Vana Lynn Rash

Vana Lynn Rash, age 59, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO. She was born July 20, 1961, in Shreveport, LA, the daughter of Ivan and Norma Barber Bare. She married Glenn Rash on June 2, 1989, in Canyon City, CO. She worked as an RN in the hospital setting during her career. She loved her work, caring for those she met. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend to many. Vana was an avid reader and a devoted member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.

Survivors include her husband Glenn of the home; a son, Garret Rash, Ft. Scott; a niece, Brenna; and two nephews, Brandon, and Brent. She was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Sandoval; and her parents.

Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Wednesday morning June 30th, at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Baptist Tabernacle and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.


Linda Linnett Johnson

Linda Linnett Boyd Johnson, age 72, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas went peacefully to be with the presence of her Lord Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at her home. She was born April 17, 1949, in Pittsburg, KS the daughter of “Tutti” and Billy Lee Boyd. She married the love of her life Robert Johnson on November 20, 1976, in Fort Scott. They had two children Derrick Wayne and Michael Randell. Linda loved their many trips to Branson, shopping until she dropped, and just spending time with family.

After graduating with her beauticians’ certificate, she spent many years owning and operating her own hair salon in Fort Scott, KS. She was then employed by Mercy Hospital as housekeeper, CNA and CMA at both the Burke St location and when they later moved to Woodland Hills Blvd. Upon retirement, Linda enjoyed spending time with her two grandsons Randell Matthew and Liam Robert.

Survivors include her two sons Derrick Wayne and Michael Randell and his wife Jana and their two boys Randell and Liam. She was preceded in death by her parents, numerous aunts and uncles and cousins, also the love of her life and best friend Robert Johnson but it gives us great comfort to know they are together again today.

Rev. Rob Carr will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 29th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 prior to the service Tuesday morning. Memorials are suggested to the Linda Johnson Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.


Frances Ellen Cole

Frances Ellen Cole of Commerce, OK passed from this life Friday, June 25, 2021 at her home. She was 57.

Frances was born July 10, 1963 in Springfield, MO to Gerald and Mary Catherine (Ware) Inman, Sr. She had lived in the Commerce, North Miami and Picher area all her life. Frances graduated from Picher – Cardin High School class of 1981 and had worked at 7-11 in Commerce, OK, Empire Finance in Miami, OK and for the Miami Tribe Casino.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Earl Cole in January 11, 2017, 3 great grandchildren Adrianna, Grace and Casey, her mother and 1 brother Robert Inman.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Laura Barnett and Jermy Bible of Vinita, OK and Rebecca Thomas and Bear Garner of Quapaw, OK, her father Gerald Inman, Sr. of Grove, OK, 1 brother Gene Inman and wife Kelly of Cleora, OK, 2 sisters, Pamela Elledge of Welch, OK and Karen “Soup” Innocenti of Grove, OK, 2 grandchildren Kylah Martin and Jaxon Garner and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at NEO Memorial Veterans Cemetery in North Miami, OK. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.


Betty Leota Hawk

Our Mother Betty Leota (Gandrau) Hawk, was called from this life on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Integris Miami Hospital, Miami, OK. She was 81 years old.

She was always reaching out help others. She was very involved with her church, Commerce First Assembly of God Church. She was the secretary of the church for many years. She loved working with the young people also, started the backpack program at the Alexander Elementary School in commerce. She was avery talented artist, painter, musician, cosmetologist and anything that she set her mind to do.

She was married to Paul E. Hawk on May 4, 1981 at Half Moon Bay, CA. He preceded her in death and she was preceded by her parents.

Survivors include, four sons, Lenered (Lenny) M. Gaylord of Commerce, OK, Charles (Chuck) R. Gaylord and wife Claudia, Thomas (Tom) R. Gaylord and wife Debbie, Roy E. Gaylord and wife Anna all of California, one sister, Rose (Gandrau) Banks of Washington, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Commerce First Assembly of God Church in Commerce, OK. Pastor Howie Moss and Rev. Mike Bunch will officiate. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Commerce, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.


Donna Mae Murphy

Donna Mae Murphy, Beloved Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother passed on June 22, 2021 at her home in Afton, OK. She was 76.

Donna was born on June 23, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to Cy and Dorothy Malinski.(preceded in death). Donna’s had two siblings Cy Malinski and identical twin sister, Diane Durben (both preceded in death).

