Donna Jean Raybern Bagby

Memorial services for Donna Jean Raybern Bagby, 73, Lawrence, will be 1 pm, Monday, February 26, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill cemetery.

She passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at her home in Lawrence.

Donna was born June 1, 1944, in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of James Claudius Sr. and Lillie May Bryan Raybern. She attended school in Eudora, KS.

She worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for over 20 Years. She enjoyed dancing, crocheting, playing in a bowling league, and being on Facebook to play games and to keep up with family and friends. Donna also loved the companionship of her dogs Little Bit and Molly.

Donna married Walter O’Keefe in 1964, they later divorced. Three children were born of this union, Geraldine O’Keefe Davis, Rhonda O’Keefe, and Dennis O’Keefe. She later married Delmer Bagby, they were married for 20 years before his death in 2004.

Survivors include her children, Geraldine O’Keefe Davis, Rhonda O’Keefe, Dennis O’Keefe; sisters, Susan Raybern Crawford, Catherine Raybern Goetler, Geraldine Raybern Thomas; grandchildren, Jennecia, Giovanni, Jasante`, Jahzara, Khristina, Chad, Anthony, Walter, Pamela, and Hailey; 14 great grandchildren; and companion, Darwin Yunk.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Lorene Raybern Martin, Elsie Raybern Bunney, Veda Raybern Riesgo, Virginia Raybern Byers, James C. Raybern Jr., Charles Raybern, Sharon Raybern, Gerald Raybern.

The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Donna made to the American Lung Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Francis Patrick Smith

Francis Patrick (Pat) Smith died February 18, 2018, he donated his body to KU Medical Center.

He was born October 29, 1923 in St. Mary’s Kansas, the son of John Patrick (JP) Smith and Leona M. Smith. He graduated from St. Mary’s high school and from O.C.S. U.S. Maritime school of Marine Engineering, New Long Conn. and was commissioned an ensign and a licensed marine engineer. Mr. Smith served in both the Atlantic and Pacific during WW II. He took part in the invasions of North Africa, Italy and France. He served again during the Berlin airlift. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad, General Motors and KPL. He retired from Kansas Power and Light in 1988 after 39 years. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus. He married Florence C. Frey in Brooklyn, N.Y., she died June 9, 2016.

Survivors include sons, Thomas P. Smith, Portland, OR. and Lawrence E. Smith, Lawrence, KS , daughters, Joan E. Starks, and Mary C. Chaney both of Lawrence, KS., grandsons, Maxwell D. Smith, Portland, OR, H. Reed Starks, Lawrence, KS and granddaughter, Kelsey S. Myers and husband Brett, Lawrence, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, William K. Smith, Donald J. Smith and sisters, Mary L. Merrill and Delores Schrader.

Herman F. LeRoux

NOTICE: DUE TO THE ANTICIPATED INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR HERMAN LEROUX WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM THURSDAY AT BUCK CREEK SCHOOL, JUST OFF HWY. 24 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY. The burial will follow at Underwood Cemetery. The family will greet friends at Buck Creek School following the burial.

Herman died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at his home.

He was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Wewoka, Okla., the son of Charles E. and Lottie D. Hanning LeRoux. He was a mechanic all his life, beginning work with Wilson Implement, then Johanning Implement from 1968 until they closed in 1987, and finally becoming self-employed. He enjoyed traveling, bingo, and going to the casino.

He married Marjorie Helen Cleek on Nov. 4, 1952, in Oskaloosa. They lived in the Williamstown area for many years before moving to Lawrence in the late 1960’s. Marjorie preceded him in death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother Ethel LeRoux, his stepfather, Robert Nance, a brother, Charles LeRoux, eight half brothers and two half sisters.

Survivors include a son, Eric LeRoux and wife Genie, Lecompton; two daughters, Deborah Feist, Lawrence, and Lynda Wilson and husband Jerry, Eudora; siblings Hazel Cross (Dene), Hubert Payne (Eleanor), Sara Smith (Daryl), Myra Eastman, Carol Haywood, Sharon Allen, and Mary Smith; sister-in-laws Karen LeRoux and Delana LeRoux; grandchildren Erin Lewis (Jason), Phillip LeRoux (Susie), Chad F. Wilson, Amy Wilson, Mathew Parton, Jessica Brown, Jamie LaDuke, and John LaDuke; six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6-8. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Herman LeRoux Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Jeanette Lynn ‘Jeanie’ Ochs

Funeral services for Jeanette Lynn ‘Jeanie’ Ochs, 64, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 am Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Tom Brady officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Jeanie died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 10, 1953, in Great Bend, Kan., the daughter of Lorenz E. and Norma C. Ackerman Ochs. She graduated from Great Bend High School, where she was active in journalism and yearbook. She was a Girl Scout, a member of the She Sharks swimming group, and a member of First United Methodist Church. She later earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Kansas State University. Jeanie worked as office manager in the Department of Mathematics at Kansas State University. She moved to Lawrence in 1982, and held the same position at Kansas University. Later she began working for Gill Real Estate as Office Manager, where she earned her real estate license, and then worked as the office manager for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Most recently she worked as a bookkeeper for Jetz Laundry Services in Topeka. Jeanie enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, canning, collecting antiques, and traveling with family.

Survivors include her mother, Norma Ochs, Lawrence; two brothers, Mitchell Ochs (Jeanette), Great Bend, and Stephan Ochs (Judy), Fernandina Beach, Fla.; nieces and nephews Andrew Ochs, Cliffie Ives (Derrick), Rebecca Probst (Shawn), and Philip Ochs; and great nieces and nephews Darrin, Brady, Riley, and Presley Ives.

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 am until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Carol Ann Hastings Graham

Carol Ann Hastings Graham was born on April 4, 1928 in Pratt, Kansas to Fred E. and Florence Harkrader Hastings.  She died peacefully at home on February 15, 2018, in Lawrence, Kansas. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.  A private burial will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas. She was married to Barney D. Graham on January 29, 1950 in Pratt, Kansas.  He preceded her in death April 17, 1993.

After graduating from Pratt High School, Carol came to the University of Kansas and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She graduated in 1950 with a BA in Psychology. Barney and Carol lived in the Kansas City area while Barney was in Dental School.  Carol taught first grade in large classrooms of baby boomers.  After this experience, she had a lifelong interest in education and the nurturing of preschoolers and their parents.

Once Barney graduated they moved for a short time to Gardner before Barney was called to serve in the Navy in the Philippines. Carol followed with their first child, Barney Scott and they lived in Caviti City for two years where their second child, Christopher Hastings was born.  Once back in the States, they moved to Olathe, Kansas where they lived until 1970.  While living in Olathe, daughter Janice Ann was born.  During those years she was on the library board and the Johnson County Mental Health Board.

In 1963, at Barney’s urging, she returned to the University of Kansas and graduated in 1967 with a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling.

In 1970 the family moved to a farm in Paola, Kansas where Carol became adept at managing country living and all the “joys” of farm life.  She taught extended kindergarten in Paola, then went to work at a new GED Adult Education program at the Osawatomie State Hospital. She helped start the mental health center in Miami County.

Carol and Barney moved to Lawrence in 1978. She started a daytime GED Adult Education Program for the Lawrence School District and in 1985 received the Kansas award for achievement in Adult Education.

Carol retired from teaching in 1989 and became a volunteer at the Watkins Historical Museum.  Her favorite project was transcribing the Fitch family letters describing the settlement of Lawrence through Quantrill’s raid. In true Carol Graham fashion, she thought the book needed to be reprinted for the 150th anniversary of the raid, so she made phone calls until someone agreed.  It is now the book “Postmarked: Bleeding Kansas”.

Carol and Barney enjoyed traveling and she continued to travel throughout her life. She liked to play bridge and started quilting in retirement. She especially loved and appreciated living in Lawrence and the culture and diversity of a university community. Over the years she opened her home to several KU students who enriched her life with friendship, music, and an appreciation of diverse cultures.

