Mary Tefft

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.

9 Condolences

  1. Janice Harral on September 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  2. Don & David Nieto on September 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Our condolences to your family.

  3. Gene and Carol Barnes on September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    We send our condolences for your loss. We wish you well in the future.

    Gene & Carol Barnes

    I used to work at ku and helped you a lot.

  4. Russ & Carol Beeson on September 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Carol & I were sad to hear about Mary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eldon, Kim and family. Our loss is heaven’s gain. God’s Blessings!!

  5. Heidi Meyer on September 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a beautiful, and classy woman who had such a sweet presence. She clearly loved her family and her grandchildren very much. Our heart and prayers go out to Elden. She will be greatly missed.

  6. Annette Conrad on September 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I am sorry to hear about her transition. I didn’t know her but if she was anything like Kim and Elden, she must have been amazing.

  7. Lorraine Denson on September 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

    He will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more. Neither will
    mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
    Rev 21:4

  8. Edie Kelly on September 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    We just learned of Mary’s passing and are so sorry. Just wanted you to know we’re thinking of you.

  9. Trisha Brabender on September 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Dear Eldon, Kim, and Wanda,

    I was so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. I’ve been thinking about all of you and sending my prayers this past week.

    Trisha Brabender

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