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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Deaths

Carl Allen Steffan

Carl Allen Steffan, 46, Rose Hill, Kan., formerly of Nevada, died June 12, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, Kan. He was born Feb. 18, 1958, in Nevada to Dr. Fred L. and Virginia Marie Nofftz Steffan. On Aug. 12, 1977, he married Pamela Sue Thron. He graduated from Nevada High School in 1976. He received an associates degree in business from Wentworth College. He then attended Fort Scott Community College where he became an L.P.N.

He is survived by his wife Pamela, of the home; two sons, Adam Carl Steffan, Aurora, Andrew Jacob Steffan, Rose Hill, Kan.; one daughter, Valerie Mae Steffan, Rose Hill, Kan.; one sister, Mary Anne Graham, Columbia, and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Paul; and one sister, Nancy.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Newton Burial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ralph Clark. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Thursday and the family will receive friends from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steffan Family College Fund.

Evelyn Alice Ross

Evelyn Alice Ross, 90, Excelsior Springs, died June 12, 2004, at Valley Manor & Rehabilitation Center, Excelsior Springs. She was born March 24, 1914, to Melvin and Rose (Zimmerman) Campbell. She married Albert Lee Ross Sr. on Nov. 22, 1929.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and five sisters. She is survived by her husband, Albert Lee Ross Sr., Excelsior Springs; four children, Albert L. Ross Jr., Garnett, Kan., Mary Lou McCullough, Excelsior Springs, Robert Ross, Liberty, and David Ross, Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held today, at 10 a.m. at Heuser Funeral Chapel. Officiating was Brother Bill Perkey. Music was "Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden." Pallbearers were Larry A. McCullough, Steven Ross, David Ross, Ron Ross, Robert Ross, and Albert Ross. Interment was at the Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill. Arrangements were by Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.

Ida Bell Smith

Ida Bell Smith, 72, Nevada, died June 12, 2004. Services were held at Ferry Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m., on June 16, with the Rev. Wes Anderson officiating. Soloist was Monty Gordon. Musical selections were "Beyond the Sunset" and "Mansion Over the Hilltop." Organist was Mollie Denning. Pallbearers were Bob Williams, Earl Williams, Kenny Davis, Kent Wright, Bob Barlow and Neal Swan. Interment was in Moore Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituaries

Mary Ellen Budd

Mary Ellen Budd, 64, Nevada, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at Nevada Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born May 22, 1940, in Kendrick, Okla., to Cleo D. Foster and Jenell Barger Foster. She married Marvin C. Budd on March 20, 1980, in Nevada, and he survives of the home.

She grew up in Port Chicago, Calif. She came to Moundville with her grandparents in 1960. She attended Fort Scott Community College. She worked for Key Work Clothes and later at Nevada State Hospital as a lab tech for 11 years. She last worked for Wal-Mart in Nevada for the past 23 years until her retirement due to illness in 2003. She was an avid bowler.

Survivors in addition to her husband Marvin include two daughters, Stormy Purcell, Toganoxie, Kan., and Misty Noel, Lamar; two sons, Ralph Noel, Nevada, and Marvin Noel, Deerfield; stepson, Butch Budd, Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Dorothy McCoy, Winslow, Ark., and Jeanie Ellis, Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren, Joey Purcell, Jennifer Purcell, Jenell Noel, Cody Noel, LaDuska Person, Jeremiah Person, Dalton Noel, Joshua Loiselle and Amy Noel; three great-grandchildren, Jackson Noel, Tanner Thurman, and Amber Thurman; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister.

Funeral Services were held June 15, at 2 p.m., at Ferry Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Bill Smith. Musical selections were, "Old Shep," "In the Garden," "Crying in the Chapel" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." Pallbearers were Wes Hart, Renn Corbin, Mike Compton, Terry Files, James Smith, and Bill Stephens. Honorary Pallbearers were Kevin Broughton, Glenda McGarraugh, Mark Jackson, Roy Phillips, Marvin Noel, Mary Lou Cowen, Kenneth Snead and Butch Budd. Interment was in Welborn Cemetery, Moundville.

Memorials may be given in her memory to the Vernon County Cancer Relief Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home.