Donna met the love of her life and next door neighbor, Robert Murphy (preceded in death) the summer of 1958 in Woodale, Illinois. Donna and Bob married July 27, 1961 they went on to have four children. Daniel Robert (Eve) Murphy Carthage, Missouri; David Allen (Gia) Murphy) Ft. Myers, Florida; Joanne Marie Murphy Crase Shores, Oklahoma; Jeanette Carol (Robert) Murphy-Grant Glendale, Arizona

Donna and Bob moved their family of six out of the busy life in Streamwood, Illinois and chose a beautiful farm on a hilltop in Welch, Oklahoma. Here their children would have all the room to ride mini bikes and horses, work on hotrods, garden and open their hearts and arms to any friends or family who stopped in to say hello. Donna always said she could cook for an army on a moments notice and by gosh, she didn’t raise no wusses. When Donna and Bob reached a mile stone of 25 years of marriage, there was a surprise party where family and long time friends came from across the county to celebrate their life long love. Donna always said Bob was the love of her life and she would never find another man who meant that much to her as him. Donna kept her word, as she always did and never remarried after Bob’s death on February 17, 1998.

Donna was very proud of her seven grandchildren, who came into her life at a young age. She enjoyed each and everyone of them, ensuring all had a nic name and learned important life lessons on the family farm. Annaz (Justin) Sprinkle, Mike (Jessica) Bowers, LaDonna (Justin) Murphy-Crosby, Derek Murphy, Cheryl Murphy (preceded in death), Amber Wagner, Jarrod Wagner.

Donna was blessed with thirteen Great-Grand children.
Jordan and Katie Sprinkle, Isaiah, Graesyn, Serenity, Kamryn, Bradyn Bowers, Jensen Crosby, Ebony and Darrien Murphy, Drayden Cloud, Phoenix and Ethan Randolph.

Donna will forever be remembered and loved as a strong lady, who kept her word, meant what she said and absolutely did it her way.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Graveside service will be 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2001 G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Daniel Murphy, Derek Murphy, Michael Bowers, Tom Friel, Justin Crosby, Jordan Sprinkle will serve as pallbearers. Drayden Cloud and Darrien Murphy will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel. 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.


Gerald A. White

Gerald A. White, age 85, of Mulberry, passed away in his home Monday, June 21,2021. He was born February 23, 1936 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada to Arthur and Edmee White. He married his wife, Alice, on March 4, 1961 and they moved to Kansas in 1965. Gerald was actively involved with the Catholic church and attended regularly.

Gerald is survived by his two sons, Thomas White and Jerry White of Pittsburg. four daughters, Marilyn (Rick) Rosenthal of Mulberry, AR, Cindy McMechan of Pittsburg, Mary Baker of Gulf Shores, AL and Angel Baker of Mulberry. He also leaves behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

A private burial for family and close friends will take place at a later date at the Liberal Cemetery.


Marjorie L. “Marge” Little

Marjorie L. “Marge” Little, 81, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away at 12:00 noon, Friday, June 25, 2021 at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park.

Marge was born June 16, 1940 in Walnut, Kansas, the daughter of Raymond Little and Elsie (Beech) Little. She grew up there and attended school, graduating from St. Patrick Catholic High School at Walnut in 1958. Marge then attended Sacred Heart College in Wichita, Kansas. She served a two year internship in histology at the St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. In 1961, she moved to the Kansas City area where she worked at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center for several years. Marjorie enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her friends.

She was a member of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kansas and was active in St. Catherine’s Circle there.

Survivors include

Two Sisters: Mary Hand – Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Nadine Popp – St. Joseph, Missouri

One Brother: Joseph R. “Pete” Little – Walnut, Kansas

Numerous Nieces & Nephews Including: Dan Popp, Cherie Hill, Jean Auxier, Kathy Becker
Tom Hand, Bob Hand, Linda Hand, Don Hand, Joe Hand, Patty Goffe, Janice Bunch, Judy Little
Jane Munroe, Jim Little, Joyce Clemons, Mike Standfast, John Carl Standfast, Kenny Standfast
Brian Standfast, Doug Standfast, Julie Mann, Shirley Herold, Rick Little, Ginger Peters
Maggi Pascal, Carla Samsel and Lois Winter

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Standfast and a brother, Gene Little.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, Kansas. The Rosary will be prayed at the church prior to the funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will follow the Rosary until the service. The Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons, Kansas is in charge of arrangements.

The graveside committal service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, at the St. Patrick Cemetery at Walnut, Kansas. Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Patrick Cemetery Fund and these may be mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, Kansas 67357.


