Saraha M. “Missy” Hamilton

Saraha M. “Missy” Hamilton, 62, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Saturday July 23, 2016.

Missy was born on September 13, 1954 in Colorado Springs, CO, and grew up in Lawrence, KS, where she attended Lawrence Public Schools, before going off to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in art, followed by graduate school at Oklahoma State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in art. Missy spent many years in San Francisco, CA where she held various jobs, and had many friends. Missy later returned to Lawrence, to spend time with, and help her parents; Missy was a wonderful artist, and got back-into the “art scene” in Lawrence, the town she loved. Missy loved her friends in the art world in Lawrence, and helped-out with lots of various local charity groups, including her neighborhood association, along with helping with care of her sister Kathy Carlson. Missy was a carrying, and loving “Mom” to Luna, the beautiful dog she adopted from The Lawrence Humane Society. Missy will be missed by her dear friends and family; she leaves behind two nephews: Greg L. Simms (Lawrence, KS), his wife and daughter, along with Chris H. Simms (Blue Springs, MO), his wife and family.

A celebration of Missy’s life will be held Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016 from 3:00pm-4:00pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home Lawrence, KS.

Missy would love to have you think of her friends at The Lawrence Humane Society, with a donation in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Ruth Elizabeth Elbrader

A memorial service for Ruth “Nancy” Elizabeth Elbrader, 97, League City, TX, will be 2 pm Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow with military honors at Grantville Cemetery, Grantville, KS.

She died Tuesday August 23, 2016, at The Crossing Retirement Center, League City, TX.

Nancy was born December 28, 1918, in Roswell, NM, the daughter of Arthur Leonard and Verlie Laura Erb Nance. As a child, Nancy moved around a lot and went to seven elementary schools and four high schools. She graduated from St. Joseph Nursing School in Albuquerque, NM in October 1940.

She served in the United States Army as a Nurse from 1941 to 1946. Nancy was awarded the Bronze Star on August 11, 1944 in France for continuing her nursing duties during a prolonged and intense enemy aerial bombardment and artillery barrage upon her hospital unit. Despite numerous penetrations of her hospital tent by shell fragments, she proceeded to alleviate the suffering and anxiety of her many patients. She was with the 47th Field Hospital.

After serving in the military, she worked as a nurse for six years at Haskell Indian Nations University when it was a high school. Nancy also worked at Hallmark cards as an on call Registered Nurse. She volunteered at local elementary schools to tell her story and the students would create a book of her life. Here is a quote from Nancy Elbrader included in one of these books:

“I’ve had a wonderful and interesting life. The turning point was when I chose nursing as my career, although I had never been inside a hospital even to visit anyone. My regrets for the most part, are those of omission rather than commission. I wish along the way that I had had more maturity and experience to know how important it was to thank (from the heart) the friends and family who have made my life an easier path to travel. I wish I had known how good it can make someone feel to give them a compliment, a phone call, or just write a short note.”

Nancy married Lieutenant Thomas J Leone October 1943. He was killed in France on December 4, 1944 by a sniper. Nancy married Lieutenant Col. William Conrad Elbrader on October 14, 1945. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1994.

Survivors include a daughter Carol, son-in-law Wayne and granddaughter Kari of League City, TX. Kari attends The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses, University Of Kansas Medical Center, or Haskell Indian Nations-Haskell Health Center, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Gladys J. Walters

Funeral services for Gladys J. Walters, 83, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Walters died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 30, 1933, in Corning, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Lizzie Mae Sherrer Cox. She graduated from Centralia High School. Gladys was a homemaker, and was a representative for Avon for 50 years. She enjoyed visiting with her friends over coffee at McDonald’s, listening to country music, KU basketball, and spending time with her grandkids. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Gladys married Robert E. Walters on July 4, 1951, in Sabetha. He preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by six siblings. Survivors include a son, Randy Walters and wife Ann, Colo. Springs; two daughters, Debbie Guenther and husband David, Baldwin City, and Sheryl Saathoff and husband Larry, Lawrence; a brother, Tom Cox and wife Beverly, Wichita; eight grandchildren, John Walters, Kurt Walters, Lori Herrera, Tracie Newell, Kyle Guenther, Becky Saathoff, Renae Walters, and Rachelle Brost; and 14 great grandchildren.

Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 2-4 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to Douglas County Special Olympics, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Martin S. Long

Funeral services for Martin S. Long, 72, Lecompton, will be at 10 am Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Pastor Howard Sudduth officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Martin died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert W. Long Sr. and Lydia J. Hunter Long. He attended schools in Mound City, Kan. Martin worked for the University of Kansas in the Facilities & Operations department for 15 years, before becoming employed by the State of Kansas for six years, where he helped construct the campgrounds and roads in Clinton State Park. He later worked in maintenance at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, where he retired in 1995 after 14 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and mechanical work. He was a member of University Community of Christ Church.

