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Lisa O’Brien

Lisa Dion (Jensen) O’Brien passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Deseret Health and Rehabilitation Center in Yates Center. She was 49.
Lisa was born Aug. 29, 1963, in Iola, the daughter of Lewis Brooke and Mary Jane (Stephens) Jensen. Lisa was raised in Yates Center and attended Yates Center Schools. She was baptized in Neosho Falls Methodist Church. Lisa enjoyed the outdoors. She liked to hunt, fish and garden.
Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, her long-time partner and significant other, Mike Yoho, and one brother, Chris Jensen.
Ms. O’Brien is survived by her siblings, Durenda Frye and husband Jim, Iola, Debby Carlyle and husband Alan, El Dorado, Jimmy Jensen, Neosho Falls, and Tammy McHone and husband Mac, Yates Center; nieces and nephews, Shelly Wagner and husband Bryson, Stephanie Morrison and husband Mike, Haley Chrisman and husband Burt, Yates Center, Erica Chaffin and Kylie Carlyle, Independence, Kristen and Cody Jensen, Iola, and Mark Jensen, Texas, currently on active duty overseas; great-nieces and nephews, Remi Wagner, Kinley and Harper Morrison, Boston Chaffin, Gage and Deeanna Hannum and Riley Albert; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services are at 10 a.m., Friday at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday.
Private inurnment will take place at a later date. The family suggests memorials be made to “Friends For Life” of Yates Center, which may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.

OBITUARIES

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Betty Friskel

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Friskel, age 85, passed away April 14, 2018, at her home in Iola. Betty was born May 17, 1932, in Pittsburg, to Martin Lero and Mary Beitzinger Lero. She grew up in the Pittsburg-Frontenac area, where she attended and graduated from Saint Mary’s School... [More]

Neva Baker

Neva Kathleen Baker, age 100, formerly of Iola, died Jan. 19, 2018 at Wheat State Manor, Whitewater. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Blue Mound Federated Church, Blue Mound. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. until the service time at the church. The family suggests... [More]

Ina Dody

Ina Jeanne Dody, 83, of Le Roy, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Yates Center Health and Rehab. No funeral services are planned. There will be a gathering at a later date to celebrate her life. Burial will be in Le Roy Cemetery. Van Arsdale Funeral Home in Le Roy is in charge... [More]

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Kendall Call

Kendall Dee Call, 87, of Iola, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born to Clifford E. and Emma L. (Hackett) Call on April 7, 1931, at the family home in Mildred. He had seven siblings; Beverly, Marilyn, Curtice, Merlyn, Jerry, Lawrence, and baby Joyce. Kendall graduated... [More]

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Helen Papusch

FORT WORTH — Helen Papusch, 93, a longtime children’s Sunday School teacher, went to be with Jesus Thursday, April 5, 2018. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood... [More]

Joseph Shrum

Joseph L. Shrum, age 60, of Iola, died at his home on March 17, 2018. He worked as a custodian for the Iola schools for 38 years. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the First Assembly of God Church, 1020 Carpenter St., Iola. Private inurnment... [More]

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NEWS

Democrat hopefuls to appear at forum

The Allen County Democratic Party will host a public forum featuring six of the eight Democratic candidates for Kansas governor. The event kicks off Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Silas Bass North Community Hall at 505 N. Buckeye St. However, the public is invited for free, pre-event... [More]

LaHarpe City Hall searched

LAHARPE — A search for illegal drugs in LaHarpe City Hall and elsewhere in town came up empty, although dogs “hit” on the smell that led officers to believe drugs may have been present at some point. The search was ordered Thursday afternoon at the request of... [More]

Aging with Attitude

Local senior citizens will learn about topics from health and finances to tourism and romance at the “Aging With Attitude” regional expo Friday, April 27. The event, which returns to Iola for the second year, targets senior citizens but others who want to learn more... [More]

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School libraries get boost from PTO fundraisers

A shrinking library budget for USD 257 caught the eye of Iola Parent Teacher Organization members. The budget for the district’s elementary schools went from $9,464 last year to $3,200 in 2017-18, noted Holly Jerome, a PTO member. “There were multiple books, supplies... [More]

Mildred in focus Saturday

MILDRED — The Allen County Historical Society spring meeting will take attendees to the Mildred Store Saturday. Owners Regena and Loren Lance will discuss Mildred’s history, its impact on Allen County and the surrounding area. Several photos and other historic artifacts... [More]

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New softball and baseball backstops show value of teamwork in the community

An effort to install new net backstops at softball and baseball diamonds at Riverside Park illustrates the value of working together, Iola Mayor Jon Wells said. Wells is also a member of the Iola Elks Lodge 569, which has a goal of keeping children active and healthy, he said.... [More]

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Mustangs put up solid performance in Chanute

Despite being without a number two singles player, the Iola tennis team had a fine showing on Monday in Chanute, finishing the day with a 9-2 overall record. Elijah Fawson moved back to  the number one singles spot after a couple of successful tournaments competing at the... [More]

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Fillies let mistakes compound in losses at Osawatomie

The Iola softball team progressed in some areas Tuesday night while being swept at Osawatomie. The Fillies hit the ball better and played one decently clean game defensively but still made far too many errors losing game one 11-6 and game two 21-6. Iola drops to 1-7 and 1-3... [More]

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UNFAZED: Mustangs grab fourth and fifth-straight wins in emphatic fashion at Osawatomie

Last season — even at their most successful — the Iola baseball team struggled to score runs. The pitching was always there but if the Mustangs had to make up for more than a couple of runs, Iola players, coaches and fans got pretty nervous. The 2018 Mustangs do not... [More]

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Wildcats take fourth at Fredonia tournament

The Yates Center golf team brought a full squad to the Fredonia High School Invitational on Tuesday and came away with a fourth-place finish as a team. The top-five team finish is especially impressive considering that three of the six golfers competing were playing in the first... [More]

Yates Center gets home sweep over Marmaton Valley

Yates Center softball faced little resistance when they hosted Marmaton Valley on Monday, sweeping the Lady Cats. Yates Center won the first game 13-4 and the second 16-1. The home Lady Cats moved to 7-1 this season and their visiting counterparts fell to 5-5. In game one, they... [More]

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