Obituary

Betty Jean James

Betty Jean James, 77, of Inman and formerly of McPherson, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Pleasant View Home, Inman.  She was a homemaker and also worked for Sterling Drug.

Betty was born on April 2, 1937, in Mitchell County, KS, the daughter of Marion and Ethel (Sherbundy) Wood.  She graduated from Beloit High School.  On August 12, 1956, Betty was united in marriage to Richard Dean James in Osborne, KS.  He preceded her in death on March 2, 2004.

Survivors include: children, Richard James of Salina, KS, Sheryl Pelnar (Gerald) of McPherson, KS and Mike James (Debbie) of Inman, KS; sisters, Lois Roach of Newton, KS and Joanne Bowles (Pete) of Florence, Alabama; brother, Marion Wood (Joanne) of McPherson, KS; former daughter-in-law, Suzanne James of Salina, KS; six grandchildren, Brian Merryfield, Dustin Merryfield, Cole Merryfield, Jessica Seidel, Richard W. James, and Joshua Dean James: and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, David Lee James.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, October 27, 2014, at Stockham Family Funeral Home.  

Memorial donations may be given to Pleasant View Home (Cottonwood Corner) in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Phyllis (Fernberg) Hawkinson

Phyllis (Fernberg) Hawkinson, 94, passed away October 20, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg. She was born June 7, 1920 to Phillip and Hanna (Burk) Fernberg in New Gottland, Kansas.

Growing up a farm girl in New Gottland, she graduated from McPherson High School and earned a 1 year teaching credential from Bethany College. She taught at country schools in McPherson County until 1943, when she moved to Los Angeles with her family. In that same year she met Al Sjolander who she would marry in November. He went off to war and she stayed in L.A. and worked as a bank teller until he came home. They raised a family and were married for 28 years until Al’s death in 1973.

Phyllis worked at Augsburg-Fortress Church Supply store for 12 years until 1980, when she married Rev. Paul Hawkinson. They moved to Marquette where he took a call as pastor of Elim Lutheran Church. In 1985 he retired and they moved to Lindsborg where she was involved in many church activities as well as the Retired Teachers Association and the Lindsborg Hospital Auxilliary.

She loved her garden, her many friends and family, and especially her music. She often said that music was a part of her soul and she enjoyed playing for different groups well into her late 80s.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, John Sjolander, a brother, John Fernberg, and a sister Elizabeth Allen.

She is survived by a daughter; Ann Sjolander, and her husband Christopher Palmer; a step-daughter, Naomi Beckering and her husband Todd; a daughter-in-law, Milagros (Mitos) Sjolander; grandchildren: Malin, David, and Kathleen; and a great-grandchild Emmanuel John.

Burial will be October 28, 10:00 am at New Gottland Cemetery with a memorial service, 2:00 pm, at Bethany Lutheran Church. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Bethany Home or Bethany Church in care of Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, PO Box 386, Lindsborg, KS 67456.

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