Sharon Sue Chermok

Graveside services for Sharon Sue Chermok, 71, Perry, and John Raymond Chermok, 63, Perry, will be 11 am, Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10-10:45, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

She died February 1, 2019, at Azria Health Olathe, KS.

Sharon was born January 21, 1948, in Lawrence, the daughter of William Woodrow and Hazelle Geraldine Metzger Felt.

She worked for Jostens for many years later she worked as an administrative assistant for the State of Kansas.. She enjoyed baking, cooking and dancing in the kitchen.

Sharon married John Raymond Chermok on March 21, 1969, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2006.

Survivors include her sons Cory J. Chermok, Olathe, Steven J. (Rebecca) Holton, KS; five grandchildren Brenden, Dustin, Caleb, Ashlynn and Elizabeth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Aletia Marie Vaughn

Funeral services for Aletia Marie Vaughn, 46, Eudora, will be 1 pm Monday February 4, 2019, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church.  A visitation will be from 3-4 pm Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Aletia Marie Yee was born on July 19, 1972, in Newton, KS, and grew up in Potwin. She attended Potwin Elementary School before the family moved to El Dorado, KS.

“Eeshie,” as she was known to close friends, attended El Dorado Middle School and played the flute, was on the basketball team, and sang in the show choir at El Dorado and Bluestem High Schools.

She attended Coffeeville Community College and graduated from Kansas University, where she studied Chinese and majored in political science.

Aletia met Gary Vaughn while they were both working at Wal-Mart. They married in 1993 and had two children, who were the loves of Aletia’s life: Chelsea Nicole in 1994, and Jordan Vance in 1997.

She was Human Resources Supervisor at Dobski & Associaties, where she worked for 23 years, managing hundreds of employees for 13 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the region. Known for her strong work ethic and her kindness to employees who were struggling, Aletia saw her colleagues as family, and took great pride in her job.

Aletia was very active in supporting her kids’ school and sports activities all year long. She loved to scrapbook, to spend time with her young nieces from Colorado, and to visit her family in California, which she did countless times throughout her life.

A compassionate dog lover who was quick to laugh and generous beyond good sense, Aletia always opened her home to friends of her children who needed a place to stay. At Christmastime, she collected trees, decorations and ornaments and distributed them to families who would otherwise go without.

She died suddenly on January 23 in her home, and is survived by her father, Jerry Yee; brother Lee Yee and nephew Lane Yee; nieces Madeline and Macey; dogs Roscoe, Aurora and Bagel; and children Chelsea and Jordan Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ronald McDonald House charities, Lawrence Community Shelter and/or the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.

Beverly M. Boyd

Beverly Boyd, Professor Emerita of English of the University of Kansas, She died January 26, 2019, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar. She was cremated and, at her direction, there will be no service of any kind.

Professor Boyd was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of James Gray Boyd and Elspeth Mossop Boyd. A graduate of New Dorp High School on Staten Island, Prof. Boyd received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Prof. Boyd enjoyed a long career marked by a number of substantial contributions in the field of hagiography and medieval literature, especially Chaucer studies.

After receiving her Ph.D., Prof. Boyd taught at the University of Texas at Austin (1955-59) and Radford College (1959-62), which was then the “women’s division” of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, before taking up a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas. Promoted to full Professor in 1969, her career at KU was distinguished by a number of university awards, including Mortarboard Outstanding Educator Award (1976), election to its Women’s Hall of Fame (1977), and the English department’s Edward F. Grier Award for Research-based Teaching (1991). Her outstanding teaching was further recognized in 2005 with the Fry Award.

Dr. Boyd made her publishing debut as a medievalist with “Chaucer’s Prioress: Her Green Gauds,” in Modern Language Quarterly in 1950, which was based on her master’s thesis. Over the succeeding decades she continued to enrich the field of medieval studies with such articles as “Wiclif and the Sarum Ordinal,” in Medium Aevum (1960); “Whatever Happened to Chaucer’s Renaissance?” in Fifteenth Century Studies (1978); “Phillippine Duchesne,” in Mystics Quarterly (1988), one of several articles she wrote that helped support St. Phillippine’s canonization and led to Dr. Boyd’s being honored with the Rose Phillippine Duchesne Award from the Archdiocese of Kansas City; “The Infamous b-Text of the Canterbury Tales,” in Manuscripta (1990); and, more recently, “Ewelme Church, Oxfordshire: Heraldic Glass of Chaucer’s Family,” in Stained Glass (2005).

Several of Dr. Boyd’s full-length studies are considered standards in her field. Among them are Chaucer and the Liturgy (Dorrance, 1967); Chaucer and the Medieval Book (Huntington Library, 1973), which she wrote with support of her Guggenheim Fellowship; and The Prioress’s Tale, Part 20 of A Variorum Edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by Paul G. Ruggiers (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987); Chaucer and the Taverners of Ipswich (Mellen, 2015).

Her work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Huntington Library, American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the Ford Foundation. Prof. Boyd received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater, Brooklyn College, CUNY, in 1979, and has been honored by inclusion in Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who of Women, and Who’s Who in American Education.

Robert Ralph (Bob) Burk Sr.

Robert Ralph Burk of Lawrence passed away January 26, 2019 at KU Medical Center.

Graveside services with military honors for Bob Burk will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 2, 2019, at Stony Point Cemetery Baldwin City, Kansas.

Family will receive visitors at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday February 1, 2019.

Bob was born March 7, 1946 in Lawrence, the son of Kenneth and Evelynne Burk.  He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964.  He was a life long resident of Lawrence.

Mr. Burk served in the National Guard and was a forklift driver for the Topeka Hallmark Cards Plant.

He married Vicky Siddens on May 29, 1971 in Lawrence, KS.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Rob Burk, grandsons Charlie and Kenny, and granddaughter Kelsey,brother Randy and sisters Sue Frazey and Barb Vantuyl.

Mary Ann Boyd Fleske

Mary Ann Boyd Fleske, 89, Lawrence, Kansas, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, in Lawrence.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00  on Saturday, February 2nd, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Leiste, Redeemer Lutheran Church, will officiate.

Mary was born November 4, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Garland and Bena Boyd.

She met her husband Leonard G. Fleske while both were working in Phoenix, Arizona and married him in 1949 in DePere, Wisconsin. They operated a wheat farm and cattle ranch in Pawnee County (Larned) and Barton County (Great Bend), Kansas. They retired to Lawrence in 1989.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include: her brother Tom Boyd, DePere, Wisconsin;  her son Leonard T (Sheila) Fleske and her daughters Linda (Randy) Swain and Betsy Cantrell; grandchildren Wendy (Keith) Hansen,  Carey (Jennifer) Fleske, Jamie (Mimi) Swain,  Kit Swain and Lindsay Cantrell; and great grandchildren Eric and Dane Hansen, Lyndie and Samuel Fleske.

Mary loved hosting and attending family gatherings at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas so she could spend special time with her children, grandchildren and later great grandchildren. She encouraged and supported them with kind words and her prayers.  She was a devoted spouse and a devout Christian.

She was a skilled bridge player and enjoyed playing with friends and family. Like all in her family she followed sports closely and was always aware of the latest news and we will miss getting updates from her on KU and KC area sports.

Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Erica May Ricketts

Services for Erica May Ricketts, 41, Kansas City, Kansas, will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, at the Family Church of Lawrence.

Ms. Ricketts died January 22, 2019, at The University of Kansas Health System.

She was born October 11, 1977, in Lawrence, the daughter of Morgan Eugene Helm and Betty Jo Wilks. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1997.

Ms. Ricketts enjoyed taking walks, enjoyed animals, facebook, playing games, collecting porcelain dolls, and listening to country music. She was baptized January 22, 2019, at The University of Kansas Health System.

Survivors include three children, Shyanne Garcia Smith, Kaitlen Layan Smith, and Luther Shane Smith; parents, Morgan Helm and Betty Wilks; stepmothers, Stacy Arnold-Hargis and Deb Helm; sisters, Mattie Mincey, Cathy Helm, Cieara Mocoy, Cameron Helm, Kayla Porter-Helm; brothers , Morgan Helm Jr. and wife Cassie, Michael Weeks, Rocky Helm, Andrew Helm, Jakaab Helm; grandparents, Imogene and Mike Smith, Jack Beerbower, and Elsie Burden; aunts, Melissa Rice and husband Mike, Monica Dykes, Kelley Hunt, Nancy Daniels, Cercie Martell, Chaz Beerbower, Sally Dillon; uncles, Jack Beerbower Jr., Jason Helm and wife Shely, and Danny Helm, Sunny Hunt, Bobby Daniels, Brent Helm, Brendan Helm and wife Katie.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sare` Porter-Helm and a brother, Kenny Helm.

James Harvey Canaday

James Harvey Canaday, 59, Lawrence, died Monday at LMH Health. He was born Aug. 15, 1959 in Duncan, OK. the son of Robert Leon and Joanne Pearl Epler Canaday.

Jim was very active in his church, taught children’s sermons, loved walking with his dog Vonica and had a Master’s in psychology.

Survivors include his mother, sister Rose (Frank) Murphy, and a brother Chris Canaday.

Memorial service will be 1:30pm. Sunday, January 27, North Lawrence Christian Church, 7th. and Elm.