Mary E. Runyon

Funeral services for Mary E. Runyon, 95, Lawrence, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. Burial will be at a later date. She died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1920 in Ogden, IA the daughter of Ira and Olive (Katley) Earll.

She lived in Lawrence since 1984.

She was a homemaker.

She married James William Runyon April 5, 1944 in Boone County, IA. He preceded her in death December 22, 2012.

Survivors include her daughter, DeVonna Oehlert and husband, John; son, Leslyn (Karen) Runyon, Hutchinson, KS; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and three sisters, Lulubel Kelley, Chanute, KS, Ina Runyon, Blue Earth, MN, and Rosie Hacklander, Blue Earth, MN. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Alice Kelley.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lawrence Free Methodist – Awana and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


4 Condolences

  1. Francine Steiner on January 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Mary was a awsome neighbor and a great friend. She loved to give hugs. I remember working in flower bed in front yard and she came up behind me and gave me a hug and a kiss. I told her Mary I’m so sweaty. She said I don’t care you just needed a hug and kiss. I loved sneaking over on May Day and leaving a plant on her door step. And I loved bringing her bouquets of flowers every now and than. It won’t be the same without her. So sad but she is with her sole mate now and our great savior. RIP sweet lady.

  2. Lynn Elliott on January 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Mary, you were a special person, the mother to my best friend, like a grandmother to my own children, your presence and your smile will be missed. But oh how lucky you truly are to be with our Lord in Savior. We love you!

  3. Wanda Knight on January 4, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Oh, DeVonna, John and family, I am so sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. We no longer take the paper, and I just found out on-line when I checked the JW obituaries. She was such a sweet, sweet person, and you were very blessed to have her with you for as long as you did. My heartfelt condolences to the family as you grieve your loss. Please, let me know if there is anything at all I can do for you. Love and hugs to you all.

  4. Dave and Diana Ice on January 5, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Dear DeVonna,

    Dave and I are out of town and are so sorry we could not be at Mary’s memorial service. Mary was one of the sweetest people I ever met. I will miss her smiles and her hugs. Our sincere sympathy goes to you, John, and your entire family. You will be in our prayers during this difficult time.

    God bless,
    Diana – for both of us

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