Stan Hamilton, District 2, Lawrence, 83, died in this town he'd lived in since 2004 upon retiring after a 47 year career in Washington, D.C. in journalism and in trade association and government positions.
Stan earned his degree in Journalism in 1955 from University of Kansas. He got his start in journalism as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. His published books included Machine Gun Kelly's Last Stand and Transportation U.S.A..
He was a longtime member of the board of governors of the National Press Club of Washington, and was a member of both Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club.
Stan was a unique character. He was quick witted with a sharp sense of humor. He was young at heart, a lifelong learner, enjoyed people, and had friends of all ages. Stan was a storyteller. Family, friends and neighbors were extremely important to him.
You may read his entire obituary online. His Celebration of Life is pending. 5/31/2017
M. Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, 82, died on April 22, 2017. He had been under hospice care and died of kidney failure. His memorial service celebrated his life as a husband, father, machinist, labor union member, world traveler, volunteer, and as the beloved author of poetry, humorous fiction and coming-of-age stories set in Kansas.
A long-time member of Kansas Authors Club, Max had his work published in a variety of Midwest literary journals including The Midwest Quartely, The Little Balkans Review (whose editors nominated his short story, "The Passing of the Old Snnokertorium," for a Push Cart Prize) and in many issues of Washburn University's Inscape. His poem "1942" was published in 2011 by then-poet-laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, in the book Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems. Several other of Max's poems were also publisedh on the Kansas Poems & Poetry web site.
Max had five novels published. They were The Revival, Tales from Comanche County, The Moon Butter Route, With the Wisdom of Owls, and Me and Aunt Izzy.
Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious was his published collection of poetry, essays and short stories.
Both The Revival and The Moon Butter Route won KAC J. Donald Coffin Awards. The Moon Butter Route was also selected by the Kansas State Library as a 2006 Kansas Notable Book. Max is the only Kansas author to have two titles, The Moon Butter Route and The Revival, chosen for the Kansas Center for the Book's "Favorite Kansas Books" list. (Other books from this list include Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Robert Day's The Last Cattle Drive, and L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.)
Max was honored at the KAC state convention in Wichita with a 2013 KAC Achievement Award for his career as a writer.
At the time of his passing, he was honored with a story in the Topeka Capital-Journal, "Max Yoho, Topeka author, remembered for his creativity, zest for life," by Angela Deines, published May 1, 2017, the day of his memorial service.
His obituary, with photo tribute and a video of his memorial service, is available online.
Max also has a page on the Map of Kansas Literature web site and a Wikipedia page. 5/28/2017
LeNore Stumpf, District 1, Topeka, formerly of Axtell, died at the age of 84 on March 9, 2017. She was a long-time member of KAC.
LeNore was born March 15, 1932, in Baileyville, Kansas. Survivors are husband of 64 years, Walter, children Barbara (Elias) Pimentel, Elaine (Richard) Hatch, Richard (Evan) Stumpf, Brenda (Mike) Leonard, Dan (Diane) Stumpf, Roger (Kim) Stumpf, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, siblings Mary Mueting, Rozella Ronnebaum, Kathleen Gravenstein, Albert Kuckelman.
LeNore was known for her work as a journalist. She joined KAC in 1986 as a member of D1 and in 1990 transferred to D4. She lived in numerous states and overseas as her husband was in the service, making her experiences varied. She had a colorful writing career as columnist and author.
In 2002 her novel Branded With Love was published by PublishAmerica. In 2005 she received KAC's J. Donald Coffin Award for her book Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon, a collection of 90 humorous columns, many of which originally appeared in the Marysville Advocate. At the 2006 state Writers Conference in Junction City, LeNore was a workshop presenter. Her topic was "Writing a Hometown Newspaper Column." and in 2008 Writers Conference in Dodge City LeNore won a KAC "Award of Merit" for Life Achievement, when she was noted for her career as "columnist and published author."
LeNore's complete obituary is avaiable online. 3/10/2017
John Reid Howell, District 5, Wichita, died January 22, 2017, at the age of 76 from cancer. Born July 31, 1940 in Jennings, OK, to Robert Norman and Doris McChesney Howell. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan Helena Gay Howell; son Robert Edward Howell; sister Elizabeth (Betty) Shaw and cousin Virginia (Ginger) Haden.
John was an army veteran, mathematician, teacher, computer scientist and website designer. He moved to Wichita in 1979 to work for NCR and later Boeing where he became a specialist in Artificial Intelligence. Also while at Boeing he was an "Executive on Loan" for two and a half years to the Kansas State Library, creating more than 300 websites for Kansas communities. He also is the author of the website Kansas on the Net. Between 2005 and 2009 he helped his wife produce the publication Kansas Traveler. John's obituary is available online. Memorial Service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to Kansas State Library, Capitol Building, Room 312-N, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1593, or The Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Rd., Inman, KS 67546. 2/1/2017
Nancy Rose Sanders, District 7, Colby, died on March 25, 2016. She was the wife of District 7 member John Sanders.
Nancy received an English B.A. with a minor in Home Economics from Kansas Wesleyan University, an English Education B.S. with remedial reading certification from Kansas University, & a M.S. in Learning Disabilities from Fort Hays State University. Nancy taught English and Reading in the Colby Middle & High Schools and soon established a strong Learning Disabilities and Special Services program.
Nancy was the author of six published books under the pen name of Nancy Larsen-Saunders: All Stuborned Up, and the 5-book Earth's Memory Series: Mourning Dove's Message, Women with Backbone, The Marrow of Life, For the Duration, and Sky Bird. She will be greatly missed by her fellow writers in District 7, the Colby Writer's Group, KAC friends, and Pikes Peak Writers. Her obituary is available online. 4/26/2016
Fred James Howard Haney, District 5, Wichita, passed away at the age of 88 on November 22, 2015. His funeral was held at Kechi United Methodist Church on November 28, 2016. Fred was a WWII era Navy veteran. He married and two children. He retired as an Engineer at Cessna in 1987. Fred was actively involved in his church, the Shepherd's Center, a wood carvers club, and Kansas Author's Club. Whether it be writing music, poetry and stories, or completing wood working projects, Fred had a gift for expressing himself through his art. Fred's obituary is available online, courtesy of The Wichita Eagle. 4/22/2016
Uriel Bernell Baldwin, District 5, Wichita, died September 13, 2015. She was born April 10, 1922, and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. William J. Baldwin, and grandson, David Schaeffer. She is survived by her children and granddaughters.
Bernell and her husband Bill served EUB and United Methodist pastorates throughout Kansas for 45 years. She completed LPN training at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, in 1962 and, three months after graduating, was picked for the original nursing team at the world's first monitored intensive care unit at Bethany Hospital. She continued critical care nursing in Chanute, Topeka, Iola and Halstead hospitals having earned her RN degree at the Stormont-Vail Nursing School in Topeka
Bernell loved her family, though writing and storytelling were a close second. She joined KAC's District 4 on March 23, 1993, and was mainly interested in writing non-fiction. After she moved to Wichita she was District 5's secretary, 1998-1999. She published two books, Ordination(1999) and Preacher Bill's Bats in the Belfry(2007). She received the Octogenarian Award in 2011.
Bernell's funeral was held on September 16, 2015. Interment is in the Restlawn Garden of Memories in Newton, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to First United Methodist Church TV Ministry, Wichita, KS; Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Youthville's Ember Hope. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.
Bernell's obituary is available online, where condolences may be left. 9/18/2015
Robert "Bob" Lawrence Wilson, District 5, Hillsboro, age 49, passed away January 30, 2015, of natural causes. He joined KAC in 2011 when he lived in Burrton, Kansas, but moved to Hillsboro where he lived until his passing. Bob's favorite literary genres were History, Poetry and Song Lyrics. Bob loved to write music. His creation of "Our Town as the theme song for the 2013 KAC Convention stirred the hearts of many convention attendees. He also became an expert genealogist and family historian. Services were held on February 6, 2015 at the Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield, Missouri. Interment was at the Wetzel Cemetery in Greenfield. Bob asked that donations be made to the Kansas Music Education Association (KMEA). Checks payable to KMEA and marked for Robert Wilson can be sent to: John Taylor, KMEA, 614 N. Parkdale, Wichita, KS 67212. His obituary, with a link to electronic condolscenses, is available online. 2/5/2015
Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, died January 6, 2015 at the age of 73. She joined the Kansas Authors Club on October 7, 1996. She won many awards for her literary efforts, and was a great influence on other writers—especially younger ones. Her interests lay among all literary genres, including her favorites in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She claimed that the English language was very difficult to learn over her native German, but her husband, Jack, ably instructed her after they moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. Ursula took all the classes she could in the Coffeyville Community College, and focused on creative writing and journalism. She soon won praise from subscribers who read her columns in The Coffeyville Journal. She crafted her articles so well that she was appointed Lifestyle Editor, which featured two series of articles: "People in Focus," and "Learning Institutions of Coffeyville."
Upon joining Kansas Authors Club in 1996, Ursula won many high-place awards. When she served as President of District 3, membership increased, and she was a strong influence in a subsidiary KAC group called Nightwriters, a local gathering of KAC writers throughout District 3. Ursula received a membership award for completing 15 years in 2014, and she also earned a "Lifetime Achievement in Writing,"—a special award for merit, at the 2014 convention in Hutchinson.
Her memoir books included Sirens and Sirens II, about living in Germany during WWII. Ursula remembered some happier times in her more recent memoir, My Germany Christmas.
Ursula wrote three nonfiction books about the history of Coffeyville: The Story of Col. James Dalton, Founder of Coffeyville, Not In My Town, based on the Dalton raid of Coffeyville, and recently-published Tales of a Small Kansas Town.
She also published two novels, A Dalton's Revenge and A Mother's Sins, and has published a collection of her Journal articles, Hello There.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Coffeyville Public Library on Saturday, January 10, 2015—coincidently, her birthday. Her survivors include Jack, her husband, and Ann, Karen, and Mike.
Memorial donations may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. 1/9/2015
Dr. Raymond Stanley Nelson, benefactor of KAC's yearly Nelson Poetry Award, celebrated his 93rd birthday on October 11, 2014. Sadly, he then passed away, in Colorado Springs, CO, on October 24, 2014...shortly after another Nelson Poetry Award was bestowed at the 2014 KAC convention in Hutchinson. His obituary is available online. Follow this link for more KAC information about Dr. Raymond Nelson and his wife, Margaret (she passed away in 2005). 11/2/7/2014
Gwendolen Funston, District 1, Topeka, 97, died May 20, 2014. She first belonged to District 4 when she lived in Council Grove, but later transferred to District 1, in Topeka. She joined KAC in 2006, and was presented with the Octogenarian Award in 2009. Her obituary is available online. 11/5/2014
Herbert "Herb" E. Spohn, District 1, Topeka, 90, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013. He was born on June 10, 1923 in Berlin, Germany, and became a naturalized American citizen at Fort Collins, Colorado while serving his country in World War II. He was a KAC member from 2005-2013, and in retirement had a successful career as a writer and poet. His obituary is available online. His photo is courtesy of Kansas Memory. 11/5/2014
Ivan Pfalser, District 3, Caney, passed on July 25, 2014, following complications from gall bladder surgery. He joined KAC in 1997, and was given the club's Octogenarian award and the 15-year membership award in 2012. Ivan was mainly interested in non-fiction and history, but was an occasional poet. He worked with the Caney Valley Historical Society and the Montgomery County Historical Society and produced its newsletter. He also wrote some historical articles for the Good News Community Newspaper in 2004. Ivan's obituary is available online. 8/26/2014
Michael Joseph "Mike" Penner, District 2, Lawrence, passed away on July 6, 2014, in Bucksport Main, after falling ill while vacationing with his wife. He was 64. He initially joined KAC in 2007, but rejoined for five years in 2014. He had no publications, but was interested in fiction and poetry. Mike's obituary is available online. 7/11/2014
Marjorie Guerich, District 4, St. Marys, passed away on March 23, 2014, after an extended illness. She was trained as a radiologic technologist and worked at Topeka State Hospital for 27 years before retiring in 1987. She was an elder of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was extremely proud of her Native American heritage. Marj joined KAC on April 22, 1999, and her favorite genres were fiction, non-fiction and religion. Her obituary is available online. 6/25/2014
Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Midland Hospice in Topeka. Dorothy had a career as a nurse, working many years at Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka. She celebrated her 78th birthday in January of this year.
Dorothy joined KAC on June 11, 2001 and liked to write fiction and nonfiction. After she retired she wrote four volumes of memoirs, Life Is A Choice (1995), Fun On The Run (1998), Look on the Sunny Side of Life (2001) and A Day on the Trail (2002). She also wrote a newspaper column for many years. Her columns appeared regularly in several rural Kansas newspapers. She also had many letters-to-the-editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Dorothy was involved in many presentations about writing held throughout the East Central Kansas area. She encouraged student writers and held five writing contests for students in Harveyville Middle School. Her efforts are listed on both KAC's Writers in the Schools and Writers in the Community pages. She also held monthly writing clinics and read-arounds in a group called "Cat Tales" at Sommerset Hall Cafe in Dover and, before that, at The Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico.
Dorothy loved the farm she developed with her husband, Loren. She and Loren raised two children: daughter, Lorna Mae Lawton (Don), and son, James ames Bryan Masters (Jeannie). Loren died in a tragic tractor accident in 1982, and Dorothy carried on. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Dorothy's funeral service will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Harveyville Cemetery at 2:00 PM, with visitation on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Harveyville Methodist Church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Her obiturary is available online. 2/24/2014
Audrey McCain Collins, District 6, Hutchinson, died April 14, 2013, at age 94. She joined KAC in 2002 and was a continuing and published member until her death. Collins, who loved to write since childhood, always put her life experiences into her poetry and prose. In 2012 she won three KAC awards, including a first place for the whimsy category. Audrey's writing interests also included memoirs and religion, and she wrote a poem, "The Way I Was" for the American Stroke Connection in 2002, after Audrey had suffered a stroke. In 2004, KAC's Our Way With Words republished it. She also published a book of poetry entitled Pages of Prayer and Praise (2005)—a fine collection of religious poems she wrote over a period of more than 60 years. Her poems draw out the readers' convictions because they reveal examples of the ways her parables in verse can benefit their lives. She was given KAC's Octogenarian Award at the Convention in 2010. Audrey's obituary is available online. 10/14/2013
Sue B. Kimbrel, District 3, Coffeyville, 87, died Tuesday evening, July 12, , 2011, at her home. Mrs. Kimbrel was born October 31, 1923 at Belleville, Kansas to Samuel H. Blair and Mary Katherine "Katie" (Miller) Blair. Sue graduated Belleville High School at the age of 16.. Shortly after graduation, she left for Pasadena, California, where she studied to be an actress at the Pasadena Playhouse. She was later a radio actress and hand model. She moved to Coffeyville in 1986, where she participated in the Searchlight Club and Garden Club-- in which she was active with her husband, Colonel Claude R. Kimbrel (USAF, retired). Sue later joined Kansas Authors Club between 2009 and 2011. She enjoyed sewing, raising African violets, playing piano, and was Past President of the Montgomery Genealogical Society. 8/14/2013
Helen Louise (Robinson) Long, District 4, Manhattan, passed away at age 90 on June 22, 2013, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan. She was born July 26, 1922, in Tescott, Kansas, took normal school training in Miltonvale, KS, and earned a BS degree in Education and Library Science. She had a career in a variety of library services.
Helen joined KAC in 1985, and held several positions in District 4, including Contest Manager from 1989-1992. She was awarded the 20-year membership and 80+ years of age Awards in 2011. She won various awards for non-fiction stories, articles about drama, and historical research.
Helen was cremated and private family inurnment will be held at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery in Williamsport, MD. Her obituary is available online. 7/12/2013
Robert N. Lawson, Ph.D., District 1, Topeka, passed away at home May 8, 2013, at the age of 84. He had been a continuous KAC member since 1978, serving as District 1 President, 1981/82, and 1987/88. "Bob" progressed to State Vice President in 1988, and State President in 1989. He was given a service award in 1996, and in 2004, a lifetime award. He shared his love of literature and theater through his poems, sonnets and plays, as well as the Washburn University Woodley Press, Inscape, and Kansas Authors Club. Dr. Lawson started teaching at Washburn in 1963 and over 31 years, taught Shakespeare, English Literature, freshman comp, and several years of Japanese literature before retiring Professor Emeritus in 1984. His periodical writings were prodigious in number and scope. Two of his more recent books were The Bridge of Dreams(2009) and The Collected Sonnets of Robert N. Lawson(2004). Lawson's poem "Somewhere Near Abilene" was published online on January 18, 2011, as part of Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, a celebration of the Kansas Sesquecentennial. He maintained a Kansas Authors collection on his Washburn University web site that included work by several KAC members. Bob was co-founder, with Eleanor Bell and Keith Denniston, of Washburn University's Woodley Press. He edited and funded the posthumous publication of his good friend the late Bob Woodley's novel Cry to Dream Again, in 2010. His obituary is available online. 5-13-2013
Donald Eugene Mock, Ph.D., District 4, Manhattan, age 74, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013. Doug joined KAC in 2008. His writing subject interests were: academic, memoirs, poetry, fiction, journalism, non-fiction, and technical publications. He published a book of poetry in 2003 entitled People and Places. His writing included many news articles, extension publications, and entomological research papers. His obituary is available online. 4-31-2013
Christie Michelle Breault, District 5, Benton, age 45, passed on Sunday, February 17, 2013. She taught elementary school, and later was a substitute teacher. Christie became a KAC member from 2000 to 2008, and enjoyed writing in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Shortly after joining KAC, her knowledge and appreciation of children's literature influenced her appointment to chair the "Writers in the Schools" contest and to manage the "Youth Contest" competition. Christie wrote two books, one of which won the KAC prize for the "First Chapter of Book" in 2003. She was Co-Secretary of District 5, 2002-2003. She also penned first-place prizes for children's stories, rhymed verse and whimsy. Christie won a Service Award in KAC's "Awards of Merit" in 2006. Christie's obituary is available online. Christies "Speaker Bio" is posted online for the 2008 KAC Convention. Also, she was featured on NBC's Today Show on Sept. 2, 2010 and a video clip of the honor is available online. 2-21-2013
Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, passed January 17, 2013. She joined KAC in 1991 and was a continuous and contributing member, author, speaker, and bibliographer. The literary genresof non-fiction and poetry were her early writing specialties, but she shifted to bio-bibliography in later years when she became KAC's State Archivist from 1996 to 2005. During these ten years she collected, organized, described and advertised the extant records which she brought together from all KAC Districts. Gail explained her role as Archivist when she presented papers and research-related book talks to state and district meetings. When she took on the persona of Kansas Authors Club charter member, Margaret Hill McCarter, school children were said to believe that Gail portrayed Margaret exactly as she would have lived, acted and wrote.
Her books and articles reflected her fond appreciation of both long-departed and present-day friends and relatives. She grew up in the gas-fields of central Kansas when life during the 30s and 40s was hard and unforgiving. She had little time and energy to write while raising five children, and whatever she put down on paper, she probably threw her notes and jottings away when doing deep cleaning. But when she and her daughter, Cynthia Jo Ross, District 5, Towanda, joined KAC in 1991, Gail's writing began to flourish. She published many of her articles, poems and short stories in such periodicals as Kanhistique, Reminisce, Good Old Days, Golden Years, and KAC's Yearbook. Several years before her death, she published her memoir, My Flint Hills Childhood; Growing Up in 1930s Kansas, (2009), which won the 2010 Ferguson History Book Award of Kansas Authors Club. With her daughters, Cynthia Jo Ross and Virginia Allain, she published Clyde Owen Martin; Family Memories of His Life and Times (2010).
Gail's obituary and guest book link are available online. 1/23/2013 update
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, died on January 3, 2013. He was a member of KAC since December 13, 2003, and held many district and state offices: KAC State Vice President, 2007-2009; State Newsletter editor, 2008-2009; Poetry Contest Manager, 2007. District 3 Treasurer, 2011-2012. In 2004 he was honored with an "Award of Merit" for achievements in writing both fiction and non-fiction. Among his prolific writings were the following books: Another Day (2011); Another Piece of My Mind (2003); Big Willie (2007); The Boys From Hog Heaven (2006); From My Hand to Your Heart(2006); From My Pencil Box: Children's Moral Poetry (2005); Hog Heaven and Home (2008); Marbles (2010); My Favorite Poems (2005); Pigs and Packinghouses: a Collection of Short Stories and Poems(2008); Playing in the Sandbox: Child's Verses—Children's Moral Poetry(2004); Poems by "a Connecticut Yankee" in Kansas (2009); Summer of '59 (2009); Ten Degrees (2012); Under the Shade Tree: Children's Moral Poetry (2004). Two links to more information online about Grant and his outreach work can be found on the KAC Writers in the Community page and on the Map of Kansas Literature. His obituary and guestbook are also available online. A nice article, "Local author, poet remembered by many," by Foss Farrer, was published on ArkCity.net. A memorial service was Jan. 9, 2013, and Ursula Turner, District 3 president, Coffeyville, spoke in behalf of the club in Grant's honor. She shares a photo from his service (left). A memorial has been established with the American Legion Post #18 in Arkansas City. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. 1/16/2013, update