Carol had many accomplishments and interests in life. Most obvious is her passion for education and she was learning in her last hours. That Wednesday evening she was sitting on the front row in a class about the linguistic history of the English language at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Many people have known her caring and benefitted from her wisdom. She was most proud of being a mother to three children and being very involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children and their families: Barney and Cynthia, Rockville, MD, and their children Eboné Graham, Daniel Graham and wife Isis, and Anne Margaret Graham; Chris and Janet, Overland Park, KS, and their children Michael Graham, Matthew Graham, Colin Wakefield, Jon Wakefield, and Ben Wakefield; Janice and Walter Olker, Lawrence, and their children Andrew Olker and wife Abi, Sam Olker and wife Allie, and Abby Olker.

She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Jim Hastings and his family of Chandler, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, Carol requested memorial contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Julia Nadine Christie

A visitation for Julia Nadine Christie, 91, Lawrence, will be from 6-7:30 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died Monday, February 12, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Julia was born July 18, 1926, in Clinton, KS, the daughter of Thomas Henry and Goldie Vivian Jones Hout.

She attended Clinton Grade school and graduated in 1945 from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, KS.

Julia worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Lawrence for 10 years.  She also worked for the University of Kansas food Services at the Hawksnest, Hawklet and Wescoe for 10 years.

She was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church.

Julia married Medary L. Christie on October 17, 1946, in Lawrence, he preceded her in death in 2001.

Survivors include two sons Larry and wife Judy Christie, Humansville, MO, Thomas Christie and partner Eric Dowell, Lawrence; two grandchildren, Travis Wade Christie and wife Michelle, Heath Allen Christie and wife Ellen; and four great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, brother Allen Hout and sister Vivian G. Clough.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions made to the Clinton Presbyterian Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Betty Joyce Stauffer

Funeral services for Betty J. Stauffer, 91, Lawrence, will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Lecompton United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton.

Mrs. Stauffer died Sunday February 11, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born March 12, 1926, in Lecompton, the daughter of Louis and Margaret Crady.

Mrs. Stauffer worked for fifteen years at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant as a quality control technician and for several years at Aeroquip Corporation. Her focus in life was to support her family in any way she could. She also enjoyed social times with friends and family gatherings and celebrations. She was the number one cheerleader over the years for her granddaughter and her great-grandsons.

She married Walter Lester ‘Les’ Stauffer on Oct. 22, 1944, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death in 2009. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wes and Harold Crady.

Survivors include son Gary and wife Carolyn, Lawrence; granddaughter Mendi Hanna and husband Scott, Lenexa; and great grandsons Cole and Carson Hanna.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The family wishes to thank Pioneer Ridge staff for their care while she resided in her assisted living apartment.

The family suggests memorials to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044.


Fleetta Mae Higgins

Graveside services for Fleetta Mae Higgins, 89, Baldwin City, will be 11 am, Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

She died Monday, February 12, 2018, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehab.

Fleetta was born March 6, 1928, in Lawrence, the daughter of John Sherman and Fleetta Anna Poeverlein Ray.

She loved working in her flowers, mowing the lawn and had many house plants. She took pride in having a green thumb.  Fleetta worked for many years for Baker University in Food Services and worked in the dish room until she was 81 years old.  She was a dog lover and always had a dog or two.

Fleetta married Eugene Earl Higgins on May 18, 1951, in Lawrence, KS.  He preceded her in death on May 18, 1977.

Survivors include four children, Brenda Collins (Jerry), Baldwin, Larry Higgins, Lawrence, Timothy Higgins (Penny) and Anna Votaw (Lynn), both of Baldwin; sister, Betty Vesco, Baldwin; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, brother John Ray.

Friends may call from 1-8 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baldwin Healthcare and Rehab or Great Lakes Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

She was a sweet loving mom and person, we will miss her very much.