DEATHS

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Hattie Laughridge, 97

Hattie Mary Laughridge, 97, homemaker, died Jan. 22 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

The funeral was Jan. 24 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion with pastor Jim Pohlman officiating. Burial was at Grant Township Cemetery in rural Marion.

She was born Nov. 7, 1906, to Constine and Mary (Johnson) Rosiere in rural Marion. In 1930, she was married to Russell Whitford, who died in 1937. On Dec. 23, 1941, she was married to Robert R. Laughridge, who predeceased her in 2000.

A memorial has been established with Youthville in Newton.

Annabelle Gaffney, 76

Annabelle Laura Gaffney, 76, homemaker, died Jan. 22 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

The funeral was Jan. 24 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Florence with pastor Steve Hysom officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

She was born Nov. 26, 1927, to Walter and Minnie (Remmers) Ruby in rural Marion. On Dec. 5, 1946, she was married to Mathew Gaffney, who predeceased her.

She is survived by four sons, David Gaffney of Florence, Darrel Gaffney of Keller, Texas, Mathew “Butch” Gaffney Jr. of Wichita and Christopher Gaffney of El Dorado; four daughters, Deloris Beard of Andover, Sharon Bueger of Newton, Arlene Hysom of El Dorado and Darlene Barrett of Wichita; two brothers, Arthur Ruby of Billings, Mont., and Ralph Ruby of Leavenworth; three sisters, Catherine Hein of Marion, Margaret Hein of Hillsboro and Lucille Weyer of Leavenworth; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established in the name of Christopher Gaffney.

Helen Masterson, 93

Helen L. Masterson, 93, homemaker, died Jan. 18 at her home in Hillsboro.

Memorial services were Jan. 22 at Cassoday United Methodist Church. Burial was at Homestead Cemetery near Clements.

She was born July 31, 1910, to Charles Delbert and Lillie Frances (Bradley) Broyles in Homestead. She married Henry Roy Scobee, who died in 1963. She married John Francis Masterson, who predeceased her in 1979.

She is survived by one son, Leroy A. Scobee of Great Bend; two daughters, Laquita Joy DeConto of El Dorado and Lillie Ann Sommerfeld of Durham; one sister, Georgia Burnett of Clements; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Parkside Homes in Hillsboro in care of Kirby-Morris Funeral Home of El Dorado.

Marilyn Nikkel, 59

Marilyn Nikkel, 59, homemaker and partner in a farming and livestock operation, died Jan. 24 at her residence in rural Canton.

The memorial service was Jan. 27 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in rural Goessel with pastors James Dunn and Mark Wiens officiating. Burial was at Alexanderwohl Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 9, 1944, to Jacob C. and Irma (Voth) Koehn in Goessel. On Dec. 28, 1962, she was married to Kermit Nikkel, who survives.

She is also survived by her parents of Goessel; one son, Christopher Nikkel of Hamburg, Germany; one daughter, Suzanne Meier of Wichita; one brother, John Koehn of Dighton; two sisters, Margaret Hiebert of North Newton and Linda Buller of Wichita; three grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Alexanderwohl Sunday School Department and the Harry Hynes Hospice.

Marguerite Swan, 94

Marguerite Edna Swan, 94, homemaker, died Jan. 24 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Strassburg Baptist Church in rural Marion with pastor Don Mashburn officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at St. James Cemetery in Wichita.

She was born Oct. 8, 1909, to Jesse and Katherine (Johns) Wooding in Wichita. On April 8, 1930, she was married to Clinton Swan, who predeceased her in 1957.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Steppe of Overland Park and Kay E. Heidebrecht of Marion; one son, Paul Swan of Marion; one sister, Helen Johns of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Strassburg Baptist Church Building Fund.

Fred “Tim” Williams, 59

Fred “Tim” Williams, 59, farmer, died Jan. 24 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

The interment service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at Claney Cemetery in rural Marion. The memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.

He was born April 20, 1944, to John and Mable (Conyers) Williams in Marion.

He is survived by two brothers, John R. Williams of El Cajon, Calif., and Maurice G. Williams of Pine Bluff, Ariz.; one brother-in-law, Allen Meyers of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.

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