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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Births

Abigail Lynn Harris

Michael and Jamei Harris, Hume, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Lynn Harris. Abigail was born at 9:30 p.m., on Oct. 1, 2004, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 21.25 inches. She joins two sisters, Makinzi Taylor Harris and Kennidi Nicole Harris. Paternal grandparents are Tacy Harris, Hume, and the late John Harris. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Brad Doolin, Nevada, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wolf, Lamar. Maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lessman, Golden City, Mo., and Nanabel Doolin, Milo.

Ryan Adam McInroy

Nathan and Brandi McInroy, Nevada, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Ryan Adam McInroy. Ryan was born at 2:45 p.m., on Oct. 2, 2004, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches. Paternal grandparents are Rick and Geri McInroy, Nevada. Paternal great-grandparents are I.F. Zoglmann, Dick McInroy, both of Milo, and Deanna Francis, Nevada. Paternal great-great-grandparent is Treva McInroy, Nevada. Maternal grandparents are Steve and Carol Morris, Pittsburg, Kan. Maternal great-grandparents are Don and Rose Morris, Opolis, Kan., Reed Smith, Liberal, Mo., and Yvonne Vinze, Girard, Kan. Maternal great-great-grandparent is Floyd Riley, Oak Grove, Va.

Deaths

Clyde Raymond Albright

Clyde Raymond Albright, 88, of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1916, in Vernon County, Mo., the son of Charles Albright and Elsie Thompson Albright. He married Frances Lena Carter who preceded him in death in 1993. He married Mary Margaret "Marge" Murphy on Oct. 1, 1979, in Fort Scott.

He was a farmer stockman and owned and operated the Fort Scott Sale Barn prior to his retirement. He served as a past board member of Rural Water District No. 1, which later consolidated into District No. 2. Clyde attended the Diamond Community Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marge, of the home; one son, Clyde Charles "Butch" Albright, Manhattan, Kan.; two daughters, Rosemary Clary, Johnson, Kan., and Elizabeth "Libby" King, Fort Scott; a brother, Frank Albright, Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Albright.

The Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Clarksburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Diamond Community Church or St. Mary's Catholic School and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Georgia Fay Davis

Georgia Fay Davis, 83, of 405 Heylman, Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at the Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott. She was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Swart, Mo., the daughter of Roy Elba Rourk and Laura June McDaniel Rourk. At the age of 9, she survived polio. She married Harold W. Davis on Nov. 27, 1949, at rural Fort Scott, Kan.

She worked for seven years as a policy register clerk in the automobile department of the Western Insurance Company. Later, she enrolled in flower arrangement and cake, decorating courses at Fort Scott Community College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher for 13 years. She helped organize the Historical Room of the First Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Old Fort Genealogical Society. She was also a member of AARP and a charter member of the Western's ONO Club.

Survivors include her husband, Harold, of the home; a son, Dan Davis, Bronaugh; a daughter, Karla Stevens, Nixa, Mo.; a brother, Russell Rourk, Bronaugh; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Alva Rourk and Paul Rourk.

The Rev. Duane McCracken will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Obituaries

Donald Eldon Welton

Donald Eldon Welton, age 84, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, He was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Pawhuska, Okla., to the late Eldon Roswell Welton and Grace Lee Sheets Welton. He was raised in Deerfield.

After graduating from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Don worked as a research chemist with DuPont for 41 years, He holds numerous U.S. and International patents. After retiring from DuPont, Don continued a productive professional life by consulting with Equistar, where a spokesman said his work was "valued greatly."

He was a past president and 62-year member of the Victoria Chapter of the American Chemical Society. Don was active in the community as a long-time Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the DeLeon District Committee. He was a past president and long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria. He was the first president of the Smith Elementary PTA. He was also a member of the Toastmasters and worked with the Literacy Council, mentoring adults who were learning to speak English.

Don loved all types of music. He was a long-time supporter and a past president of the Victoria Bach Festival. He began his musical career learning to play the trumpet at age 6, and he performed in jazz and swing bands throughout his life. Don was a "tool nut," collecting hundreds of tools, all of which he knew how to use and would produce at the appropriate time. As an inventor, he took great pleasure in "re-engineering" every piece of equipment that he acquired. He was the first person in Victoria to build a television set from a kit. Don was generous with his time and talents, always available to use his many tools to help friends, family and strangers. Don loved his work, and was devoted to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Welz Welton of Victoria; stepmother, Hazel Welton, of Deerfield; daughters, Susan Hyak and husband, Ronnie, of Victoria, Texas, Carol Hurley, of Conroe, Texas, and Laura Heupel and husband, Dick, of Bloomington, Ind.; sons, Michael Welton, of Victoria, Texas, Bruce Welton and wife, Pam, of Mulberry, Ind., and Chris Welton, of Dallas, Texas; brother, Boyd Lee Welton of Oakland, Calif; grandchildren, Denise Mills, of Phoenix, Ariz., Kristin Welton, of Tucson, Ariz, Tiffany Welton, of Corvallis, Ore., Ron Hyak, of Victoria, Texas, Melanie Hyak, of Victoria, Texas, Kate Hurley, of Conroe, Texas, Melanie Heupel, of Bloomington, Ind., Gina Heupel, of Bloomington, Ind., and Claire Elizabeth Welton, of Dallas, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Andrea Mills and Taylor Mills, both of Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in Victoria, Texas, with the Rev. Frank Schulman officiating. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Sept, 7, 2004, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria, Texas.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in the Ferry Funeral Home Chapel, Nevada. Graveside services will follow in Deerfield Cemetery at 1:30 p.m., in Deerfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Victoria Bach Festival or the Donald E. Welton Memorial Science Scholarship Fund at First Victoria National Bank through the Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 3304 Mockingbird Lane, Victoria. TX 77904.

Edith Mae Ramsey

Edith Mae Ramsey, 85, Nevada, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 7, 1919, in Reading, Pa., to Paul George Kock and Mary Louise Winkleman Kock. She married Ray Ramsey on Sept. 3, 1938, in Elkton, Md., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 2004.

Following her marriage to Ray, they came to Nevada. She and Ray bought the Ramsey Motel in 1943, which the family still operates today. She retired in 1996. She was a charter member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Jolly Homemaker's Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Edie Ramsey-Mason and her husband, Garland, Nevada; two sisters, Mary Louise Anderson, Carthage, and Ruth M. Hann, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers, Donald Kock, Bobby Kock and Leon Kock, all of Reading, Pa.; and one grandson, Mark Alan Lee and family, Nevada. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny Kock, Bernard Kock and Paul Kock.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with pastor Kim Osborn officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.