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Helene Mae Monfort

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Born April 10, 1913, Helen Mae Monfort passed away in her sleep Jan. 16, 2013, after two years of decline, three months short of her 100th birthday.
She was one of nine children born to Earl and Winnie Monfort of Iola. As an infant, she was voted “Prettiest Baby” at the Allen County Fair, and as a young woman was chosen “Miss Allen County.”
She graduated from Kansas State University; taught school near Iola in a one-room schoolhouse encompassing five grades; was a chemist testing munitions for Hercules Powder Company during WWII; a home economist for the Amana Company, and taught sewing and upholstery for the County Extension Service after the war.
She was married to S. Max Brown of Brown Brothers’ Construction in Manhattan. They moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1957, where they raised two children, Richard and Joy. A few years after the death of her husband in 1969, she moved to Washington state to rejoin many of her brothers and sisters who had moved to that area over the intervening years. There she met and married retired Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Eaves. She and Joe were instrumental in forming and supporting the Fort Walla Walla Museum in Walla Walla, Wash., where they lived.
She became an avid dealer in small antiques and collectibles. A passionate advocate of education, she generously contributed to the education of several nieces, and was a large donor of the University of Arizona and the Desert Museum in Tucson. She was a past president of the YWCA in Tucson. She was adventurous and traveled by boat, car, plane and train through much of the United States and also into the Yukon of Canada and to Mexico, Morocco, Tahiti and London. She was very excited to go to China when it opened its doors to the West. Helene was debilitated by a series of small strokes years ago while wintering in Tucson and remained in Tucson until her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, and daughter Joy; and later by her stepson Earl Eaves, she is survived by her second husband Joe and his children, Buddy, Cheri and Jo Ellen; by her son Richard Brown, daughter-in-law Kathryn, and grandchildren Kellner, Helene and Dennett; by her youngest brother, Phillip, of Waitsburg, Wash., and by the extensive offspring and their offspring of her Monfort siblings. She will be remembered as a generous and steadfast wife, mother and friend.

OBITUARIES

Jack Steward

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Jackie L. “Jack” Steward, 81, Iola, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at his home.Jack was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Iola to Charles and Suzan (Page) Steward. He graduated from Iola High School in 1954 and later enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1958 to 1960.He... [More]

Elizabeth Pulley

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Elizabeth Gale Pulley, 58, wife of former Iolan Tony Pulley, died Monday, May 8, 2017, in Kansas City, Kan.Cremation has occurred. Funeral services were Friday at Highland Park Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan.

Reed Beaman

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Reed E. Beaman lost his courageous battle with cancer on April 25, 2017. Reed is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sue; children Cozetta (Kris), Darvin (Lisa) and Sheldon (Kara); 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings Charles (Jean) Beaman, Dennis Beaman, Shirley... [More]

Ruford DePriest

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Ruford DePriest, 71, Topeka, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017.Rus was born July 14, 1945, in Chandler, Ariz., the son of James and Juanita (Woodring) DePriest. He attended Washburn University, Topeka, and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.Rus spent 25 years in New York City... [More]

Donald Booe

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Donald Dean Booe passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. He was born on July 22, 1933, in Humboldt, Kansas to Guy Franklin Booe and Vera Irene Rush. He attended school in Shaw, Chanute and Humboldt, where he graduated from high school. He married... [More]

Shirley Ball

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Shirley Marie Bruner Ball, Garnett, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the age of 75. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett, with burial following in the Sunny Slope Cemetery in Blue Mound. The family will greet friends... [More]

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NEWS

Two killed in accident

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COLONY — Two people were killed and U.S. 169 was closed for several hours Friday following a two-vehicle accident near Colony.Stephen Bauer, 75, and Allison Bauer, 57, both of Baldwin City, died when their vehicle crossed the center line of U.S. 169 and collided head-on... [More]

HUMBOLDT CELEBRATES

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HUMBOLDT —  Early morning rain passed and the sun emerged as a crowd of enthusiastic celebrants of all ages gathered Saturday for Humboldt’s 160th birthday bash, which was only dampened by an injury out on the playing field. Local singing cowboy, Delbert Shields,... [More]

Mad scientists in training

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Students at Allen Community College are engaging in projects that turn mad scientists into well-rounded speakers. Biology instructor Betty Herring encourages students to use artistic thought while engaging in scientific learning. Students begin by drawing the name of a biome... [More]

TICK TALK: It’s time to get out the DEET

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Allen Countians promote ‘Culture of Health’

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Allen Countians put their best foot forward this week to promote a “Culture of Health.”Teams of locals from across the county, from Iola to Elsmore, Humboldt to Moran, greeted representatives Thursday and Friday from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a countywide... [More]

Iola native competes in drone racing

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SPORTS

Allen’s Shoemaker, 4x800 relay team bring national titles back home to Iola

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HUTCHINSON — When Vinny Butera handed the baton to Anthony Glasgow to run the final leg of the 4x800-meter relay at the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships, Allen coach Vince DeGrado let everyone know what he thought about the race.“Before I even got the baton, I... [More]

RAIN AND SHINE: Iola freshmen run through rain to state

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PAOLA — Through the rain, Elysia Kunkler and Elka Billings shined on Friday in Paola. With rain projected on Friday afternoon, the events at the regional track meet were moved up to 11 a.m. to beat the weather, but rain still interrupted the meet before the finals of Elysia... [More]

Wildcat boys qualify in nine events

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HERRINGTON — The Yates Center boys will have a full slate on the track in Wichita on Friday and Saturday after qualifying for the state meet in every running event except the 4x400 relay.Sophomore Hadley Splechter led the Wildcat team with first place finishes in all four... [More]

Crest trio heads to state

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BURLINGTON — Sophomore Camryn Strickler and junior Caleb Stephens will each compete in two events at this weekend’s state track and field meet at Wichita State University.  Strickler won at regionals with a 51.51 in the 300-meter hurdles and she took third in... [More]

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