Mary Ellen Cavett Waldroupe, age 101, former resident of the Hiattville area, died early Sunday, March 18, 2007, at the home of a niece in Valley Center. She was born April 11, 1905, in Pawnee, Oklahoma the daughter of James Franklin Cavett and Goldie Ethel Haga Cavett. As a youth she traveled with her family across the country in a covered wagon. She slept under the wagon in a rolled up blanket. She and her siblings helped with the family farm living in a sod hut with dirt floors. During WWII she worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in California.
At the age of 30 she married Frank Waldroupe on October 18, 1935 in Perry, Oklahoma. The couple lived in Enid, Oklahoma prior to moving to Kansas where they lived for over 40 years. Her husband preceded her in death on January 31, 1999. Mary had foster children in her home from 1945 to 1955. She also worked 15 years as desk clerk for Mercy Hospital. She was a member of the Hiattville United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She also was a past member of the Hiattville Order of Eastern Star, the Jolly Oldsters Club and the Good Sam Club. She loved to garden and work with flowers. She was still active bowling at the age of 94.
Survivors include two nieces, Verga Hoogendoom, Valley Center, and Mary Ellen Tally, Marlow, Oklahoma; one nephew Benny Ray Cavett, Ponca City, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Leona Cavett, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Also surviving are the children of a niece now deceased, Joyce Dean Cavett Achterman, whom she helped raise, Greg Achtennan and Kristy Drury; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
In addition to her husband and niece, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Herschal Cavett, Leonard Cavett, Earl Cavett, Ora Cavett, Otis Cavett, Charles Cavett, and Tony Cavett; and a sister Leona Cavett.
Pastor Dallas Peterson will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Hiattville United Methodist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P. 0. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Email condolences may be sent to cheneywittcondolence@cpol. net.