Saturday, December 31, 2011


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As we say good bye to 2011 we want to wish you a
Happy New Year in 2012.

From our Family
to each of YOU,
Thank You for your Words of Appreciation 
and YOUR Support.

Back row - Gwen (daughter), Kelby (son) & Joshua (oldest grandson).
Front row and Middle row - Jacey (granddaughter), Millard, Onnalee, Jared (youngest grandson) & Jacob (middle grandson). 
Kelby does not have children.  Gwen has 4 children.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011



President and Chief Investment Officer, Hoisington Investment Management,
was featured in an interview in Barron's,
The Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

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Happy Birthday - Norma Hutchcraft Williams!60314

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I received this link about the Paradise Post Office from Jim Harrell in Oct. 
I don't know how outdated it is at this time, but I know that it will be of interest to many of you. 

I always appreciate these items of interest and I'm sorry this one didn't get posted right away. 
Thanks Jim.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011


Cora Agnes Sims

Date of Birth:    8/18/1917
Date of Death:   12/5/2011


Cora Agnes (Shaffer) Sims, 94, died on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
at Salina Regional Health Center. She was born on her parents' farm in Russell County near the small town of Waldo. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence R. "Larry" Sims, her parents Clarence A. and Lola E. (Dunkel) Shaffer, five sisters: Louise Booth, Wilma Johnson, Elizabeth "Betty" Funk, Fern Shaffer and Vivian Ganoung, two half brothers: Lloyd and Earl Shaffer, one brother: Charles H. Shaffer and two nephews Lloyd Funk and Dennis Johnson.
She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Richard E. and Ruth Ann Sims, two grandsons and their families, Tracy and Stacey Sims, Caitlyn, Joshua, Jacob and Ethan Sims; Marty and Melissa, Corey and Gabe Sims. Also remaining are one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia "Pat" and Lloyd Quinn, one sister-in-law Carol Rose Shaffer, and many nieces, nephews, students and friends.

Cora Agnes Shaffer graduated from the Paradise Dell (rural school), Russell High School and Fort Hays State College. She began her teaching career right after her graduation from high school and continued for 43 years. She married Lawrence R. Sims in 1939. To his union, one son Richard E. Sims was born in 1941.

In 1981 Cora Agnes worked in the Banner Clothing Store in Salina and then began working in the Bridal Cake Shop in Salina where she baked and decorated many cakes and taught decorating classes.

Her husband died March 6, 1996. She continued living on the farm and decorating cakes. She retired in 2000. She was a dedicated teacher, a 4-H leader, farmer and housewife. She was president of the Russell County Teachers Association for two terms, a NEA Delegate for four terms, and worked as a board member of K.S.T.A. She is a life member of NEA, KSTA and Retired Teachers. She was also a member of the Gamma Epsilon, and the Hedville Ladies Club. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. She loved life and always tried to do her best, to treat others as she wanted to be treated.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 9, 2011 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, with the family present from 6 pm - 8 pm.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Salina. Burial will follow at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 E. Neal, Salina.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


"Hi Onnalee, Agnes Sims, teacher at Paradise Grade school in the 50's and 60's died this afternoon, Dec. 5th, at Salina Regional Hospital.
Arthur Lee"

Thank You Arthur. It is very thoughtful of you to think of the blog and send information to me.  As soon as we get the obituary, I will put it on. 
Jim Harrell is busy doing that at this time.  


Saturday, December 3, 2011


On 11/13/2011 I received the following email from Jerry Webster. 
Evidently I was busy or preoccupied at that time and this email did not get my attention. 
So sorry! 
Thank You for your kind words. 
I have also added your email address to my Paradise Alumni addresses in my address book.

From Jerry . . . .

"My name is Jerry Webster. I graduated from Paradise Rural High School in 1954. I follow Paradise Educated site religously and really enjoy keeping up with all the happenings. I live in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Please add me to anything connected to Paradise.
Thank you"