Lila Mace


July 31, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Lila M. Mace, 94, Colony, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Golden Heights in Garnett.

She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Yuma, Colo., the daughter of John Benjamin and Edith Caroline (Drew) Husted. She grew up in the Colony area and graduated from Colony High School. 

Lila was united in marriage to Leslie “Pete” Mace Aug. 30, 1939, in Mesa, Ariz. This union was blessed with three sons and one daughter.  

Lila moved to Arizona with her brother, Donald, and Pete to find work. They worked as dairy farmers while in Arizona. Lila and Pete moved to a farm in the Colony area in 1947, spending the remainder of their lives on the family farm.  

She was a member of Assembly of God Church, Iola. Lila loved working outdoors. She also had a love of caring for the elderly and young children.  

Lila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete, on Nov. 28, 1999; brother Donald Husted; and three sisters, Elgia Worley, Millie Yates, and Evelyn McNamara.

She is survived by her sons, John L. Mace and wife Mary, Richmond, Jerry R. Mace, Colony, and Larry E. Mace and wife Jeannie, Madison, Neb.; daughter, Rita F. Dixon and husband Ralph, Humboldt; five grandchildren, Richard Dixon, Paul Dixon, Jerard Mace, Steve Wilson and Tony Wilson; and six great-grandchildren, Tina Dixon, Misty Dixon, Brenna Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Britney Wilson and Heather Wilson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. Burial will follow in the Welda Cemetery. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Heights or Mont Ida Church of the Brethren. Condolences to the family may be made at


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