Verna Arlene Torneden

Verna A Torneden, 71, Lawrence left this world very suddenly. But not without leaving a huge impact on many people’s lives.

Verna in her spare time enjoyed crocheting and knitting. In fact in one year she made over nearly 60 afghans for a very dear friend. She loved and cherished her family very much. In fact she enjoyed the holidays when everyone was together. Verna loved fishing but in most recent years was unable to go. Verna also enjoyed driving around with her daughters and two of her great grandchildren looking at Christmas lights.

Her pride and joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. And known commonly know as grammy girl.

She married Ovyd Torneden on July 4, 1968, he preceded her in death in 2003.

She is survived by brother Jim Smith and wife Lois of West Virginia. Two nephews and a niece, Julie Smith. Jason and wife Stacey of Colorado, Justin and wife Courtney of Gardner Kansas. Shelby of Elkhart Kansas. Many great nieces and nephews. Her two daughters and an adopted son. Shanda Torneden {Travis} of Lawrence. Daughter Tammie Torneden-White and husband Fred. Son Michael Althouse Lawrence. Her 6 grandchildren, Christopher White Iola Kansas, Michael White Lawrence, Kansas, Karin Campa Lacygne Kansas. Desiree Tierno Fort Scott Kansas, Ashley White Baldwin, Kansas and Fred White Jr. Eldorado Kansas. Her great grandchildren, Joseph Smith Venice Florida, Donna Smith Westplains, Missouri, Christopher White Jr. Alyssa White and Dereck White all of Iola, Kansas. Dustie and Erick Rousch White of North Carolina, Tristan Straube and Serenity Newman of Lawrence, Kansas Rebecca and William White of Joplin Missouri. Jasper Holland Lawrence Kansas. And many other children who called her “grandma”.

She is gone but never forgotten. She truly left a legacy behind.

Graveside services for Verna will be 1 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Douglas County.

A Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, sent in care of the funeral home.

Mary Alice Gordon

Mary Alice Gordon, 85, died on November 29th, 2019. She traveled from Lawrence, KS to Fort Collins, CO with her daughter that day, arriving in time to watch her grandson-in-law bake a pie for a Saturday Thanksgiving Feast. Mary experienced a stroke a few hours later, and passed peacefully that night, surrounded by her family.

Mary, known to her grandkids (both biological and not) as “Gamby,” was born to Leslie and Florence Demeritt on November 12, 1934, in Lawrence, KS. She lived in a farmhouse that didn’t have running water or electricity until she was 14 years old. Growing up, she was athletic and was a softball pitcher for the town of Clinton and eventually played basketball while at University of Kansas. In 1955, she married Charles Gordon, principal of then-known Central Junior High, gaining two young step-daughters, Kathy and Mary. She had her daughter, Lori, in 1957. She and Charles divorced in 1962, though she maintained close relationships with her step-daughters throughout her life. Aside from 4 years spent in California, she spent her entire life in Lawrence, KS.

Mary graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S in Physical Education and taught at Central Junior High and Haskell University and later obtained an M.S. in Education from KU. She earned certification in Special Education for Visual Impairment from the University of Northern Colorado. She became a teacher for blind and visually impaired students of the Lawrence Public School District, working in multiple schools and teaching summer school for the blind from her own home. Being a student of Mary Gordon’s didn’t end with graduation, as she taught most of her students from pre-school through adulthood. Her kids learned how to be successful in every subject they took and every interest they had, while also absorbing extensive life skills along the way. She began coordinating with the BOLD program (Blind Outdoor Leisure Development) for blind and visually impaired individuals. For 20 consecutive years, she raised funds from various community groups to make these ski trips to Aspen by school bus a reality. They included students from both Kansas and Missouri school districts.

While working as a full-time teacher, she also became the President of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation for Blind and Visually Impaired, as well as President for the Lawrence Teacher’s Association. She was a member of the Clinton Lake Historical Society, Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Lawrence Education Association, Mortar Board Alumna, Daughters of American Revolution, K-NEA, and life member of NEA. In 1988, she received the Kansas Special Educator of the Year Award. In 1993, she earned the Kansas Master Teacher Award from Emporia State University, as well as the Outstanding Educators Award from the University of Kansas. In 2003, she was inducted into the Lawrence High School Hall of Honor (She’d be the first to tell you she was inducted in 2003 along with Danny Manning).

Following her retirement in 1999, Mary continued to dedicate her life to serve others. She became a director of the Lawrence Lions Club, an international organization dedicated to bettering the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals through community outreach. She worked as a volunteer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was previously on the board for the Visiting Nurses Association of Lawrence. In an unofficial capacity, she dedicated her efforts in fundraising and providing for the needs of her former students. Being a student of Mary Gordon meant being her student for life.

Mary was an adoptive mother and grandmother to many. She loved her Jayhawks, and proudly showed it with a wardrobe that was almost completely red and royal blue. She couldn’t go to a restaurant without seeing an old friend, and almost just as frequently, making a new one. She was often late, but it was usually because she was chatting with an old student on the phone or filling her bird feeder at the last minute. She planted her garden to be a perfect habitat for monarch butterflies. Although Mary spent her whole life in Lawrence, KS, she loved exploring new places and cultures, including China, Egypt, Turkey, Costa Rica, Netherlands, Greece, and even above the Arctic Circle. She loved her family, friends and the Lawrence community with all of her heart. She was always genuinely happy to see you and you felt loved when you were with her. She would’ve been glad to know that she went quickly, without a fuss, and with her loved ones holding her.

Mary was predeceased by her parents Leslie and Florence Demeritt, her brother Leslie “Laddie” Demeritt, and brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Parker. She is survived by her daughter Lori Tilson and son-in-law Wayne Tilson, step-daughter and son-in-law Mary and Dale Mitchell, step-daughter Kathy Gordon, grandchildren Joe Heacock, Megan Gleeson (husband Sam), Scott Mitchell (wife Lorena) and Kristen Hase (husband Chris), and sister Martha Parker. She also leaves 5 great-grandchildren (Juli, Ian, Ava, Alex, and Noah), and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm Thursday, December 5th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. On Friday, December 6th, a brief graveside service will be held at 11:30am at Clinton Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3:00pm at the Lawrence First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Club of Lawrence Foundation in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. On the memo line, please write “Mary Gordon Fund.” Donations to this fund will be used for charitable purposes to continue Mary Gordon’s legacy of community support.

Rev. Daniel A. Nicholson

Dan Nicholson, 67, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 27, 1952, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the son of Roy and Helen Nicholson. He was one of two siblings.

Dan graduated from Salem High School in 1970 and then served in the United States Marine Corps from 1970-1976. Towards the end of this time, Dan became a Christian and discovered his true passion for ministry. He traveled to over 35 countries, sharing the gospel and ministering to those in need. He was the author of three books and has hosted or made appearances on multiple Christian radio and television programs. During the course of his ministry, he pastored churches in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Kansas, where he has been the pastor of Lawrence Christian Center for 26 years. Dan enjoyed nature, good food, coffee, and spending time with family and friends. He was known for his sweet, gentle, giving spirit, his love of family, and his wonderful sense of humor. An important part of Dan’s legacy to his children was his profound love for the Lord. Many people were touched by the life and ministry of Pastor Dan Nicholson and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Liezl Nicholson and their young son, Aaron, and two adult children, Adam Nicholson and wife, Katie, and Jennifer Christensen and husband, Stephen. He also leaves wonderful memories for five grandchildren, Jacob, Lucas, Noah and Zoe Christensen and Joshua Nicholson, whom he loved spending time with.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Helen Nicholson, and his sister, Pamela Sue Nicholson.

Funeral services for the Rev Nicholson will be at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 27,2019 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Alexander officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe account has been created to assist the family with expenses. Checks can also be made to Liezl Nicholson and sent to P.O. Box 247 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Gofundme link:https: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-honor-of-pastor-dan-nicholson?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Terry Dean Scearce III (TJ)

Services for Terry Dean Scearce III (TJ), 30, will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mr. Scearce died Monday, November 11, 2019, at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

He was born September 7, 1989, in Lawrence, the son of Kristi Suzanne Gentry and Terry Dean Scearce II.

He worked as an in home caregiver. He liked working on cars, taking his children to Worlds of Fun, out to dinner, and spending time with them and other family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Kristi Gentry of Oskaloosa; sister, Wendy Scearce of Oskaloosa; nephew, Makyah Brockman of Oskaloosa; ex-wife, Brooke Freeman of Lawrence; their children, Amaya and Alec Scearce of Lawrence.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, memo: TJ Scearce, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Albert Jones

A memorial mass for Albert Jones, 72, Lawrence, will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, at St. John the Evangelist Church.

Mr. Jones died Sunday, November 10, 2019, at LMH Health.

He was born September 1, 1947, in Ganado, Arizona. After graduating high school, he moved to Lawrence in 1968 where he earned a degree from Haskell University.

Mr. Jones worked for Haskell University for over 30 years in food service, and for 28 years working as a part time cook for Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Kansas. He enjoyed golfing, watching his grandchildren play sports, baking for family and friends, and playing in the Duffer’s golf league at the Orchards golf course.

He married Juanita Claudia Herrera on September 5, 1970 in Cochiti, Pueblo, New Mexico. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include four children, Michael Jones of Lawrence, Cheryl Cahwee and husband Brent, of Lawrence, Matthew Jones and wife Kim of Lawrence, Carrie Jones of Lawrence; brothers and sisters in Arizona; grandchildren, Brent, Moises, Kassidi, Caylor, Jocelyn, AJ, and Devin.

A visitation with the family will start at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, at St. John the Evangelist Church, and Rosary will be begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John the Evangelist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

Hazel Marie Davis

Services for Hazel Marie Davis, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, 14 November 2019, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis died Thursday, November 7th, 2019.

She was born, December 14th, 1938 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of James Oliver Tarwater and Hazel Benskin. Mrs. Davis was a devoted homemaker.

She married Gary Paul Davis on March 14, 1956. Mr. Davis, and their granddaughter Amanda Davis survive of the home.

Other survivors include four daughters, Kathyrn Heaton married to Alden, Van Horn, Texas; Christine Pennewell married to James, Lawrence; Jennifer Davis, Lawrence; Paula Bradley married to Damon, Eudora; three sisters, Susan Ann Tarwater-Woods, Wellsville; Judy Degenstein, Independence, Missouri; Nancy Tarwater Freeman, Wellsville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Lori Lynn Tarwater; and a brother, James Tarwater.

Friends may call from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.