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May 29, 1998

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— Services

Graveside services for Ruby Ruth Malott, 92, Nacogdoches, Tex., will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Malott died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Westward Trails Manor, Nacogdoches.

She was born June 28, 1905, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Nicholas August Riedesel and Myrtle Ivy Wynkoop. She moved to Lawrence in 1929 and opened Malott's Hardware with her husband, operating the store until she retired and moved to Nacogdoches, Tex., in 1988.

She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and Pilot Club, Lawrence.

She married Herbert W. Malott on Aug. 4, 1929. He died Sept. 25, 1949.

Survivors include three sons, Darwin Malott, Taos, N.M., Terry Malott, Nacogdoches, Tex., and Joel Malott, Mt. Home, Ark.; a brother, Glenn Riedesel, Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army, which may be sent in care of the funeral home.

BETTY DEAN LAIRD

Topeka -- Services for Betty Dean Laird, 68, Topeka, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka.

Mrs. Laird died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at a Topeka hospital.

She was born March 4, 1930, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Claude and Gladys Davies Bidwell. A homemaker, she had lived in Lawrence for 15 years before moving to Topeka in 1970. She was a graduate of Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kan.

She married Duane A. Laird on Dec. 4, 1954, in Kansas City, Kan. He survives.

Other survivors include her mother, Gladys Bidwell, Topeka; three daughters, Vickie Bailey, Omaha, Neb., Linda Schreiner, Topeka, and Shelly Dodson, Topeka; a stepson, Steve, Phoenix; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, Northern Area Office, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka 66604.

FRED S. MORSE

DeSoto -- Graveside services for Fred S. Morse, 82, DeSoto, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at DeSoto Cemetery.

Mr. Morse died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at his home.

He was born May 27, 1916, in Lawrence, the son of Ralph and Beatrice Morse. A graduate of DeSoto High School, he started farming as a boy with his father. He later owned and operated Riverview Farms and was also a produce shipper.

He was a member of the Kansas Fruit and Vegetable Assn., and a past member of the DeSoto School Board.

He married Leona Fears Morse. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include two sons, Paul, Edgerton, and Ted, DeSoto; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.

The family suggests memorials to Olathe Hospice, which may be sent in care of the Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner 66030.

JIMMY LEE JOHNSON

Services for Jimmy Lee Johnson, 19, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, May 27, 1998.

DOROTHY M. WORTHINGTON

Garnett -- Services for Dorothy M. Worthington, 80, Baldwin, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Farris-Feuerborn Memorial Chapel, Garnett. Burial will be at Garnett Cemetery.

Mrs. Worthington died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Baldwin Care Center.

She was born July 7, 1917, in Anderson County, the daughter of John and Maude Bennett. She was a supervisor at Warner Manufacturing Inc.

She married John Worthington on Aug. 19, 1935. He died April 3, 1980.

Survivors include a son, David Worthington, Lawrence; a sister, Florence Erhart, Garnett; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

The family suggests memorials to the Kansas State University Center for Basic Cancer Research.

  • Additional obituaries can be found on page 6B.

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