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June 06th, 2023

shirley ketchumELKHART – Shirley Ketchum, 87, died Monday, June 13, 2022, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton. 

She was born May 29, 1935 to William and Zelma (Barber) Rust.

She married A.C. (Charles) Davis on May 1, 1953. 

She married J.L. Ketchum Jan. 23, 1982. He preceded her in death. 

She graduated from Lamar High School in Lamar, Colo. in 1953.

Over the years, she held various positions while working for local businesses including Davis Jewelry, several doctors’ offices, the local dentist office, and an insurance agency. 

She was exceptionally proud of her role as one of Morton County’s first EMTs. 

She also served as the Morton County District Magistrate Judge from 1976 until her retirement in 1988. 

She also enjoyed woodcarving and working with stained glass.

Survivors include son, Paul Davis, Hutchinson; daughters, Kendra Thomason, Elkhart, and Taunya Jill Johnson and husband, Roger, Overland Park; sisters, Peggy Lyons, Rochester, N.Y., and Donna Sanders, Bellingham, Wash.; brother, John Rust and wife, JoAnn, Cody, Wy.; four grandchildren: Reid Thomason and wife, Tiffany, Arvada, Colo., Kenzie Thomason, Kansas City, Mo., Michelle Schrag and husband, Grady, Inman, and Wayne Thomason, Elkhart; five great-grandchildren: Lincoln and Elyse Thomason, Arvada, Colo., Devin Wiens and Keegan Schrag, Hutchinson, and Kellen Schrag, Inman; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Allan; son-in-law, Clint Thomason; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Davis.

• Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Elkhart, with Pastor Ed Richards presiding. The service will be live streamed on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page.

Burial will follow at the Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart. 

Memorials are suggested to the Morton County EMS or Morton County Library in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. 

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