Wilma Alice Tolles Norton, 92, lifelong resident of Winfield, died April 13, 2001, at the home of her son, Gene Norton, in Arkansas City.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service until 9 tonight.
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and the First Baptist Church. Contributions may be made through the church or the funeral home.
Norton was born Oct. 7, 1908, in the Pleasant Valley community south of Winfield, to Alice Catherine (Shivers) and Wilfred Austin Tolles. She was raised in the Pleasant Valley area and educated in Wright Canyon rural school.
on March 30, 1933, she and Ray Norton married. They later divorced.
In 1934 she graduated from Venus Academy of Beauty in Wichita. A career beautician and businesswoman, she operated Wilma's Beauty Shop in her home until retiring in 1978. She continued to serve in the Bel Mar Salon in Winfield for a number of years after retirement.
A longtime member of the First Baptist Church, she was affiliated with the American Baptist Women and the Esther Circle, and she supplied the altar flowers for the church for many years. She was formerly a member of the Pleasant Valley Chapter of Extension Homemakers Unit and Winfield Business & Professional Women. She also served as a volunteer for many local organizations, including the William Newton Hospital Auxiliary. She also provided in-home hairdressing services for shut-ins and delivered Meals On Wheels.
Survivors include two sons, Gene R. Norton, Arkansas City, and Jerry W. Norton, Winfield; two sisters, Addie E. Hutchens, Arkansas City, and Dorothy E. Belt, Independence; a brother, Burnett W. Tolles, Dennis; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Joyce Ann Norton Hite, and a son, Joe Keith Norton, preceded her in death.
MOLINE - Gladys Matilda Ward-Thompson, 92, of Moline, died April 14, 2001, at Cedar Vale Community Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard. Elmer W. Ward Jr. will officiate.
Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Cemetery in Greensburg.
A memorial has been established with Elk Manor Nursing Home in Moline. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Ward-Thompson was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Sharon, to Nellie Medora (Smart) and John Max Sandy. She graduated from high school and grew to womanhood in the Sharon community.
On Feb. 24, 1926, she married Elmer W. Ward in Medicine Lodge. They graduated from Northwestern College in Alva, Okla., and both became school teachers. She taught schools for more than 30 years.
After her husband died in 1978, Ward-Thompson moved to Moline where she married Wilbur Thompson in 1984. He died in 1987.
Ward-Thompson was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and attended the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Elmer Ward Jr., Moline; three daughters, Isabelle Bennett, Moline, Dorothy Cook, Concordia, and Joan Franzen, Broken Arrow, Okla.; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
DODGE CITY - Carl Ray Young, 62, of Dodge City, died April 15, 2001, at Western Plains Medical Complex.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Michael Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery in Macksville.
Friends may call at the Swaim Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A memorial has been established with the Church of the Nazarene Building Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Young was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Macksville, to Gladys (Piland) and L. Hobart Young. He was raised in the Macksville area and graduated from Macksville High School. He also helped his father with the family farming operation. After high school he attended Fort Hays State University.
On Aug. 21, 1966, he married Cleone Bressler in Emporia.
He was the owner and operator of the Astro Motel and the Sears dealer stores in Winfield and Arkansas City. He also worked as a salesman for the Barton Salt Co.
Young was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and the Noon Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Cleone Young, Dodge City; two sons, Ryan Young and Scott Young, both of Winfield; four sisters, Lola Campbell, Beloit, Grace Moe, Rapid City, S.D., Delores Pitts, Fort Worth, Texas, and Lorna Wicks, Denver; and a brother, Keith Young, Bridgeport, Texas.
EMPORIA - Evelyn C. Stewart, 84, formerly of Arkansas City and Emporia, died April 17, 2001, at Chase County Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cottonwood Falls.
Stewart donated her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center for research.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God in Emporia. The Rev. Randy Randle will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Emporia Christian School. Contributions may be made in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home in Emporia.
Stewart was born April 27, 1916, in Martha, Okla., to Mary (Williams) and Floyd Fowler.
On May 7, 1938, she married Rollin R. Stewart in Magnum, Okla. He died Feb. 26, 1996, in Emporia.
Stewart was a teacher until retiring in 1978.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, Kansas Retired Teachers Association and Sojourners Missionaries.
Survivors include a son, Thomas R. Stewart, Emporia; two daughters, Rita Misner, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mary Sue Fowler, Berea, Ohio; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services for Joan Scarth Sigman were held at 2:30 p.m. April 14 in the Cherryvale Cemetery in Canton, Okla. The Rev. Ken Davidson officiated.
Special vocal music was "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Garden."
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Services for Georgia Pearl Haskins were held April 16 in the Colonial Chapel of Miles Funeral Service. The Rev. Jerre Nolte officiated. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery.
Special vocal music recordings included "Amazing Grace" and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," performed by The Gaither Homecoming Friends, and "Georgia on My Mind," performed by Willie Nelson.
Casket bearers were Dale Fruits, Roger Fruits, Zachary Clyde Haskins, Brian Michael Scheikofsky, Bob Winegarner and Bob Wise.
Miles Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
J. Howard Buffum, 76, of 815 Loomis, Winfield, a fourth-generation newspaperman and the Winfield Courier's "Around & About" columnist, died April 14, 2001, at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church. Private family inurnment will be held.
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and First United Methodist Church's Helping Hands Fund. Contributions may be made through the church or Miles Funeral Service.
Buffum was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Worcester, Mass., where his father was a journalist with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, to Blanche Etta (Sprague) and Jesse Howard Buffum. He was raised in the Worcester area and graduated from Mount Hermon Preparatory School in Gill, Mass., in 1944.
He began his career in journalism as a reporter, radio newscaster and editor for several Massachusetts newspapers. He was later suburban editor for the North Adams, Mass., Transcript, in charge of 22 correspondents in northern Berkshire and northwestern Franklin counties in Massachusetts and southern Vermont.
In 1948 he married Gladys Grace Plumb, and they made their first home in North Adams.
Buffum was later employed with the Springfield, Mass., newspapers for 22 years, first on the staff of the Springfield Daily News and later at the Springfield Union-News. His career centered on feature writing, copy editing and training new reporters. He retired in 1988.
He and his wife moved to Florida where they lived seven years before moving to Winfield in January 1995. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1998.
In Winfield, as in Florida, Buffum participated in the elementary school volunteer tutoring program. He devoted many hours to helping children at Irving Elementary School improve their reading skills. He was also a charter member of the Irving Site Council.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, he was affiliated with the Methodist Men's Fellowship, the Mizpah-Seekers Sunday school class and the senior adult fellowship. He also assisted with the production of the twice-monthly church newsletter, "The Tower." In earlier years he was an active volunteer and leader in Boy Scouts and the Lions Club. He and his wife also served as foster parents for a number of years in Massachusetts.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys "Buffy" Buffum, Winfield; two sons, Brian D. Buffum, Winfield, and Bruce M. Buffum, Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Nancy B. Vinelli, Tulsa, and Althea "Toby" Mattics, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
DOUGLASS - Edna M. Davis, 93, a homemaker, of Douglass, died April 16, 2001.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Douglass United Methodist Church.
Hillside Funeral Home in Augusta is in charge of arrangements.
Davis's husband, Lawrence L. Davis, a son, Leslie Davis, and a daughter, Norma M. Yarbrough, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Lyle A. Davis, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a sister, Thelma Doley, Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.