Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, June 9, 1999.

Erma Eugene Downing

Erma Eugene Downing, 77, died May 28, 1999, at Pioneer Lodge Nursing Home, Coldwater.

She was born Dec. 27, 1921, at Sun City, the daughter of George Melvin and Ethel Beatrice (Ward) Keller. She attended Sun City High School. A lifetime Wilmore area resident, she was a homemaker.

She belonged to Eastern Star No. 24 for 25 years and Sunflower FCE Unit, both at Coldwater, and attended Wilmore Federated Church.

On Feb. 20, 1940, she married James Alonzo Downing at Wilmore. He died April 23, 1995.

Survivors include: a son, James E., Wellington; a daughter, Lois Williams, Coldwater, two brothers, Everett Keller, Greensburg and Ervin Keller, Avant, Okla.; seven sisters, Emma Brock, Woodward, Okla., Esther Potter, Montezuma, Eva Carnagie, Lexington, Okla., Edith Robbins, Medford, Okla., Elveta Keller, Pratt, Elsie Irvin, Greensburg, and Edweena Warford, Hutchinson; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest George Keller, two sisters, Etta Keller and Elma Maricle; and a granddaughter, Sherill Lynn Hyatt; a son-in-law, Jimmy Hyatt.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at Wilmore, with Rev. Kent Little presiding. Burial followed the service in Wilmore Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Wilmore Community Center or American Cancer Society, both in care of Hatfield-Prusia Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Sun City Girls Basketball Team, 1940-41, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.

Left to right: Grace Mae Smelser, Ethelda Winnop, Emma Ellen Keller, Evah Mary Larkin, Robert Ann Froman, Minnie Lee Massey, Helen Ward. In back: Coach C.R. McDougal.

Photo courtesy of Brenda McLain.

CLICK HERE to view larger image.
Sun City School Girls Basketball Team, 1940-41, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
View Larger Image
Photo courtesy of Brenda McLain.

Left to right: Grace Mae Smelser, Ethelda Winnop, Emma Ellen Keller, Evah Mary Larkin, Robert Ann Froman, Minnie Lee Massey, Helen Ward. In back: Coach C.R. McDougal.

Also see:

Sun City School Pupils and Teachers   Listing of students who attended Sun City and for one reason or another did not graduate from Sun City perhaps moved away, quit school, or were required to attend Medicine Lodge when the school closed. This list includes Erma (Keller) Downing.

Sun City Pupils, Sun City, Kansas

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

Last Updated:  

Return to Barber County Home page