Grace Mary Van Nice Puckett 1925 - 2005
Services for Grace Mary Van Nice Puckett, 80, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt.Mrs. Puckett died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Midland Garden View Respite Center in Topeka.She was born May 19, 1925, in Humboldt, the daughter of Jesse Albert and Jewell "Dizera" Crawford Van Nice. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1943 and moved to Lawrence in 1951. Mrs. Puckett worked as a telegrapher for the Santa Fe Railway Station in Lawrence and retired in 1987 after 42 years of service. She was a member of Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene in Topeka.She married Calvin Gene Puckett Sr. on Nov. 26, 1947, in Fort Scott. He died Jan. 19, 1994.An infant son, Jimmy Linn, and two infant daughters, Mary Ann and Francis Lavinia, died earlier.Survivors include two sons, Calvin "Pat" G. Puckett, Hiawatha, and Thomas Puckett, Lawrence; a daughter, Eleanor Diana Puckett Lawrence, West Port, N.Y.; a brother, Jesse A. "Bert" Van Nice Jr., Kingman, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Friends may call after 9 a.m. Friday at the chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.The family suggests memorials to Midland Hospice, sent in care of the chapel.