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Mary Lou Wherry

February 9, 2018

Mary Lou (Hammersmith) Wherry, age 76, Of LaCrosse, Kansas died Friday, February 9, 2018, at her home in LaCrosse. She was born October 9, 1941, on the family farm south of Gorham, Kansas, to Isadore and Agatha (Sander) Hammersmith.  She married John H. Wherry on October 1,1966, at Gorham, Kansas.

She was a daycare provider for over 20 years and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Michael’s Altar Society/St. Michael’s Social Commission, the Prayer Group and the Rosary Makers all of LaCrosse.  She also was a member of the Gorham Daughters of Isabella.  Mary Lou grew up in the Gorham area and was a 1959 graduate of Gorham High School.  She was a big part of many kids’ lives who attended her daycare and she will be remembered for her great cooking, crafts and flower arrangements.  She enjoyed following her children’s and then her grandchildren’s sports and other activities.

Survivors include her husband, John H. Wherry, of the home; three sons, Todd Wherry and wife, Lanese, Lenexa, KS, Kyle Wherry and wife, Debi, LaCrosse, and Chad Wherry, Osborne, KS; one daughter, Tonya Howden and husband, Kevin, Vicksburg, MI; one sister, Katie Bellendir, Victoria, KS; one sister-in-law, Shirley Hammersmith, Horton, KS; eight grandchildren, Ashton, Alyssa and Andrew Wherry; Jordan, Shelby and Payton Wherry; Landon and Logan Howden; two step-grandchildren, Mike Staab, Nikki Conner and husband, Mitch; three step-great grandchildren, Mikey Staab, Natalie and Bryce Conner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marvin Hammersmith, and one brother-ln-law, Marvin Bellendir.

A mass of christian burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at St Michael’s Catholic Church, 918 Lincoln Street, Lacrosse, Kansas, and a graveside service will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, at St. Mary Cemetery, Gorham, Kansas.

A vigil service and rosary with the St. Michael’s Altar Society/ St. Michael’s Social Commission and the Gorham Daughters of Isabella joining will be at 7:00 P.M. Monday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church LaCrosse, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. Monday, and from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, all at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, LaCrosse, Kansas.

Memorial to St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Services are entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.

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