Share |

Frances Clay

mugshot

Frances M. “Fran” Clay, 68, Iola, and formerly of Parsons, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She had been in failing health.
She was born Feb. 9, 1945, in New London, Conn., to Francis Wilfred and Hester Virginia (Herman) Gentile. She grew up and attended school in Connecticut. In 1973, she moved to Parsons and the South Mound area for several years. For a time, she returned to Parsons until moving to Iola in 2008 where she worked for USD 257 as administrative secretary in food service. For more than 22 years, she worked as a secretary in the Athletic Department at Labette Community College in Parsons.
Fran was an avid animal lover, worked in animal shelters and taught dog training classes for many years. She also enjoyed gardening, canning and tending to her flowers. Through the years, she especially enjoyed volunteering at the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility.
She and Larry S. Clay were married in February 1969. They later divorced.
Survivors include one daughter, Jodi Grover and husband, David, Cheney; seven grandchildren, Elijah Grover, Isaiah Grover, Micah Grover, Scott Clay, Courtney Clay-Welch, Anna Davied and Michael Davied.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Todd Clay, on Feb. 20, 1999.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Community College Foundation or the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

OBITUARIES

James Wade

thumb

James Marion Wade, 70, Holden, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, of a heart attack.Funeral services will be at Williams Funeral Chapel, 609 E. 10th St., Holden, at noon Wednesday. Visitation will be from 1 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the Chapel. A graveside... [More]

Cleo Pendlay

thumb

Cleo Stafford “Strut” Pendlay passed away on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Pleasant View Home in Inman. He was 91.Strut was born Nov. 15, 1922 in Yates Center, the son of Louis Benjamin and Eva Belle (Need) Pendlay. Strut was raised in Woodson County and was a resident... [More]

Kathryn Tilman

thumb

Kathryn Joan Tilman, 81, Humboldt, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.Kathryn was born Sept. 28, 1933, in Iola, the daughter of Lloyd E. and Dorothy B. (Baker) Morgan. She grew up in Kansas and Virginia and graduated from Iola High... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

How we got here; Building new would be a first since 1950

thumb

The first school to be built in Iola was in 1868. Jumping ahead to 1916, here’s a record of the success and defeat of bond elections to either renovate or build new schools. 1916 — Iola High School built ($100,000)1939 — Jefferson and Lincoln elementary schools... [More]

Continued maintenance of old buildings robs funds for students, teachers

thumb

In a season long on meetings, but never short on patience, USD 257 Superintendent of Schools Jack Koehn hosted what was the final community forum before Tuesday’s election that will determine the direction of Iola schools.A sedate crowd of about 30 gathered in the gymnasium... [More]

Dole wraps up tour with stop in Iola

thumb

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole marked off Allen County as his 104th county stop in his Coming Home Tour Thursday afternoon. Dole appeared at St. John’s Parish Hall to visit with Allen Countains and endorse Lynn Jenkins and Pat Roberts in the upcoming election.“I’m... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Despite losses, Fillies advance at state volleyball tourney

thumb

SALINA — The Iola High Fillies volleyball team advanced to today’s final four at the state tournament.It was anything but easy.On Friday, Iola finished in a three-way tie with Girard and Nickerson at 1-2 in pool play at the Class 4A-II Tournament at Salina’s... [More]

Mustang miscues costly as season ends

thumb

A series of early miscues put Iola High’s Mustangs behind the 8-ball early on Thursday evening.They never could escape.The Mustangs turned the ball over four times, all at critical junctures, as visiting Girard took a 20-0 lead into halftime.Iola began to establish control... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription