Naomi Dixie “Mema” Little

Funeral services for Naomi Dixie Little, 88, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Lawrence Heights Christian Church. A visitation will begin at 10 to service time. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family requests all in attendance please use personal protection to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. If unable to attend the service will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Naomi Dixie “Mema” Little passed away peacefully on June 14th, 2020 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, surrounded by the love of her five daughters.

She was born to Robert H. Collins and Cordelia Beatrice Smith on February 13th, 1932. The third eldest of five children, Naomi was born and raised in Mt. Olive, Missouri, where she lived happily among her parents and sisters until relocating to the nearby town of Warrensburg in her teenage years. Naomi spent much of her life as a Warrensburg resident, creating her family there while living and working in the community. She provided for her family with 18 and a half years of service as an employee of Central Missouri State University, and an additional 17 years employed at Rivals Manufacturing. In 1998, after many wonderful years in Missouri, Naomi chose to retire and relocate to Kansas to be closer to family. Naomi spent the last 22 years of life living happily among family and friends as a resident of Lawrence, Kansas

Naomi is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Beatrice Collins, her sister Mildred Goodwin, and sister Dorothy Johnson.

She is survived by her two sisters (Irene Goodwin, Marie Rucker) her five daughters (Lois Avery (Felton), Aurelia Thomas-Ray (Robert), Norma Jean Lyles (Charles), Connie Adams (Gary) and Shelia Hogue (Charles)). Naomi also leaves behind seven grandchildren (Stacy Adams, Ryan Adams, Kourtnie Avery-Chung, Torren Thomas, Cedrick Lyles, Garrett Lyles, Cameron Hogue,) two great-grandchildren (Jordan Adams, Mei Avery-Chung) honorary daughter (Deanna Tetuan) honorary grandchildren (Blake Tetuan, Brooklin Tetuan) and a host of beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Naomi was a woman of strong convictions who lived and walked by faith. She was defined by her unwavering devotion to her family and the Lord Jesus Christ. In all trials and tribulations faced, in times of sadness or joy, Naomi always put God first and lived her life in the spirit of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
The family suggests memorial contributions made to Lawrence Heights Christian Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street. Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences made at

Jonathan Andrew Billig

The exciting moments of pregnancy have turned to sorrow and loss with the death of our baby boy, Jonathan Andrew Billig on June 2, 2020. He was a much anticipated member of our family and his sister Abigail was delighted to have a sibling. However he was too bright a star and wasn’t ready for this world. He will forever be in our hearts.

He leaves behind his loving family: Parents Shane and Kyla Billig, Sister Abigail Chester, Maternal Grandparents Karen and Kurt Dieffenbach and Steven and Jodi Adams, Paternal Grandparents Karla and Allen Williams and Doug and Esther Billig, numerous Great-Grandparents, several Aunts and Uncles and other loving family and friends.

We want to thank the doctors and nurses at the KU Medical Center and particularly Dr. Winchester and RN Lauren Galvin for the support and care during this difficult time.

Raymond A. ‘Ray’ Urbanek

Ray Urbanek, 58, died December 10th, 2017. He was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas.

Ray was an avid outdoorsman, as well as a competitive fisherman. He also enjoyed hunting and playing golf.

Ray retired as a Captain from the Lawrence Police Department in 2011 after over 27 years of service. He thrived on a life of service both in his career and his personal life.

Ray spent his time on this planet providing security and love to those around him. He enjoyed 25 years of marriage with his wife Kerrie, and loved working on their home and property.

Everyone that encountered Ray left a wealthier human being. He truly had a selfless spirit and could make a lifetime friend in a moment. He treasured time with his family and friends.

Ray is survived by his wife Kerrie, his son Dustin Chase and his daughter-in-law, Alex, as well as his mother Lois Urbanek, brother Barry and sister-in-law, Carla, and his beloved golden retriever Bella, “FMIL” mother-in-law and father-in-law Sue and Monte Pearson, sister-in-law Kim Fulcher, brother-in-law Kevin Fulcher and wife Trish, and step brother Robert Pearson and wife Debbie, many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, special bonus family Vince, Julie, Alex, Haley, Lila, and Tariku Avila, and innumerable friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Roland Urbanek, and his brother, Randall. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be held at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave. in Lawrence, on Friday, December 15th, at four o’clock in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Fraternal Order of Police Lawrence Lodge #2, the Kansas Walleye Association, or the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

John Wesley Clark

John Wesley Clark, 78, of Lawrence died Friday, September 15th at Lawrence Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

John was born May 15th, 1939 to Amos and Nancy (Tiger) Clark.

He has been a member of the Lawrence community since 1956, when he started school at Haskell Indian Nations University.  He worked for Coca-Cola for 27 years as a warehouse manager, and he also worked for Stokely- Van Camp for some time. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and playing pool. Many people around Lawrence knew him as Joe or “The Hustler”, a nickname he acquired over the years of playing pool around town. John was a member of the Indian Methodist church, and was a sponsor for Alcoholics Anonymous, the River City, Jayhawk, and Retreat and Sunshine chapters. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be missed greatly.

He married Martha Mae Watson on October 8th, 1962. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his sons John Clark Jr., Ramus Clark, and David Clark; brother Charles Maylen, sister Mary Chotkey, and step-daughter Laquita Watson. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers James and Andrew Clark.

Angela V. Holliday

Angela V. Holliday died September 3, 2017 in California. Her service will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home Friday, September 15th at 5:00pm with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A private burial will take place Saturday, September 16th at Belle Plaine, KS.

