Dola Rose Howard

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Dola Rose Howard

Dola Rose Howard, age 84, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Nov. 19, 2017.

She was born Aug. 9, 1933 in Caney, Kan., the daughter of Curtis Earl Howard and Hallie Mae Kaser Howard.

Dola graduated from Caney Valley High School in 1951 and attended St. Luke’s school of nursing in Kansas City, Mo. She lived in the dorms on the Country Club Plaza and after graduation in 1954 she worked at St. Luke’s teaching obstetrics. She then joined the Air Force Reserves in the Aero-Evacuation Unit earning her wings as a flight nurse with the rank of Captain at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. After moving to Fort Scott, she worked many years at Mercy Hospital and before retiring was a nurse for Dr. Michael McKenna and the Arkhaven Nursing Home. She cherished her college years with her fellow nursing students who became life-long friends and her nursing career.

Dola had many close friends from her lifelong membership at the Fort Scott First Christian Church with many happy hours spent at the church. She loved Kansas, sunflowers, springtime, the warmth of the sun and working in her flower garden.

The following areas of community involvement include: PRIDE, Downtown Program, HPA, Chamber of Commerce, Velma Larsen Circle, Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Parade, League of Women Voters, St. Luke’s Alumni, Tri-Valley, Low Vision Support Group, Farmers Market, Good Ol’ Days, Halloween parade, Home Show, Red Hat Group, Recycling Group, Buck Run children’s crafts and Beacon Benefit Soup Line. Her presence will be missed by many. The rose garden in Heritage Park is named in Dola’s honor.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Stufflebeam of Fort Scott; one brother, David Howard and his wife, Donna of Russelville, Ark.; and a sister-in-law, Leah Howard of Castle Rock, Colo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Maye Dockendorf and husband Leo of Russell, Kan., Dorothy Urquhart and husband Bill of Coffeyville, Kan., and Mary Ann Thompson and husband Whitey of Caney, Kan.; one brother, Bill Howard of Castle Rock, Colo., and her son-in-law Gary Stufflebeam. She loved her daughter more than life itself and for that Rebecca is eternally grateful.

A memorial service is being planned for a future date.