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August 21, 1999



Services for Melva Workman Cornelssen, 94, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Cornelssen died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.

She was born Jan. 27, 1905, in Gravois Mills, Mo., the daughter of Hurley and Effie (Kennedy) Fletcher.

Mrs. Cornelssen had worked at Hercules Powder Plant, DeSoto, from 1951 to 1957, and had also been a salesperson for Avon, Stanley Home Products and Sarah Coventry Jewelry. She had also done practical nursing in Kansas and Arizona, and worked in food services at Kansas University and the University of Salt Lake City.

She was a member of the Central Congregational Church, Topeka, and the Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star Adah Chapter No. 7 for more than 40 years.

She married Harry D. Workman on Nov. 21, 1923. He died May 8, 1957. She married Clarence Weber on June 25, 1960. He died March 10, 1964. She married Carl Cornelssen on March 29, 1969. He died Oct. 19, 1987.

Survivors include four daughters, Dolores Trapp, Camdenton, Mo., Dixie Ravgiala and Donna Farrier, both of Lawrence, and Darlene Musick, Eudora; a son, Harry Donald Workman, Lawrence; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Berneice Riley, died in February 1989. A grandchild and a great-grandchild also died earlier.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. or Hospice Care in Douglas County, and they may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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