Laura Lee Tholin-Shell
Laura Lee Tholin-Shell, 91, of Newton, formerly of Junction City, died Feb. 1, 2017 at the Newton Medical Center in Newton. Laura was born March 18, 1925 in Augusta, Montana, the daughter of Lawrence & Flora (Sangray) Lucero. She attended schools in Montana. She later attended Old Trooper University on Ft. Riley for 3 years. She worked as a sales department manager at Montgomery Ward Store in Junction City, and later at Sears and J.C. Penney Stores in Manhattan.
Laura was a former member of and very active in the Church of the Nazerene, where she taught Sunday School, and was on the Hospitality/Outreach Committe of the church; was past-President of the DAV, and had served as Sec. of the Senior Center in Junction City. Was active with her quilting club and enjoyed oil painting. She also enjoyed writing poetry and writing family history.
Laura married Donald C. Tholin on August 20, 1943 in Paulsbo, Washington. Donald died March 24, 1994. She later married Carl Shell on April 26, 2008 in Junction City. Carl died January 17, 2015.
Survivors include: a daughter, Lee Mellinger and husband Jerry, Newton; a foster-son, Bob Freeman, North Carolina; a foster-daughter, Janice Tidd, Grandview Plaza, KS; a brother, Samuel Lucero, Great Falls, Montana; 2 sisters, Loraine Walker and Shirley Rust, both of Great Falls, Montana; 4 grandchildren, John Mellinger, Eric Tholin, Bruce Mellinger, and Lisa Long; and 11 great grandchildren, Aaron, Alec, Gunner Tholin, Austin, Jacob, Megan, and Griffin Long, Lauren and Courtney Mellinger, and Kayla and Jaden Mellinger. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald C. Tholin in 1970; 5 brothers; and 3 sisters.
A graveside service will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan. The family will greet friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Junction City Funeral Chapel, 203 N. Washington, Junction City, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Good Shepherd Hospice, 7829 E. Rochhill, Ste. 403, Wichita, Kansas 67206.