Georgia Helen Hess

Funeral services for Georgia Helen Hess, 103, Lawrence, will be at noon Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dan Norwood officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Hess died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014, at Drury Place at Alvamar.

She was born Jan. 1, 1911, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of Ben and Nell Underwood Inverarity. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School.  Georgia was employed by First National Bank for 27 years, and retired as manager of the south branch.  She has been a member of Centenary United Methodist Church since 1935.  She was also a member of the Fidelity Shrine #11 of Lawrence, Toltec Chapter 1 of Topeka, Order of the Eastern Star Evangeline Chapter 162 of Baldwin City, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She married Carl F. Hess. He preceded her in death in 1959, as did a daughter, Helen Page-Smith in 2006, a son, William G. ‘Bill’ Hess in 1999, and two great grandchildren.  Survivors include four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and two step great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 am until service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Centenary United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.  Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Terri Ferguson...

I am a little late, as I just saw this online, so I apologize for the delay…my condolences go out to Shelly, Michelle, and Crystal. She was a delightful lady and surely to be missed.

From Patrice Page...

So very sad to learn this news about Georgia. Her daughter, Helen, was my wonderful aunt and both women were very special. Thank you, Georgia, for your kindness and love!

From Cheryl {Hess} Weller...

RIP, Aunt Georgie. Give Grandma & Grandpa a hug for me!

From Shelly Watkins...

You rest in peace now. will miss you.

From Carl Hess...

Always remember that the good times shall over shadow the bad.If I need you you will always be in my heart.

Love You
Youe Grandson

From Fern Nettleton...

Rest in peace with the Lord, Georgia.

From Elizabeth Woods...

I remember Mr. & Mrs. Hess when our family attended Centenary Methodist Church. All the members were so welcoming. I think Mrs. Hess was one of my Sunday School teachers. I was so young. But she was a fine role model of Christian Faith and goodness. I know my folks and the Hess family were friends along with Nehrbasses, Pines, Leonhards, Jones, Haydens, Alfords and Bigsbys. Just a few names of solidly good people from those days.
Bless you all, her family, in your grief and good memories. Sincerely, Elizabeth Weeks Woods

From Shelly Watkins...

My grandma “Grammy” was the best lady ever, she was a second mom to me, after I lost mine. She will be safe and happy in heaven. I will miss her dearly. Love you always Grammy.

From Margaret Middleton...

Georgia was a friend when we both belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. I have thought about her many times. Sorry I never followed up and went to see her. My prayers are with family. I am 91 years and don’t get out much.

From Nancy J Vann-Dixon...

WHAT A CLASS ACT!! Georgia was my Supervisor at First National Bank. She taught us about banking about life how to be a lady and the value of customer service and LIFE!!!! She worked with my grandmother at Lawrence Memorial Hospital many years ago, her grandson and my cousin were good friends. My daughter was her caregiver for a short time when Georgia was in her home. OUR paths kept finding each other!!!! WHAT A SPECIAL LADY !!!!!

From Patricia ( Patty) Inverarity Rueter...

Patricia ( Inverarity )& husband Paul Rueter
Jean ( Inverarity ) Lamb
Ben Inverarity & wife Debbie and his son Jeff Inverarity

Love and Hugs to a great wonderful LADY you will always remain in our hearts.
God Bless and thank you for letting us all have Aunt George for just a little while

From Patricia ( Patty) Inverarity Rueter...

Well my Auntie is now up in Heaven and my heart hurts but is happy and now she is with her husband ( my Uncle Carl Hess)a man to reckon with and I loved him even though he was stern very few smiles from him but a heart somewhere haha!!! and now this Lady has ended the family with her passing.

God will say
“Well done my good
and faithful servant”

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