Share |

‘Skip’ Becker


LeaAnne (Skip) Becker passed peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the age of 79. Born Aug. 13, 1934, to Janet (Bishop) and David Leaves, Skip grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Haddonfield New Jersey in 1951. After marrying her first husband, James V. Withey, she moved to Ponca City, Okla. It was in the  Midwest that she created her home and her legacy.
Skip was an intelligent, adventurous and passionate soul. She had a great love of literature, poetry, classical music, opera and the theater. In her earlier years she was active in the theater and was a charter member of the Ponca City Playhouse. She directed numerous productions and performed in various theatrical pieces. She was also well known for her interior decorating skills and her homes became an expression of both beauty and art.
Skip then met and fell in love with Donald E. Becker, husband of 35 years. They married Nov. 10, 1979, in Wichita. Together they had six children, Jim Withey, Alison Withey, Shelia Withey and David Becker, Kindrid Becker-Coyne and Danielle Becker-Greenwood. She has four beautiful granddaughters, Ainslee Withey, Gillian Withey, Sarah Withey and Catherine Greenwood. After raising her family she earned her B.A. from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her masters of fine arts from Emporia State University. She has won several awards for academic achievement and creative writing. She has shared her love of language by teaching at both Northern Oklahoma College and Allen County Community College.
Upon retirement, Skip and Don moved from Ponca City to Iola. She was active in the community through volunteer poetry readings, an association with Thrive Allen County and was a strong supporter of ACARF.
Skip’s indomitable spirit will be greatly missed by her loving family, friends and community. She instilled in her family a sense of determination, strength and love of life and they will carry on her legacy. She has left her mark on the world, and it is indeed, a more beautiful place.
Skip will be interred in Hoisington, Kan. The family will hold a private celebration of her life when the spring flowers bloom.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that heartfelt donations be made to ACARF, 305 E. Hwy 54, LaHarpe, KS 66751.


Joyce Teter


Joyce Marie Teter, 74, Ottawa, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.She was born in Iola on Sept. 5, 1942, to Alfred and Mary Willett Stevenson, and lived her entire life in Ottawa.Memorial services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. Visitation... [More]

Paul Scheibmeir


Paul R. Scheibmeir, 85, of Iola, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola.Paul was born on May 27, 1931 at Neosho Falls. He was the first of two sons born to Herman J. and May C. (Henson) Scheibmeir. Paul grew up in the Neosho Falls and Piqua... [More]

Jimmy Jones


Iola native Jimmy Jones, 70, Salina, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.    Memorials are suggested to the Salina Animal Shelter or Hospice of Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

More Obituaries


Adopt-A-Child sign-up slated for next week


Next week, Christmas begins.Signup is next Tuesday for this year’s Adopt-A-Child program at Iola’s First Baptist Church, 801 N. Cottonwood.The outreach is for low-income families who struggle to provide gifts under the tree come Christmas morning.Organizers Cheryl... [More]

Site plan approved; G&W Foods construction to begin


A site plan has been approved by the Iola City Council, clearing the way for construction to begin on a G&W Foods grocery store in Iola.City Council members voted, 7-0, (Austin Sigg was absent) to adopt the site plan for the 17,000-square-foot facility at the old Allen County... [More]

Candidate forum Wednesday


A candidate forum for local, state and federal races will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Iola High School.Slated to participate are:Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy, a Republican, and his challenger, Mike Aronson, an independent.Caryn Tyson, a Republican from Parker, seeking re-election... [More]

More News

AP Video


Prep playoff scenarios as final games come closer


The postseason fate of several area high schools — Iola included — will be decided this week.The regular season wraps up Thursday and Friday, with high school playoffs beginning next week.The top two teams from each district will earn playoff spots, with each district’s... [More]

PARTY LIKE 1989: Cubs to state; end 27-year drought


ARMA — Well, we’ve seen it before, but just not in the lifetime of this sportswriter or any member of the 2016 state-bound Humboldt Cubs volleyball team.In 1989, the second-seeded Cubs upset Southeast (Cherokee) in the sub-state final to advance to the state volleyball... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription