    She married Norman Wray Williams January 1, 1941; they were married 50 years before his death is 1991.  Mabel has two children, son, Max (Omaha) and daughter, Patricia (Houston). Her husband was employed by the Missouri Pacific RR resulting in several early career moves within Missouri followed by transfers to Eads, Colorado in 1948, Council Grove, Kansas in 1950, and Coffeyville, Kansas in 1966.

     

    Mabel worked outside the home after her children were older, always remaining active in her local Lutheran churches. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, bridge, and RV’ing with her husband after he retired. She enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and Europe and especially enjoyed cruise vacations with her children. She became an avid reader later in life and continued to play bridge and watch college sports – particularly Kansas State football.

    She lived in Coffeyville for 48 years followed by a move to Parsons House, Omaha , in 2014 to be closer to family. In addition to her two children, she is survived by one sister, Edna Klindworth;  her loving daughter-in-law, Linda;  three grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Rebecca; and three great-grandchildren, Mason, Grayson, Mia. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and three sisters.

     

    A Memorial Service will be held in Omaha on Friday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m.in the Parsons House Chapel, 14325 Eagle Run Drive (Roeder Mortuary, Omaha). 

     

    Coffeyville friends are invited to visit with the family between 10:00 a.m.-Noon on Saturday, June 10th at David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road.  Interment will follow immediately at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mabel’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 506 W. 9th Street, Coffeyville, KS  67337 or Hospice House, The Josie Harper Residence, 7415 Cedar Street, Omaha, NE  68124.

     

    To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

    Local arrangements are under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville.

  • Mary Alice “Lorraine” Long, age 88, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2017.  She was born on October 29, 1928 to Edgar and Rena Robinson Small in Rochester, Minnesota. 

     

    Lorraine was a longtime resident of Coffeyville, KS, where she raised her family and was a ward clerk for Coffeyville Memorial Hospital for 23 years.  She retired to Fort Walton Beach, FL, in 1996.  Lorraine loved to serve the Lord, she was always whistling and humming Christian songs. She was very generous to others with her time and talents and was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church.  Lorraine enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well as reading and completing crossword puzzles if she wasn’t watching Lawrence Welk on television.  Most of all, Lorraine loved and cherished spending time with her family and spoiling the family dog, Coco.     

     

    Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Long; and brother, Vernon Lewis Small.  She is survived by her children, Jim (Sharon) Long of Blue Springs, MO, Georgia Alston of Coffeyville, KS, Geraldine (Myrle) LaPee of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Richard Long of Coffeyville, KS, Martha Long of Coffeyville, KS, and Mary (Philip) Reese of Coffeyville, KS; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.   

     

     Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Coffeyville, KS.

     

    Friends may call on Monday, June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

     

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the R.U. Recovery Ministry, Calvary Baptist Church, 529 Clifford Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, in Lorraine’s memory.

     

    To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

     

    David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements. 

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