Wilma Jo Adams
Wilma Jo (Diller) Adams, 88, former longtime Manhattan resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 3, 2020 in Keller, Texas. She and her husband, Kenneth, had lived with her daughter’s family in Keller since the fall of 2014.
Wilma Jo was born April 23, 1931, in Douglass, Kansas, to Clarence and Lydia (Markley) Diller. The family moved to Atlanta, Kansas when she was a young child. She grew up as a hard-working farm girl who loved gardening, raising animals, cooking, and sewing. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1949. She went on to graduate from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1953.
Wilma Jo was well known as an outstanding vocalist singing in her church and many other venues. While in college she sang in the Symphonic Choir and performed in several musical plays. She was a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women. In Manhattan, she enjoyed membership in the Review Club, Manhattan Dance Club, and the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church.
On June 26,1954, she and Kenneth Adams Jr. were married at the Methodist Church in Atlanta, KS. They made their first home in Arkansas City, KS. where Wilma Jo taught primary grades at Lincoln Elementary School. Through the years, they also lived throughout Kansas in Eureka, Wichita, Pratt, Garden City, Parsons, and Hays before moving to Manhattan following retirement.
First and foremost, Wilma Jo was a devoted wife and mother. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a vivacious personality and a wonderful smile that could light up any room. Known for her kind and generous spirit, she made friends everywhere she went and always put others ahead of herself. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Clarence and Lydia Diller; sisters: Norma Henderson and JoAnn Heasty and brother Robert Diller.
Survivors include her husband; Kenneth; daughter and son-in-law: Ronda and David Bennett, of Keller, TX and son and daughter-in-law: Mike and Marilene Adams of Owasso, OK; four grandchildren: Tyler (Laci) Bennett of Saginaw, TX, Lauren Bennett, of Keller, TX, Michael (Kylie) Adams of Winfield, KS, and Wesley Adams of Winfield, KS; three great grandchildren, Atlee and Josie of Saginaw, TX and Daniel of Winfield, KS as well as a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday January 10, 2020 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday January 10, 2020 at the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church in Manhattan, KS with the Reverend Laura Burnett officiating. Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta, KS.
Memorial contributions are suggested for Blue Valley United Methodist Church. They may be left or sent to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. These may also be left or sent to the church at 835 Church Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Kirkland Boe, age 65 of Salina, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.
He was born on June 8, 1953 in Florida, the son of George and Eva Boe.
Kirkland worked in maintenance at Kansas State University and later at a mobile home park in Salina. He enjoyed tinkering with things and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughter, April Fowler and Kevin of Riley; his son, Brian Boe and Samantha of Seneca; three grandchildren, Austin Boe, Krysta Fowler and Deeanica Fowler and four sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
The family will receive friends for a time of remembrance and visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2020. Cremation will follow the visitation.
A memorial has been established for the Kirkland Boe Memorial Fund to be determined at a later date. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.
Harlan Forslund, age 87 of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2019.
He was born on March 22, 1932.
Funeral services are pending with the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.