Welcome Mae Van Sickle, 101, of Fulton, Kan., passed away early Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at home.
She was born Jan. 7, 1908 northwest of Hume, Mo., the daughter of Ray and Inez (Umphenour) Hinderliter.
At an early age she moved with her parents to a farm south of Hume. She attended Amos Elementary School. She graduated from Hume High School with the class of 1926, Kansas State Teachers College Pittsburg in 1928 with a Life Certificate in Teaching and Pittsburg State University in 1966 with a B.S. in Education.
Her first teaching experience in 1928 was South Indian Creek, a one room school with eight grades and all janitorial duties including caring for a coal burning furnace.
On May 6, 1933 she married Thomas Vincent Van Sickle in Fulton, Kan. To this union two sons were born; Tom R. Van Sickle, and Gary L. Van Sickle. At that period in history when a female teacher married her contract was cancelled.
A few years later World War II began. There was a shortage of teachers and she was called back into the profession. She retired in 1973 with 33 years, all in Bourbon County, (the last twenty-eight at Fulton and West Liberty).
After her retirement and until Vincent's death, April 10, 1989, she and her husband enjoyed traveling and visited all states but Alaska.
She was a member of West Liberty United Methodist Church and loved working there. She served for 30 as Historian and 36 years as Membership Chairman. She taught several years in the Primary Sunday School Department.
She was leader of MYF and the West Liberty 4-H Club, a member of The Quilters and West Liberty U.M.W.
She belonged to Bourbon County Retired Teachers, Kansas State Teachers Association, Kansas National Educators Association and Barnesville Friendly Circle until it closed.
She loved her grandchildren, and great grandchildren who called her, grandma, grandma Sickle and G.G. Her church family and working on the farm with her husband was most important to her. She was especially proud of her large flower garden where she felt close to God. Her favorite hobby was quilting.
She is survived by her two sons; Tom R. Van Sickle of Sedona, Ariz., and Gary L. Van Sickle and wife; Linda, of Fort Scott, a daughter-in-law; Suzy G. Van Sickle of Scottsdale, Ariz., a brother; Raymond Hinderliter of Fort Scott, a sister; Leota Bruce of Ottawa, Kan., eight grandchildren; David Van Sickle and wife Lolly Merrill, Jodi Hosken and husband Ken, John Van Sickle and wife Markhabat Muminova, Jill Griffith and husband Terry, Robert Vincent Van Sickle and Liz Dwyer, Rebecca Van Sickle and husband Mark Covek, Matthew Van Sickle and Anna McHugh, and Jeff Van Sickle and wife Tiffany, and eleven great grandchildren; Kenan Hosken, Keon Alejandro Hosken, Taylor Griffith, Karla Hosken, Henry Van Sickle, Jackson Griffith, Kamaria Hosken, Charlie Van Sickle, Amelia Van Sickle, Krista Hosken and Kyra Hosken.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister; Winona Hinderliter.
Rev. Janet Myers will conduct funeral services, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at the West Liberty United Methodist Church, with burial following in the West Liberty Cemetery.
Visitation is Monday evening from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the West Liberty United Methodist Church or to the FSCC Endowment Scholarship Fund and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.
Online condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.