Memorial services for Mary W. Tefft, 86 of Lawrence, will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Private inurnment will be at a later date. She died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born December 4, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Sigwald Morris and Bertha Iris (Dunlap) Hammer. She grew up and attended schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She worked for the Philbrooks Art Center in Tulsa, OK; and after she moved to Lawrence she had various positions with the University of Kansas including, the University of Kansas Arts Museum and later at the East Asian Library. She assisted in the initiation and founding of the International Sculpture Center and its conferences.
She married Elden Tefft on July 28, 1947 in Tulsa, OK. He survives of the home.
She assisted in the initiation and founding of the International Sculpture Center and its conferences.
Other survivors include her son, Kim Trevor and his wife, Wanda June of Lawrence and four grandchildren, Jared Elijah, Janell Esther, Jonathan Erza and Joanna Elisabeth.
The family suggests memorials in her name to H.E.A.L.T.H. Foundation (Heritage Education through Art, Literature, Technology & Hero’s) or to the Benevolences Fund through Indian Ave. Southern Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.