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Eloise J. "Frenchie" Newell

August 6, 2019



Eloise J. “Frenchie” Newell, age 92, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.  Eloise was born December 7, 1926 to Arthur and Alice (Thibault) Newell.  Eloise was one of seven children.  He grew up on a farm in Graham County and attended Bogue High School.

Eloise met the love of his life, Frances Goetz, and they married at St. Joseph’s Church, Hays, Kansas, on August 5, 1946.  They celebrated 67 years of marriage.  To this union were three children: Joan, Arlen and Mary.

Eloise worked at Walker Army Airbase after high school.  After marrying Frances, he pursued employment with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Engineering Department at the Hays office.  He retired from KDOT after 40 years of service.  He was a Certification Senior Engineer Technician and was also a Registered Land Surveyor. He had a license to operate the Division’s short wave radio, if needed.  He also helped maintain the local office. 

Eloise enjoyed fishing, hunting, maintaining beautiful flowers in their manicured yard and growing an abundant large garden.  He had great devotion to his faith and practiced it all his life.

Eloise is survived by sister Pat Belisle (Duane), Damar Ks:  Daughter, Joan (Dick) Palmer of Haysville Ks: daughter in law, Pat Newell, Versailles Ky;  grandchildren, Lisa (Nick) Aschenbrenner of Bonner Springs Ks:  Laurie Guilbault, Topeka Ks: Jeremy (Shiloh) Newell, Fairfield Ohio: Leticia Newton, Mt Eden Ky: and, Bonnie (Kenneth) Johns, Versailles Ky, seven great great grandchildren, a bunch of awesome nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. 

Eloise was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; son, Arlen; and daughter, Mary.   Also preceded by sisters, Eleanor Bellerive, ODella Bedard, Priscilla Emigh, and brothers, Robert and Mitchell Newell.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, August 9, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hays with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday 6 PM - 8 PM with a combined rosary and parish vigil at 7 PM all at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

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August 8, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Combined rosary and vigil service
August 8, 2019

7:00 PM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Funeral Service
August 9, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
210 W. 13th
Hays, Kansas 67601

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