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Week of Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006

Doris Irene Risinger Brown

Our dear loved one Doris, entered life eternal on Thursday, November 16, 2006. She was born Doris Irene on November 26, 1930, to Harry and Ruth Oswald Risinger in Valley Falls, Kansas.

Doris attended schools in Valley Falls and Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1949.

Doris attended Ottawa University where she met Elwood H. Brown. They married on May 25, 1952. From this union three children were born: Kathleen Ann, Michael Carl, and Gerald Alan. Doris was an elementary school teacher in Olathe, Kansas and Independence, Missouri. The family moved to Dickinson, North Dakota, in 1968. Doris returned to college and received her bachelor’s degree in education from Dickinson State College in 1970. She was a teacher’s assistant at Dickinson High School in the special education department for three years, before taking a position with the J.C. Penney Company as a Women’s Merchandiser.

She retired from Penney’s after 18 years of service. Retirement brought the Browns to Corpus Christi, Texas, where Doris started a third career as assistant Food Services Manager at First United Methodist Church. She sang in the chancel choir, was a member of the Living Word Sunday School Class, and a graduate of Disciple Bible Study.

She served as a patron member of the Thursday Music Club of Corpus Christi providing special receptions for club events. She enjoyed many travels throughout the United States, Europe and Israel with family and friends, always seeking the education that travel had to offer.

Doris was preceded into life eternal by her parents, brother Harry, Jr., a son, Gerald Alan, and grandson, Gerald, Jr. Surviving is her husband, Elwood, daughter Kathleen (John) Fowler, grandchildren, Matthew Fowler, granddaughter Jessica (Scott) Medcalf, all of Corpus Christi; son, Michael Carl, Phoenix, Arizona, daughter-in-law Virginia Brown and three granddaughters, Faith, Abbey, and Michelle Brown of Wichita, Kansas; her brother Carl (Neola) Risinger of Valley Falls, Kansas, and many close friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Doris’ life was held at First United Methodist Church Tuesday, November 21. Reverends Steve Fieldcamp, Michael Brown and Gloria Lear presided. Private services and final rest will be at Coal Creek Cemetery, Valley Falls, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Services Program or Christ in the Arts of First United Methodist Church, Corpus Christi, or the American Cancer Society.

Hazel V. McClenny

Hazel Viola McClenny, 95, peacefully passed away Saturday, November 18, 2006 at LinnWood Place in Valley Falls.

She farmed with her late husband, Wallace McClenny, in the Valley Falls area. She had taught at Pacific and Coppinger rural schools in Jefferson County and had worked at Valley Health Care Center.

She was born June 27, 1911, at Dunavant, the daughter of Ernest Elmer and Mary Elizabeth Tucking Barnard. She graduated from Winchester High School. She was a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She had also taught piano and had been a Valley Victors 4-H Club Leader.

She was a member of the Bolton H.D.U. and had written a news column, “Bolton Breezes,” for the Valley Falls Vindicator.

She married Wallace Eshom McClenny on July 18, 1934, at Valley Falls. He died on Feb. 24, 1999. She was also preceded in death by a son Philip D. McClenny, on Aug. 31, 2002, three brothers, Elmer Barnard, John Barnard and Fred Barnard and a sister, Martha Repstine. Survivors include three daughters, Doris E. Boleson, Miami Springs, Fla., Patricia A. Nix and her husband, Larry, Topeka, and Sandra VanPool and her husband, William, Shawnee; three grandchildren, Lynnette Droge, Lucas, Texas, Lance Nix, Topeka, and Wallace A. McClenny, Topeka; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Burial was at the Spring Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church or to the Valley Falls Historical Society and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Mildred Lambert

Mildred M. Ice Lambert, 84, Topeka, died Nov. 20, 2006, at Stormont-Vail Heathcare.

She was born May 4, 1922, in Vermillion, the daughter of Forrest and Alice Mae Noble. She was the second child of seven in the Noble family. She was a graduate of Holton High School. She was a longtime Tecumseh resident prior to moving to Topeka.

Mildred married Wayne N. Ice Nov. 14, 1948, in Topeka. He preceded her in death April 29, 1981. She married Thomas H. Lambert March 20, 1986. He preceded her in death Jan. 5, 2006. She was employed as a telephone operator, legal secretary, and retired from the federal government in 1984.

Mildred was a former member of Tecumseh United Methodist Church and presently a member of First Congregational Church. She was a charter member of the Shawnee Boat and Ski Club and the Women’s Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy D. Cooper, Tecumseh, and Connie S. Ice, Topeka; stepchildren, Judy Lambert, Janice Millburn, and James Lambert; two sisters, Joan Smith and Gladys Glasser; one brother, Burton Noble; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Cory Cooper.

Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be given to First Congregational Church or Tecumseh United Methodist Church.

Beverly Keeling

Beverly V. Keeling, 95, Oskaloosa, died Nov. 15, 2006, at Coopers Home Care in Lawrence.

He was born Oct. 19, 1911, at Oskaloosa, the son of Alfred Wayne and Josephine “Josie” Pinzon Keeling. He was a lifelong resident of Oskaloosa. Mr. Keeling, along with his brother, Jim, owned and operated Keeling Brothers Heating , Refrigeration and Appliance Store in Oskaloosa for many years. He also worked as an electrician at the Hercules Plant in DeSoto for several years. He was a graduate of Oskaloosa High School and attended Atchison Vo-tech School. Mr. Keeling was a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. He was a 60-year member and Past Master of Masonic Lodge No. 14 in Oskaloosa. He was a charter member of the Oskaloosa Lake Club.

He married Orpha Mae Cary Feb. 22, 1934, at Oskaloosa. She preceded him in death Aug. 2, 2001. He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn E. Swoyer, Gladstone, Mo., and Karen and Johnson, Lawrence; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Keeling, two brothers, and a sister.

Funeral services were Nov. 18 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. Memorials can be made to the Oskaloosa Community Center Building Fund and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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