Edith E. Westervelt, 97, left to be with the Lord Jan. 7, 2013, at the Medicalodge of Columbus.
She was the last surviving sibling of nine children, born to Wiley E. Wilcox and Bertha Baker Wilcox. Preceding her in death were three brothers, Harvey, Homer and Wayne; and five sisters, Gertrude Helwig, Flossie “Tat” Souders, Mary Crain, four-year-old Elsie and an infant, Retha.
After graduating from Columbus High School, she received her Normal Training Certificate and taught for one year at Ninety Three School and three years at Crossroads Rural Schools in the rural Columbus area.
Edith was baptized with Christ as a youngster in a farm pond and became a member of the Sherwin Christian Church along with her family. In 1950 she moved to the Center Community, south of Columbus, with her husband and three children. At the time, she because a member of the Center Christian Church and has been an active member for 63 years. She always considered Center and Sherwin both as her home churches.
She was a member of Golden Hours EHU for 60 years and was a community leader for Center Busy Bees 4-H club while her children were young. She always worked on the farm and worked more than 10 years as an assistant cook at the Greenlawn School.
Surviving are two sons, Neil Westervelt and wife Joy, Iola, and Paul Westervelt and wife Marilyn, Columbus; one daughter, Judi Grant, Columbus; nine grandchildren, Wiley and Gary Westervelt, Columbus, Lori Westervelt/Cary, J.C., Tod and Corey Westervelt, Iola, Mark Grant, Caney, Tracy Grant/Parsons, Columbus, and Erin Grant/Fletcher, Pittsburg, as well as 24 great-grandchildren.
Edith lived a long and happy life and enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Columbus.
Robert Guy Olney, Jr., 66, Fort Scott, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo. Graveside services will be at noon, Tuesday, in Highland Cemetery, Iola. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.... [More]
Alta “Allie” Tennyson, 44, Iola, passed away Tuesday at the St. Luke Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Potts Chapel, Independence, with Pastor Mike Adam of the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Independence,... [More]
Dietra “DeDe” McDown was welcomed into the loving arms of Our Lord on March 5, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Dietra was born Sept. 10, 1955, in Bresley Colo., to Ethel Hagan and Manford Carr. The family moved to Kansas in 1968. On May 3, 1977, she married... [More]
At a time when most mothers-to-be are shopping for infant wear and putting the finishing touches on their new babies’ rooms, Katrina Beatty, pregnant and alone, is in jail. Beatty, 37, was arrested Dec. 11 on drug charges and has been in the county jail since. Her baby,... [More]
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on USD 257 schools. The series takes an inside look into USD 257’s facilities and sheds light on the problems the district faces.Dim, flickering lights illuminate crumbling plaster walls of Iola High School’s... [More]
Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, Iola, is the definition of a growing business. Since opening its Iola location in 2010, the business has expanded multiple times. The market’s desire to grow helped earn it a Kansas Small Business Development Center Emerging Business... [More]
GARNETT — Burlington High’s Wildcats, one of the strongest girls basketball programs in the area, was on its heels. After the Wildcats rolled through the regular season with a 19-1 mark, then opened substate play with a 32-point romp over Anderson County,... [More]
GARNETT — It stands to reason that Iola High’s up-and -down season would boil down to an up-and-down substate championship game. That the Mustangs never blinked when their opponents from Anderson County opened the contest with a barrage of 3-pointers was... [More]