Clay County Obits "G"


If you have any obituaries published before 1923 that you would like to contribute to the page, please send them to me and I will add them. Obituaries published after 1922 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations. Unless otherwise noted, obits below are abstracted from the Clay Center Dispatch. Other obituaries may be found in extractions from the Wakefield (part 1), Wakefield (part 2), Industry and Morganville newspapers found elsewhere on this site.
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GABHART
George Gabhart went to Wakefield today to attend the funeral of his sister in law, Mrs. John Gabhart. She died last Tuesday in an Omaha hospital. She was formerly Miss Ruzicka.


GARVIE
Mrs. Sabina Garvie was born Nov. 29, 1866, at Des Moines Co., Iowa. She was the daughter of Isaac E. and Mary E. Wolf, who with their family of little ones removed to Kansas Co., Kansas in 1878, where the subject of our sketch grew to womanhood amid the surroundings and with the somewhat limited advantages of pioneer life. She was married March 18, 1866 to John Garvie at her parental home. To this union were born five children, four sons and one daughter. In the spring of 1900 Mr. Garvie with his family moved to Oklahoma, where they settled on a homestead near Quinlan, Woodward Co., where the family still reside. Eight years ago the husband and father was removed by death and a little over two years ago the only daughter was claimed by the fell destroyer. Mrs. Garvie was a prudent woman, one who looked well to the ways of her household and at not the bread of idleness, a faithful wife, a loving mother, a dutiful daughter, and a kind and obliging neighbor. She was loved an respected by everyone. About seven years ago she was converted under the ministration of Rev. Burnett of the M. E. Church, and she has lived a consistent Christian life. Sometime over a year ago Mrs. Garvie's health began to fail, and from the first the family feared that the dreaded disease, tuberculosis, that had taken the father and sister, had fastened the hold on the mother. All was done that loving hands could do, but in vain, for after many months of suffering she peacefully passed away Feb. 17, 1913. Our sympathies go out to the aged parents, who tenderly cared for her in her last sickness, and to the orphaned children, the brothers and sisters. Be we feel assured that our loss is her gain: "Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like this." (Longford Leader, Feb. 27, 1913)


GASSWINT
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gasswint, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, lost their 8-month-old baby on Sunday. The body will be shipped here from that place where it will be laid to rest. Mr. Gasswint formerly worked at the plaster mill here, and the family have many relatives at this place. (Longford Leader, July 5, 1917)
OBITUARY
On the morning of the 4th, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Gasswint brought the body of their little daughter, Lucile, in on the train from Fort Dodge, Iowa. She died the first of July at the age of eight months. Services were held on the 4th at the U. E. church, and burial was made in the cemetery at Oak Hill. (Longford Leader, July 11, 1917)


GASSWINT
Mrs. Sarah Gasswint died yesterday morning at Longford. She was aged only twenty-three years. The funeral was held at Longford today. (Abilene Weekly Reflector, Feb. 13, 1890)


GEIST
Janet Kay Geist, 65, died Thursday, May 4, 2006, in Wichita; born Aug. 10, 1940, at Clay Center, the daughter of F. LeRoy and Marjorie (Swenson) Carlson; married Deney Geist on August 31, 1958; survived her husband, three sons, David Geist of Laramie, Wyo.; Douglas and wife Zoe Geist of Imperial, Mo.; and Daniel Geist; one brother, Max and wife Lana Carlson of Clay Center; and two grandchildren; burial in Swedish Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Morganville


GENDRE
Paul A. Gendre Jr., 83, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in Clay Center; born Dec. 26, 1922, at Vermillion, the son of Paul and Helen (Pressler) Gendre; married Lois Myers Sept. 21, 1943; preceded in death by one brother, Russell Gendre; survivors include his wife, Lois Gendre of the home at Clay Center; two sons, Jon Gendre of Westmoreland and Ron Gendre and wife Carolyn of Concordia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; burial in the Greenwood Cemetery


GEORGE
Earl F. George, 81, retired carpenter, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 1997; services Tuesday, Longford United Methodist Church; survived by wife, Ileene; son, Robert of Aiea, Hawaii; daughter, Barbara Hansen of Wichita; brothers, Max of Colby, Louis of Alma, Elvin of Tulsa, Don of Wichita; sisters, Laura Clark, Marjorie Malcolm, both of Wichita; three grandchildren. (abstract, Wichita Eagle, Feb. 3, 1997)


GEORGE
The remains of Eli George were brought here from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, aNd buried in Swartwood Cemetery. unknown paper, Sunday, May 11, 1893


GEORGE
Elias Franklin "Frank" George was born in Decorah, Iowa, Jan. 6, 1870, and died at his home in Irving, Kansas, September 11, 1914, being 54 years, 8 month and 5 days of age. In 1869 he came to Dickinson County where he grew to manhood. On Dec. 23, 1885 he was married to Rophamy Downs in Industry. To this union seven children were born, all living except Percy, who died a year and a half ago. Mr. George and family moved to Irving on Sept. 7, 1894, where he has lived ever since. Besides his wife and children, he leaves three brother and one sister. "Colonel", as he was called, was a good, hardworking and strictly honest man. He numbered his friends by the amount of his acquaintances. It is with deep regret we chronicle his death in this, his middle age of life. He was stricken with meningitis in May, and had failed since that time. Funeral services were held at the Irving M.E. Church on Sunday afternoon. [note: Longford area relatives include his brother, Fred, and sister, Mrs. C. T. Drumm] (Longford Leader, Oct. 1, 1914)


GERMANN
Jacob Germann, one of the early and best known residents of Bloom twp., died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1914 at his home. He had been suffering from cancer of the stomach for several months, and it was the cause of his death. He was born October 24, 1835 in the canton of Thurgau, Switzerland, and reared on a farm. He sailed from Havre, France on March 13, 1861 to New York, and made his way to Chillicothe, Ohio. On August 2, 1861 he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. E 37th Ohio Inf. During his service he participated in the battles of Princeton, W. Va, Cotton Hill, Cowley Bridge, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge and some minor conflicts. On April 26, 1865, he received an honorable discharge, escaping injury during the war, but suffering a sunstroke which caused an illness of seven weeks. He returned to Chillicothe, and thence to Madison county, Illinois, where, on September 17, 1868 he was united in marriage with Mary Miller, also a native of Switzerland. The next year the couple came to Bloom Twp., where they lived, except for two years in Illinois, until twelve years ago when they moved to a farm near Clay Center. He and his wife, who survives him, were the parents of eight children, four of whom preceded their father to the better land; those surviving are Mrs. Rose Allen of Oklahoma, Mrs. L. M. Kirchner of Clay Center, Edward of Bloom Twp. and Miss Mary. Burial was today in the Catholic cemetery at Clay Center, Father Drees in charge of the services. (CC Times Feb. 12, 1914)


GERRIETS
Marjorie Gerriets, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, in Wichita; born Oct. 31, 1929, at Marion, Ind., the daughter of Ben and Ada (Sandberg) Wangeman; married Ted Gerriets on March 27, 1950; he preceded her in death on June 9, 2005; also preceded in death by one son, John Gerriets and two brothers; survived by one daughter, Mary Wilkinson and husband Larry of Wichita; two sons, Mark Gerriets and wife Mary Ann of Climax Springs, Mo. and Douglas Gerriets of Eskridge; five grandchildren; and one great- grandchild; burial in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center.


GFELLER
Ghiles Omar Gfeller born Nov. 15, 1915, at Junction City, the son of Sam T. and Nettie (Rathert) Gfeller ; died Sept. 18, 1999; married Edna Turnbull July 6, 1949; survived by his wife and a brother; burial Greenwood Cemetery in Wakefield


GIBBS
Vernett "Bud" Gibbs born May 12, 1924, in Clay County, the son of Samuel and Amelia (Elsasser) Gibbs; died Aug. 20, 1999 in Industry; married Mary Ellen Mock June 8, 1947; preceded in death by a brother; survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild; burial in Athelstane Cemetery


GIEBER
Mrs. Susanna Gieber, a resident of the community north of Clifton, died Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the age of seventy-eight years. She was a resident for over forty years in the neighborhood of her late home, living on the same farm during all those years. She leaves a husband surviving. The funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the St. Mary's church, north of Clifton and burial was made in the cemetery nearby. (Clay County Times, Aug. 4, 1914)


GIER
Harry Howard (Shorty) Gier; born Nov. 25, 1918, at Rock Creek, Kan., the son of John H. and Emma LaVone (Rose) Gier; died Jan. 31, 2004; married Della Mae Ramsey Oct. 9, 1943; preceded in death by one brother and three sisters; survived by wife, two sons, two daughters, two brothers, one sister, 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; and one step grandchild; burial Greenwood Cemetery


GLAZEBROOK
Margaret Glazebrook born Sept. 13, 1921, at Council Bluffs, Ia., the daughter of Joseph Perry and Elizabeth Cornelias (Martin) Osbourn; died Oct. 29, 2003; preceded in death by husbands, John William Robinson and Ben E. Robinson; one son, John William Robinson; two brothers and two sisters; survived by three daughters, two stepdaughters; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren


GOECKEL
Florence Rundberg Goeckel born Jan. 23, 1920, at Palmer and was raised by her grandmother, Catherine Knopp; died Nov. 30, 2003; married Conrad Rundberg Oct. 5, 1939 who preceded her in death on May 9, 1987; then married Verlin Goeckel in 1990; also preceded in death by a half brother; survived by one daughter of Topeka; two step-sons, one step-brother, Chris Goeckel of Wichita; four half-brothers, two half-sisters, five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren; burial at the Morganville Cemetery


GOMEL
Funeral services were held recently for James C. Gomel, 81, of Longford, with burial in Rose Meron Cemetery. He was born in Craig, Mo., and had lived in the Manchester and Longford communities for many years. He is survived by three sons, Louis of Craig, Mo., Donald of Topeka and Herbert of Longford; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Panton of Wichita. unknown paper, Wednesday, May 19, 1954


GOOD
Mrs. Lucinda Good, aged 82, passed away, Monday afternoon, at her home in Sherman (Dickinson Co.) Twp., following a short illness. She is survived by one son, Oliver Good, of Industry, and Mrs. Margaret Bradford, of Junction City. The remains were shipped from Chapman to Kansas City, whee services will be held this afternoon from the Christian Science church in Kansas City. unknown paper, Sept. 1932


GOODIN
Mary E. Goodin, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Clay Center; born June 30, 1919, in Clay County, the daughter of Beattie and Effie (McMahan) Copeland; married Clyde Goodin Aug. 12, 1940 in Augusta; he preceded her in death March 29, 1996; also preceded in death by one son, two sisters, one grandson and two great- grandchildren; survivors include one son, Rodney Goodin and wife Dora of Hastings, Neb.; three daughters, Colleen Pierce and husband Gary of Big Spring, Tex., Shirley Wray and husband Gary of Overbrook and Pat Olson and husband Edwin of Edwards, Mo.; four brothers, Joe Copeland of Hayes, Don Copeland of Wichita, Delber Copeland of Pueblo, Colo. and Bob Copeland of Sun City West, Ariz.; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery


GOODWAY
Leland Gale Goodway, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Goodway, was born February 19, 1912, and passed away March 3, 1913, aged 1 year and eleven days. Leland Gale was only sick about two weeks with pneumonia. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in this their bereavement. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday forenoon, and interment was made in Beach Glenn cemetery. (Longford Leader, Mar. 6, 1913)


GOSSON
Mary Jane Gosson born Nov. 1, 1935, in Taunton, Mass., the daughter of Henry and Mary (Arudda) Marshall; died Dec. 12, 1999 in Topeka; preceded in death by a brother and two sons. Survivors include two sons of Clay Center; four daughters, two brothers, a stepdaughter, 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery


GRAHAM
Mrs. Jennie Graham, wife of L. E. Graham, deceased, died at Topeka, Thursday, December 18th, 1913. Mrs. Graham recently underwent an operation at the hospital after which pneumonia set in, resulting in her death at the hospital. The body was buried in the Topeka cemetery on Saturday afternoon, beside her husband, who died about four years ago. Mrs. Graham is survived by a son and daughter, Earl Graham of Washington state and Miss Nellie Graham of Topeka. The family formerly lived in Clay Center, where they were well known, and moved to Topeka about twenty years ago. (Clay Center Times, Dec. 25, 1913)


GRAHAM
Wendell G. Graham born May 3, 1937, in Clay County, the son of John and Ilse (Lange) Graham; died Oct. 9, 1999; married Carol Berggren May 29, 1959; preceded in death by a sister and a brother; survived by his wife, his mother, three daughters, a son, two sisters, two brothers, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; burial in Greenwood Cemetery


