Share |

Gene Ann Trant

mugshot

Gene Ann Trant passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 6, 2013.
Gene Ann was born in Ponca City, Okla., Jan. 7, 1951, where she grew up and attended schools. She met her husband, Rick, as both began attending Oklahoma State University where they graduated in 1972 with Gene Ann receiving a degree in elementary education. Gene Ann and Rick then made a series of moves following his government career. They lived in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Fort Collins, Colo., from 1985 through 2000, and Iola.
They returned to Colorado in 2003 when Gene Ann accepted a position as director of the Wellington Public Library. While in Kansas she earned her master’s in library science from Emporia State University. They settled in Windsor upon their return to Colorado. Gene Ann held several librarian positions before working in Wellington. She was there until illness forced her retirement. She loved her job in Wellington, her loyal employees and volunteers, and befriended many Wellington citizens including town employees and library patrons. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her husband Rick; daughters Erin Niswender and Alison Tompkins (Brandon); grandchildren Austin and Jarrin Niswender and Ethan and Camryn Tompkins and brothers Jeff Livingston (Starr) and Gary Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hank and Patsy Livingston.
Gene Ann was a devoted wife, mother, and “MiMa.” Her joy came from spending time with her children and beloved grandchildren. She loved libraries, reading and traveling. She and Rick always sought out libraries wherever they traveled and her favorite country was Switzerland.
We would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Roger Bermingham, RN Sarah, CNA Stacy, Pathways Hospice, and the wonderful nursing staff at Columbine Centre Avenue Health and Rehabilitation who took such kind, tender care of Gene Ann. 
Though never a smoker, Gene Ann was diagnosed with a non-smoking form of lung cancer. While being one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it is also under-researched, under-funded, and under-supported.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lung Cancer Alliance (lungcanceralliance.org) or the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (lungcancerfoundation.org).
Family and friends will privately celebrate Gene Ann’s life at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.marksfuneralservice.com.

OBITUARIES

Carolyn Zimmerman

thumb

Carolyn Zimmerman, 72, Yates Center, mother of five children, including Clifford Muntzert of the home, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Fellowship Church in Iola. Burial will follow at Belmont... [More]

Frank Gibbons

thumb

Francis (Frank) J. Gibbons, son of Sarah and Frank Gibbons of Humboldt, was born Aug. 11, 1922. He passed away on Aug. 1, 2016, at Richmond Rehabilitation Center at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice, and a brother, Patrick. His sister, Forcine... [More]

Billy Culp

thumb

Billy Edward Culp, 76, Petrolia, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Kansas City, Kan., after a three-year battle with cancer. Bill was born on Jan. 5, 1940 in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Elmer O. and MaeBelle Jean (Graham) Culp. The family moved to LaHarpe during the... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

EPA to discuss soil cleanup

thumb

The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public meeting Thursday evening to explain the ongoing soil remediation project in town.The session begins at 6:30 at the Iola Public Library, 218 E. Madison Ave.Crews have been clearing 350 or so “highly contaminated”... [More]

County stays with Rural Opportunity Zones

thumb

Allen County commissioners paved the way to go another five years with the Rural Opportunity Zone program.The ROZ designation is meant to lure prospective employees this way by helping them retire their student debt by up to $3,000 a year for up to five years by a partnership... [More]

Start of school means a break for 257 maintenance

thumb

Scott Stanley is more than ready for school to begin.“We need a break,” the director of operations of USD 257 told board members at their meeting Monday night.The department’s summer punch list was long, including making restrooms in the elementary schools handicap-accessible,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Red Devil women, men lose openers

thumb

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Both Allen Community College soccer teams struggled to find the back of the net during their season-opening trip to Oklahoma.The women lost 3-0 to Rose State College and couldn’t muster much offense with only one shot at the goal the entire game.... [More]

Iolan lands dream job in Jayhawk athletics

thumb

Jarred Latta couldn’t have possibly imagined a better summer. The 2012 Iola High graduate spent most of his summer working for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate for the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.  “With the Royals winning... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription