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The KUMC Alumni Association welcomes the chance to inform your fellow graduates of the events and activities in your life. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements-you're sure to come across news from someone you remember. Browse here by class to find news of your former classmates and take a moment to submit a note of your own.

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1950 - In Memoriam: Marilee Woodruff Jones
Marilee was born on April 23, 1927 on the Woodruff homestead in Ada, Kansas to Oliver and Vera (Redding) Woodruff. Her early years were filled with the daily activities of farm life in the depression era of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s. First educated in a one-room school house, she went on to become a proud graduate of both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, earning degrees in home economics and nursing, and laying the foundation for a lifetime of caring for others ahead of herself. A beautiful woman, she married Robert A. "Bob" Jones in Ada on August 29, 1950. The couple first lived in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, then moved to Southern California in 1959. They settled in Great Falls in 1966, and shortly thereafter, Marilee went to work as a registered nurse at the old Columbus hospital, caring for countless patients for 24 years with compassion and a personal touch, always quick to ask, "How can I help?" She was also instrumental in developing the new Columbus hospital's emergency room in the1980s. Following retirement in 1990, Marilee continued working in service to others in numerous volunteer positions. Throughout her life, Marilee loved spending time with family; enjoyed vacations that included camping and fishing; traveled throughout the Western United States; and tended a beautifully landscaped yard and garden that bloomed with a variety of roses. She also enjoyed creatively decorating her home, working on sewing projects with her daughters, and teaching her children the simple joys of cooking using the flavors of the Kansas plains in the shadows of the mountains of Montana. Marilee is survived by her children, Kathy Jones (Paul "Buzz") Erb of Great Falls, Barbara Jones (Tim) Pearson of Kalispell, Kenneth Michael Jones of Casper, Wyoming, and Gary Alan Jones, also of Casper; her brother Robert (Beverly) Woodruff of Minneapolis, Kansas; and her cherished friend of more than 20 years, Jim Noble. Grandchildren Lance (Melissa) Foley, Amber Foley (Kevin) Westie, Krystal Erb Phares, Ryan Pearson and Casey Pearson, and five great grandchildren: Darleen Westie, Isabel Foley, Cale Phares, Jordan Phares, and Alexandra Phares. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Bob; her parents; sister Darlene (Corky) Freeman; and her dearly loved parents-in-law, Robert A. and Beatrice Jones. The family would like to thank the staff of Bluebird House for their tireless and loving care of Marilee. (Updated June 2015)

1950 - In Memoriam: Jeanne L. Morrell
Jeanne L. Morrell, 89, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016, at Salina Regional Health Center surrounded by family. She was born November 25, 1927 in Beloit, KS, to the late Laurence and Mabel Poelma. On June 3, 1951, she married the late Kenneth Morrell in Beloit. Jeanne attended and graduated St. John's High School in Beloit. She then went to Marymount College in Salina, and achieved her bachelor's degree as a registered nurse. She later attended Kansas University and received her master's degree. She worked as a school nurse and at local hospitals for many years. In her spare time, she volunteered at the Salina Community Theatre, read many books and visited the library as often as she could. She enjoyed playing golf and cards, especially bridge, cross stitching, traveling with her family and friends, and attending all her grandchildren's events. She founded a women's group based on a community of friends who supported each other through spirituality and companionship. Survivors include her sons, John and Denise Morrell of Wichita, and Daniel Morrell of Salina; sisters, Laurene McCall of Wichita and Teddy Sherman of Bellevue, WA; grandchildren, Troy and Jessica Morrell, Ryan Morrell, Shaun and Noelle Morrell, Melissa and Justin Price, Trevor Morrell, and Paige Morrell; great-grandchildren, Dylan Morrelll Matthew Morrell and Madelyn Morrell, Zoe and Kenny Price, Lucy Boling, and Simon Morrell. (Updated December 2016)

1950 - In Memoriam: Patricia King Nickell
Patricia Jean King Nickell, 88, Prairie Village, Kan., passed away November 5, 2016. Patricia received her RN at KU Medical Center and began her nursing career there. She earned her BSN at Ottawa University and became known as "Nurse Pat" to many students and staff at Trailwood and Brookwood Elementary Schools for 24 years. In order to fill her summers, Patricia was also a nurse at Camp Towanyak. She was preceded in death by husband, Donald Oakley Nickell; son, Steven Nickell; her parents, Arthur and Goldie King. She is survived by daughters, Nancy R. Pratt and Amy L. (Richard) Vincent; granddaughters, Tami Ingalls, Abbi Pratt, Devyn Vincent, Taylor Vincent and Casey Vincent; and great grandchildren, Truitt Ingalls, Taryn Ingalls and MacKenzie McLaughlin. (Updated November 2016)  

1950 - Donna VanGoethem, RN
Donna has a big family with 8 great grandchildren. She has moved to a nice two bedroom apartment and is happy to be free of house maintenance. (Updated January 2015)

1951 - In Memoriam: Lucille Scoville Spohrer
Lucille B. Spohrer, 86, Lenexa, Kan., passed away January 18, 2017. Lucille was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., to Vernon Sr. and Eva Scoville. Lucille is survived by her children, Melissa (Cliff) King, and Stephen (Jean) Spohrer, three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Dalton, and Taylor King, brother, Vernon Scoville Jr. Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leroy in 2013, sisters, Mary Graham, and Virginia Stump. (Updated March 2017)  

1951 - In Memoriam: Bernita Stoecker Thorn
Bernita Stoecker Thorn's life came to an end October 27, 2016 at Brookdale Care. She was the daughter of Barney and Grace Stoecker, born September 13, 1928 in Oakley, Kansas. The family lived in rural southwest Logan County where her father was a wheat farmer. She attended a rural one room school through grade 8 before attending high school in Monument, Kansas. She graduated valedictorian of her class of 5. Her father enrolled her at Kansas State College in 1945 in Home Economics and Nursing. She completed 3 years at Kansas State and then transferred to Kansas City to the KU Medical School where she graduated in the summer of 1951 with her combined degrees in Home Economics from K-State and nursing from KU. She was employed by Vail Hospital before becoming office nurse for Dr. Harry Davis. Upon his retirement she went back to Kansas State University to earn her Master Degree in Aging. She was then employed by Presbyterian Manors of Mid America where she traveled Missouri and Kansas visiting with congregations about developing Presbyterian Manors. She was very active at Westminster Presbyterian where she was the second woman to be elected to the Session Board. She was an active member of Chapter FI of PEO and an avid golfer at Shawnee Country Club. September 3, 1950 she married Robert Thorn in the Chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Topeka, Kansas. They celebrated 66 years of marriage. They have two children, Richard Thorn of Longmont, Colorado and Judy Nichols of Scottsdale, Arizona, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Updated November 2016). 

1952 - In Memoriam: Marilyn Perkins Karns
Marilyn Perkins Karns passed away peacefully in Draper, UT on March 8, 2016 in the loving company of her daughter, son and son-in-law. Marilyn was born to Robert S. and Therese Blair Perkins in Bartlesville, OK on November 20, 1929 and moved to Oswego, KS at a young age. Following her graduation from Oswego High School in 1947 she attended the University of Kansas School of Nursing from which she graduated with honors in 1952. She married in 1953 and while married she was a dedicated military wife, moving all over the United States and world, where she leaves many dear friends. Throughout her life, Marilyn loved sharing the fruits of her great artistic talents and flair with her many friends and family. Those gifts will be cherished reminders of Marilyn's presence in their lives. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her daughter Leslie (Victor Sandoval), son Scott (Rita) and four grandchildren (Sean and Tristan Karns, Blair and Robert Schumacher). Marilyn was an exceptional mother, a caring grandmother, and a loyal friend to many across the country. She is deeply missed. Marilyn's family would like to thank the caring staff at Beehive Homes in Draper, UT for their devotion to her over the past three years as well as Silverado Hospice for the compassionate care they provided Marilyn during the six months prior to her passing. A memorial service celebrating Marilyn's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Oswego Cemetery, in Oswego KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marilyn's honor to the University of Kansas School of Nursing Scholarship Fund. (Updated March 2016) 

1953 - Shirley K. Bain
Shirley writes to us that she has been living in Texas since 1962. She was the President of Texas Mental Health in the 1970s and the Vice President of the National Mental Health Association for 11 years in the 1980s. She retired in 2001. (Updated October 2017) 

1953 - In Memoriam: Donna Mills Budke
Donna Lou Mills Budke, 84, Overland Park, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Throughout her long illness with dementia, she remained positive and cheerful. Donna was born in Topeka, Kan., to parents Donald and Jewell (Dennis) Mills. She graduated from Washington High School and obtained a nursing degree from the University of Kansas. She loved children, animals, art and gardening. Donna was an active member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and volunteered as a docent at the Kansas City Zoo. Donna married Harry T. Budke, Jr. in 1962. She was dearly loved by brother, Bill "Jazzbo" Hargrave, children, Leslie (Peter) Malle, Jennifer (David) Roselli, Christopher (Deborah) Budke, and David (Diana) Budke, her grandchildren, Scott (Monica) Reed, Tim Reed, Matthew (Kelsey) Roselli, Luke and Sam Roselli, Allison, Rachel and Sarah Budke, and Daniel Budke, and her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Vivian, and Mikayla Reed. Her husband and parents preceded Donna in death. (Updated December 2015)

1953 - Dr. Jeannine Prichard Dahl
Dr. Dahl writes to us that she is a Desert Storm Veteran and was recently elected into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame! (Updated February 2018)

1954 - (Winona) Joyce Holmes
Joyce reports that at 85 years old, she is still around (and presently healthy)! She was pleased to receive a number of Christmas/annual messages from 1954 nursing graduates this last December and ponders that maybe our KUMC Nursing education included "longevity?! (Updated January 2017) 

1954 - In Memoriam: Marian Hoecker Montgomery
Marian passed away on September 12, 2015. (Updated October 2015)

1954 - Jeaninne Willis Schroff
Jeaninne writes to us that she still keeps in touch with her nursing classmates, who are wonderful friends! She continues to live in Springfield, MO and is involved in many activities there. She misses her late husband Carle every day-they were married 63 years! (Updated October 2017)

1955 - In Memoriam: Helen Burson Halstead, PhD
Helen Lucile Halstead, APRN, Ph.D. was born Feb. 21, 1932 to Mildred Lucile Kemp & Harry P. Burson in Inglewood, California. Raised on a farm near Hutchinson, she attended a one-room country school, and graduated from Hutchinson High School.  After she completed medical training in Kansas City and Minneapolis, she settled in Wichita, Kansas where she enjoyed a long career as a nurse-educator. Helen was a dedicated professional who loved teaching. She trained many nurses during her 26 years on the faculty at Wichita State University's School of Nursing. Her research specialties were aging health, the effects of loss, and the spiritual needs of patients. Prior to her years at WSU, she was a nurse and educator at Grace Hospital in Hutchinson and at Wesley Hospital in Wichita - both Kansas institutions.  Her professional memberships included:  Sigma Theta Tau, American National Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and the National Council on the Aging. She supported women's education through longtime memberships in PEO Chapter FY (Wichita) and the American Association of University Women. Helen had fond allegiances to three Kansas public universities. She graduated with a B.S.N. in nursing from the University of Kansas in 1955. She earned a Ph.D. in Adult Education at Kansas State University.  And she loved her career at Wichita State University. Dedication to community service was fundamental to her life philosophy. She supported Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. She taught Bible study at Presbyterian Manor for thirty years and served on their ethics committee. She was elected President of the Kansas Arthritis Foundation, among other roles. With the American Red Cross, she taught first aid and personal safety. She served on the board of Life Ventures (formerly the East Wichita Shepherd's Center) and frequently taught classes there.  At First United Methodist Church-Wichita, she started a Parish Nursing Program that served the local community. Her interests and compassion reached beyond our borders. She and her husband Norman provided financial support to five different children in Latin America under the sponsorship of Compassion International.  Helen traveled to Mexico and Guatemala twice on medical mission trips. A faithful Christian, Helen went to live in God's loving presence on Oct 31, 2017. Read more. (Updated November 2017) 

1955 - In Memoriam: Marietta Shannon Powers
Marietta passed away on May 31, 2015. (Updated July 2015)

1955 - In Memoriam: Grace Whitenack Hayden
Grace (Whitenack) Hayden of Parkville, MO died April 4, 2016. Grace was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Trenton, N.J. to Verda A. Harris and Raymond H. Whitenack. She met her future husband Leo on a blind date in Kansas City; they married on May 20, 1956. Grace wore a pair of beautiful wristlets with her dress to cover a perfect set of bite marks from a patient who had bitten her couple of days before the wedding. She always said the fact that Leo was SO pro-KU and she SO pro K-State was what kept their marriage interesting! Grace worked as an R.N. and retired from NKC Hospital. She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran since 1966; she was a member of the women's group and sang in the church choir for over 40 years; she stated "you meet the nicest people in choir." She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her three children: Dan Hayden of Parkville, his daughter Kara; Bruce Hayden (Barbara) of Clinton, IA, their daughter Tynah of Johnson City, NY; Jill Hagel (Mike) of Lenexa, KS, their children Nick and Michelle. We have lost a wonderful mother, grandma, neighbor, and friend. She will be greatly missed. We thank God, family and all the wonderful friends who have shown support throughout her life and recent health issues. The family will receive friends 10 a.m., Saturday April 9 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO. The memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Peter Rehwaldt officiating. (Updated April 2016).

1955 - In Memoriam: Charlene Smith Teare
Charlene Teare (Smitty) passed away September 8, 2016, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney, Kan. She was born Dec. 24, 1929, to Jesse and Marie (Hutchings) Smith, on a farm outside of Excelsior Springs, Mo. She graduated from Excelsior Springs High School, and received her B.S. in Nursing from The University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she met many lifelong friends who have been close throughout the years. She met Max E. Teare, M.D., at KUMC, where she was a nurse, and they married in November of 1957 in Excelsior Springs. He preceded her in death in 2014. They have two children, Marijo Teare Rooney (husband Davis) of Hays, Kan., and Thomas M. Teare of Chicago, Ill., and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah and Dawson. Charlene dedicated most of her life to her family, however, later continued her education, receiving a M.S. in Nursing from The University of Kansas in 1984. She was a nursing instructor and taught at KU, Avila College, and Garden City Community College. Charlene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family very much and also held a love for nature and the outdoors. She was especially fond of bird watching from outside her kitchen window, growing tomatoes, helping others and traveling adventures with her husband. She will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her. (Updated September 2016)

1955 - In Memoriam: Dorothy E. Williams
Dorothy E. Williams, 83, Salina, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Holiday Resort, Salina. She was born May 26, 1932 in Nekoma, KS to Joseph Emerie and Irene Inez (Harris) Williams. The family moved to Minneapolis when Dorothy was a young child. She attended Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Minneapolis High School where she was a 1950 graduate. Dorothy attended Hutchinson Junior College and then the University of Kansas where she graduated in 1955 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked at various hospitals including Asbury in Salina, Women's Hospital in Utah, Passavant in Chicago, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Bates County Hospital in Missouri, and Newman Hospital in Emporia. Dorothy retired in 1992. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Marva Jolene Adee and her husband Evan; and brother-in-law Willard Moeder. Survivors include her sisters Lenna Hope Moeder of Salina and Karen Lucille Iselin and her husband Bill of Tempe, AZ; longtime friend Arinetta Bolton of Salina; and seven nieces and three nephews (Updated February 2016).

1955 (BSN), 1989 (PhD), Cynthia Q. Woods, PhD
Dr. Woods reports that she is enjoying living in an active retirement community. She is active as a volunteer especially, tutoring refugees in English. (Updated February 2017)

1956 - Martha Ohmsieder Baker
Martha is excited for the Nursing Class of 1956 Reunion this fall.  She hopes she can attend!  (Updated January 2016)

1956 - Barbara G. Bachus
Barbara was born on October 3, 1932 and passed away in July 2012.  Barbara was a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado at the time of her passing.  Barbara graduated from Norwich High School and then attended Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kansas.  She was married to Nelson.  

1956 - In Memoriam: Barbara Meyer Boyd
Barbara "Bobbie" Jean Boyd died July 3, 2017. Barbara had a lot of routines and traditions but never wanted anything to be "standard" and you will find this obituary to be the same. She wrote most of it herself a few weeks prior to her death and her family added a few embellishments. Barbara was the daughter of Dr. John Sr. and Kate Meyer. She was born May 16, 1932, at Geary Community Hospital. She spent all of her younger years in Chapman. She obtained a degree from Kansas State University in Home Economics. She loved going to college and said she could have just gone to school forever. However, her father died when she was young so she thought she better wrap that up by obtaining a degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She was an amazing nurse, quickly becoming a leader as head nurse of Pediatrics at Irwin Army Hospital, Ft. Riley. She was the first civilian nurse at Fort Riley and wrote the Occupational Health Program under the direction of OSHA. She married Donald Boyd in 1959 and they built their home on Stone Lane. Barbara was at the peak of her career when she suffered a massive stroke after the repair of a brain aneurysm which forced her to retire. She was left with 35 years of disability having difficulty walking, seeing, and no use of her right arm but that did not keep her down. She never complained and always made the best of every situation. She saw the best in everyone, frequently saying "They are doing the best they can." Read more. (Updated January 2018)

1956- Laura (Bobbie) Herring Cummings
Laura will have been married for 59 years on February 4. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. 5 of her grandkids are soon to be married. (Updated January 2015)

1956 - In Memoriam: Janice Fosha Kirkpatrick
Janice Faye (Fosha) Kirkpatrick age 82 of Denver, Colorado quietly passed away at her home on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  She was born on September 15, 1933, the daughter of Leo and Lena (Renz) Fosha. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1951. Her pre-nursing education was at Kansas State University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She became the Head Nurse on the Pediatrics Unit at the KU Medical Center that cared for seriously ill children with burns, congenital heart diseases and blood diseases such as leukemia.  It was at the K.U. Medical Center that she met a medical student named Charles (Chuck) Kirkpatrick. They married on July 11, 1959. Janice supported the household while Chuck studied Internal Medicine and Immunology. Together they raised Heather, Michael and Brian. For several years, she also was a home-hospice nurse with the Denver Hospice and was quite skilled at preparing families and patients for acceptance of death. She excelled in four fields; as a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a nurse. Read more. (Updated April 2016)

1956 - In Memoriam: Grace Bogart Lewin
Grace Marie Bogart Lewin, 82, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Northcare Hospice in Kansas City. Grace Bogart was born and raised on a farm near Kirwin, Kan. She received her BS in Nursing from the University Of Kansas, and later worked at the KU Medical Center. She married Walter Lewin, MD, and they have four children. Grace enjoyed travel, and participated in various social clubs. She served on the Altar Guild for St. Michaels and All Angels, was a P.E.O. member, and involved in multiple book clubs. Grace spent 36 years as a Docent for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She developed lifelong friendships with her study group members, and loved learning about art from different periods and styles. She and Walter traveled to the major world art museums and enjoyed many overseas trips. Walter and Grace were 40 year members of a supper club group, and enjoyed many years of friendship with their book club groups. Grace is survived by her four children, Margie (Michael) Cox, Oklahoma City, Okla., Tom (Vanessa) Lewin, Grayslake, Ill., Bill (Debra) Lewin, Lawson, Mo., and Jim (Elisabeth) Lewin, Des Moines, Iowa, six grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Eva, Catherine, Brad (Katrina), and Lindsay, and two great grandchildren, Gunther and Eloise Lewin. Grace was preceded in death by her dear husband, Walter, sister, Jane Jameson, and brother, William Bogart. She leaves sisters-in- law, Pat Bogart, and Ilse Cavalierre, brother-in-law, Frank Cavalierre, and many dear nieces and nephews. (Updated February 2017). 

1956 - In Memoriam: Nancy Lamme Wellington
Nancy J. Wellington, age 86, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, passed away April 2, 2017, at John Knox Village Care Center. Private family services will take place at a later date. Nancy was born July 4, 1930 in Salina, Kansas. She was the daughter of Harold and Elsie (Graff) Lamme. In 1951, Nancy graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree of Science in Nursing. On March 23, 1959 Nancy married the love of her life, John Richard Wellington and together they shared the blessing of three children, Leslie, Dix, and Nancy.   Nancy lovingly supported her family as a housewife and a registered nurse. For 10 years she cared for the residents of Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Missouri. Her love for others extended to her service as a member of the PEO Sisterhood (Missouri Chapter), an international organization that provides educational opportunities for female students. Nancy was a people person who loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed making memories of boating and fishing at the lake. As a KU Alumni, Nancy was a proud fan of Jayhawks basketball and football. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, John Richard Wellington; her parents, Harold and Elsie Lamme; and sister, Joyce Sutherland. She is survived by her children, Leslie Minjarez (Angel), Dix Wellington, Nancy Martin (Robert, Jr.); grandchildren, David, Danny, Johnny, Kevin, Jamie, Jordan, and Bailey; sister, Janice Lewis, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. (Updated April 2017) 

1957 - Patricia Miller Gulledge
Patricia writes to us that she lost her husband, Dale, in 2015 and has since moved from Idaho to Ohio to be closer to her sons. (Updated March 2017)

1957 - Donna I. Hallewell
Donna Hallewell's son Tom is working for Homeland Security and resides in Washington, DC. Her daughter Jean is a professor in Linz, Austria. (Updated March 2016).

1957 - Martha Morgan Sanders, PhD
Martha is a Dissertation Advisor for Nova Southeastern University, is a SANE nurse for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Trustee for the Kansas Nurses Foundation (KNF) and an adjunct clinical instructor for Hutchinson Community College. (Updated March 2015)

1958 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth B. Almer
Elizabeth "Liz" Almer of Phoenix passed away peacefully on January 19th. Liz is survived by her husband Eugene "Duffy", daughter Shelley Stanley, son Courtney Anthony Almer and grandchildren Christopher Stanley, Amy Stanley, Isabel Almer and Alyssa Almer. Liz was born in Denver, Colorado to Richard and Dorothy Brandon, and spent a wonderful active childhood living with her mother on her grandparents' farm in Kansas. While earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Kansas she met her future husband Duffy. After they married in 1958, Liz and Duffy lived in San Antonio and Baltimore before settling in Phoenix in 1966. A devoted mother who always supported her children's interests, Liz was also active in the arts. For many years Liz served as a Docent for the Phoenix Art Museum, including Docent President 1990/1991. She was also an active supporter of the opera. Her love of arts and music led her on many travels around the world including Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. She was also an avid reader and bridge player who loved to host gatherings at their home. Liz's warm and gentle nature was felt by all who met her. Liz was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she will be truly missed by all who knew her. 