GRAINGER
Miss Jessie L. Grainger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Grainger, well known citizens of Clay Center township, passed away very suddenly Monday morning at the home near this city. The deceased was born July 16, 1892 and at the time of her death had reached the age of twenty one years. Up until the time of her death she had seemed in the best of health, but upon her awakening Monday morning she had a sudden pain, which soon terminated in death, the cause thought to be heart trouble. She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grainge and was a young lady highly respected in this community, where she had always lived. The funeral services were held Wednesday at the Grainger home, with burial in the Sherman cemetery. (CC Times, Feb. 5, 1914)


GRANELL
Irene Granell born Oct. 20, 1912, at Clay County, the daughter of John and Hilda (Larson) Carlson died June 5, 2004 in Clay Center; married Severt Granell June 5, 1940; he preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1997; also preceded by five brothers; survived by two daughters, four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; services Swedesburg Lutheran Church


GRATER
Arnold F. Grater, 68, died Wednesday, June 4, at his farm east of Green; born March 22, 1929, at Riley, and was married to Reva Wohler on May 27, 1951; she survives of the home; in 1966 Fort Riley expansion forced him to move to Green, where he farmed and was a rural mail carrier at Clay Center for 27 years; preceded in death by a grandson, Kavan Jermark, in 1995; also survived by a son, Greg Grater, Green; two daughters, Terri Jermark, Clay Center, and Vicki Pfizenmaier, Green; two brothers, Ernest Grater, Riley, and Eldon Grater, Brainerd, Minn.; three sisters, Helena Staley, Reed Spring, Mo., Erna Haas, Manhattan, and Pauline Thomas, Temple Hill, Md.; and 11 grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, June 5, 1997)


GRATER
Gregory A. Grater, 54, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, in Kansas City; born Oct. 24, 1951, at Manhattan, the son of Arnold and Reva (Wohler) Grater; married Leanna Hamilton April 16, 1983; preceded in death by his father, Arnold Grater, June 4, 1997; survivors include his wife, Leanna Grater of the home at Green; four sons, Courtney Grater and wife Jeannie of Clay Center, Jacob Grater and friend Beverly O'Hair of Sterling, Ky., Danny Grater and Gavin Grater, both of the home at Green; his mother, Reva Grater of Clay Center; two sisters, Terri Jermark and husband Dave of Clay Center and Vicki Pfizenmaier and husband Greg of Green; and four grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery


GRAY
Carol Ward Gray, 88, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Lyons; born June 1, 1917, in Clay County, the son of Lawrence G. and Agnes T. (Carlson) Gray; married Velda Maxine Mack Oct. 1, 1941, at Salina; she preceded him in death July 22, 2003; was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent O. Gray, Howard L. Gray and Kenneth Gray and one sister, Irma A. Panton; survivors include two sons, Dennis G. Gray of Stuttgart, Ark. and Charles M. "Chuck" Gray and wife Janet of McCook, Neb.; two brothers, Roland A. Gray of Rapid City, S.D. and Joe A. Gray of Garden City; one sister, Iris K. Kuhlman of Linn; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; burial at the Greenwood Cemetery


GREEN
INDUSTRY--Our community is again in mourning on account of the death of our dear neighbor, Mark R. Green, who died Thursday morning about six o'clock. He was sleeping in his chair when Willie went to give him his medicine and found that he was dead. It was a great shock to his family and friends, as he was so much better the day before. He had walked around the house and out to the scales to weigh some corn they had bought. The family wish to thank all who helped them so much in both time of sickness and the death of their loved one. (Longford Leader, Feb. 6, 1913)


GREEN
Mrs. Naomi B.(Ray) Green, aged 87, a resident of the Carthage area for over 58 years, died this morning at a local hospital. She had been confined to the hospital for the last two weeks, after breaking her hip in a fall at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Hancock, with whom she lived. Born in Fayette Co., Illinois to Phillip and Isabella (Springer) Ray, Mrs. Green and her husband, the late Albert Green, came from Kansas to Jasper Co. in 1891. They farmed near Fairview, and were members of the Fairview Friends church. After his death in November of 1932, she lived with Mrs. Hancock, and another daughter, Mrs. Henry Leggit of 513 Cedar street. She is survived by her daughters, both of Carthage, a son, Ray Green of Fort Pierce, Fla., 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Burial at the Fairview Friends cemetery.(abstract, the Joplin Globe, March 2, 1949)


GREEN
William Green died in a fire at his home near Industry. Burial was at Rose Meron cemetery. unknown paper, Thursday, Jan. 21, 1954


