KAC District 5 member, John Howell, passed away January 22, 2017. His obituary can be found at http://kotn.org/John-Obit-Larksfield.pdf.
In lieu of flowers: Kansas State Library, Capitol Building, Room 312-N, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1593; Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Rd., Inman, KS 67546. Tributes to www.dlwichita.com.
Memorial service at a later date.
Author and Kansas Authors Club presenter, Katie Weibe, passed away October 23, 2016 at the age of 92.
Named an Associate Professor at Tabor College in 1981, Katie Weibe was also an author, biographer, editor, columnist, essayist, speaker, and historian. In addition to articles, columns, and book reviews, she also wrote books, including her first book, Alone: A Search for Joy, and her last book, How to Write Your Personal and Family History: If you don't do it, who will?, which is scheduled for release in 2017.
A memorial service is planned for January 20, 2017 at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 South Lorraine Street, in Wichita.
Donations can be made to:
Maureen Gamble, District 5, Haysville, passed away at the age of 72 on June 26, 2015. Maureen studied BSN/RN Nursing at Wichita State University. She was a private practice energy therapist and aroma therapist and a lecturer for the computer services, nursing, and physician assistant programs at Wichita State University. Maureen was also a judge at American Kennel Club. She was single and lived in Haysville, Kansas. Maureen wrote under the pen name of Kate O’Hara. View Maureen's Facebook page, and her Amazon page that contains a list of her books. Visit her Guest Book at Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services.
Kate O’Hara/Maureen Gamble passed away June 26th. Per her request there will not be a funeral or memorial service.
Robert “Bob” Wilson, KAC District 5 member, passed away January 30, 2015 of natural causes. Bob loved to write music and wrote the theme song, "Our Town," for the 2013 KAC Convention.
Services will be Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenfield Funeral Chapel, Greenfield, Missouri. Interment will be at the Wetzel Cemetery in Greenfield.
Bob asked that donations be made to the Kansas Music Education Association (KMEA). Checks payable to KMEA and marked for Robert Wilson can be sent to: John Taylor, KMEA, 614 N. Parkdale, Wichita, KS 67212.
It is with much sadness that we pass along the news of the death of Christie Brealt. She was an elementary school teacher, the author of two published books, and a member of Kansas Authors Club District 5. Her memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. today at First Southern Baptist Church, Salina, KS.
Compiled by Don Pady, KAC Archivist
Gail Lee Martin, District 5, El Dorado, passed January 17, 2013. She joined KAC in 1991 and was a continuous and contributing member, author, speaker, and bibliographer. The literary genres of non-fiction and poetry were her early writing specialties, but she shifted to bio-bibliography in later years when she became KAC's State Archivist from 1996 to 2005. During these ten years she collected, organized, described and advertised the extant records which she brought together from all KAC Districts. Gail explained her role as Archivist when she presented papers and research-related book talks to state and district meetings. When she took on the persona of Kansas Authors Club charter member, Margaret Hill McCarter, school children were said to believe that Gail portrayed Margaret exactly as she would have lived, acted and wrote.
Her books and articles reflected her fond appreciation of both long-departed and present-day friends and relatives. She grew up in the gas-fields of central Kansas when life during the 30s and 40s was hard and unforgiving. She had little time and energy to write while raising five children, and whatever she put down on paper, she probably threw her notes and jottings away when doing deep cleaning. But when she and her daughter, Cynthia Jo, joined KAC in 1991, Gail's writing began to flourish. She published many of her articles, poems and short stories in such periodicals as Kanhistique, Reminisce, Good Old Days, Golden Years, and KAC's Yearbook. Several years before her death, she published My Flint Hills Childhood; Growing Up in 1930 Kansas (2009), and with her daughters, Cynthia Jo Ross (District 5, Towanda) and Virginia Allain, she published Clyde Owen Martin; Family Memories of His Life and Times (2010)
Her obituary on the web is here.
A memorial has been set up with Kansas Authors Club and will be used for a book award. Writing was an important part of Gail's life. The address for that is below:
Kansas Authors Club
C/O Vicki Julian - Financial Secretary
2210 Vail Way
Lawrence, KS 66047
Please note on the check that it is for the Gail Martin memorial.