Old Mission Cemetery
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas


Submitted by Oz


Name Birth Date Death Date Other Information
Andrews, Susanna M. (Burns)
4-24-1926 10-5-2004 b. Pittsburg Ks Crawford co, d. Wichita, She graduated from Wichita High School East in 1944. She was a Dept. Head at Hinkel's Department Store for 14 years. She and her husband, were charter members of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church and long time members of First United Methodist Church in Wichita. She was a 4th grade Sunday school teacher and helped start daytime Bible School at McLean Elementary School. Susie was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority (Gamma Lambda) for which she served as Vice-President, Rush Chairman, Secretary and Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, as well as being chosen "Girl of the Year." She was also president of her Ladies Bowling League. Most of all, Susie was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She always had a smile on her face and kindness in her heart. She will be missed as a very important part of our family. Preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and cherished granddaughter, Lisa M. Andrews.
Bailey, John Alan 11-5-1942 7-24-2004 b. Stroud OK Lincoln co, d. Wichita, Parents; A. Dale & Alma Ellis Bailey, USN 1960-1966
Baird, Marvin R.
9-14-1922 2-14-2005 b. & d. Wichita, Retired rural letter carrier, passed away at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. S/O  Paul and Eula Baird. He was a loving husband, father and granddad. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and the Korean War.   
Baker, Loretta 8-18-1915 10-17-2005 b. Scammon ks Cherokee co, d. Council Grove ks Morris co, D/O William & Elizabeth Atkinson Halstead. Preceded in death by her husband Cecil James Baker; her parents; and sisters Anna & Letha Halstead.
Brown, Vernitta V. 1-2-1912 10-4-2005 b. Alfalfa county OK, d. wichita, D/O Burness & Alice Berry born near Lambert, OK. She attended rural schools & graduated from Lambert High School in 1931. She married Farris Z. Brown in Oct. 1931 & they moved to Wichita the same year. Vernitta was employed with Fred W. Dold Packing Co. for over 25 years retiring in 1977. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Farris, her parents, brothers, Roy, Vencil, Virgil & Myrl, sisters, Pauline, Fern, Cecile, Darline & Vondel, & three infant children.
Burch, Vada
12-31-1925 10-3-2004 b. Kingman KS Kingman co, d. Wichita, D/O  Henry and Edna (Snyder) Clark. She graduated from Kingman High School in 1943 and married Lawrence Burch on May 21, 1946 in Kingman, he survives. She was a loving wife and mother, homemaker and excellent cook. She also loved to travel and over the years had visited numerous states. She was a faithful, long time member of Linwood Nazarene Church and particularly supported mission projects.
Crill, Alice C. 4-27-1919 6-7-2005 b. Lorraine ks Ellsworth co, d. Bartlesville OK Washington co, Preceded in death by husband James Crill; parents Arthur & Bertha Colberg & brother Jack Colberg.
Cromwell, Ona A. 11-2-1910 5-30-2005 b. Lincoln co ks, d. Derby ks Sedgwick co, D/O Winton L.& Mary E. Youst Burger. Preceded by her husband Maurice & her daughter Janice Charleen Bammes.
Daniels, Annette Renee
9-10-1961 3-27-2004 b. Wichita KS, d. Houston Tx Harris Co., New York Mezzo-Soprano, Graduated from Wichita State U in 1984, Graduated from Univ. of Michigan in 1986
Daniels, Anna
11-26-1919 6-27-2004 b. Hays KS Ellis co, d  Wichita, Husband-W. M. Daniels, Parents-Jacob P.& Mary V. (Graff) Rupp
Dickinson, Perry Albert
12-30-1907 1-17-2005 b. Pittsburg Ks  Crawford co, d. Andover ks butler co, S/O Perry Alvin & Ethel Fish Dickinson, H/O Emma M.; son Daniel A. Dickinson - both dec'd
Edwards, William W. 7-19-1927 10-15-2005 b. Paradise KS, d. Grove OK Delaware OK, Bill retired Budget Director of the Coleman Company. He was on Hole #1 at the Patricia Island Country Club golf course at the time of his unexpected death. S/O Warren B. & Violet M. Kirkpatrick Edwards. His senior year at Manhattan High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his return, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. He was a lifelong member of Kansas State Alumni Association. First position out of college was with J.C. Penny Company. In 1955 he joined the Coleman Company in Wichita where he retired in 1989. Following retirement, he became active in Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the United Way. He was a longtime active member of Hillside Christian Church, Bestor G. Brown Lodge #403, A.F. & A.M., Wichita Scottish Rite Consistory, and Midian Shrine where he was Past president of the Touchdowners Club, and Past President, Wichita Chapter, National Association of Accountants.
Fleming, Robert Leo
1-5-1919 10-5-2004 b. Dodge City ks  Ford co, d. Wichita, S/O Leo Rolland & Ruth Estelle (Davis) Fleming. They moved to Wichita where he lived for over 80 years. Robert attended Wichita Public Schools and graduated from Friends University with a music education degree. He taught school for a short while, then worked at Beech Aircraft. Robert was in the United States Army Air Force during WWII, where he helped develop the LORAN radar system. Robert was a well known tenor soloist in area churches and other organizations during his younger years before he was forced to retire from performing because of poor health. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Robert Leo Fleming II.
Fugate, Josephine B. 1903 2-6-2004  
Hamelin, Lois E. 6-15-1910 1-3-2006 b. Beardstown IL Cass co, d. wichita, D/O Joe and Ethel (Thomas) DeWitt in Beardstown, IL. She moved with her family to Haysville in 1912 and has lived in the Wichita area since. Lois met and married Ralph Hamelin on April 8, 1956 and was a proud long time Riverside resident.  Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ralph, brothers, Ruhl and Victor DeWitt, sisters, Fern Nichols and Bernice Teufel.
Irvin, Sarah Ethel 3-31-1907 7-22-2005 b. Iberia MO Miller co, d. Haysville ks Sedgwick co, D/O Charley Andrew & Fannie Ellen (Keeth) Carroll.
Isbell, Lyle 12-8-1911 11-5-2005 b. OK, d. Mountain Home AR Baxter co, S/O Bert and Hazel Thompson Isbell.  U.S. Army World War II

Jackson, J. Ellis

5-20-1910 11-26-2005 b. Ottawa ks Franklin co, d. Manhattan ks Riley co, S/O James Bush and Olive May (Jones) Jackson.   He married Freda Heath June 9, 1935, at her farm home near Liberal. She died Aug. 21, 2002. He attended grade school and high school, then Ottawa University where he graduated in 1933 with a bachelors degree. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago and later the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., where he received his Master of Music Education degree in 1954. He was a music teacher for public schools for 34 years. He taught in Deer Creek, Okla., Kismet, Jetmore, Meade and Assaria. The last 25 years of his career were with Wichita East and West High Schools. He retired from West High School in 1969 as head of the music department. His name was added to the Cradle Roll list at First Baptist Church in Ottawa when he was two days old. He was a member of the Ottawa church until marriage. He was a member of Old Manor Baptist Church in Wichita from 1960 to 2000, when he joined First Baptist Church in Manhattan. He was director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita and was a tenor soloist at First United Methodist Church in Wichita for 15 years. He joined the Kiwanis club in Meade in 1936, then joined the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Wichita in 1945 and maintained perfect attendance for 53 years. He has had most offices in his club and advanced to Lieutenant Governor of Division VII, then became Governor of Kansas District of Kiwanis in 1966. Later, he was appointed to the office of Kansas District Secretary and served six years in that capacity. He has served on several International Committees and was director of Council and Convention Music at the 1968 International Kiwanis Convention, which was in Toronto, Canada. He sang first tenor in Downtown Kiwanis Quartet and Wichita Kiwanis Chorus for more than 30 years. His quartet and chorus performed at five International Kiwanis Conventions, including one appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a past president of the University Club of Wichita and had served on the Board of Civic Music for many years.  His hobbies included woodworking and carpentry. In his basement workshop, he worked with antique wood and made several clocks from black walnut wood from a kitchen table his grandparents had bought when they married in 1874.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Ada Jackson, Veda Jackson and Olive Coldren.
Kice, Jack Wilbur 1-10-1915 10-15-2003  
Love, LeRoy
8-23-1933 6-3-2004 b. Greenwood MI, d. Mexico MO, Parents-Sean & Elisa Love
McDowell, Samuel Marcus 5-24-1916 5-13-2005 b. Scranton PA Lackawanna co, d. Topeka ks, S/O Rev. David & Stella (Hetrick) McDowell. Preceded in death by wife Virginia Boettner, 2 brothers & a granddaughter.
Meuser, Mary Frances 8-8-1917 1-13-2004 B. Wellington KS Sumner County, D. Wichita, Parents- William L. & Lila F. (Magill) Meuser
Miller, Donald Lee
12-15-1919 6-9-2004 b. Eugene MO  Cole CO, d. Wichita, Parents-Herman & Annie Perreton Miller, WW II buried w/full military honors, Wife Elizabeth Ione Miller-Dec'd
Moffitt, Eugene Kenneth 4-23-1921 1-11-2006 b. Kremlin OK Garfield co, d. council grove ks Morris co, He was a resident of Wichita from 1945 to 1983 when he moved to Council Grove. He was born April 23, 1921 at Kremlin, Okla., the son of B.E. and Florence A. Grey Moffitt. He graduated from Rogers High School in Rogers, Ark. with the class of 1940. He served in the Navy Air Corps as a bombardier in the Pacific Theater for 4 years during WWII. He received an Associate Degree in Administrative Justice from Wichita State University in 1950. Mr. Moffitt was a Sergeant of Detectives with the Wichita Police Department and retired in 1971 after 23 years. After his retirement from the police department he was head of the Probation and Parole Office of the Municipal Court in Wichita. He retired from that position in 1983 due to health related issues.    Graveside service with Military and Police Honors 
Myrick, Alta Windsor 11-15-1917 3-9-1982 b. Wichita, d. Derby
Myrick, Paul
4-11-1909 6-1983 d. Derby
Najim, Jamelia (Cohlmia)
11-19-1911 11-6-2004 b. & d. Wichita, The oldest of five children of Shaker and Shaheena Cohlmia, immigrants from Lebanon at the turn of the century. She graduated from Wichita High School East in 1929, attended Fairmount College and married Elias Louis (Louie) Najim on November 5, 1933 in Ashland, Kansas. They began their life together in Springfield, Illinois where Louie was co-owner of the Lincoln Candy Company, a wholesale candy and tobacco business serving south-central Illinois. After Louie's retirement they moved to Wichita in 1961 where they resided since. Jamelia was active throughout her life in her church and several community organizations. She was a devout, life long member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral and took an active leadership role in the St. George Junior Guild, the Ladies of St. George, and the Order of St. Ignatius. As the oldest living member of the St. George parish, she assumed a matriarchal role and was known to all as "Aunt Jamelia". Over the years she served on the boards and committees of the Wichita Center for the Arts, Welcome Wagon of Wichita, Christian Women's Association and The Institute of Logopedics (Heartspring). Jamelia was well known for her artistic talents, as well, which included hand-crafted ceramic works and crocheted creations of every nature imaginable. Devoted to her heritage and cooking skills learned from her mother, Jamelia loved to entertain and share her culinary talents with family and friends. She was a vital part of the St. George Lebanese Dinner with hands-on involvement in the preparation, presentation and service of this annual event. Jamelia is preceded in death by her husband Louie in 1986, her parents, her brothers, George, Sam and Joe Cohlmia, and her sister Helen Cohlmia.
Navarro, Pedra Pharr 4-11-1926 11-3-2005 b. New Iberia LA Iberia Parish, d. Leon ks Butler co, Pete the son of Peter Reese and Emma Amelia Pharr Navarro. He grew up and attended school in New Iberia. After graduating from Castle Heights High School, he attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he earned his LLB degree. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1945-1948. Pete was united in marriage with Mildred Walton in Chicago on June 4, 1948. They made their home in Dallas and Houston before moving to Fulshear in 1968. Mildred preceded Pete in death in July 1991. Pete has since lived in Leon, Kansas from October of 1997. Pete practiced law in both Harris and Fort Bend Counties until his retirement in 1997 when he moved to Leon, Kansas. A Methodist by faith, he was a member and a Past President of the Texas Appaloosa Association, as well as Past Director of the National Appaloosa Horse Club. He enjoyed judging, raising and showing appaloosa horses. He was Past President of the River Bend Country Club and a member of the Pecan Grove Country Club. An avid Astros fan, Pete had a passion for baseball and golf. 
Niles, Debbie Sue
3-12-1961 6-20-2004 d  Wichita
Nunemaker, Linda Diane
7-6-1948 3-4-2005 b. Kansas City ks Wyandotte co, d. Rose Hill KS Butler co, D/O to the late Dr. Robert Lester Brown and Alice Louise Brown. She attended school in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Southeast High School in 1966. She attended Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Spanish. She also attended the Universudad de Madrid, Spain and Wichita State University. After graduating from college, she was employed by Cessna as a bi-lingual Secretary/Translator. On June 15, 1973 she was united in marriage to Terry Vin Nunemaker, in Wichita, Kansas. Linda was a life-long learner, avid reader and loved to dance. Linda enjoyed spending time with her children and was devoted to their success. She spoke several languages and enjoyed history. She was continuing her study of languages and history at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Colonial Dames and a member of the First Christian Church in Augusta. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Robert Lester Brown and Alice Louise Brown, both of Wichita.

Pennington, Ruby Pearl

12-17-1909 9-30-2004 b. Wichita Ks, d. Bella Vista AR Benton co, Passed away at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County. D/O James T. Foster and Ollie Craig Foster. She is preceded in death by her husbands, William Isaac Pennington and Anderson Davis Pennington, a granddaughter, Amy A. Halsey, two sisters, Mable M. Fox and Lottie Marsters, two brothers, Floyd and Harry Marsters. She was a member of the Zion Methodist Church in Wichita.
Peterson, Roberta L.
9-30-1918 5-15-2005 b. Okeene OK Blaine co, d. wichita, W/O Ralph Peterson; D/O George & Lydia Lorenz
Potter, Ruth A. 10-5-1915 8-30-2005 b. Charleston WV Kanawha co, d. Newton ks Harvey co, D/O Earl W. and Minnie M. Pierson Marion. On Sept. 30, 1935, she married Floyd J. Potter at Chanute. He died May 5, 1990.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Ray.
Pribbenow, W.A. 8-26-1918 4-26-2005 b. OK, d. Wichita, S/O Carl &Hazel Pribbenow
Reed, Dorothy Jane 4-4-1916 3-26-2005 d. & d. Wichita, "Dottie" passed away in her home at Chaucer Estates.   Despite traveling all over the world, she always called Wichita home. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Kansas and was an active member of the Junior League of Wichita. Dottie was a passionate Republican, who enjoyed meeting President George H. W. Bush, Senator Bob Dole, and many other politicians. She loved flowers, birds, weekly luncheons and meetings with friends, and watching the Jayhawks play basketball. Dottie was a refined woman of great sophistication who touched the lives of those lucky enough to know her with her spirit, her sense of humor, and her generous heart. She was a patient and supportive mother, a loving grandmother and great-grandmother and a dear friend. Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Ray T. Reed, Jr. and her daughter, Carol Mee.
Reed, Charles R. 10-10-1924 1-31-2006 b. Booneville Ar Logan co, d. wichita, S/O Ben & Lorena Reed
Reiz, Clarence 2-13-1918 10-11-2005 b. wichita, d. Kansas city MO Jackson co, S/O Mattie and Charles Reiz. He attended Wichita schools and graduated from North High School in 1936, where he was on the swimming team. After graduation, he joined the United States Army during World War II, where he was in the Ordinance Corps. He said to relatives that he was the only one who could type and that kept him from being shipped to Europe. He was married in 1940 to Helen Muhlenbruch of Argonia, KS. After the war, he immediately joined his brother, John Reiz, now deceased, under the business name of Reiz Stove Company, which had been started around 1900 by their father. That business has the legacy of being the oldest Coleman dealer in the United States, and is still in operation today in Wichita. Clarence's wife, Helen, preceded him in death. They had two children, a daughter, Judy; and a son, Richard, who also preceded his father in death.
Sanchez, Jane Braucher Fugate 10-1-1938 10-20-2003  
Schneider, Hazel 12-31-1920 2-9-2004  
Scott, Kirk, Jr. 1-7-1924  1-29-2006 b. KS, d. wichita, S/O Kirk & June Scott
Shadid, George Ray
8-23-1926 10-16-2004 b. Cedar Rapids IA  Linn co, d. Wichita, S/O Raymond and Elizabeth (Solomon) Shadid and brother Frank Shadid. As a Life Master in bridge, he became one of the top bridge players in Wichita. He retired as a bridge instructor and bridge studio employee.
Sparman, Frieda Lena (Asmann)
4-7-1909 1-3-2005 b. Tampa KS Marion co, d. Wichita, Born on a farm near Tampa, KS to Arthur and Augusta Hoffrichter Asmann. She was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran and graduated from Wellington High School. Frieda married Louie Sparman on August 18, 1928, and they lived a good life together for 56 years. They joined the St. Luke's Presbyterian Church as a family. Frieda served as a Deacon, trustee, usher, and was on the building committee. She also belonged to PW, Circle, Spares and Pairs, and Fellowship at Church. Frieda was a member of Ivy Leaf Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors Lodge. She bowled for years in Bowling Leagues and went out of town in tournaments with friends and won a few trophies. She did some gardening and had a lot of flowers, she enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in her backyard. She loved her home, family, Church and friends. She is preceded in death by husband, Louie Sparman; sons, Ronnie and Sidney; brothers, Arthur, Edgar (Swede) and Verner Asmann and a sister, Ella Sullivan and grandson Michael Sparman.
Speakes, Loretta Katherine 8-1-1915 5-17-2005 b. Ft. Scott ks Bourbon co, d. wichita, Preceded in death by husband Devon in 1980; parents Willard A. & Hattie May Cullison Leeper.
Steele, Charles A.
11-11-1912 9-30-2004 b. Wichita, d. Daphne AL  Baldwin co, S/O Earl and Mable Steele (deceased. Educated locally, he attended Roosevelt Junior High School, East High School, and Wichita University. "Chuck" was the brother of Helen Winzeler (deceased) of Lamont, KS. He was married to Doris Kathleen Pagen (deceased), of Beverly, KS in 1939 for 55 years. He worked at Kansas Gas and Electric until retirement in 1977. He spent the next 15 years volunteering at the Wichita Public Library. He was an avid reader and loved to work with his hands by carving duck decoys, building ship models and drawing cartoons. Mr. Steele was a great nephew of impressionist artist T.C. Steele, of Bloomington, IN (1847-1926).
Stokes, Robert T. 4-1-1930 12-8-2003  
Tilden, Nancy Joan 2-5-1937 10-23-2005 b. wichita, d. Lake Ozark MO Miller co, D/O Dwight & Helene Jones Young
Tilden, James F., Jr. 3-23-1939  11-4-2005 b. wichita, d. Lake Ozark Mo Miller co, H/O Nancy, who passed away October 23, 2005. S/O Dr. James F. Tilden and Jean MacLeod Tilden. He obtained his early education in the Wichita public school system before attending and graduating from Wentworth Military Academy in 1956. He then attended the University of Oklahoma prior to his marriage to Nancy Joan Young. Jim and Nancy moved to California where Jim entered the retail business as a shoe salesman. He rose quickly through the ranks and became an executive with Macy's Department Stores in Wichita and Kansas City followed by an executive vice president position with Famous Barr in St. Louis, Missouri.   Jim loved the out-of-doors, boating, fishing and the peaceful living the Lake community offered. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, daughter, Kim Markham and his parents.
Trotter, James Russell 10-29-1984 8-20-2005 b. Hays Ks Ellis co, d. Goddard ks Sedgwick co, Died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  S/O Steven Joseph and Angela Ann (Stouffer) Trotter. He was a graduate of Hays High School in 2003 and a graduate of Wichita Area Technical College in 2004. James recently started working at D & M Automotive in Valley Center as an auto body technician.
Tucker, Marion Grover 11-10-1913  9-25-2005 b. Byers ks pratt co, d. wichita, S/O Clyde and Mary Catherine Tucker. He grew up in that area and graduated from high school in Pratt, KS. He married Mary Madelyn Brookshire and lived in Wichita, working at Boeing for 30 years.
Underwood, Mary Helen 6-19-1914 5-23-2005 b. Valley Center ks sedgwick co, d. wichita, D/O Lawrence Nathan Hadley and Daisy Blinn Zaring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, an infant daughter, Laura Ray, her parents and two brothers.
Walstrom, Jean Strickland 5-3-1924  9-27-2005 b. wichita, d. Everett WA Snohomish co, D/O Dr. Thomas and Grace Finney. She lived in Everett, WA the last eight years, while snow birding in Alamo, TX in the winters.
Watson, Johnnie Louise (Day)
2-19-1931 2-25-2005 b. Huntsville Al Madison co, d. Wichita, D/O George D.& Lucille (Turner) Day
Proceeded in death by her daughter , Jill L. Watson; sisters, Delores J. Pryor & June M. Pryor & brother, Von Turner Day

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