By The Mercury

Nellie F. Warders, 85, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt.

The family provided the following information.

Nellie was born on April 26, 1929, in Lillis, the daughter of Daniel H. and Hazel D. (Black) Burton.  Nellie went to school and was raised in Frankfort. She was one of 11 children.

On June 19, 1948, she married Fred W. Warders Jr. in Denver, Colo.

Nellie worked for many years at Stockyards Café in Denver and at the Beech Aircraft in Wichita before moving to Pratt in the early 1950s.  Fred and Nellie lived at the Pratt Fish and Game Commission until they moved to Pratt in 1978.

Survivors include a son, Charles E. (Chuck) and his fiancee Donna Salmon, of Hutchinson; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann (Maggie) and John Southard, of Pratt; two grandsons, Nathan and Luke Southard; and a sister Kelma Burry, of Arvada, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, her parents, seven brothers: William, Daniel, Ralph, Tommy, Rex, Loren, and Robert Burton, and two sisters, Hazel Marie Wutherick and Margaret Perry.

Nellie was well known for her numerous garage sales.  She enjoyed seeing folks stop by and helping others to find items that they needed.  She absolutely adored her two grandsons and family pet dogs “Holi” and “Boo Boo.”

Nellie had the nickname “Pom Pom.” At a very early age, first grandson Nathan decided that she was “Pom Pom” and being the loving grandmother she was, she happily embraced the name. 

Nellie also enjoyed playing pitch with her family.  Holidays and weekends were full of late-night card playing.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, in Pratt. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Greenwood Cemetery in Blue Rapids with Pastor Richard Coleman presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pratt Area Humane Society, South Wind Hospice or we ask that you perform a random act of kindness and say a prayer for our mom.

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