Obituary

Phyllis Darrah

McPherson -- Phyllis Kathleen Darrah, 101 & 1/2, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 4:10 a.m., Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, peacefully, at Heartland Haven in rural Inman.

Phyllis was born in Waverly, Kansas, on November 30, 1914, a daughter of Snowy Jane (Nutt) and Roy Baccus Sickler.

Phyllis attended the Waverly grade schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1932. She then attended Nurse's Training in McPherson.

She was a faithful Christian since the age of 17 and a member of Waverly and  McPherson Church of Christ.

Phyllis was a Homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family and friends in this manner.

Phyllis was a member of the Sweet Adeline's, Tops, and a couple of quilting groups. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, bowling, sewing; bred and showed Persian Cats; and loved spending time with her family.  

When her husband was in the military, she made Angel Food Cakes from scratch, rented out a room for rent in the basement, helped out at the hospital, raising canaries and Angora Rabbits, sold savings bonds and anything else she could to help with the war effort and her family.

Phyllis Kathleen Sickler was united in marriage to James Chadwick Darrah on July 7, 1934, in McPherson. He died on March 7, 1969.

Phyllis Kathleen Darrah was united in marriage to George Oldenstadt on June 27, 1982, in McPherson. He died on September 5, 1996.

She is survived by her children, Janelle Goering and her husband David, of Towanda, Kansas, James L. Darrah, of Overland Park, Kansas, Philip C. Darrah and his wife Kathleen, of McPherson; and Kathleen Swanson and her husband Rodger, of McPherson; her step-daughter, Suzanne Oldenstadt, of Wichita, Kansas; 13 - grandchildren - Michael Goering and wife Carolyn, Marc Goering and wife Norma, Melinda Wagner and husband Mark, Steven Darrah, Julie Darrah, Chad Darrah and wife Dana, Nicholas Darrah, Rebekah Darrah, Sara Matlock and husband Andy, Dara Sutton and husband Ash,  Jamie McAnulty & husband Scott, Georgia Bryant and husband Josh, and Julia Ormond and husband Keenan; 24 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Chad Darrah and George Oldenstadt; brother, Duane Sickler, sister, Wilma E. Smith, and step-son, Paul Oldenstadt.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 3 to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

Funeral service will be held at the McPherson Church of Christ, McPherson, Kansas, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th, 2016, with Minister Gary Witcher officiating.

The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McPherson Church of Christ and can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Mary Martin

Formerly of Canton -- Mary L. Martin, 82, formerly of Canton, died June 16, 2016, at the Medical Center of McKinney in McKinney, Texas.

She was born on July 23, 1933, in Wellington, the daughter of P.K. “Joe” and Alice (Shore) Nail.

On November 27, 1968, she married Marvin L. Martin in Wichita. He died September 7, 2000.

Mary served the Canton community as City Clerk from 1978 - 1998. In the past she was also the Canton Municipal Court Clerk, Secretary/Treasurer of Canton Summer Recreation, Secretary and Treasurer of the McPherson County Fair Association and the Canton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

She was a member of the Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, International Association of Municipal Clerks, City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers of Kansas and the Kansas Oil Secretaries Association.

After retirement Mary relocated to Hillsboro and had spent the last six years living in Fairview, Texas, with son Bill and his wife, Susan.

Survivors include two sons, Bill (Susan) Hedgpeth, Fairview, Texas, and Terry (Sabrena) Martin, Bella Vista, Arkansas; a daughter, Tammy (Kurt) Shaw, Hillsboro; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, John Nail, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Canton Township Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

A memorial has been established with the McPherson County Humane Society, in care of Olson’s Mortuary, Canton.

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