Share |

Golda Colles

mugshot

Golda Marie Colles, 61, Paola, earned her wings on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was a limited edition, there was no one like her and if you knew her you were lucky.
She was born on Dec. 30, 1952, to James T. Fletcher who preceded her in death, and Velary Iden, Iola. She is also survived by her sister, Connie Wilson, Sioux Falls S.D.; brothers, J.T. Fletcher, Moran, and Shayne Iden, Iola. She was preceded in death by an infant sister Lyleann Fletcher. Golda is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 
She was united in marriage with the love of her life and best friend Bill Colles on Oct. 30, 1987. Together they united their families. April Colborn, La Harpe, and Aaron Oswalt, Iola, (both from Golda’s previous marriage) and Michael Colles, Las Vegas, Jenny Altis, Vassar, and Sean Colles, Gardner, (from Bill’s previous marriage). Golda always said, “There are no step-children in our family.” She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
She always made sure everyone else was taken care of before herself, this is why nursing was her career calling. She was also a pioneer in the hospice movement.
Golda was always in her element when she was surrounded by her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always loved a bargain and was never afraid to search for one.
We will all miss her smile, humor, and her strength. She was a warrior against cancer. She never felt sorry for herself. She was an inspiration to everyone that knew her.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Paola Chapel. Golda’s celebration of life will follow at noon Thursday at the funeral home.  
Memorial contributions can be made to Harden Hospice and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Golda’s name.
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Paola Chapel 305 N. Pearl St., Paola, KS 66071, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.penwellgabelpaola.comto leave online condolences.

OBITUARIES

Linda Williams

thumb

Linda Kay Williams, 69, La Cygne, formerly of Allen County, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  She was born on July 1, 1945, the youngest child of 14 to Bertlum and Lois Ryan Stokes. She married Alvin Grizzle on May 23, 1962. To this union three children were born.... [More]

Jeffery Miller

thumb

Iolan Jeffery Lynn Miller, 57, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, in Pittsburg. He married Kathy Barker on July 12, 1980, in Fort Scott, where they made their home. They moved to Aurora, Ill., for eight years and to Iola in 1990. Jeffery was... [More]

Dannis ‘Yogi’ Yocham

thumb

Dennis Wayne “Yogi” Yocham, 50, Fayetteville, Ark., died Nov. 26, 2014, at his home.He was born Dec. 13, 1963, in Iola, the third of four sons to Fred and Verna Barnes Yocham.When his mother passed away on Sept. 14, 1967, his maternal grandmother, Alice Barnes, took... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Area businesses reach out to displaced workers

thumb

COFFEYVILLE —A steady stream of job seekers filed through the second major job fair to be held in Montgomery County in the past five weeks.  Prompted by announcements that Amazon.com and Southwire Company — two of the region’s largest employers —... [More]

Ohio student with local ties celebrated

thumb

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Stephanie Fibelkorn, who crammed in more in her 21 brief years than some people twice her age, was honored at a memorial service Wednesday. Hundreds flocked to the memorial at Ohio State University, where she was a mechanical engineering student. Among... [More]

Health department explains services

thumb

Alice Maffett, interim nurse administrator for the SEK Multi-County Health Department, was the main speaker for Friday’s See, Hear Iola. The forum was one week earlier than normal because of the holiday. Maffett is standing in after the recent resignation of DeDe Martin,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Fillies comeback, but fall in overtime to Buffalos

thumb

  LACYGNE — Emma Piazza’s last second, halfcourt heave as time expired wasn’t enough to send the Fillies to double-overtime. Instead, Iola High lost to Prairie View 52-49 in a hard-fought — albeit sloppy at times — overtime contest on Thursday... [More]

Mustangs lose ‘emotionless’ game

thumb

LACYGNE — The Mustangs played a good first quarter, but quickly fell behind to lose at Prairie View 55-35 Thursday night. “I know that we weren’t really good,” coach Bill Peeper said. “It was kind of an emotionless, energy-less, passionless game.... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription