Archive for Tuesday, October 19, 1999


October 19, 1999



DeSoto -- Services for Nina May Caldwell, 89, DeSoto, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at DeSoto Baptist Church. Burial will be in DeSoto Cemetery.

Mrs. Caldwell died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at her daughter's home in Kansas City, Mo.

She was born Oct. 1, 1910, in DeSoto, the daughter of Benjamin Hubbard and Emma Mae (Moore) Smith. She was a graduate of DeSoto High School.

Mrs. Caldwell owned and operated Caldwell Farms for 50 years with her husband, and was known as "The Pumpkin Lady" to the thousands of schoolchildren who visited her farm to pick pumpkins each year. She had taught at Camp Branch before her marriage. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, DeSoto, and had been a member of the H.D. Unit and Farm Bureau.

She married William F. Caldwell on April 23, 1930, in Olathe. He died in October of 1981.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Semler, Kansas City, Mo., and Billie Wells, Winfield; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A son, James Caldwell, and a daughter, Marion Plumb, died earlier.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. The family also will receive friends from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the DeSoto Baptist Church.

The family suggests memorials to the DeSoto Scholarship Fund, and they may be sent in care of the Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

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