1958 - In Memoriam: Dolores Cook Christesen
Dolores M. Christesen, 79, of Shawnee, KS, passed away July 2, 2015. (Updated August 2015)

1958 - Joann Cooper Hanna
Joann writes to us that she is retired. She has one granddaughter who is a Physical Therapist, one grandson in a neurosurgery residency at Tulane University, and one grandson in his second year of medical school at KUMC. (Updated March 2018) 

1958 - In Memoriam: Dorothy Johnson Head
Dorothy Head of Kearney, MO entered eternal rest on Tuesday July 5, 2016. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday July 10, 2016 at Second Baptist Church, Liberty, MO. Visitation will precede the service at 1:00 pm. Burial following the service at the Masonic Cemetery in Excelsior Springs. Dorothy was born August 19, 1936 to H. Orlando and Rose Betson Johnson in Purdin, MO. She attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing with a BSN. She married her high school sweetheart Gilbert Head on August 22, 1959. At the start of their married life they lived in a log cabin near Columbia while Gilbert attended the University of Missouri. Dorothy began her nursing career at KU Medical Center and was a school nurse for Excelsior Springs Schools for 26 years. Of utmost importance to Dorothy was her faith in God, followed by her devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and a third generation member of the PEO Sisterhood. She served as church organist for 25 years at Woods Memorial Christian Church. Dorothy found much joy in music, gardening and quilt making and was a master pie baker. She possessed a gentle and loving spirit and was a kind friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Janet Faulkner, and brother-in- law Jack Faulkner. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 56 years, two children, Sara Miller (Daniel) Rocheport, MO and Geoffrey Head, Kansas City, MO, two grandchildren Laura Miller Schonhardt (Thomas) Columbia, MO and Anna Miller, Rocheport, MO, brother Dean Johnson (Marlene) Purdin, MO and many other cherished family members. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Gilbert Head for a scholarship fund in Dorothy's name to be awarded to a Linn County R-1 student pursuing a degree in nursing. (Updated July 2016)

1958 - Ann Hunter McCord
Ann writes to us that she retired in 2001 after 44 years of favorable and exciting work! (Updated February 2018)

1959 - In Memoriam: Rose Roberts Langland
Rose Mary Langland, 78, of Columbia passed away Monday, April 20, 2015, at home.Rose Mary was born to Guy and Blanche Roberts on June 8, 1936. She married Roger Langland on March 16, 1963, while serving as a short-term missionary nurse in Lahore, Pakistan. Rose Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of Missouri. She taught gerontological nursing at MU and was the staff nurse during the early years of the Adult Day Connection at MU. She was a lifelong member of Missouri United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Gwen Langland of Columbia and Robin Batt of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Lance (Mindy) Langland of Houston, Texas; one brother, Roger (Sandy) Roberts of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren. (Updated April 2015)


1960 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth Ann Ailor
Elizabeth Ann Schaechtele Ailor was born July 21, 1938, in Eureka, Kansas, to Robert Florenz and Alice Evelyn Neighbor Schaechtele. She died peacefully at the age of 79 on February 19, 2018, in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a stroke. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Lawrence, KS on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In early childhood, she lived for a time in El Dorado, Kansas, before the family moved back to Eureka in 1947. She graduated from Eureka High School in 1956, having participated in band, choir, theatre, and cheer squad. She was a beautiful swimmer, but then, there were no sports for girls, so she became a Red Cross Certified Life Guard and taught swimming even through college. She attended Emporia State Teachers' College for two years, joining Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority; she then, transferred to the University of Kansas School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1960 with a BSN and became an RN. While there she was active in "Caduceus Capers." She married Richard (Dick) William Ailor in Eureka, Kansas, on December 29, 1957, and had two daughters: Lisa Ann in 1963 and Sarah Elizabeth in 1967. After college graduation, she was a school nurse at Westwood View Elementary in Johnson County. After moving to Lawrence, Kansas, she was a homemaker and mother for a few years before returning to her career, becoming a public health nurse at the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department, where she worked for 26 years. While there she was communicable disease charge nurse which covered everything from giving hundreds of flu shots and vaccinations to doing well-child screenings, in addition to tracking diseases and their spread. Read more. (Updated March 2018)

1960 - In Memoriam: Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel
Carolyn Bolenbaugh Griesel lived a life of service to others. Predeceased by parents Edwin D. and Margaret M. Bolenbaugh. Survived by spouse, Wayne; two children: Rachelle (Parshall) and Curtis; seven grandchildren: Courtney Parshall (Young), Danielle Parshall, Sgt. Brent Parshall, Jordan Parshall, Matthew Griesel, Benjamin Griesel, Andrew Griesel; and two great grandchildren: Ariana and Wesley Young. (Updated October 2015)

1960 – In Memoriam: Karen Allphin
Karen Allphin was born Aug. 9, 1938 in Stafford, Kan. to Delwin H. and Helen G. Black Allphin and passed away Aug. 8, 2015, one day short of her 77th birthday. She graduated from Beloit High School, Beloit, Kan., in 1956 and from Kansas University School of Nursing in 1960. After working in pediatrics at the K.U. Medical Center for a couple of years, Karen lived in Santa Monica, Calif. and worked at The Neuropsychiatric Institute until 1965. For a year and a half she worked as a private duty nurse in Italy and England. In August, 1967 she moved to Boston, Mass. where she received her Master's Degree in Child Psychology at Boston University in 1969. While in Boston she worked with special needs children at Mass. Mental Health Center and in 1978 helped with disaster relief following severe flooding along the northeast coast. In May, 1979 Karen moved to Washington State where she lived with her sister's family for ten months; then moved to Klamath Falls, Ore. Karen taught in the School of Nursing at Oregon Institute of Technology and later worked for a CNN Home Health before her retirement. Karen was very attached to the many Golden Retrievers she had over the years and was very proud of Tess, the most recent dog she had. Karen and all of her dogs enjoyed the training process and they have been special companions for her - from Brandy in Boston, who would go to work with Karen, caring for the austic children as only a caring animal can do - to Tess. Karen was especially fond of the many friends she and Tess made out at Double C in Klamath Falls. Karen was preceded in death by her parents; Douglas File, nephew; and Julie and James File, great niece and great nephew. She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Dee Ann Dickerson, Webb City, Mo. and Patricia and Brian Hogan, Kent, Wash.; six nieces and nephews: Donald (Colleen) File, Beloit, Kan.; Kathleen (Bill) Barstnar, Lone Tree, Colo.; Karyn (Brian) Hoffman, Castle Rock, Colo.; Deborah (Dave) Brannan, Puyallup, Wash.; Eric (Laurel) Hogan, University Place, WA; and Tricia Larson, Savannah, Ga. She also leaves twenty great nieces and nephews and six great great nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. Karen was always full of questions about these nieces and nephews and their children. She loved them one and all. Karen cared deeply for the many animals cared for by the Klamath Animal Shelter and memorials may be sent there at P. O. Box 482, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. (Updated August 2015)

1961 - In Memoriam: Dixie Widup Broadhurst
Dixie Ann Broadhurst, 78, of Winfield passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018, at her home surrounded by family after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Dixie was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Parsons to Lyle and Juanita (Thrasher) Widup. She graduated from Parsons High School. She later graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She married her lifetime sweetheart and soul mate, Ronald "Ron" Broadhurst, on Dec. 2, 1962, in Parsons. They were married for more than 50 years before he passed away. She worked at William Newton Memorial Hospital for a short period before working at Cowley County Health Department for more than 26 years, retiring in 2004. Dixie loved taking care of people and was exceptional at everything she did because she did it with so much compassion and dedication. She continued helping people as a volunteer for the William Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Winfield Dialysis Center. Dixie was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was ordained as an elder in 1986 and as a deacon in 2007. Whenever the church had a kitchen-related event, including potluck dinners, funeral dinners, youth suppers, etc., she was there with her apron. In 2016, she was presented with the Presbyterian Women Honorary Lifetime Membership award. She also was a member of the Gardineers club, PEO and a bridge club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and reading. Dixie had the privilege of traveling with her family and loved camping, hiking, skiing and spending time in the mountains. She was a woman of unwavering faith in the Lord and considered her church members her second family. She mostly loved spending time with her family and being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Amy Broadhurst (Scott Gill) of Winfield and Kelly Nichols (John) of Sacramento, California; a son, Jamie Broadhurst of Olathe; grandchildren, Halee Broadhurst, William Nichols, Spenser Nichols, Leah Jones, Matthew Gill and Aaron Gill; great-grandchildren, Teagann Broadhurst, Thomas Jones and Deke Gill; two sisters, Judy Greathouse and Kay Vacca and her husband, Joe; and eight nieces and nephews who meant the world to her and whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; father- and mother-in-law, Guy and Mildred Broadhurst; and a brother-in-law, Ron Greathouse. (Updated April 2018)

1961 – In Memoriam: Ilene Smith Brawner Hall
Ilene Y. Hall (Brawner), 75 of Kansas City, Mo passed away April 15, 2015. She was born in Brewster, KS and later moved to Goodland, KS where she graduated high school in 1957. Ilene was passionate about nursing, education, and leadership and touched many people as she was a school teacher, school nurse, HR Director, and motivational speaker across the United States. Ilene was preceded in death by parents Roy and Ethelyn Smith, brother Delmer, nephew Jeff Zielke and brother-in-law Ted Zielke. She is survived by her husband Kent Hall; children Scott (Jamie) Brawner, Amy (Jay) Felton, her sister Phyllis Zielke, along with Kent's three children Kathy, Shon, and Brian. Ilene also has twelve grandchildren that she dearly loved. (Updated May 2015)

1961 - In Memoriam: Susan Nelson Morris
Susan F. Morris, 76, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, at her home. Susan was born July 26, 1939, and grew up with her older brother Robert in Leawood, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Helen Gibbs Nelson. She was proud to receive her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas and was a working Registered Nurse most of her adult life, continuing after retirement to provide volunteer service at Healthcare Access in Lawrence until her unexpected passing. Susan married the love of her life, Galen Z. Morris, in 1962 and together they made a wonderful life, making a home and raising a family in Salina, Kansas, until Galen's death in August of 1991. After moving to Lawrence in 1993, Susan embraced a new life making great friends, nursing at Brandon Woods in Lawrence and Alterra Sterling House in Topeka, Kansas, doing volunteer work and traveling around the world with friends and family. She is survived by her two best friends, sons Fred N. Morris of Stuyvesant, New York and Jeff D. Morris, of Kansas City, Missouri, and her daughter-in-law Mary and two grandchildren, Gibbs Morris and Evelyn Morris, who filled her heart and made her so proud to be "Granny Sue." She is also survived by many friends who she accepted into the family of her heart. Susan lived a life of action and purpose. She loved her country life near Salina, her dachshunds, working in her yard, the smell and look of a mowed lawn and her daily Jumble. She lived for meaningful times with her many friends, visits to Fred at his farm in New York State, time with her grandchildren, fishing at her family cabin and the adventures of daily life. (Updated October 2015)

1962 - Mary Ann Lewis, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dr. Lewis is a professor with the UCLA School of Nursing with clinical expertise in family health and a special focus on vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, children with asthma and epilepsy, and adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, UCLA's School of Nursing received the UCLA Community Program of the Year Landmark Award for its partnership with community clinics, providing healthcare to underserved communities and creating a learning environment for students. Dr. Lewis has played an integral role in this partnership over the years. Dr. Lewis is also happy to report the creation of The Mary Ann Lewis Endowment in Developmental Disability. This was created in honor of Dr. Lewis' contributions to developmentally disabled adults. Specifically, some of her projects focused on: piloting a disaster preparedness intervention for adults with developmental disabilities; testing effectiveness of telehealth tools to promote health outcomes for youth with sickle cell; prevention of unnecessary hospitalizations for adults with developmental disabilities; developing nursing care guidelines to improve the care of persons with developmental disabilities, and more. Congratulations to Dr. Lewis for all of her many accomplishments and contributions to her community! Read more. (Updated October 2017)

1962 - In Memoriam: Doris Bartz Touchton
Doris Touchton, 77 of Pittsburg, KS died at 4:50pm Oct 11, 2017 at her home following a long illness. She was born September 9, 1940 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of George and Zena (Ziegler) Bartz. On April 20, 1963 she was united in marriage to Elijah E. Touchton in Eudora, KS, he survives her of the home. Doris received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She was a Registered Nurse working at the VA in Wichita, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KI Sawyer AFB in Michigan. Doris helped her husband start Touchton Electric and continued to work there for 40+ years. She was a longtime member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Pittsburg, KS. Additional survivors include a son David (Susan) Touchton of Crestline, KS two daughters: Janet (Scott) Graham of Weir, KS and Joanne (Brad)Wieneke of Quapaw, OK; nine grandchildren: Haley Touchton, Justin Graham, Hope Touchton, Anna Wieneke, Jared Graham, Eli Touchton, Rachel Wieneke, Brooke Wieneke, and Joy Wieneke and a great-granddaughter Blakely Hinman. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother LaVerne Guenther, and a sister Janice Colman. Funeral services will be 10 am, Tuesday October 17, 2017 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Pittsburg with Pastors Bryan Jones, Brad Wieneke and Jordan Hodges officiating.   Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home from 6-8 pm Monday evening. Condolences may be left at Memorials may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church (non-budget Mission Projects). (Updated October 2017)

1963 – Carolyn Budd Rogers
Carolyn finally retired at age 72 from Marlboro County Health Department in South Carolina.  At the time of retirement, she was enjoying being the Post-Partum Newborn Home Visit Nurse. (Updated August 2015)

1963 - Janie Curtis
Janie writes to us that she is now retired and living on Marco Island, Florida. (Updated May 2018) 

