Florine Oliver, former Iolan, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Satellite Beach, Fla., Thursday, May 15, 2014. She was born on July 23, 1937, in Orange, Calif., to Floyd and Zenobia Cokeley.
Florine touched many lives by her generosity and love. She enjoyed being together with her family and friends, the more the merrier. She had a very special love for little children and hearing their laughter.
Florine is survived by her husband Earl, the love of her life for 54 years; her son Jeff, the apple of her eye, and loving friend John, Satellite Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Cheryl Pinkerton, Satellite Beach, Fla., and Sandra Street, Sallisaw, Okla.; several aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Cokeley, her mother Zenobia Raines and sister Mary Lou Cornell.
A memorial celebration will be at a later date in Florida.
Memorial donations in Florine’s name may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church in Iola or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Margaret Maude (Peggy) Chambers Schmidt of Saddlebrooke, Ariz., died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. She passed with grace and dignity after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. She was pre-deceased by her dear parents, Alice Louise and Adelbert Royal Chambers, sister... [More]
Wilbur “Glenn” Kunkel, Jr., 75, Olathe, formerly of Moran and Chanute, passed away Feb. 4, 2016, at his home. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lenexa United Methodist Church, 9138 Caenen Lake Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215. Visitation will start at 1 o’clock,... [More]
Harold Lee “Red” VanHouden, 78, Iola, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Olathe Medical Center.Harold was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Fredonia, the son of Lloyd and Thelma (Davis) VanHouden. He served in four branches of the U.S. military: Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard... [More]
PITTSBURG — Any discussion of the technical education center planned for Allen County is bound to contain mention of the successful operations at a similar facility up and running in Pittsburg.The Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center is a large, repurposed... [More]
Iola City Council members spent more than two hours Thursday discussing long-range plans the city should consider.And while the discussion touched on several topics — everything from beefing up the city’s utility infrastructure to a possible archery range at Elks... [More]
A recent survey of Allen County gave sobering news.For many, they lack access to affordable and nutritious food.The survey’s results were announced Jan. 26 by Allen County GROW Food and Farm Council.Among the findings:Nearly half of Allen County’s residents (44 percent)... [More]
On Thursday, Iola High School supporters took the opportunity to thank and wish the best of luck to four staples of their football program as the quartet signed to continue their football careers.Coach Doug Kerr hosted the signing announcement for seniors Evan Sigg, Gus Luedke,... [More]
Allen Community College women’s soccer sent a pair of standout performers to the next level Wednesday afternoon. Emilee Mitchell and Jamie Cronister each signed to continue their collegiate playing careers with Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.“It... [More]