May 21st, 2019

aileen debruceULYSSES – Aileen Elizabeth DeBruce, 91, died Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Kiowa. 

She was born April 16, 1927 to Forest Valentine Beal and Gladys Smutz Beal in Junction City. 

She married Archie Paul DeBruce Dec. 27, 1948. He preceded her in death.

She enjoyed memberships in AAUW, CIRCLE, the Red Hat Society, The United Methodist Church and UMW. She served on the board of the Kansas Children’s Service League for many years. 

She was also a big supporter of her local Lions Club, Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital and the Diabetes Association. She was named  an Honorary Trustee Emeritus of the KCSL Foundation Board of Trustees along with her husband. 

She was a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout leader, and an enthusiastic member of the hospital ladies’ auxiliary. 

She enjoyed many hobbies, including needlepoint, wheat weaving, tole painting and baking.  She also enjoyed her needlepoint guild, book club and bridge club.

Survivors include children, Paul Edward DeBruce, Mission Hills, and Shirley DeBruce Conaway, Medicine Lodge; nine grandchildren: Brandon DeBruce, Amanda DeBruce Walters, Trenton Heath Johnson, Heather Diane Sorrell, April Dawn Bodine, Dana Marie Sorrell, Christopher Lloyd Conaway, Christina Elizabeth Conaway, and Rose-Marie Valentine Conaway; five great-grandchildren: Zachary, Hayden and Hailey Sorrell, and Jessica and Ashley Sorrell; sister-in-law, Shirley Beal; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Jack Beal and Rachel Cerez.

• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger presiding.   

Burial will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery in Ulysses. 

Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. 

Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Children’s Service League, Grant County Library or Grant County Community Foundation all in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS  67880. 

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