Dorothy Mae Jenks, District 7, Lakin, died June 20, 2012, in Lakin, KS. Mrs. Jenks was a tax-preparer and published poet. She was a past member of the Lakin City Council and past president of the Kansas Authors Club. She joined KAC in 1983 and retained membership into 2009. KAC honored Dorothy with both the Octogenarian and 20+ years membership awards at the 2012 State Convention, not then known she had previously passed. Word of her death was shared by a daughter. Dorothy's poems are found in many publications, including Midwest Poetry Review, Methodist Life, Capper's Weekly, Baby Life, and the Kansas Authors Club Yearbook. Her obituary was published in the Garden City Telegram and is available online. 12/7/2012
Dorothy A. Turner, District 5, El Dorado, died November 14, 2012, at the age of 97. Dorothy was born July 19, 1915, joined KAC in 1992, and was a member until December, 2003. Dorothy was a member of KAC, joining in 1992 and was a member until December, 2003. She was also a member of Prairie Prose and took correspondence writing class. She lived near club member and ex-archivist, Gail Martin. The two were great writing friends. Dorothy's obituary is available on the web. 11/21/2012
Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka,
passed away on October 17, 2012 in Topeka, KS, at the age of 78. She was a member of KAC between 1999 and 2008, published three books of poetry and won numerous prizes and awards in both national and state competitions. In 2002 she won a KAC Award for her poetry and journalistic writing based on her book of poetry, Thinking Out Loud (Privately printed, 2001). She also won the coveted Nelson Poetry Book Award in 2005 for her poetry book, For Crying Out Loud!!(Privately printed, 2004). Naomi always encouraged the reader to "eavesdrop" while she thinks out loud. Her books and journalistic writings deal with life's hardships and how humans react to them. Contrasting verses illuminate life's ironies and mark her wide-ranging observations on how we recognize the brilliance, yet shortness, of our mortal experiences.
Naomi began writing columns for The Topeka Capital Journal in 1997; her last column, "Dying to know the answers," appeared in late September, 2012. Her obituary is available online. 10/22/2012
Marjorie Doreen Harrington, District 6, Great Bend, passed August 20, 2012, in Great Bend. She was a former member of KAC who joined June, 1999 to 2008. Her chief writing interests were in fiction, history and journalism, and she published two volumes of Autographs of Barton County, and a history of Barton County. Marge, as she was nicknamed, became a stringer for the Great Bend Tribune which led to full-time employment as Women's Editor. She was born in London, England, on January 10, 1921, and attended Harrow Art School and Kilburn Polytechnical College where she actively sought to be a women's clothing designer. After World War II she immigrated to the United States. Later she took wedding photographs which led to the opening of her studio, Marge's Photography. While working full-time for the Tribune, she wrote a weekly column, "It Seems to Me." Marge was also a lay preacher, and she preached in a number of area churches. 9/26/2012
Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, was born Oct. 21, 1932, in Wichita, and died on Aug. 18, 2012. She was 79. She married Phillip Johnston on Sept. 3, 1953, and is survived by her husband, six children, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Johnston was co-founder of the Wichita Chapter of the National Organization for Women and often an advocate for gay rights, historic preservation and other issues.
She had many interests in civic and political life," her son Kelly Johnston said. "Many of those blossomed during the women’s rights movement. I think it was simply that she began to spread her wings to the issues of the world. She had the individualism and character to do that. Her marriage enabled her to take flight."
Colleen had been a regular KAC member since Oct. 10, 1996. Her literary interests lay in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and her works appeared in numerous <EM>KAC Yearbooks</EM> either as a contributing member or notices of place-winnings among annual contests of poetry and prose. She published a book containing both poetry and prose in Stepping Stones; Moments in a Women's Life (2001), which related to precious moments in her life.
