Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Allen Wilkins

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)


Allen Dale Wilkins, 57, of rural Parsons, went home to be with the Lord early Thursday morning at his home.

Allen was born to Wendell Dale and Helen (McKnight) Wilkins on September 1, 1961 at Parsons. He grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools.

Allen was dearly loved by all who knew him. He was an accomplished drummer who played with his dad on lead guitar at the Glory Barn Church pastored by his parents.

Allen leaves behind not only his parents, but his wife Brenda Wilkins of Parsons; four children, Curtis Wilkins, Meagan Wilkins, Morgan Wilkins, and Meranda Wilkins; twin grandchildren Au’Brielle Wilkins and Ka’Trell Wilkins; his aunt, Bon Mead; and all of his church family. Allen is reunited with his brother, Barry Wilkins who went to Heaven on July 26, 2003. If Allen could he would tell everyone to get in a church, get saved, and he will meet us in Heaven.



The family will conduct private services at the Glory Barn Church at a later date. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Glory Barn Church and these may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Aletha Redden

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Home)

Aletha May Redden of Miami, OK passed from this life Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her home. She was 61.

Aletha was born October 23, 1957 in Libby, MT. to George and Roseann (Norman) Cody. Aletha had lived in the Picher and Miami area most of her life. She graduated from Picher – Cardin High School class of 1975 and from NEO A&M College in Miami, OK with a degree in Computer Science. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at NEO. Aletha was the director and co-founder of Freedom from Addiction through Christ” in Miami, OK for 12 years and community educator and Battered Intervention Coordinator at the Community Crisis Center in Miami for 18 Years. She was a member of Community of Christ Church in Miami, OK.

She was preceded in death by a son Justin Cody, her father George Cody, 2 brothers Rev. Robert Cody and Norman Cody.



Aletha married Ernie Redden April 12, 1980 and he survives of the home. Additional survivors include 3 sons Matt Redden and wife Shandi of Miami, OK, James Redden of Branson, MO and Joseph Redden of Miami, OK. 2 step – daughters Latisha Redden of Sacramento, Ca and Cynthia Williams and husband Eddie of Sacramento, CA, her mother Roseann Rhodes of Miami, OK, 2 brothers Jim Cody of Broken Arrow, OK and Ryan Cody of Commerce, OK, 2 sisters Jolene Prawdzik of Baxter Springs, KS and Amber Cody of Peoria, OK, 5 grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren and 1 step great great child.

Celebration of Life Services will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the United in Christ Church in Quapaw, OK. Rev. Clifton Redden will officiate. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Virginia Finley

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Virginia Lee Finley, 76, of Walnut, died at 3:32 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at her residence in Walnut.

Virginia was born October 28, 1942 at Fort Scott, a daughter of Howard and Agnes (Workman) Armstrong. She attended Hepler Grade School, Walnut High School and she graduated from Stark High School.

She married Robert L. Finley, Sr. on January 5, 1959 in Walnut. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. Robert survives of the home.

Virginia worked at the Finley Grocery Store in Walnut, the post offices in Walnut and Fort Scott, and she was Post Master at St. Paul for over 30 years. She later worked at the Farmer’s State Bank in Walnut and she cared deeply for the needs of other family members.

Virginia enjoyed her family, traveling and postal conventions, going to the farm, and her cat, Freddie.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Walnut.



Survivors, in addition to her husband, Robert, of the home are her daughters, Janet Swor, and her husband, Ed, of Pittsburg and Jeannie Grotheer, and her husband, John, of Arma; her mother, Agnes Armstrong, of Fort Scott; a daughter-in-law, Samantha Finley of Girard; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her sister, Diana Fletcher, and her husband, Dave, of Fort Scott; her brothers, Steve Armstrong, and his wife, Janet, of Fort Scott and Stan Armstrong, and his wife, Cindy, of Texas.
Virginia was preceded in death by her father and a son, Robert Lyle “Robbie” Finley, Jr. on June 3, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with burial in the Walnut Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Matt Delp officiating. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Walnut or the Alzheimer’s Association and these may be left at or mailed to the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743. 

Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com

Friday, January 11, 2019

Eunice Blaich

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Eunice M. Blaich, 103, of Parsons, died at 8:50 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

She was born February 2, 1915, at Mt. Judea, AR to Phillip and Amelia (McCutcheon) Hefley.

On January 18, 1937 she and George B. “Bernie” Blaich were married in Erie and made Parsons their home the remainder of their lives. Bernie preceded her in death on January 30, 1992. Eunice graduated from the cosmetology school at Pittsburg State University in 1957 and opened her beauty shop in her home on Briggs. She retired in 1977.

She and Bernie traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. After their retirements they spent the winter months in Harlingen, TX for 17 years, until Bernie’s death. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, since 1942. She served several times on the church board as a deacon, chairperson of many committees and sponsor of the Chi Rho youth group. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served many times as leader of a C.F.W. group. She served as a Cub Scout den mother and belonged to the A.A.R.P., N.A.R.V.E. , Coterie Club and the Queen City Camping Club. She enjoyed her church, family, friends, bridge and traveling.



