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Delavan Cemetery
Monday September 19th, 2016

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Interment following funeral service

Christian Church of Florence
Tuesday September 20th, 2016

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Florence Leah Sellers

FLORENCE, KS –      

Florence Leah (Soule) Sellers, 72, passed away on September 16, 2016 at Asbury Park, Newton, Kansas. She was born on February 11, 1944, to Freeman Wilber and Sarah Emma (Cronk) Soule in Eureka, Kansas. Following her 1962 graduation from Eureka High School, Leah attended the Halstead Hospital School of Nursing (Halstead, Kansas), completing the program and earning her Registered Nurse’s license in 1965. She worked in the Halstead Hospital Surgery Department and later, for Dr. Rate, a thoracic and general surgeon at Halstead Hospital.

            Leah married Robert Lee Sellers of Florence, Kansas, on July 12, 1968. The couple made their home on and worked the Sellers family farm west of Florence, Kansas, enjoying forty-eight years together. Leah and Robert had two children, Karen Denise and Julie Ann. In addition to her work on the farm, Leah worked as a registered nurse at the Peabody Nursing Home following her marriage, and in later years, at Regency Health Care in Florence.

            Leah attended the Florence Christian Church where she participated in various activities. Se coordinated Vacation Bible School crafts for many years, helped plan, produce, and make costumes for the annual Christmas Program, and helped serve many funeral dinners. Leah was active in her daughters’ community, school, and 4-H events. She served as a project and community leader for the Florence Jayhawk 4-H Club. She also served on the Marion County Cooperative Extension Board. Leah enjoyed a close relationship with her parents-in-law, Benard and Helen Stromberg, for whom she cared in their later years. Leah was an avid gardener and quilter and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds around her home.

            Survivors include her husband, Robert (Florence, KS); daughters Karen Denise Sellers, (Larned, KS) and Dr. Julie Sellers and her husband PJ Vaske (Atchison, KS). Other survivors include sisters Betty Uhl (Hamilton, KS); Susan Thole (Stafford, KS); Joan Talkington (Hamilton, KS); Thedda Olson, Sharron Urton, and Karen Nordmeyer (Eureka, KS); and brothers Merle Soule (Mt. Vernon, IL); Jerry Soule (Madison, KS), and Dick Soule (Marshall, TX).

            Leah was preceded in death by her parents Sarah and Wilber Soule; sisters Carol Soule; Sandra Soule; Bertha Erickson; Phyllis Enos, and Eleanor Jacoby, and a brother William Soule.

            The Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the Christian Church of Florence, KS.  Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence, KS.

            Memorials are suggested to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS, 66861.  Online Condolences may be left at www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com.


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It was with sadness that I read in the Peabody Gazette Bulletin of Florence's passing. She was a lovely lady, and I was impressed to read of her other accomplishments. I always enjoyed it when she brought Julie for piano lessons. She was so pleasant and positive. She generously made several Christmas gift/decorations that are still cherished. May God comfort all of you.

Linda Arnett Oct 22 2016 12:00 AM

I was sorry to learn about Flossie's passing. We will miss seeing her at our class reunions. We are keeping her family in out thoughts and prayers

Mary Branson Schornick Sep 21 2016 12:00 AM

Sympathies to Robert and family. Cherish the memories.

Jeff & Kelley Davidson Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, Sandy. You and your family are in my prayers.

Charlie Dannenfelser Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Flossie's passing. We will miss her at our class reunions. Will keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Branson Schornick Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

Larned, KS Sep 20 2016 12:00 AM

Flo was in my nursing class at Halstead. We had many good times together. She will be missed by our nursing class too. Our deepest sympathy to her entire family.

John and Diane (Batcheller) Wilkins Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

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Thinking of you all! Our deepest sympathy. Dale and Cindy Baysinger Leif, Kelli, Blake and Bennett Erickson Chad, Shaunna, Allison and Lauren Baysinger

Expression of Sympathy Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

Sandy, Denise, and Julie,
Even though I am miles away from you, I will be there in spirit tomorrow. I wouldn't be a comfort to anyone, anyhow-I am already terribly sad and discomposed. She was somewhere between my second mother and older sister to me. She was only in high school and had school activities, a job, and helped with all the meals and chores, but she also took care of Carol and I while mom worked 3-11pm at the hospital. She shared her bed, helped me with homework, comforted me when I was sick or scared, and took me with her to help clean offices for Montgomery Ward every evening after supper, and treated me with penny candies or ice cream cones on the long walk home! We did fun things together too-went to the city swimming pool and played in the hose when it was sweltering hot, made popcorn and fudge, and Boston Cream Pie, played outdoor games, and either she or Aunt Effie pincurled my hair every nite for school the next day! Oh yeah, and when I wore a new dress to grade school and hollered out to everyone "Hey, people-how about a new dress?" , she told on me to Mom Soule and all the family! I thought I was always very shy, but not that day! She and Dick picked me up in the old white chevy every school day , and dropped me off at Junior High School on their way to the High School, Dick doing the driving. The happiest memory I have of Flossie and Sandy was when I had the honor of being at the Guest Book on their wedding day. I was so proud of my beautiful aunt, seeing her walk down the isle to stand beside her handsome and easy-going Sandy. The next happy memory of them was when they attended my graduation from nursing school in Emporia. Flossie had a big influence on my decision to be a nurse because everyone in the family was so proud of her, and I wanted to be like her. She gave me a lovely gift of Heaven Sent perfume. So, my dear aunt will always have a special place in my heart. She will be so missed by everyone, but know that she is above and always lovingly with you. Love and Blessings to you all. Joyce

Joyce Lorance Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

Oops-correction! Cleaned offices of Ward McGinnis, not Montgomery Ward!

Joyce Lorance Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM

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