Junele Small


September 20, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Avis Junele Small Armentrout, 89, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Shawnee. She was born June 23, 1930, to George W. and Clara M. (Schlatter) Small in Bellaire, Smith County.  She graduated from Iola High School, a proud member of the class of 1948, and received bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Emporia State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) and taught elementary school mostly in Kansas for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Gloria (Small) and her husband, Richard Land.

She is survived by her brother and his wife, Ernie and Norma Small; her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Katherine (Johns) Randle; her granddaughter and husband, Kasey (Randle) and Jesse Biehler; her great-grandchildren, Breeley and Briggsley; a special niece, Tamera (Land) who was instrumental in her end-of-life care and husband Randy Keefer; niece and husband, Terri (Land) and John Wells; niece and husband, Renee (Small) and Stan Bartos; niece and husband, Stacy (Small) and Bill Riggins; nephew Barry Land; nephew and wife, Alan and Melissa (Boschert) Land; nephew and wife, Tony and Barb (Becker) Small; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was a mom without equal, the best “Gramsbear” ever and a very special “Geat Geat Gamba.” She had a lot of patience for her school kids, a soft spot in her heart for “underdogs” and was a tireless defender of children. These qualities made her a good, caring teacher, which was definitely her calling.

Because of her love for children, the family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Small Family Scholarship Fund (Iola High School) c/o Feuerborn Funeral Home, Iola.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Highland Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Lloyd Houk.


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