Saturday, February 28, 2015


I received a package in the mail today.

Yes, you read it correctly. 

To me from Goober Pyle.

The door bell rang.  Millard answered the door.  It was the mail man.  Millard said "You have a package. (pause)  Who on earth  is Goober Pyle?"  I replied to be careful with it, as that was a ficticious  name.  I asked where it was from.  He said Paradise, KS.  I  laughed hysterically.  I figured it would say, "Your Favorite Student - not Goober Pyle."  Dan Hoisington sent me the Simply Paradise Book for my birthday.  It is wonderful!  Very well done!  If you haven't bought one, order one as soon as possible.  Millard is still reading mine.  I just got to glance at it.

Click on this link

Scroll down a ways and you will see how to order the book.
It will show this post, then Paradise Bazaar & Turkey Dinner - Nov. 8th. 

Simply Paradise is next.

Thank You Goober for the wonderful birthday gift.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


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                                         Charlotte Irene (Helscher) Newton, 97,
                                    was born to

Sylvia Melvina (Zigler) Helscher and Thomas Adolph Helscher on
 October 18, 1917 on a farm near Paradise, Kansas. 
She passed away  on February 21, 2015
Warrensburg, MO. 

Charlotte attended school in Paradise where she graduated from high school.  She attended Fort Hays State University for a short time.  She married Loyal Lee (Jim) Newton on August 12, 1939.   Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years in 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bryan Helscher, and his wife Louise.  She is survived by her children Dr. Thomas A. Newton and his wife Jane of Tahlequah, OK, Crystal A. Green of Warrensburg, MO, and Michael E. Newton and his wife Diana of Wichita, KS. Also surviving are grandchildren Shelly Parr, Jim Green, Brooks Newton, Julie Newton, and Sarah Brown as well as six great-grandchildren: Tyler Parr, Haley Parr, Jackson Green, Noah Green, Griffin Newton, and Thurston Brown. 
Charlotte and her family lived in several Kansas communities during the years that Jim was employed as an oilfield pumper.  They spent a number of years in Russell, Natoma, Wellington, Stafford, Preston, Pratt before coming back to Russell for retirement.  During those years as a full-time homemaker, Charlotte kept the family fed with her wholesome down-home recipes as well as with goodly portions of moral instruction, creative spirit, and self-deprecating humor. 
Charlotte taught her children that honesty and compassion for all creatures are essential human qualities.  She also modeled her passion for the creative spirit through her own works of art and her enduring memory of hundreds of songs and poems from her school years. Through the years and into her 90s, she would break into a poem or song when the topic of a conversation reminded of a particular lyric.  As a young woman, Charlotte created beautiful works of sculpture, songs, and poetry.  She and Jim kept the family in stitches with their humor and on-going word play.  Often the humor was based on double entendre, misunderstandings that were quickly exploited for their bizarre implications, and Charlotte’s ability to laugh at her own foibles.  Charlotte continued the art of story-telling that her parents were known for.  She told hundreds of stories centering on humorous anecdotes or unique character traits of her relatives or others from the small Kansas towns along the Lincoln Branch of the Union Pacific:  Lincoln Center, Lucas, Luray, Waldo, Paradise, Natoma, and Plainville. She told these stories so well and so often that the characters and the anecdotes have become part of the family heritage.
Charlotte’s children will remember her fiercely independent spirit, her unwillingness to accept injustice, her disregard for superstitious beliefs, her love of art, language, story-telling, and her sense of humor.

A graveside service to celebrate Charlotte's life 
will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, February 27, 2015, 
at the Natoma City Cemetery.  
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. 
on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 
at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


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        Sharon Kay Miller, 71, 
     of Russell, Kansas, 
died on
February 3, 2014
at the
Via Christi St Francis Hopsital
Wichita, Kansas

Sharon was born on June 15, 1943, in Barton County, Kansas, the daughter of Godfred and Alvina (Nuss) Miller.  

She grew up in the Paradise, Kansas, community and graduated from the Paradise High School.  
She was united in marriage to Earl Maurice Friess on June 2nd, 1962 in Ransom, Kansas and they were married for 11 1/2 years. 
As a young woman, Sharon
 always dreamed of being a stewardess in the airlines but was never able to make that dream a reality.  She worked for Travenol in Hays, Kansas and also worked for King of the Road in Russell, a hostess at Russell's Inn and a house cleaning service in Russell.  She was a longtime member of the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.  She loved animals, especially her cat Spooky.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving family include
daughter Teri Friess,
son Eugene F. Friess
both of Russell;
brothers Roger Miller (Sandy) of Salina, Myron Miller (Rosie) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gary Miller (Judy) Montgomery, Alabama, Fred Miller (Kay) Salina;
sister Marilynn Dinkel(Devane) of Russell; 
and granddaughter Ashley Michelle Mutter.
She was preceded in death by her parents.  Her sister DiAnn Becker died February 16, 2015.
A memorial service to celebrate Sharon's life will be held at
11 A.M. Saturday, February 28, 2015,
at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary
of Russell, Kansas,
with Father Michael Elan officiating. 
A private inurnment will take place after the service. 
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Friday, February 27th
at the mortuary. 

Memorials may be given to the Western Plains Animal Refuge out of Hays and sent in care of the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.

DiAnn E. (Miller) Becker, 
age 73 
Sylvan Grove, Kansas,
February 16, 2015.

She was born February 14, 1942 in rural Barton County, Kansas.

Survivors include husband Kenneth Becker of Sylvan Grove; 

son Lenny (Judy) Zimmerman of Kansas City, Kansas;
daughters Taunya (Arturo) Campos of Midland, Texas, Bonita (Marlin) Pfannenstiel of Ransom, Kansas and Jacinda (Curt) Zerr of Kansas City, Kansas; 
brothers Roger (Sandy) Miller of Salina, Kansas, Myron (Rosie) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gary (Judy) Miller of Montgomery, Alabama and Fred (Kay) Miller of Salina, Kansas;
sister Marilynn (DeVane) Dinkel of Russell, Kansas; 

10 grandchildren and one

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Kay Miller of
Russell, Kansas.

A funeral service will be held 
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM 
at the 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sylvan Grove. 
Burial will follow at the Sylvan Grove Cemetery.

Class of 1960
Karen (Hudnall) Jakub, DiAnn (Miller) Becker
Dennis Albrecht, Donnie (Martin) Miller
Linda (Hoopes) Beisner, Angela (Krob) McNeal