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.
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Our condolences to your family.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
We just learned of Mary’s passing and are so sorry. Just wanted you to know we’re thinking of you.
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.