She was born March 23, 1918 in Alliance, Nebraska to Orville Harrison Bremer and Nellie Josephine Broman on their farm. She was the fourth of six children. She had five brothers, Joseph Howard Wilson, Orville Leanard Jr., Harold Wilson, Walter Edward, and William Fredrick.

Angela graduated Alliance High School on May 28, 1937. After graduating she worked as an apprentice in a beauty shop in Alliance for 1 year. She used her mother as a model in part of her examinations at Lincoln, Nebraska. One day while out front of the beauty parlor she was apprenticing at, her future husband, Williard Wendell Jones walked by, stopped to talk to her, and asked her out.

She married Williard Jones On May 7, 1939. They resided in Lawrence, KS for over 50 years.  Williard died April 23, 1979.

She began working as a beautician in her home in 1939, shortly before her son, Lloyd Wendell Jones was born on November 22, 1939. She went on to work in her home until 1979. On November 1, 1979 she married A. Owen Holliday. He died January 4, 1995.  She spent 1995 and 1996 traveling the United States with her son, visiting numerous family and friends. She later married Dr. Leland Price Randels in May of 1997 and he died in the spring of 2000.

From 1997 to 2004, she cruised around the world with her son Lloyd. Their many destinations included the Western and Eastern Caribbean, Scandinavia, Russia, London, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. They also traveled the Mexican Riviera, and the Mediterranean Greek Isle. They also went to Oceana and went on the Lewis and Clarke river boat cruise. Their travels also included cruises to Alaska and Hawaii and the Canadian Rail Adventure.

From 2005 to 2008 her granddaughter Chapelaine assisted Angela in her travels to California to spend time with Lloyd. On August 1, 2013 she moved to California to live with Chapelaine and Phil McComiskey at their Temecula home. In May of 2017 she began residing in Atria Assisted Living, where she lived for the remainder of her life.

She had three Grandchildren, Chapelaine McComiskey , Katherine Ann Wilcox, and Michelle Lynn (March 5, 1974- June 1990); Three great-grandchildren, Adam James Kristunas and Chas Colton Jaehn, (both Chapelaine’s sons),  and Thurmond Andrew Bell  III (Katherine’s son). She also had two great-great grandchildren, Kira Linette and Kalleah Rae Kristunas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the College of the Ozarks send in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Please include her name in the memo for the college. 

Florence C. Smith

Florence C. Smith passed away June 9, 2016, to be with her Lord and Savior in heaven. Her body has been donated to KUMC School of Medicine per her instructions. No services are planned.

She was born July 27, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY. She was a member of US Nurse Cadet Corps. In WWII and graduated as an R.N. from Bellevue Hospital Nursing School in 1946. She attended K.U. and received a degree in education. She worked most recently as a nurse at L.M.H. She also taught grade school at St. Johns, Wakarusa, and New York schools. She also taught nursing at Stormont-Vail Hospital.

She married Francis P. Smith in Brooklyn during WWII on February 10, 1948.

Survivors include her husband Francis P. Smith; brothers, John Frey of Puebla, Mexico, Jim Frey of Westminster, Calif.; 2 sons, Thomas P. Smith and Lawrence E. Smith; 2 daughters, Joan E. Starks and Mary C. Chaney; 2 grandsons, Maxwell Day Smith and Harrison Reed Starks; and a granddaughter, Kelsey Smith Myers.

Terrance Ross Unfred

A visitation for Terrance Ross Unfred, 65, Lawrence, will be held Tuesday, June 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  Cremation is planed to follow.

Mr. Unfred died Friday, June 13, 2014 at his residence.

He was born September 3, 1948 in Lawrence to Frank Lester and Ethel Darlene Walker Unfred.  He graduated from Lecompton High School in 1963, and has lived in the area most of his life.

Mr. Unfred served in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam and worked as a heavy equipment operator for KU.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working as a mechanic, playing cards, watching movies, golfing, and bowling.  He was also a certified SCUBA diver.

Survivors include two sons, Eric Unfred and wife Amber of Eudora, Matthew Unfred of Fosston, MN; brothers, Martin Unfred and wife Elaine of Lawrence, Bruce Unfred and wife Shirley of Hemphill, TX; sisters, Loretta Deskins of Bloomington, IN, Twila Higgins of Lawrence, Marsha Jenkins of Wittmann, AZ; grandchildren, McKenna Unfred, Jaden Unfred, and Ebony Unfred.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, sent in care of the funeral home.

Beverly Elaine “Bev” Springer

Graveside services for Beverly Elaine ‘Bev’ Springer, 75, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Randall Weinkauf officiating.
Friends may call from noon – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The casket will remain closed. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Beverly died Sunday, Apr. 1, 2012, at her home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 16, 1936, in Lawrence, the daughter of Leroy and Geneva Bateson Alexander. She attended Woodlawn Elementary School, the three junior highs at 9th & Kentucky St. – Central, Old High, and Manual – and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954.

Beverly worked at Lawrence National Bank, Farmland Industries, Bay Real Estate, and retired from the Lawrence School District in 2002 after 27 years of service. She and her husband lived and farmed in the Lakeview area for more than 40 years. She enjoyed cooking, family, going to garage sales, and most of all, helping others.

She married James Allen Springer on Oct. 5, 1957, in Lawrence. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Jimmy and wife Julie, and Gregory and wife Samantha, all of Lawrence; a brother, Francis Alexander and wife Betty, Lawrence; grandchildren Lynly Craig and husband Steven, Morgan Hoss and husband Jason, and Taylor Springer, all of Lawrence; six great grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jimmy Springer Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Visiting Nurses, Meals on Wheels, or other agencies that serve the sick and their families.