Share |

Edith Westervelt

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.

OBITUARIES

Ura Oliver

thumb

Ura Claire Oliver passed from this life April 10, 2014, in Norman, Okla., with her daughter, son-in-law, son and grandson by her side. Claire died of heart failure. She was 93. Claire was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Iola, where she attended Iola Junior College from 1939 to 1941. When... [More]

Verna Kaplan

thumb

Verna Darlene Kaplan, 86, Olathe, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2014, at Garden Terrace of Overland Park.She was born July 1, 1927, in Mildred, daughter of Joseph and Ionia Brown. She graduated from Iola High School. She worked as a legal secretary for many years and ended... [More]

John Applegate

thumb

John Lewis Applegate was born in Iola to James Lewis and Mary Francis Applegate on Feb. 26, 1941. He was raised on a farm in Carlyle until he enlisted into the U.S. Army where he served three years in Germany.John was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Rachel... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

The electric elephant Behind the scenes of making power

thumb

When Iolans flip a switch to turn on lights, it’s the result of a number of dominoes having fallen in a favorable pattern.That sounds simple enough, but the nuts and bolts of how Iola purchases power, from whom and the nuances of the process are more complicated.An important... [More]

Baseball lore will come alive

thumb

Wilbur Rogan, whose fastball was so good he was called “Bullet,” is one of several Kansas City Monarch baseball players whose exploits will be told here Tuesday evening. Phil Dixon, who has written nine books about black players in baseball, will talk about Rogan... [More]

MOMs’ Stroll and Roll highlights special needs

thumb

Last year the Mothers of Miracles put on its first Stroll and Roll event. The purpose was to help educate and bring awareness to families, friends and neighbors about children with special needs. The organization didn’t know what to expect.“Last year’s turnout... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

HHS sweeps Wildcats to stay unbeaten

thumb

YATES CENTER — Humboldt High’s baseball squad took advantage of nine Yates Center errors  in scoring 10 unearned runs Thursday afternoon.The Cubs hardly needed the help. They also rapped out 12 hits in a 20-0 victory.Things were a little more palatable for the... [More]

Lady Cubs win TVL showdown

thumb

YATES CENTER — Humboldt High’s softball program has reached some pretty lofty heights in recent years.Never before have the Lady Cubs done what transpired Thursday.Humboldt pounded out nine home runs in 17-1 and 5-1 wins over host Yates Center in a key Tri-Valley... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription