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Melba Hathaway Sparks

Female 1916 - 2008  (91 years)


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  • Name Melba Hathaway Sparks  [1
    Born 6 Jun 1916  Marshall, Saline County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Mar 2008  Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Melba Hathaway Benkelman

      Tuesday, March 25, 2008

      June 6, 1916 - March 17, 2008

      Melba Hathaway Benkelman, 91, died Monday (March 17, 2008)

      MANHATTAN, Kan. -- at Meadowlark Hills Care Center in Manhattan, Kan.
      She was born June 6, 1916, in Marshall, Mo., to William Addison and Alma (Hathaway) Sparks.

      She married Charles Wilmot Benkelman on March 26, 1939. They lived in McDonald, Kan., from 1939-1975. She moved to Atwood in 1975, after her husband's death. She moved to Meadowlark Hills Care Center in 2001.

      She was a member of McDonald Federated Church, the church guild, a charter member of McDonald Garden Club and Chapter AX of the PEO Sisterhood in Atwood.

      She also was a member of First Church, Town and Country Civic Club and the Northwestern Art Guild.

      She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles.

      Survivors include her sons, Brent and wife, Virginia of Manhattan, Kan., Bill and wife, Susan of Wakeeney, Kan., and Paul and wife, Georgette of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

      Memorial services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Atwood with the Rev. Chris Edwards officiating. A private graveside service will be in Grace Cemetery in McDonald.

      Memorials may be given to Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Kansas State University, 1 Chalmbers Hall, Manhattan, KS 68506-3901 or American Heart Association. Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.

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    Person ID I2356  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Charles Wilmot Benkelman,   b. 27 Jul 1915, McDonald, Rawlins County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1972, McDonald, Rawlins County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 26 Mar 1939  [1
    Children 
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     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1519  Group Sheet,  Family chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.