Ramona Zoe Percy, 85, rural Douglas County, passed away at her home on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. She was born on July 17, 1928, in Home, the daughter of James C. and Velma K. Barlow Riepen.
Ramona graduated from Topeka High School in 1946 and went on to attend Washburn University. While playing cornet in the band at Washburn, she met her husband, Eugene Mack Percy, who was drum major of the Ichabod Marching Band. They were married on May 9, 1947. They raised their five girls, instilling a love of music in each one and all play several instruments and sing.
Ramona was a homemaker while raising her family and then was employed by the Santa Fe Employee Benefits Association for 21 years before retiring. She raised her family as active members in their church. Ramona was a member of Shawnee Heights Christian Church and attended the Stull United Methodist Church, which was close to her home. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 25 years.
Ramona was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, on Feb. 12, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jerry J. Piepen and Garman J. Riepen; one step-great-granddaughter, Lilly Clanton; and one brother-in-law, Carl Percy.
She is survived by five daughters and their husbands; Ianthe and Pat Wozniak, Garden City, Mo., Rebecca and Michael Jones, Lawrence, Melissa and Stan Drumm, Spokane, Wash., Patricia and George Ferguson, Kansas City, Kan., and Renetta Jean and Brad Dawson, Hays. She and Eugene and seven grandchildren, Jami Wozniak Van Hercke, Andy Wozniak, Brian Wozniak, Meranda Bumgardner Martinez, Peggy Weitz Griffith, Annie Weitz Young, and Jack Kasselman, and step-grandchildren Kelli Drumm Carter, Erin Drumm Frelkin, Jessica Dawson and Matthew Dawson. She is survived by 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley J. Piepen Edmonds, Berryton; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law, Sylvia Riepen, Lyndon, Robert and Joan Percy, Manhattan, Oscar and Mary Jeanne Percy, Phoenix, Ariz., Glenn and Jeanne Ann Percy, Iola, and Claude and Yvonne Percy, Roeland Park; and many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Stull United Methodist Church. Burial will follow the next day at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iola. Memorial contributions may be given to the Washburn University Music Department in care of the Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar street, Topeka, Kansas 66604. Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel is assisting the family. To send the family a special message online visit www.penwellgabeltopeka.com.
Robert Guy Olney, Jr., 66, Fort Scott, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo. Graveside services will be at noon, Tuesday, in Highland Cemetery, Iola. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.... [More]
Alta “Allie” Tennyson, 44, Iola, passed away Tuesday at the St. Luke Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Potts Chapel, Independence, with Pastor Mike Adam of the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Independence,... [More]
Dietra “DeDe” McDown was welcomed into the loving arms of Our Lord on March 5, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Dietra was born Sept. 10, 1955, in Bresley Colo., to Ethel Hagan and Manford Carr. The family moved to Kansas in 1968. On May 3, 1977, she married... [More]
At a time when most mothers-to-be are shopping for infant wear and putting the finishing touches on their new babies’ rooms, Katrina Beatty, pregnant and alone, is in jail. Beatty, 37, was arrested Dec. 11 on drug charges and has been in the county jail since. Her baby,... [More]
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on USD 257 schools. The series takes an inside look into USD 257’s facilities and sheds light on the problems the district faces.Dim, flickering lights illuminate crumbling plaster walls of Iola High School’s... [More]
Bolling’s Meat Market and Deli, Iola, is the definition of a growing business. Since opening its Iola location in 2010, the business has expanded multiple times. The market’s desire to grow helped earn it a Kansas Small Business Development Center Emerging Business... [More]
GARNETT — Burlington High’s Wildcats, one of the strongest girls basketball programs in the area, was on its heels. After the Wildcats rolled through the regular season with a 19-1 mark, then opened substate play with a 32-point romp over Anderson County,... [More]
GARNETT — It stands to reason that Iola High’s up-and -down season would boil down to an up-and-down substate championship game. That the Mustangs never blinked when their opponents from Anderson County opened the contest with a barrage of 3-pointers was... [More]