Jack A. Cottrell

Funeral service Jack A. Cottrell, 92, Lawrence will be 10 AM. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He died Thursday, September 8, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1924 in Decatur IL, the son of Cecil and Bessie Ackerman Cottrell.

Jack was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean wars. He worked for IBM in Tulsa, OK; Lexington, KY; and Boulder, CO, retiring as Senior Engineer after 38 years of service.

He married Laura C. Wilson on March 30, 1951 in Tulsa. She survives of the home. They moved to Lawrence about a year ago to be close to family.

Other survivors include daughters Laurine Howard of Salvisa, KY, Paula (Bob) Hahn of Lawrence, son Doug Cottrell of Lexington, KY, grandchildren David (Aubree) and Rachel Hahn, great-grandchildren Adele and Kylee Hahn.

He will lay in state Tuesday noon to 8 PM. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 PM.

Memorials may be made to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or Veterans Community Project in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.

Emma “Sue” ( Moore) Smith

Emma “Sue” Moore Smith, 80, Lawrence, died Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Pioneer Ridge Rapid Recovery, Lawrence. She passed away peacefully in the early morning, after sharing her love and thoughts with her family. Private family services will take place at a later date.

Sue was born June 29, 1936, in LaGrange, GA, the daughter of Adrian Edward and Emma Smith Moore. She met her husband, Freddie O. Smith, at a dance while he was stationed in the army at Fort Benning, GA. They married on May 31, 1960, in Lawrence, KS. He proceeded her in death on April 14, 2010.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She worked at Hallmark Cards when she first moved to Lawrence, and then took time off to care for her home and children. She later worked at King Radio as a supervisor, Pringle Dental Lab as a technician, and at Bendix King/Allied Signal/Honeywell as an electronics inspector until she retired. After retirement she volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She always took great pride and enjoyment in her work and the help she provided for others. She spent her last couple years at the home of her daughter, enjoying her time with family.

Sue was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

She was also proceeded in death by her parents, three brothers; Adrie (Edward), Farrell Franklin, and Gordon Moore and a sister, Lillian Rainey.

Survivors include a son, Randal L. Smith; a daughter Amy M. Coleman, husband Craig; two grandsons, Andre Robinson and Jordan Coleman; two granddaughters, Renee Robinson and Jessica Coleman, all of Lawrence, KS; two brothers, Bennie Moore and Roy and Rebecca Moore, all of LaGrange, GA; a sister-in-law Linda Pringle, husband Roger, Lawrence, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

Lois Idell Tyler

Graveside services for Lois Idell Tyler, 82, will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Eudora Cemetery, with Pastor Russ Hines officiating.

Lois Idell Tyler, 82, formerly of Eudora, Kansas, went on to be with the Lord on September 3, 2016 near her home in Kansas City, Kansas. She was born at the home on September 4, 1933 in LeRoy, Kansas. Her parents were Fanny Fern Fergus and James Milton Irwin and siblings, Jim, Wayne, and Rose preceded her in death. Cousin Kathy Fergus lived with Lois almost her whole life and was adopted by Fanny and James at the age of four. Kathy continues to live with family in Kansas City. Lois married Prince Arthur Tyler on December 22, 1952. They had five children. Dennis Tyler, Lawrence, KS, Steve Tyler and wife Betty, Lawrence, KS, Diane Smith and husband Gary, Kansas City, Kansas, Carol Gray and husband Gene, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and Karen Tyler, San Antonio, Texas. She had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in which she loved dearly. She looked forward to family visits, loved pets, attending church, enjoyed music, and was gifted at the piano; she played by ear since she was four-years-old. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Grace Hospice or Disabled American Veterans, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Barbara Jean Parkison

Barbara “Barb” Jean Parkison died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was seventy-four years old.

She was born on November 6, 1941, in Miami, Oklahoma. Barbara was the daughter of Lillian and William Fulton. Barbara was the oldest, and had two sisters whom she was very close with. Barbara is reunited with her parents, grandparents, and sisters, and will be dearly missed. Those who knew Barbara will surely remember her sweet and charismatic personality.

She graduated from Mulvane High School in 1959, and later earned a bachelor in education from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1975. Barbara initially moved to Lawrence in 1981, later moving to Topeka, Kansas. Eventually she moved back to Lawrence with her husband in 2006, from Topeka. She worked as an administrator in the Department of Aging for the state of Kansas, until her retirement in 2004.

She married Woodrow “Woody” Parkison on June 22, 1964, in Joplin, Missouri. She was later blessed with three children; a daughter; Robin Willis, and two sons; Michael and Christopher Parkison. Barbara loved her family and cherished them deeply.

Barbara is survived by her husband, children, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one great grandchild on the way. Barbara was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and neighbor. She will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved her as the out-going woman she was.

James R. ‘Bud’ Banks

James Ralph (Bud/Buddy) Banks passed away at home on 8/30/2016. He
was born June 22, 1929 in Lecompton Township, the son of Herman &
Rebecca (Miller) Banks. He married Rosalie Rogers in May 1957. She
survives of the home. Also surviving are 3 daughters, Becky (Danny)
Downs, Rhonda Banks, Gina (Scot) Clement, 1 son James Jr. 6
grandchildren; Elizabeth (Scott) Bure, Christina (Omar) El Jazouli,
David (Heather) Pekrul, Steven Pekrul, Samantha Clement, Julie
Clement, 1 step granddaughter Brittany (Eric) Sedam, 1
step-great-grandson Jacob Downs, brother-in-law Norman Daniels, 6
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Helen and
brother-in-law Harold Crady, and sister Elaine Daniels.

Bud was a member of Lecompton United Methodist Church where he taught
Sunday School for many years. He belonged to the Lecompton Historical
Society and served as Lecompton Township Treasurer for several years
He farmed with his father, served his country in the Air Force, worked
for Penny’s Rock Inc., and retired from FMC Corp. after 36 years.

Closed casket visitation will be at 10-10:45 am on Saturday, September
3, 2016 at Lecompton UMC. Services will follow at 11:00. Interment will be
at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton. Memorial contributions are suggested to Lecompton UMC or Douglas County Visiting Nurses/Hospice, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.

Sarah M. “Missy” Hamilton

Sarah 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.