Frances M. “Fran” Clay, 68, Iola, and formerly of Parsons, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She had been in failing health.
She was born Feb. 9, 1945, in New London, Conn., to Francis Wilfred and Hester Virginia (Herman) Gentile. She grew up and attended school in Connecticut. In 1973, she moved to Parsons and the South Mound area for several years. For a time, she returned to Parsons until moving to Iola in 2008 where she worked for USD 257 as administrative secretary in food service. For more than 22 years, she worked as a secretary in the Athletic Department at Labette Community College in Parsons.
Fran was an avid animal lover, worked in animal shelters and taught dog training classes for many years. She also enjoyed gardening, canning and tending to her flowers. Through the years, she especially enjoyed volunteering at the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility.
She and Larry S. Clay were married in February 1969. They later divorced.
Survivors include one daughter, Jodi Grover and husband, David, Cheney; seven grandchildren, Elijah Grover, Isaiah Grover, Micah Grover, Scott Clay, Courtney Clay-Welch, Anna Davied and Michael Davied.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Todd Clay, on Feb. 20, 1999.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Community College Foundation or the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
Dennis Wayne “Yogi” Yocham, 50, Fayetteville, Ark., died Nov. 26, 2014, at his home.He was born Dec. 13, 1963, in Iola, the third of four sons to Fred and Verna Barnes Yocham.When his mother passed away on Sept. 14, 1967, his maternal grandmother, Alice Barnes, took... [More]
R. Harold Rice, 90, Iola, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.Robert Harold Rice was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of Dr. Reuben and Jimmie Ethel (Myers) Rice. He graduated from Talala High School in Oklahoma and spent most of... [More]
Betty Jean Heppler, 70, Wichita, retired cashier supervisor for St. Joseph Hospital, passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary (Kipp) Heiman; her loving husband, Richard J. Heppler Jr.; son, Richard J. Heppler III; brothers,... [More]
Allen County commissioners will decide in the next week or two whether to contribute about $30,000 to the Allen County Community Foundation.A delegation led by Susan Michael, foundation director, told commissioners Tuesday about that much was needed to qualify for a $50,000 grant... [More]
The December word of the month at Lincoln Elementary School is “generosity,” and there’s been plenty of it on display lately.Lincoln students have collected more than 1,000 items they’ll donate Friday to the Iola Community Pantry.The idea’s genesis... [More]
TOPEKA — Two people were killed in an accident that involved a Yates Center couple Tuesday.According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Steven G. Galarneau, 62, Scranton, was westbound on a county road about 4½ miles north of Topeka and failed to yield at the road’s... [More]
After a low-scoring first half, Iola High’s Fillies were able to pull away in the second to beat Central Heights 38-32 in Tuesday’s home opener.The first quarter finished with a 4-2 Iola lead. After trailing 2-0, Emery Driskel stole the ball and went in for an uncontested... [More]
A plague of first half fouls didn’t hinder Iola High’s furious fourth quarter to give the Mustangs a 77-47 win over Central Heights Tuesday night.A whopping 30 fouls were called in the first half, and 53 for the game.“There were a ton of fouls, which made it... [More]
- SCC girl’s basketball takes sixth at Yates Center tourney
- Cubs win home tournament
- SCC boys fall late; Yates Center wins big
- Fillies storm back to knock off Girard
- Ponies struggle on the road
- SCC football season ends with playoff loss
- Iola cross country heads to regional
- GARNETT — Kohl Endicott did what he does best Thursday night — outrun everyone. Endicott helped lead Iola High’s varsity boys cross country team to a first place finish at the Pioneer League Cross Country Meet. The varsity girls took second pl