Martin married Joanna J. Harrell on Jan. 18, 1963, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Milissa Rowell and husband Gareth, Clever, Mo., and Elizabeth Long and husband Robert Smith, Mayetta, Kan.; four siblings, Elaine Long, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Kenneth Long and wife Marlene, San Antonio, Tex., Gerald Long and wife Norma, Florence, Ariz., and Leora Johnsen, Citrus Heights, Calif; and four grandchildren, Andrew and Mhari Rowell, and Cody and Corey Smith, He was preceded in death by his parents, and three siblings, Robert W. Long Jr., Donna Sprowls, and Sylvia Habayeb.

Friends may call from 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6-7 pm. The family suggests memorial contributions to Audio Reader, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

William “Jack” Moore

Jack passed away on August 16, 2016. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 5, 1931 to James Samuel and Martha Quinlin Moore. He was raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He spent two years in the United States Marine Corps in San Diego, California and then graduated in 1955 with a Degree in Business from the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

He married Mary Jane Conklin Moore on April 7th, 1956. They have three children. Julie McDonald (Greg McDonald), Joanne Renfro and Tom Moore (Mike Horak) and six grandchildren, Michael, Marti and Kim McDonald and Adam, Emily and Kelly Renfro, a brother Sam of El Paso, and a plethora of granddogs that he adored. He owned and operated the General Appliance store at the corner of 11th and Massachusetts for many years. After retiring, he worked part-time at the Brandon Woods branch of Douglas County Bank.

Jack was quick with a smile and had wonderful sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family, and many friends. He loved playing and watching golf, reading, traveling, KU basketball, KC Chiefs football, vodka martinis with two olives, a twist of lemon and lots of ice and his favorite jacket, Greeny, that traveled the world with him.

He could be found at 9:00 weekday mornings enjoying coffee with his ‘coffee group’, most recently at McDonalds. He felt fortunate to have so many incredible friends.

A visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on Friday, August 19th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and the funeral service will be at the funeral home Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 a.m.

The family suggests memorials in his name to The Pathway Home, which provides veterans with support to enhance their lives following military service. Or to the Shelter, Inc. which works to improve the lives of children at risk in Douglas County and can be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Donald Douglas “Doug” Shade

Memorial services for Donald Douglas “Doug” Shade, 80, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at West Campus of United Methodist Church at 867 Hwy 40.

Donald Douglas Shade passed away at Baldwin Health Care and Rehab Center on August 7, 2016.

He was born March 29,1936 to Donald and Audrey (Sparks) Shade in Ottawa, Kansas. He loved sport and played basketball, football and baseball for Ottawa High School. He married Ruby Sterlin of Scott City, Kansas, on August 24, 1958, and graduated from KU School of Business in1960. He was a member of Alpha Tou Omega and lifetime member of KU Alumni Association. They moved to Kansas City where Doug worked for City National Bank (now UMB) in the Trust Department, and later at General Motors in Leeds. In 1974 the couple moved to Lawrence where Doug worked for Burnett Instruments and the same time owned and operated both Baskin Robbins ice cream stores in Lawrence and Olathe and Bum Steer Barbeque in Lawrence.

Doug, Ruby and their three children lived near the Alvamar Country Club, and it was there he played the game he loved for over 40 years. Doug was honored to serve as Alavamar’s Country Club Kansas golf Association (KGA) Cup Tour captain in the 1990’s, leading the team to a win in 1995 and runners-up the following year. He was also a member of the KGA board and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

Doug retired in 2002. He played numerous rounds of golf at the Alvamar Country Club with the Noon Group. Doug attended West Campus of United Methodist Church these last few years.

He is survived by wife Ruby, children Mark (Annelie), Sitges, Spain, Susan Klopfenstein (Mark), Colorado Springs, CO, Steve (Christina), Parkville, MO, and seven grandchildren: Kai and Amber Shade, Kate and Caleb Klopfenstein, Adele, Audrey and Ian Shade. Also surviving Doug are his younger siblings Rodney Shade (Bonnie), nephews Alan, David (Mary), and Sandi Simmons, nephews Chad and Kirk Simmons.

Doug was a lifelong Jayhawk who was passionate about golf and KU basketball all his life. He was thrilled to see the Royals win the pennant last year. He was a kind and generous man who loved his family and was proud to see his children all graduate from KU. Doug was a well loved Papa who always had 31 flavors of ice cream for the grand kids.

The family suggests memorial contributions made to the First United Methodist Church or Douglas County Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS, 66044.