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Helen Hartman

May 15, 1919 — June 9, 2019

Helen Hartman


Helen (Markwell) Hartman, of Hays, Kansas who recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends from around the country passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Brookdale of Hays.

She was born May 15, 1919 in Hays, Kansas to Robert S. and Minnie (Wells) Markwell. She graduated from Hays High in 1937. She attended Fort Hays State University and then the University of Kansas where she graduated from the school of Journalism in 1941. On August 23, 1941 she married Van Hartman. He preceded her in death in January of 2000.

She was a homemaker and had worked as a CNA during WWII. Helen was a long time Pink Lady volunteer at Hadley Hospital and Hays Medical Center where she was recently recognized for 50 years of service. She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hays, PEO and Kappa Alpha Theta.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Hartman and wife Kim of Raymore, Missouri and Dr. William "Bill" Hartman and wife Kim of Shawnee, Kansas; two daughters, Deb Guffey and husband Rich of Hays and Kathy Hartman of Lenexa, Kansas; a brother, Calvin Markwell of Denver, Colorado; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Aside from her husband Van she was preceded in death by her grandson, Matt Guffey.

Funeral Services will be 3 PM Saturday June 15, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Hays. Inurnment will follow in the Mt. Allen Cemetery, Hays.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Condolences may be left by guest book at or by email at


Memorial Service Saturday

June 15, 2019

3:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran

2703 Fort

Hays, Kansas 67601

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