Wanita Mae Kruse (1924-2018)

Wanita Mae Kruse, 93, passed away March 24, 2018 in Ellsworth. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, at home in rural Windom to Lester A. and Inez V. (Hulse) Myers. She attended Bee Hive grade school and graduated from Little River High School in 1943. After high school she attended McPherson College and received an Elementary Teaching Certificate. She taught at the rural schools of North Fork (Rice County) and Andover (McPherson County).  

On Nov. 3, 1946 she married Delmar Kruse at the Myers family farm. They made their home and raised a family in the Lorraine community where they farmed and ranched together for 65 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine, taught Sunday School and Bible School, was a Youth Leader, a member of King’s Daughters and the Flower Committee, a 4-H leader and active in her community.

Wanita was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar in 2011; and sister, Norma Fry Young.

She is survived by daughters, Jean Oswalt and husband Bill of Little River and JoAnn Bohl and husband Wayne of Ellsworth; a son, Daniel Kruse and wife Tammy, Ellsworth; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with family present from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral service is 10 a.m., Friday, March 30, at First Baptist Church, Lorraine with burial following in the First Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lorraine, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

Condolences may be left at www.parsonsfh.com

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