Obituaries

Vera Eileen Taylor McBride, 96, died at Lincoln County Hospital in Lincoln Kan., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. She was the last remaining member of a family of eight children of John & Mary Jane (Ralston) Taylor. She was born June 16, 1918, and went to school at Pleasant Hill, and graduated from Beverly High School. She married Cyril (Cy) McBride on Sept. 4, 1937, and had three children: Virginia Diane, Judith Eileen, and Steven Craig. For many years she was a teacher, and thoroughly enjoyed working at Anderson’s Clothing Store in Lincoln for several years. She was a member of the Beverly Methodist Church and had been a pianist for several years. She was a life member of Chapter 48 Order of Eastern Star and former District Aide. Preceding her in death was her husband Cy in 1994, and daughter Virginia in 2005. Survivors are her daughter Judy (Rick) Shorter of Kechi, Kan.; and son Steve (Debbie) of rural Beverly; son-in-law Barry Gibson; and nine grandchildren; 26 greatgrandchildren, and 17 greatgreat-grandchildren. A graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the Beverly Cemetery in Beverly, Kan., Pastor Kay Metzler presided. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Vera was in the care of Hall Funeral Home, Lincoln, Kan.

Elizabeth Mae Kerns, 91, of Grayson, Ga., passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2014. Her spirit is carried on through her sister, Ann Meili; five children, Deanna (John) Snare, Sharlene (Paul) Crofford, Robert (Elizabeth) Kerns, Jean (Howell) Powers, and Donald Kerns; 12 grandchildren, several greatgrandchildren, and her furry companion, Candy. Although she was born in Lincoln, Kan., Elizabeth called many places around the world home, as an army wife; Kansas, France, Germany, New York and lastly, Georgia. During her lifetime, Elizabeth stole the hearts of everyone she met and became known as “Grandma” to many more than just her grandchildren. Although there are not enough words to describe everything that she was, it is certain that she was a loving wife and mother, a tenderhearted grandmother and a loyal friend and neighbor. She was truly one of a kind and all are grateful for the days, months, or years that they were graced with her presence. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents Walter and Edith Hansen; husband of more than 63 years, Clinton; son, James; siblings, James, Frances, Cecil, Robert and Donald; and pets Snuggles, Coco and Koby. Memorial services were held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home located at 300 Simonton Road SW Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046. You can sign the online guestbook at www.stewartfh.com

William R. “Bill” Wolford, 67, of Lincoln, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was born Oct. 23, 1946, in Wichita to Russell and Mary Ellen (Lindsay) Wolford. He married Barbara Steinberg on Aug. 10, 1969 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He graduated Lincoln High School in 1965, and there he was referred to as “Tiny.” Bill worked at the Co-op as a petroleum and livestock manager. He was also a farmer until he retired. His hobbies included team penning and car racing. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of the home; mother, Mary, of Abilene; sister, Kay Marshall, of Tribune; brother, Joe Wolford, of Abilene; nieces, Diane Gentry, Audrey Cummings, Travis Wolford and Robin Prado; special friends, Garry Fuller, Neil Mcwhirter and Collin Schroeder; and many greatnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service was held Saturday, October 25, at Ryan Mortuary. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salina Animal Shelter, American Heart Association, American Cancer Association or donor’s choice and are in care of Ryan Mortuary 137 N. Eighth St. Salina, Ks 67401. Online condolences can be made at ryanmortuary.com.