Her obituary is available online. 8/27/2012
Elizabeth L. Nichols, District 1, Colorado Springs, CO, passed July 21, 2012 in Colorado Springs. She was a member of KAC from 1986 to 2010. Her literary interests included children's books, poetry and nonfiction, and she specialized in haiku for which she won KAC's first prize in 1989. Elizabeth also wrote three music education books, two instrumental source books, and numerous articles in professional journals. She was active in District 1 meetings where she often recited her limericks during round-the-room readings. During the October 2009 KAC Convention, Elizabeth earned the "over 80" award and the 20-year continuous-membership award. Read Liz's online obituaries 1 & 2. 7/26/2012
Margaret A. Shauers, District 6, Great Bend, died March 17, 2012, at her home. Freelance author and novelist, Margaret published novels, short stories, poetry, and also non-fiction. She worked as staff writer at Barton County Junior College in Communication Department, taught Creative Writing @ Barton County Community College. She also published in periodicals, particularly Sunday School children's material. Her funeral was held in Great Bend on March 20, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church. Margaret was active in KAC, joining as a regular member in 1972 and receiving the Octogenarian Award in 2010. In 2009 she received the over 20 years membership award. She was the State Contest Manager in 1975-76, and the State non-member contest manager in 1986. She was also active in various KAC District and State positions. She will be greatly missed. Margaret's memory page is available online. 4/13/2012
Irma Wassall, District 5, Wichita, passed away at on Juanary 26, 2012, the age of 103. She had been a member of KAC since 1936,and served as President of District 5 in 1955. Wassall was born September 23, 1908. More than 1,000 of her poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and her six collections of published poetry. Her first collection, Loonshadow, was published in 1949; her latest, The Ruby-Emerald Jungles, in 1999. She received the Kansas Governor's Art Award in 2001 at the age of 92. Her husband, Fred Wassall, was a painter. He died in 1970. Irma's obituary is available online. Her memorial service was held at Picadilly Market & Grille on Feb. 5, 2012. The Wichita Eagle published an article about Irma's life. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Authors Club in care of 400 S. Pershing, Wichita, KS 67218. 1/30/2012
Nell Nadine McLain, District 7, Satanta, passed Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Burial was in the Haskell County Cemetery in Sublette. Nell was a KAC member from 1990 to 2009, and served as secretary of District 7 from 1997 to 2000, and contest manager in 2003. Her literary interests ranged between fiction, poetry and various articles for county newspapers. One poem, entitled "While Picking the Last of the Cherries," originally published by Capper's Weekly in 1987, is reprinted in the KAC Yearbook, 2001. 12/2/2011
Ervin E. Grant, District 5, El Dorado, 86, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 at his home. Ervin was born and raised in El Dorado and attended school and community college there. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended St. Thomas University, University of Kansas, and University of Kansas Law School. He joined his father in the practice of law in 1951 and retired after 60 years just two weeks prior to his death. He joined KAC in 2007 and registered his literary interest in fiction novels, religion, short stories and biographical memoirs. Two years ago he began writing a weekly column in the El Dorado Times on the history of Butler County, and is also the author of two books -- Reawakening and Trials of a Small Town Lawyer. He was given the octogenarian award in 2010. His wife, Mary Jo Grant, also a KAC member, is a poet and non-fiction writer. Ervin's obituary is available in the El Dorado Times. 9/20/2011
Margaret Oreta (Holder) Close, District 5, Wichita, died August 12, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, St. Francis Hospital. She was 71. She was a talented dancer in her youth, played church organ, and with Darrell enjoyed vacationing with other friends. Maggie had been a legal secretary, working for several law offices before retiring in 2001. Maggie had been a member of KAC since 2009. Her husband of 50 years, Darrell Dan Close, 69, died just three years earlier than Maggie. Maggie's obituary is available online on the Wichita Eagle website. 8/31/2011
Bertha Caroline Barfknecht Rayburn, District 1, Topeka, died July 12, 2011, at Brewster Place in Topeka. Born on April 25, 1916, in Pipestone, Minnesota, she lived to be ninty-five. A regular member of KAC from 1956 to 1995, she was reinstated from 2005 to 2008. Fiction was her favorite genre, and she served as President of District 1 in 1959. She received a masters degree in education as a reading specialist from Washburn University and worked as a substitute teacher in the Topeka area. She also served on the Topeka Literary Council. Bertha's obituary is available in the Topeka Capital-Journal. 7/15/2011
|Her writing includes poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction; and people in her community have read her letters to the editor in the Junction City Daily Union. She served as President of District 4 in 2000. She was State Chair of the Centennial Book Committee in 2003 and 2004, and edited Our Way With Words, a book of members’ writing published in honor of the Kansas Authors Club Centennial in 2004. She will be missed by her many friends in Kansas Authors Club.|
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