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Mona Abney, 59

Posted 7/23/2015

NEWTON – Mona R. Abney, 59, went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2015. She entered this world on June 11, 1956 to her parents Pat (Kelly) and Orville Jones.

Mona was born in Sterling, and raised in Newton. She graduated from Newton High School and later in life went on to achieve her real estate license.

Mona was known by many people and knew no strangers. She had a smile that would brighten the room when she entered.  Her love for the ranch and country led her to meeting Robert Abney.

On May 2, 1981, Robert and Mona were united in marriage in rural Newton, Kansas. In this marriage, three children were born, Morgan, Cody and Brandon.

For over 35 years, Mona’s life revolved around her family, and her love of horses and dogs. Mona was active at a young age with her horses, and developed a love for competing in barrel racing. She and Robert introduced their children and grandchildren to the rodeo life. Mona was that special “rodeo mom.”   Being active in the rodeos she was able to travel frequently with Robert and their kids.

Mona has worked in various venues as a business professional and was the administrative support for their own business.

Mona worked for G.L.C Real Estate Services and was a member of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors. 

Mona held a membership with the NewSpring Church in Wichita.

Preceding her in death is her father, Orville; brother, Bryan L. Jones; sister, Darla Nikkel.

Survivors include her husband Robert, Newton; mother Pat, Newton; daughter and husband, Morgan and Matt Schwabauer, children Caden and Kendall, Newton; two sons, Cody and wife Kelsea, Newton and Brandon Abney, Enid, Okla.

 Nephew, Ryan Nikkel and Wife Megan, Canton; niece’s Kylee Nikkel, Wichita, Kansas and Kasey Sprouse, Hutchinson.

 Visitation was at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m. with the family greeting from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the New Spring Church, 12200 E 21st. St. N., Wichita.

The burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at 3 p.m. following the service. There will be no processional from the church to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Schowalter Villa in care of the funeral home at 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Bobby Ray Clark, 80

Posted 7/23/2015

BENTLEY – Bobby Ray Clark, 80, retired Vulcan Chemicals Maintenance Supervisor, passed away on Monday, July 13. He was born at home on the farm in rural Sumner County, Kansas to Ora Elmer Clark and Margaret ‘Maggie’ L. (Struble) Clark. Bob entered into the U.S. Army on Feb 27, 1957 and received his honorable discharge on February 26, 1963. He is survived by his sons Darrel (Sara) Clark of Seneca, Missouri, Devon (Julie) Clark of Boise, Idaho and David Clark of Clearwater, Kansas; 12 grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Montana and John Clark of Seneca, Missouri, Mallory, Joshua and Sophia Clark of Boise, Idaho, Faith and Gregary Clark of Clearwater, Kansas, Amber Koehn of Newton, Kansas, April Crabtree of Wichita, Kansas and Damien Crombie of Newton, Kansas; brother Don (Carolyn) Clark of Hereford, Texas; many other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter Adele Laing.

Graveside Service was 10 a.m., Thursday, July 16 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, 12002 W. 109th N., Bentley, with Pastor Paul Wulff officiating. Military Honors by U. S. Army Fort Riley Honor Guard, Fort Riley, Kansas. Condolences may be left for the family at


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Darlene Marie 'Doll' Cook, 74

Posted 7/23/2015

Darlene Marie “Doll” Cook, 74, former Halstead Hospital Environmental Service Director, passed away, Monday, July 13, 2015. Funeral Service was 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Broadway Mortuary. Preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Millie Foster; brother Bob and sisters, Mary, Addenia, Rose and Jewel. Survivors include her son, Frank L. (Brenda) Cook; daughters, Louella Cook and Elizabeth (Pat McNamara) Cook; sisters, Eva McGee and Cretia Dinger and grandchildren, Autumn, Tara, Cody, Misti and Jade. In lieu of flowers or donations we ask that you take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, friend, or walk in the woods for a moment, an hour or a day. Time waits for no one. Share condolences at Services by Broadway Mortuary.

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James 'Jim' M. Hefling, 82

Posted 7/23/2015

HALSTEAD –  James “Jim” M. Hefling, 82, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at his residence.

He was born March 18, 1933 at Halstead, the son of Roger Leigh and Edith Alice (Huffman) Hefling.

He was a lifelong Halstead resident and was custodian and groundskeeper for Halstead High School.

Upon his retirement, he kept busy with his lawn mowing business and woodworking.

He also spent many summer evenings umpiring all levels of baseball and softball games from t-ball to semi-pro in Halstead.

He served in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Ruth-Wilson American Legion Post 231, Masonic Lodge 46 AF & AM all of Halstead and the Scottish Rite.

On Dec. 12, 1958 he married Ruby J. Suderman at Hillsboro.  She preceded him in death June 19, 2004.

Survivors include son: Duane (Shannon) Hefling, Burrton; daughter Denise (Charles) Woodard, Hutchinson; Brothers: John "Jack" (Wanda) Hefling, Danville, Ill.; Jerry (Jeri) Hefling, Paola; Joel Hefling, Brookings, S.D.; sister: Jeanette  Leroux, Columbia, Mo.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Hefling, and a great-granddaughter, Braxton Carson.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 with the family present from 6:30-8 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, Halstead, with Revs. Jane Voelkel and Shane Moore officiating.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Kansas Masonic Foundation in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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