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Week of Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006

Lorraine N. Bendure

Lorraine N. Bendure, 89, Kansas City, died Oct. 20, 2006, at the Johnson County Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Spring Hill and was a lifetime Kansas City area resident.

She had started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in 1937 and retired from the Kansas City Public Schools in 1977.

She married Clarence Bendure June 12, 1937, in Olathe. He preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by a son, Ralph Bendure, in 1996, and a son-in-law, Ron Elsey, in 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Marie Eileen Elsey, Overland Park; a son, Carl Bendure, Valley Falls; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A Remembrance Service was held Oct. 24 at the Porter Funeral Home, Lenexa. Private family burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Nonya Hefty

Nonya Karlene Hefty, 62, died Oct. 17, 2006, at Seneca. She was born April 17, 1944, at Pratt, the daughter of Russell Dwight and Emma Pauline Miller Hefty.

She attended schools in Syracuse graduating in 1962. She earned a bachelor’s in education at the University of Kansas and attended one year at San Jose (Calif.) State University. She returned to KU for two years of graduate school and graduated in 1968. She taught art in Syracuse for two years, then moved to Cullison in 1972. She resided in Cullison and taught two years in Wilson.

In August 2006, she moved to Seneca and taught at Baileyville High School. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cullison and Seneca.

Survivors include a sister, Marla Hefty, Lawrence; brothers, Steve Hefty, Syracuse, Don Hefty, Kansas City, Mo., and Phillip Hefty, South Berwick, Maine.

Services were Oct. 23 at First Christian Church, Syracuse. Memorial contributions can be made to Baileyville High School Educational Fund and sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home, PO Box 1253, Syracuse, 67878-1253.

Fay Talley

Fay Talley, 90, Lawrence, died Oct. 21, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 18, 1916, at LaCygne, the daughter of Aral and Ada Pellet Stainbrook. She attended Pleasant Ridge and Fairview schools and graduated from the Parker Rural High School in 1935. She also attended the Lawrence Business College.

She married Lloyd Murphy Talley in Topeka Aug. 24, 1940. He died in 1995. Survivors include a son, Robert Lloyd Talley, Oklahoma; two daughters, Betty Sue Moon, Lawrence, and Martha Fay Sage, Perry; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and a sister, May Hightower, rural Linn County.

She was a membcr the Farm Bureau and home demonstration units since in the early 1930s. In 1998 she received a service pin for the Super Seniors and a volunteer service pin from the DAR. Mrs. Talley had a hotel and restaurant license in her home and cooked for 35 men who boarded with them while building the Sunflower Ordinance Works. She quit when Lloyd was sent to weld in the shipyards at Evansville, Ind. She worked in a cafe while in Evansville. She lived there until her husband was drafted into the Army Air Corps in World War II. When he was discharged, they started a welding business, Talley Welding, for which she did the bookkeeping.

She also worked for the University of Kansas in the Watson Library from 1952-1982. She retired with emeritus status. In 1998 she wrote a book on the Talley history from 1792-1998. Mrs. Talley was a life member of the Kansas State Historical Society, Linn County Historical Society, LaCygne Historical Society, Parker Historical Society, Lecompton Historical Society, Jefferson County Historical Society, Douglas County Genealogical Society, and the VFW Auxiliary No. 852.

She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Lawrence Doll Club, the Kansas University Liberty Association, Rebekah Lodge No. 754 and Betty Chapter of the DAR, Topeka Genealogical Society, Autumn Club, Antique Dealers’ Association, and Friends of the Library.

Services were Oct. 25 at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.

Ernest Miller

Ernest E. “Ernie” Miller, 43, rural Valley Falls, died Oct. 20, 2006, at his home. He was born May 21, 1963, at Meriden, the son of Lloyd Clinton and Loretta Ruth Travis Miller.

He had lived in rural Valley Falls 14 years. He married Marjorie Joyce Shaver Dec. 15, 1984, at Oskaloosa. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his mother; three sons, Lee Miller, Meriden, and “D. J.” Donald Miller and Kyle Miller, both of the home; three daughters, Melinda Miller, Lawrence, and Darcie Miller and Calista Miller, both of the home; three brothers, Mike Miller and Dale Miller, Meriden, and Clinton Miller, Topeka; four sisters, Patty Miller and Barbara “Barb” Miller, Meriden; Kathy Miller, Carbondale, and Diana Smith, Emporia; and two grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 24 at Barnett Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Cremation followed the services.

Memorials can be made to the Miller Children’s Education Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Richard Means

Richard B. Means, 87, Oskaloosa, died Oct. 23, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 4, 1919, at Burlingame, the son of Walter Richard and Lila Jane Foreman Means. He was a 1938 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was a farmer and stockman at Oskaloosa and also worked at Kansas Power and Light and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

He belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion, all of Oskaloosa.

He married Margaret Lucile Davis March 25, 1939, at Oskaloosa. She survives at the home. Other survivors include a son, Walter “Butch” Means, Oskaloosa; two daughters, Sue Stebbins, Oskaloosa, and Mary Lou Smith, Ozawkie; two sisters, Julianne Pottorf and Nancy Reed, both of Oskaloosa; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 25 at the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jefferson County Friends of Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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