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Mary F. (Boeckman) Wells

Centralia. Kansas

10/09/1935 - 01/16/2020

Mary Frances Wells, 84, of Centralia lost her battle against cancer on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at her home, with her family by her side.

Mary was born on October 9, 1935 near Lillis, Kansas to Joseph E. and Helen Stallbaumer Boeckman. Mary grew up in that community, attended Hay Roof Country School thru the 8th grade and graduated from Lillis High School in 1953. When she finished high school, Mary went to work at Scott Motors in Topeka, where she met her future husband.

On September 10, 1955 Mary married James C. Wells at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lillis. In the fall of 1957, they bought a farm southeast of Meriden, where the couple farmed and raised stock. The land that they owned became part of Lake Perry development. In March of 1965, they moved to their present farm south of Centralia. Mary and her husband Jim operated the supper club at the American Legion in Centralia for seven years. Later they operated, for six years, the Family Room Bar and Restaurant in Centralia before selling it in 1995. While working at the restaurant Mary was also employed in Topeka at the Department of Revenue for approximately 12 years. After Jim died, Mary went to work for Rays Apple Market for a few years part time.

Mary loved to watch the KU basketball team, she enjoyed cooking and baking with her grandchildren, working the Dan Wells Poker Run and trips to the casino with her friends. Mary was proud of the fact that she had traveled to all 50 states and Germany, Netherlands and Ireland.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the St. Ann’s Altar Society all in Corning; and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Centralia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James on June 4, 1999; son, Daniel Wells on October 4, 1996; her parents, Joseph in 1962 and Helen in 1985; and her siblings, Albert, Elmer, Ernest, Leonard, Marcella Roeder and Rita Bogart.

She is survived by her children, Joe Wells of Centralia, Raymond (Sherri) Wells of Centralia, Matt (Nikki) Wells of Centralia and Helen (Charlie) Good of Wamego,; a daughter-in-law, Beckie Wells of Manhattan; a brother, Edward Boeckman of Ocean, New Jersey; a sister, Eileen Meyer of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, Becky, Nick and Katie Good and one great-grandchild on the way. , Kurtis, Colin, Jayden, Taylee and Kendon Wells.

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Monday, January 20, 2020, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning. Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Church Cemetery in Lillis.

Memorials are for COINS for a Cause, Panther Booster Club and or Step Foundation for Centralia Causes, sent in care of the family.

Visitation

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Monday, January 20, 2020, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Church Cemetery in Lillis.

Memorials are for COINS for a Cause, Panther Booster Club and or Step Foundation for Centralia Causes sent in Care of the family.

Funeral Mass

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Monday, January 20, 2020, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Church Cemetery in Lillis.

Memorials are for COINS for a Cause, Panther Booster Club and or Step Foundation for Centralia Causes sent in Care of the family.

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14 Comments

  1. Carol Kohake on January 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I became very close to Mary in the last ten years as her hair dresser. Teresa’s will all miss her positive attitude and happy personality. I will miss her as a good friend and patron. Rest In Peace Mary!

  2. Sandy Yarger on January 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss of Mary! May all your happy memories keep you in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    Sandy and Kenny Yarger

  3. Rosemary Spangler on January 18, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Sending prayers and thnking of you in the loss of your mother.

  4. Jerry Engelken on January 18, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I always loved it when Mary came to the feeds tore. She had to keep her kitties happy. Such a wonderful positive lady. I will miss her greatly. My sincerest condolences to Raymond and the whole family.

  5. Lois Kuckelman on January 18, 2020 at 11:04 am

    If there was ever anyone who you could say was a ray of sunshine,, it was Mary. She always was positive and made everyone feel like they were a very good friend. She will be missed!

  6. Mary Kay Nocktonick(Boeckman) on January 18, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    We were cousins,thru my Dad-Alvin Boeckman–I send prayers and condolences to all of Mary’s family-God bless and may the Lord give you strength and comfort.So sorry for your loss .

  7. Karleen Boden on January 19, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I will miss her on some of our Casino trips. Always ready to go . May she rest in peace.

  8. Theresa (Schuster) Baumgartner on January 20, 2020 at 8:38 am

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Mary as a hardworking lady who was also my Confirmation Sponsor at St. Aloysius in Meriden. We lost touch with so many former neighbors with the construction of the Perry Dam. May God bless and give you comfort and strength.

  9. Teresa & Bob Harris on January 20, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a nice lady & will be sadly missed.

  10. Shelly Rezac on January 20, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Helen and Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mom. May your many memories bring you peace.

  11. Barbara M. Deters on January 20, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Helen, Joe Raymond and Matt, I send you my deepest sympathy. We lost a truly great woman. Know that I will be there in spirit, I am house bound in this weather. My prayers are with you all!

  12. Deborah Melvin on January 20, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Family,
    Aunt Mary will be deeply missed. She was a very special lady to Douglas and myself, we loved her alot. You’re family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Douglas and Deborah Melvin

  13. Joe Haverkamp on January 26, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Helen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I worked with her at SRS and she was always a pleasure to work with.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Jean Tibbits on January 27, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    To Mary’s Family, I’m sorry for your loss. Mary was a very sweet and special lady. I enjoyed working with her. I ran into her a few times at the casino and we would catch up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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