News to Know (06/28/2021)

Surfside, FL- Crews at the site of the Surfside, Florida condo collapse are continuing their efforts to find any survivors who may be buried in the rubble. More bodies were recovered over the weekend. While teams from Israel and Mexico arrived to assist. In 2018 an engineering firm documented more than 9 million dollars in needed repairs to the building. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

Pea Ridge, AR- A Northwest Arkansas officer has been killed in the line of duty. A Pea Ridge Police Officer is dead after being run over. Police have confirmed Officer Kevin Apple died while on duty. Rogers PD alerted the Pea Ridge Police Department about a car they had been following.  Around noon Saturday Pea Ridge Officers spotted the car at the White Oak gas station.
once police approached the vehicle, suspects rammed their car into a Pea Ridge Police car, ran over Officer Kevin Apple, then drove away. With the help of serval surrounding departments, police were able to catch the two suspects.

Carthage, MO- Patients were evacuated from Mercy Hospital in Carthage last night. Patients are back in place after smoke was reported in the building. Officials say an air handler motor over heated causing smoke to enter the building near the administration portion of the building. Patients could smell smoke in their side of the building, and mercy officials evacuated the building as a precaution. Officials began allowing patients back into the building just before 9 p.m. and say that no one was hurt during the incident.

Washington, DC- 10 states ended their Enhanced Unemployment benefits over the weekend. That includes some of the 4-States.  Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah stopped the 300 dollar Federal Supplemental benefit. The move impacts about 2.5 million people. 12 other states ended their extra benefits during the last 2 weeks. Enhanced benefits are scheduled to expire in September for any state which hasn’t opted out of them.


Beverly D. (Mattivi) Tustin

Beverly D. Tustin, 91, of Pittsburg, passed away at 8:59 a.m., Friday, June 25, 2021.

She was born January 3, 1930, at Pittsburg, KS, the daughter of John and Mary (Hofer) Mattivi.

On October 17, 1948, she was united in marriage to Charles E. Tustin at the First Baptist Church, Pittsburg. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2008.

Mrs. Tustin was the owner and bookkeeper for Pittsburg Ice Cream Company (PICCO) until it’s closing in 1989.

Membership was held in the First Christian Church, Pittsburg, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and held other offices in the church. She also was a member of Red Hats, Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumni and she held office in several organizations including; Order of the Eastern Star, Amaranth, Daughters of the Nile, bridge club and PEO.

Mrs. Tustin is survived by one daughter, Penny Vogts (Randy) of Girard, KS, two grandchildren, Abbey Jones (Matt) of Spring Hill, KS and Ryan Vogts (Lacey) of Tulsa, OK, five great grandchildren, Rylee Jones, Reed Vogts, Ashton Vogts, Georgia Vogts and Davis Vogts, one sister-in-law, Dorothy Williams (Wes) of Lawrence, KS, and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews that she was very close to.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Clifford Mattivi.

A service for Mrs. Tustin is set for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the First Christian Church, Pittsburg, with Reverend Pat Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the church. The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church and/or Mirza Hospital Dads. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.


Evelyn Pauline Boyd

Evelyn Pauline Boyd, 80, formerly of Nevada passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Lee’s Summit, MO following a short illness. Evelyn was born July 5, 1940, in Nevada, MO to Arthur M. and Rosalene V. (Kiger) Barker. She married Calvin E. Boyd I, on July 16, 1966, in Las Vegas, NV and he preceded her in death.

Evelyn was raised in Nevada and attended Nevada Schools. She was a homemaker. Her hobby and passion was crafting. Evelyn owned and operated her own craft shop, “Grandma’s Handmade Dolls” in Nevada for a number of years. She also had a special love of dogs, especially her own. To Evelyn, family was the most important thing in her life.

Survivors include four children, Dianna Stewart (Steve), Lee’s Summit, Ricky Ayers, Nevada, Calvin E. Boyd II, Nevada, Kevin Boyd, Nevada; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharlene Sisson, Nevada; one brother, Tom Barker, Independence, MO; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her husband, Calvin, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Katheryn Sue Anderson; one granddaughter, Christina Marie Boyd; one great-granddaughter, Kynedi Jo Boyd; an infant brother, Allen Eugene Barker; brother, Larry Barker; two sisters, Nola Barker, and Carol Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Jake Welty officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to ASPCA c/o Ferry Funeral Home.