1964 - In Memoriam: Aletha Thomas Cushinberry, EdD
Bishop Aletha J. Cushinberry Bishop Aletha J. Cushinberry, 79, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2015 in Topeka, KS. Bishop Cushinberry will lie in state on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 12pm - 6pm at Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. A public service will be held immediately following in the evening at 6pm at Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Bishop Cushinberry will lie in state on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9am - 10am, with a Homegoing Celebration following at 10am, all at Victorious Life Church. (Updated February 2016)

1964 (BSN) 1984 (MN) - Bonnie Webb Cutler
Bonnie writes to us that she is working part time in the best job ever with KU Family Medicine. She has been travelling to and has grandchildren here and on the East coast. Her daughters are both Family Medicine physicians. One graduated from KU Med and did her residency here as well. The other daughter also completed a residency at KU Med. She has no recent awards other than survival! (Updated December 2017)

1964 - In Memoriam: Karen Atkins Epps
Karen Lou Epps, age 72, a resident of rural Fulton, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Martin Heine Atkins and Lou Sample Atkins. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1960. She attended nursing school at the University of Kansas, graduating with her RN degree in 1965. She married Jim Epps on July 9, 1966, in Fort Scott. She worked part time at the Newman Young Clinic while raising their two girls. She also handled office duties for the family business, Epps Seed Company. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and deacon. She was also a treasurer of the Hack Memorial Fund. She served on the board for the Beacon, volunteered for the Red Cross, and was a member of the P.E.O. She loved her faithful dog "Lucky." Her greatest pleasure was watching and supporting all the activities of her grandchildren. She was a loving, faithful wife and cherished mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband Jim of the home; two daughters, Lisa Epps, Kansas City, Mo., and Lori Patterson and husband Sam, Leawood, Kan.; two grandchildren, Isaac and Abigail Patterson; and a brother, Kent Atkins and wife Alison, Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents. (Updated January 2016)

1964 - In Memoriam: Judith Atkins Freeman
On Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017, Judy Freeman died peacefully at home. She was born Judith Louise Atkins in May 1942, to Elizabeth and Robert "Betty and Bob" Atkins in Sioux Falls, S.D. As the second of 12 children, Judy spent much of her childhood and teen years taking care of her youngest siblings, a role she cherished. Friendly and enthusiastic, she loved being a cheerleader at St. Joseph's Cathedral High School with her older sister Roberta. Judy completed Nursing School at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. While there, dating three different Larrys, she fell in love with one: a wonderfully kind and brilliant intern, Dr. Lawrence Freeman, who was fond of learning and teaching, and soon was very fond of Judy. A walk in the snow, Roman Holiday, and a case of ivory soap later, they were married in 1964. A talented seamstress, Judy designed and made matching dresses and hats for all eight of her sisters who were her bridesmaids and flower girls. Larry called Judy his own Mary Poppins. "practically perfect in every way." The newlyweds began their life together in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., where Larry spent his first year as a captain in the U.S. Army. Not long after their first child, Lisa, was born, Larry served with the 101st Airborne doctoring in a MASH unit in Vietnam, while Judy and baby Lisa stayed with her family in Sioux Falls. When Larry returned, they moved to Milwaukee for his surgical residency where John and Julie were born. Next, was a year in Houston, Texas, for Larry's fellowship in oncology. In 1970, they made San Luis Obispo their home. When Julie was about to start kindergarten, Judy decided that she really needed one more baby, so in 1975 their fourth child, Michael, arrived. Judy was very active in local clubs and activities including Junior Matrons, the SLO Medical Auxiliary, Bridge group, Laurel Lane Women's Bowling League, the Newcomers Club, Bunco, tennis and many church activities at Nativity of Our Lady Parish. Judy passionately supported all of her kids' varied interests from dance to 4-H to sports, music, and theater. Read more. (Updated March 2017)

1965 - In Memoriam: Rosie L. Acton, RN, MSN
Rosie L. Acton, R.N. MSN, age 77, of Parkville, MO. and previously of Eugene, OR. passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Rosie L. Acton, was born October 01, 1939 in Belle Plaine Borough, Minnesota. She graduated from Carrollton High School, Carrollton, MO. in 1957. Rosie became a Registered Nurse and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She completed her education at the University of Minnesota graduating with a Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1969. She enjoyed world travel, cross word puzzles, fishing and hunting, automobile racing, skiing, making chocolates, and gardening. She loved the outdoors and was an advocate for Nature Conservancy. She was preceded in death by her father George Acton, mother Anna Koepp, brother Wesley Acton, and sister Dorothy Leffler. She is survived by: Sisters: Lois Daly and Mary Litchfield, Sister in Law: Judy Acton (Wesley), Nieces and Nephews: Jimmy Acton, Tammy Ellis, David Blevins, Todd Wombell, Anita Stock, Brenda Soto, Carla Daly, Stacey Crew, Amanda Pritchett, Trisha Litchfield and 15 Great nieces and nephews. (Updated October 2016)   

1965 - In Memoriam: Caryl Wilen Herman
Caryl Herman, 74, passed away April 27, 2017, at her home in Overland Park, KS. She was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Evanston, IL, to Carl and Marian Wilen. Caryl grew up in Manhattan, KS, where she met her husband of 54 years, Roger Herman. She attended the University of Kansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing later working as a School Nurse in the Shawnee Mission School District for 28 years. She earned a Masters in Education while raising two children, John and Susie. Caryl loved tennis, bridge club, knitting, reading, puzzling and most importantly, the Kansas City Royals and KU Basketball. Caryl is survived by husband, Roger, son, John and Marcelle Herman, daughter, Susan and Kyle Shepard, and sister, Salli Freudenthal. She was a wonderful grandmother to Derek, Carl, and John Riley Herman. In lieu of flowers, please hug your best friend, enjoy a coffee, work in the garden, and read a good book. (Updated May 2017)

1965 (BSN), 1979 (MN) – In Memoriam: Bonnie Peterson, PhD
Bonnie Lou Peterson, PhD passed away on April 8, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Her family was with her when she passed. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM and visitation at 2 PM, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. Bonnie Lou was born in Chillicothe, MO on September 9, 1943 to John Leslie and Lucille A (Hyke) Bashor. Her family moved to Kansas City in 1945 when her father was discharged from the US Navy. Bonnie attended Knott's Elementary School. She graduated from Southeast High School in 1961. She completed her BSN at University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1965. Dr. Peterson began her nursing career as a pediatric nurse at St. Mary's hospital and then at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH), Kansas City, MO. She also taught Maternal Child and Pediatrics at Avila College where she introduced the first student clinical experience to nursing students at CMH. While Bonnie was working at CMH as a Nurse Clinician in the Pediatric Fail to Thrive Clinic, she began working on her MSN at KU School of Nursing, receiving her degree in 1979. In 1980, Dr. Peterson accepted a position as Vice President/Director of Nursing at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Hannibal, MO, a Sisters of St. Mary's Hospital. In 1985, Bonnie accepted a position as Vice President/ Director of Nursing at Children's Mercy Hospital, subsequently promoted to Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services. While at CMH, she was part of the team that planned a new wing of the hospital and the Kaleidoscope theme for the hospital. She was involved the opening of the CMH South clinics in Overland Park that evolved in an inpatient facility; the participation of CMH in the Research Eagle Air Ambulance; in co-operation of St. Luke's Hospital the establishment of an Neonatal ICU at St. Luke's; and many other innovative hospital services. Dr. Peterson served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and Rehab Center in Kansas City, MO; Vice President of Patient Care Services at The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. In 1998, Dr. Peterson accepted the position of Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS. During her tenure at LMH, the hospital started a Wound Healing Center with Hyperbaric treatment; a hospital based Oncology Center; a Woman's Center at LMH South; participated in the design of the new Emergency Department and many other projects at LMH. Bonnie also enjoyed mentoring her fellow employees and encouraging their professional growth. In 2004, Bonnie retired from LMH. She began her pursuit of attaining a PhD degree at the University of Kansas, a long time goal. Bonnie received her PhD in teaching and curriculum with a minor in Nursing from the University of Kansas on May 12, 2012. Dr. Peterson then returned to her first love, teaching nursing students. Bonnie taught Leadership, Ethics and graduate level Clinical Nurse Leadership at Washburn University, Topeka, KS from 2007 until retiring in July 2014. After nine years of friendship, Bonnie married Oscar Peter Peterson, Jr on May 11, 1985, in Hannibal, MO. They were married nearly thirty beautiful years. They enjoyed traveling together and spending time with family and friends. They took a final cruise to the Caribbean in February 2015. Bonnie is survived by her husband, a daughter Marcie Lynn (Steven) Costello, Whidbey Island, WA.; four sons, Matthew L. (Claudia) Ainsworth, Kansas City, MO, Michael R. Ainsworth, Shawnee, KS, Oscar P. (Lisa) Peterson III, Kansas City, MO and Douglas A. (Robbie) Peterson, Phoenix, AZ; nine grandchildren, Lucia, Rain, Hugo Costello, Liam and Will Ainsworth, Joshua Peterson, Stuart and Derrick Fields and James (Erin) Fidler and great grandchildren , Brandon Fields, Xander and Aaralyn Fidler. Dr. Peterson's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the LMH Oncology Center, at the LMH Wound Healing Center, the nursing staff at LMH 3 West and the staff at the KU Cancer Center. The family also wants to thank Dr. Matthew Stein, LMH, and Dr. Gary Doolittle, KU Cancer Center for their superb medical care and their deep caring for Bonnie during her struggles with the disease. (Updated April 2015)

1966 - In Memoriam: Marsha Forcum
Marsha Mary Forcum, 71, died at Kidron Bethel Village in Newton, KS on January 31, 2016. She was born on November 13, 1944 in Eureka, KS, the daughter of Harold and Elinor Forcum. Marsha grew up in Kansas. In her early years the Forcum family lived in a house with no electricity. It was there that her love for nature and the outdoors began. She enjoyed riding horses in her younger years, playing piano, singing, and has always been an avid reader. Marsha felt her biggest achievement was receiving "The Girl Achievement Award," which was a county 4-H award. Marsha considered 4-H her education for life and direction. She was a member of the Harmony Sunflower 4-H Club in Greenwood County. Her club leader, Lois Andrew, was a great mentor to her. Marsha attended Harmony school for half of 1st grade before transferring to Piedmont where she attended 1st grade through her senior year of high school. She extended her education at Emporia State University and went on to Kansas University Medical Center to pursue a Nursing degree. While a nursing student, she attended several conventions with San Francisco and New York City being two of the highlights. Read more(Updated February 2016)

1967 - In Memoriam: Jerry L. Anthony
Jerry Lee Lewis died on January 8, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.Jerry was both retired military and federal service. He was born in Hoffman( Dighton-Bartlett), Oklahoma on October 5, 1937. He was raised by his grandparents Fred and Mary Jane Doremous, who were tenant( sharecropper) farmers. His survivors are his brother Joseph Nicotra and wife Marylin, Dallas Texas; sisters Vicky Brumfield of Raceland, LA.; and April Orsuto of Cherry Hills, NJ.; his cousin Carolyn Faulkner Phipps of Springfield, MO.; Gunther and Kaete Neumann and their children Marcus, Torsten and Merle of Rasteda, Germany; his dogs Mai, Dew Drop and Inn. Wonderful friends, Hans and Hanne-Lore Sunder of Katy, Texas; Heidi Jones, Wilson and Popi Evans, Rick, and Mai Davis, Mary Adcox, Jeanette Gittinger, Opal Drake, all of San Antonio and Chuck Homola of Bulverde. Jerry was a graduate of the University of Kansas City, Kansas University and Ball State University. Jerry always enjoyed table games, dancing, riding, water skiing and roller skating. In later life he learned to play bridge which was a life changing thing due to the fun and wounderful people he met. Several of Jerry's favorite sayings were " I did not plan on being the last old soldier left standing" and "Every time I look outside the door the herd gets smaller and smaller" and lastly "I did not want to be an unclaimed treasure." This was a brief verbal portrait of Jerry, a kind but private fellow. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The Funeral Service will be Monday, February 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Chapel Hill Funeral Home. (Updated March 2018)

1967 - Judy Butts Davis
Since retiring, Judy has indulged her passion for long distance backing. She has hiked over 1,900 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  In 2014, she hiked 1,000 miles on various trails. (Updated September 2014)

1967 - Carla A. Bouska Lee, PhD
Dr. Lee continues to serve on the American Nurses' Association's Committee on Nursing Standards, a 4 year term 10 to 14. Prior to this she was elected to the Congress on Nursing and Economics, 10-14 term. She is the president emeritus of District 6, KS State Nurses Association and will be the upcoming president protem for the local Chapter of the Southeast Regional Nurses Association. (Updated March 2016)

1967 - Sue Stauffer Swender
Because of her husband's Alzheimer Disease and her sister's battle with breast cancer, Sue retired on February 29, 2016 from her position at Child Start in Wichita. She had worked with Head Start and Early Head Start for over 39 years (Updated January 2017)

1967 – In Memoriam: Dorothy Ball Williams
Dorothy B. Williams age 91 of Bushnell, IL passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday April 14, 2015 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. Dorothy was born on August 17, 1923 in Bushnell, IL to George M. and Helen Leonard Ball. She married Lowell E. Williams in Bushnell, IL on July 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 24, 1999. She is survived by 1 Son and 1 Daughter Lane E. Williams of Lawrence KS, and Laurie G. Connelly of San Diego, CA, 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her Parents. Dorothy attended Cottey College, Western Illinois University and she graduated from the University of Iowa with a diploma from the Nursing program in 1947. She later received her BSN Degree from the University of Kansas in 1967. Dorothy was a Member of Chapter X P.E.O. in Bushnell, IL and was an active member in the Bushnell Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted Mom and a caring person to others in the community. (Updated May 2015)

1968 - Sharon Hutchison
Sharon has been retired for 10 years and keeps busy with philanthropic projects through her church and Johnson County Young Matrons. (Updated January 2015)

1968 (BSN) 1996 (MS) - In Memoriam: Jennifer Holmes Kieltyka
Born March 10, 1946 passed away May 26, 2017. Diagnosed with Colon Cancer Stage 4 in September 2015, Jennifer underwent surgery and chemotherapy. In March 2017, Jennifer started hospice care. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at The Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Jennifer was born at St. Luke's hospital in Kansas City, MO, where her father was an Internal Medicine Resident and her mother was a St. Luke's graduate nurse. Her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Edgar William Johnson Jr. (Amelia Josephine Holmes) were Charter Members of Village Church and built their first home in Prairie Village, KS, in the middle of the wheat fields. As a child Jennifer attended church with her family and continued as an adult taking her children and grandchildren to Village. Included in her Village participation were teaching Two Year Olds, being a Shepherd Deacon, a member of Presbyterian Women Circle ONE, and a member of Presbyterian Women. She was honored with a Lifetime Membership to Presbyterian Women, a much cherished award. In 1967 Jennifer married Joseph J. Kieltyka Jr. and although they divorced 10 years later, they maintained a friendship for their amazing daughters. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Nursing Class of 1968, Jennifer's nursing career extended for almost 49 years. Although varied and having worked in several hospitals, her career included critical care nursing for 22 years as well as being a member of the KUMC Movement Disorder Surgery team pioneering Deep Brain Stimulation. In 2005, after earning a Master's of Science (Nursing), she completed her Adult Nurse Practitioner certificate and finished out her nursing career as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at a clinic for the uninsured and also as a nurse practitioner for maximum security male prisoners - an amazing opportunity. Jennifer is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Edgar William Johnson III (BJ), and Stella Sophia Kieltyka Powell. Surviving beautiful daughters, Stephanie Sophia Kieltyka Mohr (Jason and children Hailey, Joseph, Michael), Jennifer Anne Kieltyka (Chris Powell and child Katrina Claire Kieltyka Powell), Lara Katrina Kieltyka Riker (Chris Darrow and children Jimmy and Chelsea), Amelia Jo Kieltyka Ferguson (Todd and children Jack and Sawyer). Surviving siblings, Phoebe Johnson Grindal ("Doc" Grindal) of Topeka, Kansas, and James Sydney Johnson III (Patti) of Overland Park, KS, and BJ's wife Patty Johnson of Lenexa, KS. At the time of her cancer diagnosis, Jennifer described the help from her family and friends as a Swooping Up of care and love which continued throughout her illness. Thank you to everyone!  (Updated May 2017)

1969 - In Memoriam: Paula Waxse Goering, PhD
Paula (Waxse) Goering was born in Oswego, Kansas, on March 6, 1947, to Mary and I.J. Waxse. She grew up in Oswego with her brothers David and Jody and her sister Sylvia. She attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (summa cum laude) in 1969. Paula then spent two years in New Haven, Connecticut, earning a Masters of Science degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. In 1971 she moved with her husband to Toronto, Canada and took up the position of Assistant Director of Nursing, Projects and Research, at Queen Street Mental Health Centre, a position that she held from 1971 to 1976. In 1980, she took a position as Senior Mental Health Consultant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (later CAMH) and began work toward a PhD degree in the Institute of Medical Science of the University of Toronto which was awarded in 1985. The PhD led to a continuing Professorship in the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry and to a number of Research and Consulting positions in Community Psychiatry at the Clarke Institute/CAMH. All of this training culminated in the recently completed five-year, five-city, multimillion dollar study of the homeless mentally ill in Canada. The study, known as "At Home/Chez Soi," demonstrated the importance of putting "Housing First" in any successful strategy of treating the homeless mentally ill. Paula died of cancer on May 24, 2016, at Princess Margaret Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Joe Goering, by their two children, Seth Goering and Johanna (Ben) Jones and by her grandson, Charles Joseph Jones. She was the best friend and the best colleague that many of us have ever known. For her husband and her children, Paula will always be "the cat's pyjamas."  (Updated June 2016)


1970 - In Memoriam: Arlene Nurre Alfino-Minnis
Arlene Alfino-Minnis, 88, of Overland Park, KS, passed away January 2, 2017 following a brief illness. Arlene was born on September 1, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa to Albert and Ida Nurre. She attended The Visitation Academy and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. Arlene went to nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she met Frank R. Alfino and they were married in May of 1950. They raised five children while living in Milwaukee for five years, New Jersey for five years, and Illinois for six years. Frank R. Alfino passed away in August of 1965. Arlene moved to Overland Park, KS, in 1968 to be close to her sister and brother-in- law, Glen and Mary Alice Wells, and resided there until her passing. She earned her master's degree and worked as a Registered Nurse, primarily in the school setting. Arlene retired from the Shawnee Mission School District. She led a very active lifestyle and enjoyed playing her accordion, tennis, cards, in addition to walking her beloved dog, Maxie. Arlene was also involved in the Monday Morning Bowling League, Sunshine Club of Holy Cross, and Johnson County Unos. She served her parish as a Eucharist minister. She was very generous, loved to travel, and spend time with her family. Arlene was married to Don Minnis, of Overland Park, KS, in 1983 and preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ellen Alfino, her brother-in-law, Glen Wells, and her son-in- law, John Lillig. Arlene is survived by her sister, Mary Alice Wells, of Overland Park, KS, sister-in-law, Marion Fricano, of Germantown, WI, and four children: Vicki Lillig of Basehor, KS; Tony Alfino of San Diego, CA; Diane Alfino of Arlington, TX, and Frank Alfino of Overland Park, KS. She also leaves behind five grandchildren: Christy, Carrie, Shawn, Aidan, and Molly; as well as six great-grandchildren: Madison, Devon, Clayce, Carson, Cora, and Sylvia. The family would like to thank the caring and dedicated ICU and respiratory staff at SMMC. (Updated February 2017)

1971 - In Memoriam: Betty Umbehocker Amdall
Betty Marie Amdall passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015, eighteen days before her 90th birthday. Betty was born May 3, 1925 in Princeton, MN, to the late parents; Charles and Ina Marie (Hill) Umbehocker. Betty grew up in Princeton, MN and married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Amdall, on July 27, 1946. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed 68 years together, traveled the world and lived in over 30 locations including: Caracas, Venezuela; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and since 1977, Naperville, Illinois. Betty is survived by her husband and two children, John (Sharon) Amdall and Eileen (Asimios) Malliakos. Betty is also survived by her two grandchildren, Elizabeth Malliakos and Christina Malliakos. Preceding her in death are her parents and one brother, Gordon Umbehocker. Betty attended St. Olaf University in Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas – Kansas City in 1971. In 1978 Betty received a Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Betty completed most of her PhD in Nursing Education at Rush University in Chicago.  Betty started her career teaching home economics at the Clear Lakes, WI high school. After raising her family, she continued her education and taught nursing in Kansas City and Chicago. Betty was always ready to travel and to meet new people. Betty and Kenneth enjoyed an annual fishing trip to Minnesota, played bridge several time each month, and participated in square dancing for over 20 years. Betty always said that she, “enjoyed every minute of life” and that “she would do it all over again.” After retiring in 1988, Betty and Kenneth explored the option of relocating, but decided that Naperville offered the best opportunities. In addition to travel, fishing, bridge and square dancing, after retiring, Betty volunteered with several organizations including Naper Settlement Museum, AARP and the US Post Office. (Updated May 2015)

1971 - In Memoriam: Evelyn Driscoll Dallman
Evelyn passed away March 23, 2016 at the University of Washington Medical Center. She was born November 11, 1926 to Frank and Lena Driscoll in Langley. Evelyn was raised on the family farm at Mutiny Bay on Whidbey Island, Washington. She attended Mutiny Bay School before Langley High School, and graduated early in 1944 to attend Nurses Training at Columbus Hospital in Seattle. During her training, she met her husband, Howard Dallman, while he was stationed in the Northwest following his tour as a pilot in the 8th Army Air Corps. They were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 13, 1947. Evelyn worked as a nurse in Milwaukee, before she and her husband started their family. They moved to Prairie Village, Kansas in 1954 where they raised their three children - Roger, Doug and Nancy. Sometime in the late 60's, that passion awakened in her heart to become a nurse again, and enrolled in the University of Kansas medical center to earn her BSN in 1971. Read more(Updated April 2016)

1971 - In Memoriam: Marilyn Brown Dudley
Marilyn Dudley Marilyn Dudley of Topeka, Kansas died May 7, 2017. She was born to the late Wendell and Lorene Brown of Wilmore, KS on September 7, 1949. Marilyn graduated from Coldwater High School in Comanche County, Kansas in 1967 and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1971. She loved being a nurse for forty-four years. Marilyn is survived by her husband Jerry and two children, Shannon Dudley and wife Shelly of Topeka and their daughters Harper Lorene and Maya Lynn, and Lindsay Dudley Rubio and husband Xavier of Quito, Ecuador. She is also survived by a sister Judith Bowman of Topeka. (Updated May 2017). 

1971 - In Memoriam: Myra L. McLeod
McLeod, Myra Lynn 69, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on March 20, 2016. A private family graveside will be held per Myra's request. Myra was born March 16, 1947 in Marysville, KS. She graduated from Marysville High School and Kansas State University where she received her degree in nursing. Myra had a passion for painting and everything cultural. She was a loving and compassionate lady who cared for so many and gave so much. She will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank the staff of Fountainview Nursing Center for their exceptional and compassionate care. Myra was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Elizabeth McLeod and sisters and brother-in-law, Leah McLeod and Myrna and Richard Long. She is survived by her sister, Mary Green of Azle, TX, nieces, Mary Shannon of Wichita and Betsy (Matt) Long-O'Brien of Denver, CO; nephews, Craig (Brenda) Green of Aurora, TX and Nicholas (Delana) Long of Wichita; a host of great nieces and nephews; and best friend, Judy Nash of Wichita. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Fountainview Nursing Center. Share condolences at Services by Broadway Mortuary. (Updated April 2016)

1972 - In Memoriam: Miki R. Christophersen
Miki passed away unexpectedly at her home in Leawood, Kan., on March 20, 2015, after a brief illness. Miki was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Oak Park, Ill., and spent most of her childhood in Bartlesville, Okla., with siblings, Wallace Allen and Jay Lynn. She married Edward R. Christophersen on Dec. 30, 1971. She graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Miki was an accomplished equestrian, specializing in Dressage. She served on the board of the United States Dressage Federation for more than two decades. She was active in the Kansas City community. She served as the Chairperson for the 2012 Symphony Ball, a Sustainer of the Kansas City Junior League, a member of the Mounted Patrol, and a member of the Lyric Circle, amongst other community organizations for more than 30y years. She was also instrumental in the development of the original Ronald McDonald House. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland Charles (GC) and Margaret (Peg) Richardson. Miki is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward R. Christophersen, son, Hunter, daughter, Catherine Hanna, son-in-law, Mark Hanna, and grandchildren, Abigail Dianne and Alexander Mark Hanna, her two brothers, and countless friends. Miki's impact on the community will be a legacy for years to come, and her absence will be a loss felt deeply by all who knew and loved her. Her love of horses is seen throughout her home, with every pillow and picture. But nothing surpasses the love she had for her husband, Ed, for over 43 years, and the joy and pride she felt for her children and grandchildren. (Updated March 2015)

1972 - In Memoriam: Sarah L. Gilman
Sarah Lee Gilman, 67, Keller, TX passed from this life on July 19, 2017 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX. Sarah was born on January 9, 1950 in Topeka, KS, daughter of John "Jack" and Marjorie Gilman. Sarah graduated from Topeka West High School in 1968. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Kansas in 1972. She continued her education to become a nurse anesthetist at KU. Sarah worked as a nurse anesthetist in Ft. Worth, TX and Denver, CO. Sarah had a love of horses her whole life. Survivors include her boyfriend Tim Garcia of Keller, TX, her three children, Anne Williams of Scottsdale, AZ, Ryan (Amanda) Aldis of Fairway, KS, Reid Zimmerman of Lawrence, KS, her four grandchildren Brooke Williams of Scottsdale, AZ, Nora, Asher and Corbin Aldis of Fairway, KS, her two sisters Cindy (Rick) Holman, Russellville, AR, Jane Tinsley, Haltom City, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Jack Gilman and Marjorie Gaddis. (Updated August 2017)

1972 - In Memoriam: Connie Henderson-Damon
Connie Henderson-Damon, age 69, of Oak Park, IL, passed away March 22, 2018. Born in Wichita, Kansas, on January 28, 1949, Connie graduated from Wichita East High School and attended Wichita State University. She transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Connie served as a nurse in the Army Reserve's 410th Evacuation Hospital out of Topeka, Kansas, with the rank of captain. After working as a nurse, Connie returned to school and earned an MBA from the University of Kansas. She moved to the Chicago area in 1981 where she remained until her death. She was the beloved wife of Christopher; loving mother of Laura. Six aunts and uncles survive her along with 24 cousins and their families & her nephew, Joe Henderson, and his family. In-laws, John & Betsy Damon, Patricia Damon, niece, Beth Damon, IL and her family, Connie was preceded in death by her parents William O. Henderson and Lenora Bair Henderson. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, Kansas. A visitation will be held at Miles Funeral Service Wednesday from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Online condolences may be made at A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 pm at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, on Saturday, April 7. Memorial gifts may be made to First United Church of Oak Park 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301; and the Historical Society of Oak Park River Forest, 129 Lake Street, IL 60302. (Updated April 2018)   

1973 - In Memoriam: Janice Rahmeier Tucker
Janice (Rahmeier) Tucker, 66, also of Denver, passed away Jan. 13, 2018. She was born Feb. 13, 1951, in Lincoln. She earned her master's degree in nursing. Survivors: husband, Glenn Tucker of Denver; brother, Kent Rahmeier of Sylvan Grove; and nieces, Erica and Kylie Rahmeier of Sylvan Grove. Preceded in death by: parents; and brother, Arlin (1992). Visitation: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Rodrick and Minear Chapel, Sylvan Grove. Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, Sylvan Grove. Memorials to: Lincoln County 4-H Clubs, or University of Kansas School of Nursing, in care of the funeral home. (Updated January 2018) 

1974 - In Memoriam: Doris F. Carso
Doris was born on June 1, 1939 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Doris was a resident of Joplin, Missouri at the time of her passing. Doris graduated from Joplin High School in 1957 followed by St. Johns School of Nursing in 1961. She later earned her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas. She was married to Richard. (Updated February 2017)

1975 - In Memoriam: Judy Cook-Bowsky
Judy Cook-Bowsky passed into eternal life on June 7, 2016, with her two children by her side and soothing hymns playing in the background. She was born on March 2, 1952, in Sandusky, MI, and was raised in Great Bend, Kan. After attending Graceland and KU, she worked as a nurse in the KC metro area for 40-plus years. Memorial service at her church on June 25, 2016. Gathering will begin at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. service and potluck following. (Updated June 2016)

1976 - In Memoriam: Barbara Ellen Berger, RN, PhD
Dr. Barbara Ellen Berger, age 64, of Oak Park. Barbara is survived by her mother Margaret H. Berger; her siblings Elisabeth (Harry Munson) Berger, William (Martha) Berger, and James (Diana) Berger; and 8 devoted nieces and nephews. Barbara was a Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC College of Nursing for more than 20 years.  (Updated May 2017). 

1978 - Thomas D. Campbell, Jr.
Tom is residing in Portland, Oregon, and working for Kaiser Permanente as an Operating Room RN, anticipating retirement the end of February, 2015. We wish him well in his retirement! (Updated January 2015)

1978 - In Memoriam: Lana Bazin McClellan
Lana Marie McClellan was born December 20, 1952 in Kansas City and went to be with the Lord March 28, 2018. She went to nursing school at Kansas University and practiced nursing for 25 years. She was loved by all. She is survived by her brothers, George Bazin and Robert Bazin; also by her sons, Miles McClellan and Mark McClellan. She has 4 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today, April 27, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. (Updated April 2018)

1979 - In Memoriam: Kathleen M. Beer
Kathleen Margaret Beer, 64, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 in Lawrence, KS. (Updated December 2015)

1979 - In Memoriam: Sharon Marie Monaghan
Raised in Dodge City, KS and an alumna of University of Kansas, Sharon Monaghan came to Seattle in 1981, which quickly became home. Graduating from the University of Washington in 1982 with her Masters in Nursing, Sharon worked in the Harborview Burn Center ICU before opening the hospital's Neurosurgery ICU in 1984 as the department's Nurse Manager. For several decades she continued her career as a healthcare executive in roles with NW Emergency Physicians, Virginia Mason and Children's Hospital, while building a reputation for exceptional leadership, mentorship and devotion to her staff. In 1982, Sharon met and fell in love with Cathie Cannon, whom she would marry in 1987 on the backside of the Taj Mahal. Together they travelled the world, built a village of friends and family, and raised their daughter, Mackenzie Monaghan Cannon. She was a lifelong adventurer and always up for one last sled ride, challenge or dare if you suggested it. Whip smart with a wicked sense of humor, Sharon was unflinchingly loyal and protective of those lucky enough to be in her tribe. When she welcomed her daughter, she adapted her signature dry wit for a playfulness that earned her the role of Mackenzie's favorite playmate and instigator of mischief. A devoted wife and mother, Sharon was also a favorite aunt and source of endless laughter and love for children of all ages. Alzheimer's Disease crept into Sharon's life just before her fiftieth birthday, corroding the brain of this fiercely intelligent, independent woman. Sharon tried in every way possible to hold on to those she loved and they to her. Over the years, Cathie, Mackenzie, family, and friends have surrounded her with the love and devotion she showed them throughout her life. On August 24th, after a vigil that included a scotch toast, tales of a wild youth, and an open window, Sharon's spirit was finally set free. She believed she would return to us; we will watch for her. Sharon is survived by her wife Cathie, daughter Mackenzie, brothers Shawn, Kevin, Patrick, Stacey, Tom, sister Sheila (Seattle), a band of in-laws, a plethora of loving nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends. She joins her parents, Chuck and Madge, as well as her aunts in the next life. A celebration of Sharon's life will be held on October 14th at the Center for Urban Horticulture. For details please see the Barton Family Obituary details. Donations can be made in her name to Planned Parenthood, Greater Seattle Alzheimer's, or YMCA Camp Orkila. We would like to thank the staff, who also became friends, at Evergreen South Adult Family Home for their devotion and loving care. We would also like to acknowledge the circle of friends and family who surrounded Sharon and the family for the last ten years. (Updated September 2017)


1980 - In Memoriam: Virginia Riehl Bender
Virginia (Ginny) Mae Riehl Bender, beloved wife, mother, sister and aunt, grand and great-grandmother, and friend too many, died Jun. 20, 2017, at her home in Greenwood surrounded by her family, as she wished. Born Dec. 21, 1928, at Spring Garden, Pa. to Ada (Stolzfus) Riehl and Isaac Riehl, Ginny was married for 65 joy and love-filled years to Paul Lester Bender of Greenwood. Of her many accomplishments, Ginny's greatest source of joy was her family. She is survived by her husband, Paul Lester Bender of Greenwood; her son, Paul Bender and wife Doreen (Alderfer) Bender of Slaughter Beach; daughter, Ann Bender Moyer and husband, Bradley Moyer of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Jean Bender Bontrager of Bridgewater, Vt.; daughter, Joan Bender of Richmond Va.; grandchildren, Kaili Moyer (and Cole) of Oakland, Calif., Isaac Moyer (and Chelsea) of Santa Rosa, Calif., Molly Moyer (and Ariel Howard) of Oakland, Calif., Jessica Bender of Sacramento, Calif., Leigh Bender of Milton, Bailey Bontrager of Warrenton, Va., Andrew Bontrager of Montpelier, Vt.; and great-grandchildren, Otto Helmar and Roscoe Bender of Sacramento, Calif. Soon after her marriage, Ginny was credentialed as an elementary education teacher, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She taught kindergarten and first grade and particularly loved teaching children to read. At the age of 50, she returned to school to satisfy a lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1980 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She was a psychiatric and hospice nurse before she returned to her first love-teaching. In later years her greatest joys were spending time with her family, her garden, knitting, and travels across the United States and to Baja, California with husband Paul and their adored puppy, Chico. Ginny had many avid interests throughout her life, among them gardening, cooking, sewing, handicrafts, entertaining and home making. She cared deeply about the natural world and those in pain and without an advocate. She and her husband found their spiritual home and were members of Camden Friends Meeting in Camden for many years. They are supported by friends too numerous to mention. She will be missed so much by so many! (Updated July 2017)

1981 - Jean L. Giddens, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing Dean Jean Giddens, Ph.D., will receive one of the National League for Nursing's highest honors on Sept. 16. Giddens, who was selected from a competitive field of nominees, will receive the NLN Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education during the NLN Education Summit in San Diego. Named after a noted educator, administrator and author considered the world's first professor of nursing, the award is presented to an NLN member who leads through scholarly activities, contributes as a leader in nursing education, encourages creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds, mentors and serves as a role model for junior faculty, and publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge. In addition to receiving the Mary Adelaide Nutting Award, Giddens will be inducted as a Fellow of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, also considered an outstanding recognition of excellence in nursing education.  "I am truly honored to be recognized for this award and humbled to be in the company of such distinguished past recipients," Giddens said. "This award really represents the collective efforts of nurse educators across the country who make a difference. " A nationally recognized expert in nursing education, curricula and evaluation, Giddens joined VCU School of Nursing in July 2013. She previously held various leadership roles at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Known for significantly influencing nursing education nationally and for developing innovative teaching and learning strategies, Giddens has been actively engaged with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action through her involvement with academic progression in nursing on the national level as well as with state action coalitions in New Mexico and Virginia. Launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Association of Retired Persons and the AARP Foundation as a response to the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is designed to improve America's health through nursing. Giddens is the author of multiple journal articles, nursing textbooks, and electronic media and serves as an education consultant to nursing programs throughout the country. Giddens is also an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in nursing from University of Texas, El Paso, and a doctorate in nursing from Colorado State University. (Updated September 2017)   

1981 (MN) - Janet Houser, PhD, MN'81
Janet Houser, PhD, MN'81, was named Provost at Regis University in Colorado. She will oversee five colleges serving over 11,000 students. Dr. Houser joined the Regis Health Service Administration faculty in 2000 and advanced through several leadership roles before being named provost. Congratulations, Janet!  (Updated February 2016)

1981 (MN), 1988 (PhD) - Sharon Minton Kirkpatrick, PhD
Dr. Kirkpatrick is President and Co-Founder of HealthEd Connect, a not-for-profit organization. She co-founded HeathEd Connect in 2006 and it is active in four countries:  Zambia, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal.  They train and support volunteer health workers in these countries who provide invaluable services within their communities.  In 2017, these women monitored over 20,000 babies in Malawi, provided safe deliveries for more than 2,500 moms in DR Congo, supported 1,300+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia, and provided emergency services during the floods in Nepal.  Details are available at (Updated April 2018)

1981 - Michelle Hull Knowles, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Michelle writes to us that she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) last summer during the 2017 National AANP Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Congratulations, Michelle! (Updated May 2018)

1981 - In Memoriam: Norma Fenley Kuhn
Norma L. Kuhn, Overland Park, Kan., passed June 25, 2015, at the age of 88. Her husband, Cleo and her son, Karl preceded her in death. Norma is survived by sister, Bonnie Churchwell (Jim) and brother, Howard Fenley (Peggy), plus many nieces, nephews and friends. She lived most of her life in Kansas City. Norma was a registered nurse serving in hospitals, clinics and home health care. She graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing and received a BSN degree from the University of Kansas. After retiring, she continued to serve others as a Kansas City Hospice volunteer. Cleo, Norma and Karl loved to travel and enjoyed many trips together. Norma was an avid reader and enjoyed the Arts. (Updated August 2015)

1981 – Kathy (Schaefer) Lubetich
Kathy’s oldest daughter, Kelsey, 25, obtained a physics degree from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  She will complete an associate’s degree in baking and patisserie from The Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA in August 2015.  Kathy’s youngest daughter, Shannon, 21, double majored in computer science at Pomona College in Claremont, CA in May 2015.  She has accepted a position at Google in Mountain View, CA.  Kathy has been married to John since 1984.  John graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1987.  Since 1991, Kathy has spent her time volunteering with many organizations as well as supportive volunteer roles with her children.  Volunteer opportunities include Medical Society, Hospital Foundation, Hospital volunteer, PTSA, Destination Imagination, Girl Scouts, soccer and support in classrooms.  Kathy’s hobbies include exercise, snow skiing, reading, travel, visiting Disney parks often, music and volunteering. (Updated June 2015)

1981 - In Memoriam: Sheryl Flick Sloan
Sheryl Lynn Sloan, 58, Overland Park, KS, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Sheryl was born July 7, 1958, in Kansas City, KS. Sheryl was a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a bachelor degree in nursing. She had worked at Research and Menorah Medical Centers, and for the last 10 years as a clinical research analyst. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Flick and a brother, Jerry Flick. Sheryl is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bill, a son and his wife, Jeffrey and Kristi, daughter, Jennifer, granddaughter, Kendall, her mother, Joann Flick and a brother, David Flick. (Updated February 2017)

1981 – Debbie A. Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN
Debbie Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN, has been awarded tenure at the University of North Carolina. She is faculty in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School of Nursing.  Debbie and colleagues were recently awarded a grant from UNC Healthcare to study emergency department (ED) triage with the goal of reducing ED patient wait times. (Updated May 2015)

1982 (MSN) - Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN
Ann Suellentrop, RN, MSN '82 has been Project Director for the Kansas City chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility since 2008.  PSR-KC recently hosted an exhibition at UMKC marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Included in the exhibit were several films, speakers and photographs regarding current nuclear issues.  Suellentrop also represents PSR-KC in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a nationwide network of organizations of people living near nuclear weapons production and waste sites.  PSR-KC will host the annual fall meeting of ANA Nov. 5-7, 2015, in Liberty, Mo.  A panel discussion open to the public Thursday, Nov. 5, will focus on cleanup of the Bannister Federal Complex, a recently closed nuclear weapons parts factory in Kansas City and on the WestLake Landfill fire near radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project in St. Louis. (Updated November 2015)

1983 - In Memoriam: Cheryl Acock
Cheryl Ann Acock, 61, of Eudora, died on July 27, 2016, after a decades-long courageous battle with illness. Born on Nov. 15, 1954, the youngest child of James "Bud" and Anna Acock of Bonner Springs, Kan., she was the baby of the family had an idyllic childhood in the small tight-knit community. With cousins who lived around the corner, there was no shortage of fun. This also provided a built-in best friend. From school dances to other adventures, her cousin Paula Dickensheets Zarrillo was a constant companion. Cheryl's mother and father were doting parents, who were highly active and respected in Bonner Springs, as well as within their church community (Community of Christ). Read more. (Updated August 2016)  

1983 - Victoria Allen Crabb
Vicki started work on her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Iowa (School of Public Health) in August 2016. (Updated January 2017)

1984 - In Memoriam: Diane January Ashley
Diane K. Ashley, 55 Olathe, KS. Passed away April 04, 2016. Visitation: Friday April 08, 2016 6 to 8 PM. Rosary 6:00PM Prince of Peace Catholic Church Olathe, KS. Mass: Saturday April 09, 2016 10:00 AM at the church. Survived by Darryl K. Ashley of the home and their four children. (Updated April 2016) 

1984 – In Memoriam: Carol J. Politsch, RN, MSN, APRN
Carol J. Politsch, 53, Kansas City, MO, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Updated May 2015)

1985 (BSN) 1998 (MS) - Tina M. Cassella
Tina writes that she married Doug Cassella and has four step-children: Travis, Camille, Max, and Jack. Her stepson Jack lives with them and graduated high school in 2017. Tina's son Cody Theis graduated from K-State in 2016. (Updated March 2017)

1985 - In Memoriam: Doris J. Elliott-Watson, EdD
Doris Jean Elliott-Watson, 85, passed away peacefully on January the 30th in Bonner Springs, Kansas, her home of many years. As a young adult, Doris was active in politics and a member of the League of Women Voters. She assisted McDill "Huck" Boyd in his campaign for Governor of Kansas and served as Richard Nixon's head cheerleader in Kansas City during his first campaign for President. Doris had a lifelong commitment to education. She had a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Human Relations. She taught kindergarten and fourth grade for many years, as well as teaching gifted, behaviorally disturbed, and learning disabled children. She specialized in mainstreaming children in the regular classroom who would otherwise have had to attend special education classes. For her Ph.D. in Special Education she completed a dissertation on the teaching of psychotic children in a hospital classroom setting. After she retired from teaching, she continued to spend many hours teaching children with reading problems. At the age of 50, Doris earned her B.S.N., worked as a Med-Surg nurse, and used her nursing skills to assist ailing family members. She became a Gerontological Nurse Specialist, and obtained training in Therapeutic Touch, a meditative approach to healing. In her 60's, Doris was an active Volkswalker and walked a marathon along the Katy Trail. She rode her bicycle six years in a row at the Sunflower State Games in Lawrence, Kansas and was named Kansas Female Athlete of the year in 1997. Doris bicycled across the United States in 1998 and wrote The Thrifty Biker: Crossing America on a Three Speed: A Seventy Day, 3,750 Mile, $1000 Adventure about her trip. A gifted musician, Doris played piano in several local churches in high school. During her retirement, she earned an Associate's degree in musical performance studying voice and piano. Doris loved to garden and became a Master Gardener, demonstrating her love for Kansas wildflowers and fulfilling her desire to create a yard that attracted birds and butterflies. Her Osage Indian Elders gave her the Indian name, Terma wi ceci, which means "winter bird." Doris was a member of Eastern Star and was an active member of several local churches. She spoke fondly of her church friends and the spiritual leadership she found in them. Doris was the daughter of Luther Hammer Kriegh and Grace Louise Durfee Kriegh. She was adopted by Dr. Alva Orr Elliott and Mary Amelia Boyns Elliott of Bonner Springs. Doris is survived by her daughter, Marsha Smitherman, her son, Woody Watson, her daughter-in-law, Bethany Watson, and her brother, Joe Teeters. (Updated March 2018)

1985 - Ann Kuglin Jones
Ann is currently a PhD student at University of Utah.

1985 - Barbara L. Leonard
Barbara writes to us that she is working as a Charge Audit Nurse Specialist at Saint Luke's Health System. She is home-based and loving it! (Updated May 2018)

1986 (MN) – In Memoriam: Diana Reiser
Diana J. Reiser, 71, of Kansas City, MO, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Hospice House on July 5, 2015. Diana was born Diana Whitney on October 28, 1943, in Joplin, MO. She was the youngest child of Wayne and Lucille Whitney, and little sister to Richard Whitney. She grew up in Lincoln, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 1965. She moved to Kansas City, MO after graduation where she met and married Frank B. Reiser on August 16, 1969. She completed her Master's in Education at UMKC in 1972, shortly after welcoming her daughter, Joan E. Reiser, into the world.Her son, Gregory C. Reiser, followed in 1975. The family were long-time members of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where the children attended school, and Diana was often found donating her time and talents. In 1986, Diana completed a Master's in Nursing at the University of Kansas, School of Nursing. She worked at Research Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and taught nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She devoted much time to the families and new babies at St. Luke's Hospital for more than 20 years. She retired in 2008 after previously serving for many years as the Director of Inpatient Perinatal Services. Over the years, Diana served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Societies. In 2002, Diana was appointed a charter member of a new multidisciplinary advisory council by the Vermont Oxford Network, an international database for neonatal care. Diana was one of only 13 neonatology experts internationally who comprised the new council. She was nominated for the position by Katherine Chaflin, M.D., a neonatologist at St. Luke's hospital. She assumed her favorite role in 2005 when she became a grandmother to Ella, daughter of Greg and Annemarie Reiser. More blessings followed with grandchildren Jack in 2007, Graham in 2009, and Audrey in 2011. Diana was well known for her beautiful needle-pointing, especially the Christmas stockings that she made for family and close friends. She loved to cook and enjoyed listening to Motown while driving around with the top down on her purple convertible. Diana also enjoyed nature watching with her husband, Frank, on family range-land in Northern NE. An area named Diana's Falls, in her honor, was a particularly favorite spot. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; Wayne and Lucille Whitney. Surviving to cherish her memory are her devoted husband, Frank; daughter, Joanie Reiser; son, Greg (Annemarie) Reiser; her brother, Richard (Elizabeth) Whitney; four delightful grandchildren, Ella, Jack, Graham and Audrey; and her nieces. Also Julie Fugate, who started as a college roommate, but became a beloved sister over the years. Her smile, sense of humor, love of chocolate, and big heart will be missed by all who knew her. Her family could not conclude this celebration of life without thanking the many caregivers who have cared for Diana during her long illness: The staffs of Brookside Adult Day Health Care, St. Luke's Hospital, Life Care Center of Grandview and St. Luke's Hospice House. (Updated July 2015)

1987 - In Memoriam: Cheryl A. Bastion
Cheryl Bastion, 55, of Harrisonville, MO, died February 17, 2016. Visitation is at 11am, services at 12pm on Tuesday, February 23 at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland, MO. (Updated March 2016)

1988 (BSN) 1990 (MS) - Kathy K. Cunningham
Kathy writes to us that she and her husband Jerry had moved to Olathe, KS in 2016 for family reasons. They took 6 months to remodel a beautiful colonial home. However after living in AZ prior to that move, they decided they wanted to go back. They moved back to Sun City, AZ (yes they did and so much to do) in August of 2017.  They will stay here!  The two moves were killers.  So if anyone is near Phoenix or West of it, Kathy says "give us a call!" (Updated January 2018)

1988 - In Memoriam: Elizabeth J. Dillon
Elizabeth J. Dillon RN, BSN, MS, 84, Prairie Village, KS, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital. Elizabeth was born June 17, 1932 in Cleveland, OH and had lived most of her life in the Kansas City area. She was a graduate of University of Kansas with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Nursing. Elizabeth was the oldest current working professor in the Nursing Department at Johnson County Community College. She was a member of Village Presbyterian Church and served with the parish nurses. She was also an accomplished organist and pianist and a far better nurse practitioner than a cook. Elizabeth was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda Jean Dillon and Gail Ann Dillon. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Albert Dillon, two children and their spouses, John R Dillon (Sherry, favorite daughter in law) and Debbi Dillon Yeoman (Paul, favorite son in law), 3 grandchildren, Ashley Bullard, Kelsea Dillon and self- proclaimed favorite, Hannah Yeoman. (Updated February 2017)

1989 - Janice L. Gales
Janice writes to us that after working 20 years at OU Health Sciences Center, she jumped across the street (literally) to assume the IRB Administrator role. Her husband, Mark, continues to work for Southwestern Oklahoma State University as a professor of pharmacy. All 5 of their kids are done with high school and are pursuing their paths in life. Mark and Janice will be celebrating 29 years on May 20th of this year. Janice always has fond memories of her time at KU and KUMC. She is looking forward to a 30-year reunion! (Updated May 2018) 


1990 - Barbara Kelly
Barbara reports that she got married on May 30, 2015.  Both of her sons are enrolled at K State.  Her youngest also serves in the Kansas National Guard.  She begins classes in a family nurse practitioner program in a few weeks. (Updated January 2017)

1990 - Linda Johnson Seymour
Linda and her husband, Grey, were in Overland Park for Linda's high school reunion in October. They drove by KU Medical Center to check things out, but didn't have time to stop in. They did catch a Royals division playoff game and they won!  What a treat!  (Updated November 2015)  

1990 - In Memoriam: Kevin R. Skea
Kevin R. Skea, 59, a resident of Kansas City, KS went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Kevin was born in Kansas City, MO on September 21, 1957 to Herbert and Harriet Skea. Kevin attended Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, KS and Old Mission Junior High, graduating from Open Door Baptist High School in Kansas City, KS in May 1975.  Kevin was a 1979 graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College, where he was a member of the college soccer team, sang in the Men's Chorus and played trombone in the college orchestra.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas, and was a graduate of the University of Kansas Nursing School. For many years, Kevin served as a Registered Nurse in a number of Kansas City area hospitals. During a college sponsored trip to Israel, where he worked on a kibbutz during the summer of 1977, Kevin developed a love for the Jewish people, so much so, that in the last years of his life, he pursued the study of Hebrew, and attended several Kansas City area synagogues.  Kevin served as a flight nurse for the United States Air Force during Operation Desert Storm from September 1990 to February 1991, attending to wounded soldiers in military hospital aircraft flying to hospitals around the world.     Kevin served as a camp nurse at Camp Horizons in Windham, Connecticut, helping treat the medical needs of handicapped and special needs campers.   Kevin enjoyed playing the trombone, and served in a number of church orchestras as a trombonist.  Kevin also enjoyed playing golf with his father and with friends.  He was an avid Jayhawk fan, and enlisted his mother and others in listening to Royals baseball on the radio. He is survived by his mother, Harriett A. Skea of Lawrence, KS, his sister, Victoria Reed of Lawrence, KS, and his brother, Stephen Skea (Kinda Skea) of Lawrence, KS, his cousins, Jesse Orozco and Jeffrey Orozco of San Antonio, TX, Anita Homan of Gladstone, MO, his nephews, Matthew Skea of Shawnee, KS, Andrew Skea of Lincoln, NE, Michael Reed of Olathe, KS, Daniel Reed of Dallas, TX, his nieces Rebekah Aziz of Wilmington, DE, and Cierra Tipton of Overland Park, KS. (Updated May 2017)

1990 - In Memoriam: Tamra Wolfe-McMahon
Tamra Jo Wolfe-McMahon, 57, of Independence, Mo., passed away peacefully at her home, Feb. 29, 2016. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service, on Saturday, March 5, at Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel.

1991 - In Memoriam: Kimberly Harms Parrish
Kimberly “Kim” Jean Parrish, 51, of El Dorado Springs passed from this life at 3:02 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Mo., after fighting the battle with cancer for over 2 1/2 years. She was born on October 10, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Eugene “Gene” Charles and Bonnie Jean (Amick) Harms.
Kim attended kindergarten in Kansas City, Mo., while her father worked for General Motors and farmed on the weekends. Her family then moved to Schell City in 1971 to begin farming full time. Kim attended school at Schell City as a first grader, until graduating with the Schell City High School class of 1982. While living in Schell City, Kim spent most days as a child outside on the farm, going to the creek or pond with her older sister Karen or helping her dad out in the fields. She raised bottle calves through a cow she named Priscilla. She used the money she made to pay for her first car in cash. Kim always had an interest for nursing beginning at a young age. She worked at multiple nursing homes and hospitals around the area while in high school, including Appleton City and El Dorado Springs. From high school Kim pursued a degree in nursing beginning at Avila in Kansas City from 1982-83 followed by MSSU in Joplin from 83-84 and then finally graduating with her Associates Degree in Nursing on May 9, 1986 from Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. She took her state board nursing exam in July, 1986 and became a Registered Nurse. Kim would later further her education by getting her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 1991. On October 7, 1989, Kim was married to Jeffrey Michael Klenklen, of Independence, Mo., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. To this union, a daughter, Kelsey Elizabeth, was born on August 7, 1992. View full obituary online. (Updated August 2015)

1992 (MSN), 1996 (PhD) - Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sarah Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, was elected to a two-year term on AACN’s Nominating Committee. Her work to advance the profession has included serving on the VA Health System Research Review Committee, the Nebraska Action Coalition, and the Governing Council for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Health Professionals Education Collaborative. In addition to chairing the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP, Dr. Thomson has supported AACN’s mission through service on the Faculty Development Conference Program Committee and the Gold Foundation/AACN Advisory Group. Read more.

1993 - In Memoriam: Mark White
Mark White Mark White, 45, Topeka, died in his sleep unexpectedly, February 15, 2016 in his home, related to a heart condition. Mark was born April 7, 1970 in Highland, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He worked at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore and Mt. Sinai, NYC; and after moving to Topeka, at St. Francis Medical Center and Topeka Presbyterian Manor. Mark was an avid reader of British and Russian history and had a special passion for Broadway Theater and musicals. While living on the east coast, Mark treated his parents to professional productions of Les Miserables and The Lion King. He and his brother David shared a special enthusiasm for Lord of the Rings, Lost and many other outstanding shows. Mark is survived by his parents, George and Sandy White, Topeka; and his brother, David White, Martinborough, New Zealand. Following Mark's request, a memorial service and visitation will not be held. (Updated March 2016)

1993 (BSN), 1997 (MS) - Kristin A. Stegenga, PhD
Dr. Stegenga writes to us that she has worked at Children's Mercy since graduation and is now working as a nurse researcher, primarily in Hematology/Oncology/BMT. Her main research focuses on supportive care of children and Adolescents/Young Adults with cancer. She has 2 kids, Zach and Hailey. Zach graduated from KU in Marketing and Supply Chain in 2016 and Hailey just graduated from high school and is headed to the University of Northern Colorado. (Updated May 2018) 

1995 - Timbi West, MSN'94
Timbi West, MSN'94, was named the Outstanding Alumna at Fort Scott Community College. She's currently an advanced practice registered nurse at Schmitz Family Practice in Charleston, AR. She's described as a "role model and mentor to less experienced nurses." Read more. (Updated July 2017)

1996 (BSN), 2012 (Residency) - Denise K. Weiss, MD
Since graduating from nursing school, Dr. Weiss then attended medical school and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She then completed her Anesthesiology residency at KU School of Medicine in Wichita in 2011. (Updated April 2018)

1996 - Thad Wilson, PhD'96
Thad Wilson, PhD'96, recently joined Research College of Nursing as the new president after a 40-plus year career in nursing. Dr. Wilson has plans to grow the school's 400-student population to meet the need for more nurses in the Kansas City area. Read more. (Updated July 2017)


2001 - Major General Barbara Holcomb

Major General Barbara Holcomb just became the first female commander of Fort Detrick and the first nurse in charge of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. She received her master's degree in nursing administration at the University of Kansas. Read more. (Updated August 2016)

2006 (PhD) - Moya C. Peterson, PhD
Moya Peterson, PhD'06, ARNP, was announced the 2018 Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing award recipient. This award from Modern Health Care honors extraordinary acts of providing healthcare in areas of special need. Dr. Peterson was nominated for her work directing the Adults with Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic in the KUMC Department of Family Medicine. Read more. Congratulations, Dr. Peterson! (Updated January 2018)


2010 - In Memoriam: Lora Green-Meade
Lora Jane "LJ" Green-Meade, age 37, of Basehor, KS. passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Lora was born on Sept. 27, 1979 in Kansas City, KS and grew up in the Piper area, graduating from Piper High School in 1998. She went on to work at US Bank in Kansas City, KS. and worked her way up to Branch Manager at the 110th & Parallel location. She had also worked at Evans, Green and Wallen Oral Surgeons in Kansas City, KS and attended Kansas City Kansas Community College and was proud to be in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society while there. Lora then attended the University of Kansas, where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2009. She was very active in the Student Nursing Association while at the University of Kansas. Lora had worked at the Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Leawood, Shawnee Mission Medical Center in the Orthopedic Department, and was presently working at Olathe Medical Center in the Orthopedic and Oncology Departments. Lora was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Ralph A. & Enoree R. Green, maternal grandparents JD & Eleanor T. Funnell. Survivors include her husband of six years; Brian Meade of the home. Six children; Joseph Schmaltz (Sarah Guse) and Jonathan Meade of Basehor, KS., Katie, Morgan and Meghan Schmaltz of the home, and Jordan Meade of Gallipolis, OH. Her parents John A & Janet T. Green of Basehor, KS., one brother David J. Green (Jackie R.) of Piper, KS., two nieces; Jordan Green (James Singleton) of Blue Springs, MO., and Paige Green (David Hegwald) of Leavenworth, KS. one great niece Tanna Hegwald. Her father & mother-in-law Donnie W. & Debbie L. Meade of Elkhorn City, KY. brother-in-law Brett Meade (Susan) of Virginia and nieces Allie, Bryanna and Deanna, and grandmother-in-law Joann Meade of Elkhorn City, KY. (Updated February 2017)

2009 (BSN) 2013 (MS), Ronald B. Williams
While technically a new medical provider at the Stockton Medical Clinic, Ron Williams is very familiar to many in Stockton, having provided services at Rooks County Health Center since 2012. On July 7, Williams opened his practice at SMC, located at 107 S. Spruce, in preparation for the upcoming retirement of Genny Robben-Rahjes in August. Robben-Rahjes has provided services in Stockton since joining RCH in 2002. Although a Hays resident, Williams is no stranger to Rooks County. He joined RCH to be a part of the emergency department and Doctors Without Delay, RCH's six-day-a-week walk-in clinic. The transition to SMC allows him to host his own practice. Williams, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, holds a Masters in Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. He has nearly 15 years experience in ER, Level I Trauma and Air Medical Transport Nursing. "I grew up in a small town similar to Stockton, I understand the people and am very comfortable to be practicing here," he said. (Updated July 2017)

2010 (BSN), 2016 (DNP) - Jennifer Madsen, DNP
Jennifer writes to us that she is engaged to Garrett Bendure, also of the class of 2016 at KU School of Nursing. He is a graduate from the Nurse Anesthesia Program and their wedding will be November of 2017. (Updated June 2017) 

2011 - Brenna M. Krampf
Brenna Krampf has just returned from volunteering aboard a hospital ship in Madagascar. Brenna was on a Mercy Ship caring for patients with facial tumors, deformities, and cleft lips and palates. Now that she has returned, Brenna will be starting a new job in April in the pediatric cardiac ICU at the University of California, San Francisco. (Updated March 2016)

2013 - Elizabeth Gienger
Elizabeth Gienger, N'13, has been the Medical Services Supervisor at the City Union Mission for the past two years. She was inspired by Vicki Hicks' population health class and their volunteer work during the course. The School of Nursing is proud of her service and her embodiment of the helping the homeless mission. (Updated April 2018) 

2015 (DNP) - Lori Murray, DNP
Lori Murray, a clinical assistant professor of nursing, is the new assistant director for undergraduate studies at University of Arkansas Nursing School. Murray holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center and master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Before she began teaching at the U of A in 2015, Murray worked in management roles at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and she taught at Northeastern State University in Muskogee. She also worked as a registered nurse and in RN supervisory roles in several medical settings. She is board certified in gerontology. Read more(Updated August 2017)

2017 - Courtney B. Schweizer
Courtney and Jerdan Schweizer welcomed a new child, Vivian, in July of 2017. Congratulations! (Updated May 2018) 

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