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Jane Works


Ethel Jane (Dodge) Works, rural Humboldt, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Iola at the age of 96.
She was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Manhattan, the daughter of William P. and Faith A. (Cooper) Dodge.
Jane graduated from Manhattan High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University) in 1940. In 1942 she married George H. Works, who preceded her in death in 1980.
Jane and George, together with George’s brother, Jack (John R. Works), ran a successful farming operation west of Humboldt. In 1966, Jane and George were named Kansas Master Farm Homemaker and Kansas Master Farmer, respectively.
Jane was an active member of the Humboldt community. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Hoe and Hope Garden Club, South Logan EHU, and was a 66-year member of Chapter AM of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She had been an active member of the Allen County Farm Bureau, St. Joseph’s Altar Society, Humboldt Historical Society, Humboldt Music Club, Allen County Community College Endowment Association, several local bridge clubs, and was a 4-H leader for many years.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Bob (Tami) Works, Lincoln, Neb., Ginny (Jeff) Petersen, Morgantown, W. Va., Joe (Jane) Works, Humboldt, Dick (Karen) Works, Humboldt, and Fred (Judy) Works, Iola; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Mildred Erickson, Freeland, Wash.; her brother-in-law and wife, Charles and Mary Works, Gloucester, Mass.; sister-in-law, Anna Mae (Weilert) Works, Humboldt; three nephews, six nieces and their families.
Besides her husband and parents, Jane was preceded in death by two brothers and spouses, Robert and Sue Dodge and Dick and Doris Dodge, brother-in-law John R. (Jack) Works and his spouses Mary Ruth (Vanskike) Works and Marguerite (McAdam) Works, and brother-in-law, M.L. Erickson.
Family was very important to Jane, and she made sure throughout her lifetime that her family members got together frequently, and that the history of the family was preserved. She was proud of her pioneer ancestors.
Funeral plans are pending. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola is handling arrangements. Donations may be made in her memory to the Friends of Allen County 4-H.
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