GREENLEE
John Lynn Greenlee, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in Clay Center; born Feb. 11, 1922, in Clay County, the son of John K. and Sadie (Wright) Greenlee; married Maxine Dunn Dec. 5, 1947; preceded in death by four brothers; survivors include his wife, Maxine Greenlee of Clay Center; one son, Lynn Greenlee of Clay Center; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; burial in Hebron Cemetery


GREEP
Josephine "Jo" Greep, 95, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Abilene; born Sept. 14, 1912, in the Oakhill community, the daughter of James and Josephine (Austin) Baker; married Myron "Jack" Greep on June 2, 1935; preceded in death by her husband in 1988, one brother Gwynn Lassey and one grandson, Jeff Hodgson; survived by two daughters, Claire Zamora of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Phyllis Ausherman of Abilene; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; burial in the Keystone Cemetery at Manchester.


GRIFFING
Ethel Griffing died on Aug. 8, 2007; born March 7, 1916; married Leo Griffing on Dec. 27, 1941, at Chicago, Ill.; they retired to Yuma, Ariz. in 1980; preceded in death by her husband, Leo, on Jan. 24, 1992; survived by three sons, Darryl Griffing of Mesa, Ariz., A.C. Griffing of Walnut Creek, Calif. and Brad Griffing of Coventry, R.I.; two daughters, Gwen Eidman of Emporia and Lois Griffing of South Orange, N.J.; one brother, Albion Avery of Leonardville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; inurnment in Highland Cemetery
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The funeral for Floyd Lester Griffith, 60, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Broughton Methodist church, with burial in the Broughton Cemetery. He died Wednesday afternoon at his farm 10 S.E. of Clay Center, when his tractor overturned on him. He was born June 28, 1900, at El Reno, Okla. He is survived by his widow, Sophie; a son, Henry, and two daughters, Betty and Shirley, all of the home; his mother, Mrs. Johannah Griffith, Clay Center; a sister, Mrs. Helen Oelschlanger, Clay Center; four brothers, Leland, Felix, Ariz. and Irvin, Ralph and Earl, all of Clay Center. unknown paper September, 15, 1960


GRIFFITHS
GRIFFITHS, ELIZABETH (Yapp)
DEATHS. Griffiths -- Those who have known Mrs. Elizabeth Griffiths, whose home as been in this community for so many years, realize that “A soul so truly sweet can never die, but lives on and works through all eternity.” In reviewing the life of Mrs. Griffiths, her outstanding characteristics would seem to have been a high sense of responsibility, of duty bravely met and well performed. Her fine temperament and gladness of heart made her a source of inspiration, cheer and strength to all who came within her sphere. Her reserve and kindly interest in all were very comforting in times of joy or sorrow. She was devoted in her duty to her home and family. In her well ordered household. The sons and daughters grew to manhood and womanhood under the wise guidance of a good father and mother and they were fitted to take their places as responsible and useful members of society and heads of families themselves. Today their hearts are sad with the thought that they have lost a wonderful mother. Above all, Mrs. Griffiths’ fine personality was manifested in her gentle upright life. The time never came, even when she was ill and she knew the end was near, that she was not interested in every member of her family circle and she has always shared their pleasures in life. Perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths achieved the greatest accomplishments in the building of a happy, enduring family circle. There were hardships and sacrifices in early days, but the finer things in life were not overlooked. Their hospitality brought many friends into their comfortable cherry home and the same spirit is evident in the homes of their children. Many family gatherings and intimate associations have kept them close together. It was somewhat over 76 years ago that a daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Yapp, in Herefordshire, England. Her birthday was January 29, 1851, and they have her name of Elizabeth. In their family were one son and three daughters. The daughter Elizabeth spent her youthful days in her native country, received her education there and when a young girl, pledged her faith in the church of England. She was united in marriage to Henry W. Griffiths on December 3, 1868 at Middleton church, Tenbury, England. Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths were the parents of eleven children, nine of whom are living, namely, Mrs. Lew Heusted, William H., Harry G., Hubert J., Mrs. Elmer Robison, Percy R., and Fred Griffiths, all of Clay county. Mrs. Harry Stoneback of Santa Ana, Calif., and Mrs. Charles Edwards of Garden Grove, Calif. One daughter, Julia E., died in England at the age of four months and Mrs. Ruth Paronto passed away on October 1, 1919. The Griffiths family came to the United States in November, 1884, coming directly to Clay Center, Kansas and settled on a farm in Bloom township where they resided until the death of Mr. Griffiths, which occurred July 16, 1911. The old home farm if now owned by a son, Harry Griffiths. Jabez Small, a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths first brought his family to this county and other relatives joined them here, and they all have made worthy contributions to the community. Since the passing of her husband, Mrs. Griffiths has made her home with her children, and she was always a welcome guest wherever she chose to stay. Much of the time in later years was spent in Clay Center at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Robison, but about a year ago, Mrs. Griffiths went to Garden Grove, Calif., for a visit with her daughters, Mrs. Harry Stoneback and Mrs. Chas, Edwards, and for the past six months family knew her days were numbered. Last summer when alarming conditions developed, her children visited her and were very solicitous of her care and comfort. She gradually failed and the end came Tuesday night, October 4, at 11 o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edwards, in Garden Grove, Calif., at the age of 76 years, 8 months, six days. An abiding feeling of gratitude for her long and useful life and a reliance in the faith which sustained her, now comforts those who mourn. She has left a heritage the very finest life offers—an ideal wife and companion, a perfect mother, a Christian woman, a true friend. What a world that means. Besides her sons and daughters, two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Pound and Mrs. Julia Cook, who live in England, other relatives and a multitude of friends will treasure the memory of her beautiful life. “Mother! We have all known her. Not all in the same person, but the same glory frames each separate face in the aureole of its own divinity. And whether it be my mother or yours now crossing into that ‘undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns’, we bow our head in reverent silence while the passing courtege bears the sacred form to its present rest, and our hearts swell with sympathy and a new sense of fellowship for all those who have suffered a like sorrow.” Funeral services were held at Winbigler’s Mission in Garden Grove, Calif., Friday afternoon, being conducted by Rev. Huckertree, of the Methodist Episcopal church of that city and on Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stoneback and Mrs. Chas Edwards, departed on the sad journey to Clay Center with the body of their mother, arriving here Monday afternoon. The final rites were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church in Clay Center, of which Mrs. Griffiths had been a member since 1920, and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. S.A. Siewert. The beautiful floral offerings, the large attendance of relatives and long time friends who came to pay their last tribute of love and respect, betokened the high esteem for the departed and sincere sympathy for the sorrowing family. Burial was made in the family plot at Greenwood cemetery, the sons, Harry, Percy, Hubert, Will and Fred Griffiths and a son-in-law, Elmer Robison performed their last loving service as pall bearers. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Humfeld, Mrs. Wilbur Neill and F.W. Parrott, with Miss Ailene Wilson as accompanist, sang two touching selections, “Sometime We’ll Understand,” and “Come Unto Me When Shadows Darkly Gather,” and the solo “The Lord Knows Why” by Mrs. Neill, was very beautiful. (Times – Clay Center, KS - Oct.13, 1927)


GRIFFITHS
Fred Griffiths Jr., 84, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at Clay Center; born June 25, 1923, in Clay County, the son of Fred Sr. and Lola (Kemp) Griffiths; married Mayalwilda Knapp on March 23, 1947, at Junction City; survived by his wife, Mayalwilda Griffiths of Clay Center; one daughter, Phoebe Pitney and husband Wally of Axtell; one sister, Imogene Kamphaus of Clay Center; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.


GRIFFITHS
GRIFFITHS, HENRY W.
Griffiths -- Henry W. Griffiths, one of the best known men in Clay county, who was favorably and extensively known for his business ability in the thoroughbred swine business, died last Wednesday morning at his home six miles west and one mile north of this city, after a long siege of suffering from a cancer. The deceased was born in Puddleston, Herefordshire, England, July 3, 1842. With his family he came to the United States about 1885, making the journey directly to Clay county, Kansas, where he made his home until the day of his death. The original homestead is still in the possession of the family, being occupied now by one of the sons. For many years in addition to general farming, Mr. Griffiths, was engaged in the thoroughbred swine business, and his herd became generally and favorably know over several states. A year or so ago, to the regret of those interest in such matters he retired from active stock breeding operations, his health making this necessary, and from that time on it had been a contest with the disease that had fastened itself upon him. Besides his wife Mr. Griffiths leaves nine children, all grown to manhood and womanhood and of standing community in which they reside. The children are: W. H., H.G., H.J., Percy, Fred, Mrs. L.J. Heusted, Mrs. Harry Stoneback, Mrs. Charles Edwards, and Mrs. Fred Poronto. To these the husband and father leave a name and a history worthy of remembrance and emulation. He fulfilled the manifold duties of a man toward wife and children, neighbors and friends. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the family home and was largely attended by many friends and neighbors. Rev. J.M. Ryan of Blaine township, a friend for many years, conducted the services. Interment took place at Greenwood. (Times – Clay Center, KS – Jul. 27, 1911)


GRIFFITHS
GRIFFITHS, PERCY RICHARD
DIES SUDDENLY. Percy Griffiths Passes While Doing Chores. Percy Griffiths, 64, died suddenly Saturday afternoon about 4:45 o’clock at his country home west of Clay Center. Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths had been in Clay Center attending to some business and visiting with the George Haden family. Shortly after they arrived home Mr. Griffiths went out to do the chores. Mrs. Griffiths, looking out the window, saw him fall to the ground, and hurried to him, but he had expired. She immediately called their son, Lyle, who lives nearby, but they both knew that Mr. Griffiths was dead. Born in England, Aug 20, 1882, Percy was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Griffiths. The Griffiths came to the United States, and were among the pioneers in Clay county. Surviving are his wife, Edna Hagberg Griffiths; three sons, Wilber, Palmer; Leon, Kansas City; Lyle, Clay Center; and one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Mauch, Compton, Calif.; five grandchildren; two brothers, Harry and Fred Griffiths, Clay Center; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Stoneback, Santa Ana; Mrs. Charles Edwards, Garden Grove, and Mrs. Ethel Robinson, Los Angeles, other relatives and countless friends. Following a prayer at the Mert Schwensen Chapel at 1:45 o’clock the funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock at the Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. Frank L. Rearick officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood cemetery. Respect calls may be made at the Schwensen Chapel at any time until the hour of the memorial services. (Times – Clay Center, KS – Jan 2, 1947)


GRIFFITHS
GRIFFITHS, VIOLET BESSIE (DeBerry)
Griffiths -- Mrs. Percy Griffiths, who has been in poor health for some time, passed away last Wednesday evening, October 20th, at the family home five miles west of town. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Griffiths residence, conducted by Rev. J.W. Bayles of the First Baptist church of this city. Appropriate music was furnished by a quartette, composed of Mrs. King, Mrs. F.L. Newton, R.L. Broughton and Sumner Vincent., and many beautiful floral offerings were left in the home as tokens of esteem for the deceased, who made many friends in her home neighborhood. Violet Besse DeBerry, only daughter of John and Jennie DeBerry, was born in Scott county, Ind., April 28, 1886. She came to Kansas with her parents when a child, and has lived in this neighborhood most of her life. She was united in marriage to Percy R. Griffiths October 26, 1904, and to this union two sons were born, Wilbur D., aged eight years, and Leon B., aged seven years. Three brothers preceded her to the better world. Besides her husband, sons, and parents, she leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife, mother, daughters, and sister. Violet never united with any church, but had made peace with her God and was ready to go when the call came. (Times – Clay Center, KS – Oct. 28, 1915)


GROB
Eloit Grob, 85, Clay Center, died Dec. 23 at Clay Center; born Dec. 14, 1912, near Green, and lived in Clay County all her life; graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 1933; married Robert "Jack" Frost on March 4, 1933; he preceded her in death on July 8, 1970; married Ivan Grob on March 17, 1973; he died April 25, 1984; survived by two sons, Bill Frost, Manhattan, and Ed Frost, Clay Center; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild; burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, Dec. 24, 1997)


GURNEY
Michael Gurney, 49, died Friday, May 12, 2006, in Topeka; born Feb. 7, 1957, at Clay Center, the son of Clarence "Chuck" and Rosemarie (Weir) Gurney; married Christine Reed Feb. 6, 1976; preceded in death by his father in 1987 and one grandson; survivors include his wife, Christine Gurney of Clay Center; one son, Steven and wife Apryl Gurney of Clay Center; one daughter, Nicole Edwards and husband Jeff of Osage City; his mother, Rosemarie Gurney of Clay Center; two brothers, Gary and wife Kathy Gurney of Clay Center and David Gurney and friend Karen Russell of Salina; his grandmother, Hazel Weir of Wakefield; and two grandchildren; burial in Riley Cemetery
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