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Alberta Dell Dagel, 78, Route 1, former Lakeview News writer for The Gazette, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.

Services were at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Dunsford Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon White, former pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cem..

Through her writing, Mrs. Dagel linked Augusta and the area to the oil camp days, kept readers abreast of news about her family and neighbors, offered tried and true recipes and philosophies.

She was born April 17, 1900 in Kansas City, Missouri, as a daughter of Albert M. and Lillie Harris Patterson.

She married Virgel E. Dagel on May 1, 1923 in a ceremony at Wichita. He survives.

She began working as a rural correspondent for The Gazette in 1932. Ill health forced her to quit writing the popular Lakeview News column in recent years.

Mrs. Dagel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Alberta started working at a young age to help support her family which included seven brothers and three sisters.

She worked as a housekeeper and waitress before she married.

During her life, Alberta was active on election boards as well as volunteer work for Red Cross, area schools and other organizations.

She worked as a wife and mother on a farm caring for neighbors, newborns and their mothers, her brothers and sisters.

During the oil boom days, the Dagels lived and worked in Browntown, south of Augusta. She wrote with authority about oil camp life in Browntown, Haskin's Camp, Millertown and early day Augusta.

"We'd have big square dances at the recreation hall. We were all the best dancers and we never had a lesson," Mrs. Dagel recalled in a Gazette feature earlier this year. Box suppers were another highlight of the "good old days" for the hard-working homemaker, her family and friends.

Workers in the oil fields slaved 12 hours a day, seven days a week at their jobs. Eventually, the workers were given one day off a week, but never a holiday unless it happened to fall on that precious day off, Alberta said.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dagel leaves a son, Verl E. Dagel of Augusta; three brothers, Allie Fay Patterson, Van Nuys, Calif., Clive Patterson, Wichita, and Clare Patterson, Augusta; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Jackson, Toronto, Mrs. Lovey Boucher and Mrs. Constance Urban, both of Augusta; five grandchildren, Yolonda Nicely, Teresa Renton, Larry and Michael Preweft, all of Fort Collins, Colo., and Arlana Shaul of Wichita, and five great- grandchildren.
Transcribed and Contributed by Marland Boucher

Last Updated:  Monday, February 05, 2007 20:37:46

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