July 17th, 2019

jo ann combsJoAnn Combs, 71, died July 30, 2018 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. 

She was born Aug. 6, 1946 to Joe and Betty (Van Huss) Spurgin in Woodward, Okla.

She married Clarence Combs Jan. 5, 1962 in Perryton, Texas. He survives. 

She was employed by the City of Liberal with the Tourism Department for 15 years, retiring in July 2012.  She had served as the secretary for the International Pancake Day since 2000.

She was a Girl Scout leader, and a member of the Optimist Club of Liberal, BPW of Liberal, Wild West Country, Kansas Explorers Club and We-Kan Club. She also served as secretary, treasurer, and president of the Liberal Area Genealogical Society.

She received the R. J. Leete award from International Pancake Day in 2010, the Hometown Hero award from BPW, the Dare-to Do Dirt Roads award from the Kansas Explorers Club, the We-Kan award for community support, the Kansas Spotlight award for community involvement, and a Chamber of Commerce Woman of Distinction award in 2017.

She enjoyed genealogy, reading, traveling, doing crafts and playing with her great-grandchildren.

She was a member of First Church of The Nazarene in Liberal.

Survivors also include three sons: Butch (Sterling) Gehrer and partner, Cindy, Centerton, Ark., Craig Combs and wife, Valerie, Union City, OKla., and Lyle Combs, Augusta; daughters, Susan Plunk and husband, Kelly, Ridgeway, Va., and Denise Tharp, Wichita; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond and Dale Spurgin; and sister, Anita Murrain.

• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at First Church of The Nazarene in Liberal with Pastor Arlen Ankle presiding.  

Burial will take place at the Independence Cemetery in Turpin, Okla. at a later date.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 at Brenneman Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. to greet friends. 

Memorials are suggested to the International Pancake Day Foundation in care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.

Condolences may be left at

Pick your language/Elige su idioma