Surviving is her son Dr. Warren Blaich and wife Julie, of Coffeyville; four grandchildren, LeAnn Hale and husband Todd, of Columbus, Jerry Blaich and wife Edie, of Fayetteville, AR, Dr. Gary Blaich and wife Lorene and Steve Blaich and wife Tammy, of Coffeyville; eight great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were four sisters, Eula McCalvey, Euna Kent, Niva Brush and Billie Hall and a brother, Athel Hefley and a step-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at the First Christian Church, with Rev. Laurie Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m., Monday until the service hour. Friends may also call at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 1 p.m., to 5 p.m., Sunday. The family will not be present during the Sunday afternoon hours. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P. O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Martha Gilman

(From Ferry Funeral Home)

Martha Christine Gilman, 56, Nevada, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at her home in Nevada. Martha was born October 12, 1962 in Greeley, CO. She was united in marriage to David Ellis Gilman on November 20, 1982 in Chanute, KS and he survives of the home.

Martha came to Chanute, KS at a young age with her family and grew up there and in the Pittsburg, KS area. In 1985 she came to Nevada making this her home. Martha worked at Nevada Habilitation Center in food service, Rodeo Grill, and was currently employed by Truman Elementary in food service for the past four years. She was member of Life Church in Nevada. Martha enjoyed playing Bingo at the Elks and the Eagles, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She loved fishing, watching the Kansas City Chiefs, watching CSI, and attending her grandchildren’s activities.



In addition to her husband David, survivors include three children, Melinda Leon, Nevada, Zackory Gilman, Nevada, Christina Gilman, Springfield; six grandchildren, Destiny, Dav`id, Meckinize, Monica, Trayvon, Tyce; mother, Virginia Petty, Chanute, KS; two brothers, Charlie Smith, WV, Dennis Smith, Chanute, KS; two sisters, Charlia Mitchner, Chanute, KS; and Leona McBride, CO. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Smith, and Paul Smith; and her step-father, Darold Petty.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor’s Terry Mosher and Lawrence Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Martha Cubbage

(From Ferry Funeral Home)

Martha Jayne Cubbage, 62, of Nevada, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO following a 2 ½ year battle with cancer. Martha was born October 24, 1956 in Fredonia, KS to Perl M. and Darlene A. (Holford) Bass. She was united in marriage to Steven E. Cubbage in Parsons, KS on July 27, 1991 and he survives of the home.

Martha grew up in Parsons and graduated from the Parsons High School in 1974. Following high school she went to the Dallas Fashion and Merchandising College. She later attended Kansas University for a time before graduating from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Business Administration. She then went on to receive her Master’s in Education from William Woods College in Fulton, MO.

Martha worked for a number of years for La Forge and Budd Construction in Parsons as a staff accountant. In 1992 Martha and Steve moved to Nevada where she also worked as accountant for Cubbage Farms for six years. She then worked at the main office of Nevada High School as accountant before transitioning into teaching in 2000. Martha worked as Business Technology Instructor and in 2005 became Marketing Instructor for Nevada Regional Technical Center. Martha served as DECA advisor from 2005-2016 and was involved in taking many students to competitions over the years and took great pride in their numerous achievements in state and international competitions. One of her most rewarding accomplishments was seeing two of her DECA student teams take first place at international competitions in 2010 and 2012. Martha was also an accomplished musician. She served many years as organist and pianist at First Baptist Church in Nevada and also provided accompaniment for numerous school and church programs for many years. Martha was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the PEO Sisterhood.



In addition to her husband Steve, she is survived by three children, Lauren Jones and her husband Dan, Willard, MO, Broc Hammett, Overland Park, KS, Alexandra Cubbage, Canton, MI; two grandsons, Rainer Jones, Sebastian Jones; one sister, Diane Carpino and her husband Jim, Arlington, TX; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Barbara Cubbage; sister and brother-in-law, Christy and Butch Rigby; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Nevada with Rev. Greg Ferree officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Vernon County Cancer Relief, DECA Scholarship Fund at Nevada R-5 Foundation, or Kansas City Hospice House in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Jean O'Donnell

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

L.(Leona) Jean ( Buffington) O’Donnell of Lenexa, Ks. passed away on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 12th at 11 AM at the Bath Naylor Funeral Home, Park and S. Broadway. The family will receive friends at 10 AM. Jean’s ash's will be interned in a private service at a later date in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg, Ks.

L. (Leona) Jean O’Donnell was born November 1, 1945 at home in Frontenac, Ks. She was the 6th of 12 children born to Lester and Lucille Buffington. She grew up in Southeast Kansas attending schools in Arcadia, including Arcadia High School, before graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1963.

She married Charles Hines upon graduation and was the mother of three daughters, Deanna ( Hines ) Jameson of Cherokee, Ks., Barbara ( Hines ) Taylor of Pittsburg, Ks., Heather ( Hines ) Bowers of Valley Center, Ks. She was employed by Dr. Vernon Berkey, M.D. in Pittsburg, Ks.

On July 3rd, 1986 She married Ed O’Donnell and moved to Topeka, Ks. She was employed as Business Manager for Dr. Scott Hamilton, D.D.S.-M.S.D. before retiring in 2005 and moving to Lenexa, Ks.





She is survived by her husband Ed O'Donnell of Lenexa, Ks., her 3 daughters, three sisters Patsy Hanson of Frontenac, Lynn ( Jim ) Giordano of Arma, Jo Ellen Peterson of Frontenac, two brothers Richard Buffington of Frontenac, Russell Buffington of Ashland, Mo., 6 Grand Children, and 4 Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Kyle Jameson, six brothers John Buffington, Ed Buffington, Alvin Ray Buffington, Tom Buffington, David Buffington and Mike Buffington.

The family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association