Week of Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007

Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor, 74, Lawrence, died Jan. 23, 2007, at the Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City.

She was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Fowler, Colo., the daughter of Sampson and Mary L. Maggart McBee. She worked in the Ribbon Converting Department at Hallmark and retired in 1988. She had a day care from 1995 to 1998 and was an Avon Representative for 20 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church since 1940 and a worker in the Children’s Church, Sunday school program, nursery and Lay Witness Ministry. She was also a member of the Piece Maker Quilt Club, CPAG Quilt Club and Home Demonstration Unit.

She married Cloyde E. Taylor Aug. 21, 1949, in Fowler, Colo. He survives, of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Kathy Anderson, Meriden, and Judy Williams, Lawrence; a sister, Darlene Wooters, Elk City, Okla.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 27 at First Christian Church, Lawrence, followed by a celebration of life service Jan. 28 at Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials can be made to the Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Church and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Ida Kropp

Ida B. Kropp, 72, Mayetta, died Jan. 26, 2007, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born June 5, 1934, near Meriden, the daughter of Harry and Esther Edwards Chapman. She graduated from Perry High School in 1952. Mrs. Kropp was a homemaker and attended the Denison Bible Church. She was a member of the Northeast Kansas Square Dance Association where she served as historian and held several offices for the 16-75ers Square Dance Club in Holton.

She married Paul F. Kropp Dec. 26, 1952, in Topeka. He survives. She is also survived by her son, Ralph E. Kropp. Bridgeport, Ala.; three daughters, Esther L. Hall, Denison, Paula J. Oestmann, Millerton, Okla., and Lois Kern, Mayetta; a brother, Roscoe Keesling Perry; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, James Earl Kropp, and her sister, Asenath McNeil.

Services were Jan. 30 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Cremation followed with private family interment planned at Denison Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be given to the Midland Hospice House and sent in care of the funeral home at Box 270, Holton, 66436.

Velda Mitchell

Velda Mitchell, 84, Hoyt, died Jan. 28, 2007, at Deer Park South at Meriden.

She was born Jan. 9, 1923, on the family farm east of Hoyt, the daughter of Oliver and Ella White Bausch. She graduated from Hoyt High School in 1942. Mrs. Mitchell worked as a keypunch operator for the state of Kansas for 24 years. She then worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 13 years, and later returned to work for the state. She was a former member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta, a 28-year member of the Auxiliary to Post No. 2187 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Topeka, a 54-year member of Hoyt Chapter No. 189 of the Order of Eastern Star, and a 54-year member of Oakland Rebekah Lodge No. 616 in Topeka.

She married Johnny W. Mitchell July 29, 1954, at Hoyt. He died Jan. 11, 1985. She married Everett Noble July 23, 1986. He died May 4, 2006. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Leota Fay Bausch, who died in infancy, and MaJetta Holston.

Survivors include one son, Rusty Mitchell, Meriden; a sister, Lois Jean Bell, Hoyt; two grandsons, Dusty Mitchell, Ft. Supply, Okla., and Bart Mitchell, in Iraq.

Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 31 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery at Hoyt. Memorials can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County and sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 280, Hoyt, 66440.

Mildred Cropper

Mildred I. Cropper, 93, Oskaloosa, died Jan. 28, 2007, at the Jefferson County Geriatric Center, Winchester.

She was born Jan. 13, 1914, at rural Valley Falls, the daughter of Charles Thomas and Elsie Pearl Heineken Thorp. Mrs. Cropper was a homemaker. She also worked as a nurse’s aide and in the laundry department for Valley View Nursing Home, Valley Falls, Jefferson County Geriatric Center, and Easton Manor.

She was a member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church and Oskaloosa Senior Citizens.

She married Marron John Cropper June 29, 1933, at Oskaloosa. He preceded her in death Jan. 8, 1969. Survivors include four sons, Marron C. Cropper, San Antonio, Texas, Ernest Cropper, Topeka, Richard D. Cropper, Oskaloosa, and Robert J. Cropper, Lawrence; five daughters, Elsie Pearl Kruse, Mena, Ark., Delores Ann Nieman, Winchester, Ida Mae Beem, Olathe, Mary C. Downs, Kansas City, and Virginia E. Bowen, Valley Falls; and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Raymond F. Cropper and Edward L. Cropper; four brothers; one sister; and a great-grandson, Darrell Sutton II.

Services were Jan. 31 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial was at Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels of Oskaloosa or Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Robin Cook

Robin L. Cook, 48, Oskaloosa, died Jan. 28, 2007, at her home.

She was born May 1, 1958, at Iola, the daughter of James and Lena Mae Michael Heath. She worked at Casey’s General Store and Rosie’s Café, both in Oskaloosa and a Valley Falls nursing home.

She married George Cook. They later divorced. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Charles Raymond Hayes, Perry. She was preceded in death by a sister, Janie Torgerson, in 2005.

Cremation is planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses and sent to PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Rheinetta Doty

Rheinetta M. Doty, 77, Topeka, died Jan. 24, 2007, at her home.

She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Louie and Alma Tabbert. She retired from the Kansas State High School Activities Association where she was an administrative secretary and office manager.

She married Harold R. Doty. He preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Doty is survived by one daughter, Debra Hall, Wichita; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Roberta Henley and Mary Sutter; and three brothers, Marvin “Barney” Tabbert, Eugene “Cotton” Tabbert, and Don Tabbert.

A memorial service was held Jan. 30 at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission, 4712 SW 6th Street, Topeka, 66606-2284.

Alvena Hollandsworth

Alvena K. Hollandsworth, 85, Topeka, died Jan. 28, 2007, at Lexington Park.

She was born in Winchester Aug. 7, 1921, the daughter of Eugene and Carline Schutte Beying. Mrs. Hollandsworth was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church.

She married Cecil E. Hollandsworth May 4, 1944, and they lived in St. Louis, Mo., until their son, Douglas, was born. In 1955 they moved to Winchester, where they lived until the death of her husband in 1978. She moved to Topeka in 1979.

She worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Leaven-worth, until she retired in 1977.

Survivors include her son, Douglas, Topeka; and a sister, Winifred Walstrom, Topeka.

Inurnment of her ashes was held Thursday, Feb. 1, at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Easton. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church Cemetery Fund or the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th, Topeka, 66603.

Veda Muncie-Trautloff

Veda E. Trautloff, 92, Atchison died Jan. 29, 2007, at her home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison. Burial followed at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 23, 1915, in Troy, the daughter of Archie and Edna Norris Smith. She attended school in Troy. She had been employed with Wilson Poultry House and Arensberg Grocery in Atchison. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and attended the First Christian Church.

She married James Taylor Muncie in September 1932. He died in September of 1964. She later married Gene Trautloff in February of 1971. He also preceded her in death in August 1995. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Lee Myers, a stepson, Alvin Trautloff, a granddaughter, Sheila Theel, and a great-granddaughter, Emily Henry. Survivors include three daughters, Marlene Muncie-Robertson, Winchester; Maxine Muncie-Theel, Leavenworth; and Beverly Muncie Sorenson, Denver; 12 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison Hospital or Mt. Vernon Cemetery and can be sent in care of the funeral home.

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