Mary Likely


December 27, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Mary Charlotte Ruth Likely, 84, Bronson, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Iola Nursing Center.

She was born Nov. 12, 1927, at Mildred, the daughter of William Joseph Martin and Birdie Pearl Collins Martin.

Mary graduated from Kincaid High School. She married George Noel Likely on April 12, 1947. He preceded her in death on June 16, 1985.

Mary had worked in the fabric department at J.C. Penney in Fort Scott and later supervised the fabric department at the Fort Scott Walmart for several years. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting as well as collecting butterflies and stamps. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Iola and a past member of Triple B Club of Bronson and Rebecca Lodge. 

Survivors include her seven children, Georgia Ramsey and her husband, Frank, Mapleton, Candise Larson, Moran, Susan O’Nele and her husband, Kevin, Aurora, Colo., Margaret Peters and her husband, Robert, Meeker, Okla., Annette Jarvis, Moundridge, Mary Alice Abbott, Fort Scott, and Joseph Noel Likely and his wife, Brenda, McPherson; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Alvin Martin, Walnut, and a sister, Wilma Morton of California. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Martin, and a sister, Margaret Martin.

Lloyd Houk conducted funeral services this morning at Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel.  Burial followed in the Bronson Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Make a Wish Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel, 501 Pine, P.O. Box 93, Bronson, KS 66716. Words of remembrance may be submitted online at 


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