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Gladys L. Baird

Gladys Louise Baird, 87, of Bunker Hill, Kansas, died on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at her home in Bunker Hill. Gladys Louise (Lange) Baird was born August 12, 1934, at the family home North of Bunker Hill, Kansas. Her parents were Frank and Alma (Frick) Lange. Her elementary school years were at the Success and Cedar Creek country schools. Her High School years were at the Bunker Hill High School where she graduated in 1952. After graduation she attended Brown Mackie Business School in Salina, KS. She completed her schooling there and then went to work for Bradly Construction Company

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Dora I. Purvis

Dora Imogene (Chain) Purvis, 68, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Dora was born September 11, 1953 in Hominy, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of Fredrick Henry and Alberta Jula May (Byrom) Chain.  She grew up and attended schools in Cleveland, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Cleveland High School. Dora was a lady that enjoyed the fun side of life.  She had a great since of humor.  She would sing and dance to music and was always ready to play cards with family and friends. Dora’s surviving family include her daughter, Donya

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Tianna D. Bays-Broils

Tianna Dawnae Bays-Broils, 44, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tianna was born June 9, 1977, in Russell, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Henry and Shayne (Humes) Reinhardt.  She grew up and attended schools in Russell and graduated from Hays High School.  She attended the NCK Technical College where she was licensed as a CNA and CMA. Tianna enjoyed working in the medical field for several years until she became a stay at home mother for Zayden. She enjoyed scrapbooking, thrift stores, and spending time with her

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Mary Ann Mahoney

Mary Ann Mahoney of Arvada, Colorado passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on February 17, 2020 from lung disease. She taught physical education and coached at Westminster High School, retiring in 1985. Mary Ann was born in Hays, Kansas to Joseph Martin Mahoney and Marie Cecelia Antoinette Pivonka on July 25, 1932. She graduated from high school in Russell, Kansas and received her BS from the University of Kansas in 1954 and her MS from the University of Colorado in 1970. A trailblazer in girls interscholastic sports, Mary Ann received The Sportswomen of Colorado Dorothy Mauk

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Marj Dusay

Marj Dusay, actress, mother, grande dame of life and homegrown daughter of Russell, Kansas died peacefully of natural causes on January 28, 2020 at her home in New York City. She was 83. Ms. Dusay, known for her sharp wit, sophistication, and beauty, had a long career in the public eye that began with modeling work in her native Kansas. Eventually her innate elegance and smile propelled her into the pages and onto the covers of magazines in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where she moved upon discovering her love of performance.  She went on to a long

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Mary Elizabeth Young

Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Young, 97, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Homestead of Auburn, Kansas.  Betty, as she was known to everyone, was born May 5,1924 in White City, Kansas to Lester and Mildred Dean. She was the second child to this union as her brother Robert was born two years earlier.  In 1936 her parents moved the family to Russell, KS when her father Lester took a job driving trucks for R. C. Williams Trucking. On September 6,1942 she married the man of her dreams, Lawrence Edward Young, of Russell,

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Donald R. Farmer

Donald Ray “Don” Farmer, 53, of Russell, Kansas and formerly of Colorado, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at the Pratt Regional Medical Center in Pratt, Kansas. Don was born July 11, 1968, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was the son of Ron, Sr., and Dianne (Vaughn) Farmer.  He grew up in Ohio and graduated from Mt. Healthy High School in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. Don served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was injured during active duty and was honorably discharged as a Disabled Veteran. Don was united in marriage to Deon Cochran on May 15, 2005, in Divide, Colorado. 

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Dorothy J. Nielsen

Dorothy Jane Nielsen, 80, of Russell, Kansas, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas.  Dorothy was born on February 18, 1941, in Russell, Kansas, the daughter of Herman and Ella (Wasemiller) Steinert.  She grew up in Russell, Kansas and graduated from Russell High School and lived in Russell most all her life.  She was united in marriage (1958) to Gerald Nuss and from this union they had 2 children Debbie (Nuss) Overstake and Karl Henson, and 1 granddaughter Shalane (Overstake) Vavasseur.  They later divorced and Dorothy married Rod Deines in October,1966, and from

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Betty M. Jane Gibbs

Betty M. Jane Gibbs, 98, of Russell, Kansas, died on Friday, September 10, 2021, at the Wheatland Nursing Home in Russell. Betty was born on September 09, 1923, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the daughter of Walter and Mary (Chambers) Mason.  As a young girl she moved to Jamestown, New York, where she attended local schools and graduated from Jamestown, High School.  She worked for 30 plus years as a factory worker for the Jamestown Veneer and Plywood Factory.  She was united in marriage to Phillip Gibbs and from this union they were blessed with a son they named Phillip. Her son

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Mary V. Craig

Mary V. Craig, 97, of Russell, Kansas, and died on Thursday, September 09, 2021, at the Main Street Manor in Russell, Kansas. Mary was born on July 05, 1924, in Shattuck, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Kraft) Long.  She grew up in Ransom, Kansas, and graduated from Ransom High School in 1942.  After high school she received education degrees from Kansas State University and Ft. Hays State University where she received her master’s degree.  She was an elementary school teacher in many locations for 45 years and worked as a teacher for USD #407 in Russell, Kansas.  She

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