Hugoton resident Dolores Harper passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Stevens County Hospital, Hugoton, KS. She was 88 years old.
The daughter of Ferris and Tressie Keown, Dolores was born on December 24, 1928. Dolores was a graduate of Gilman City High School in Gilman City Mo. and attended Maryville College in Maryville, Mo. after attending Maryville College for one year, Dolores moved to Kansas City where she was a model primarily for Daniels and Fisher department stores.
Dolores and Dr. Charles W. Harper (Bill) met in Kansas City while Bill was attending Dental School at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Bill and Dolores were married in Gilman City, Mo. on July 17, 1949, shortly after Bill’s graduation from Dental School. Born to this union were three children, Mark, Kim and Keith.
Survivors include her husband Bill of Hugoton, sons Kim Harper and wife Carolyn of Hugoton and Keith Harper and wife Shannon of Aurora, Co. Her eldest son Mark and one grandchild Brent Gaskill preceded Dolores in death. Survivors also include grandsons Brian Gaskill and wife Karie and their children Luke, Jagger, and Breckyn all of Hugoton; grandson Craig Gaskill of Kansas City, Mo. and his friend Greg Tobey; granddaughter Jordan Harper Blackburn and husband Chad of Highlands Ranch, Co. and their children Summer, Bree and Deklan and grandson Case Harper of Aurora, Co.
Dolores is also survived by a sister, Gene Johnson of Harlan, Ia. And her two daughters Becky Rike and husband Eldon Rike of Corning, Ia. And their daughters Lisa and husband Rob and their children Stephanie, Derek and Kara, Katie and her husband Jeff and their daughter Chloe and Becky and Eldon’s son Dan; and daughter Amy Brown of Milwaukee, Wi. And her son Chris and his wife Tricia and Amy’s daughter Allie.
Dolores was an outstanding homemaker and mother and was “mother” to a large portion of the childhood friends of her sons Mark, Kim and Keith. As her sons grew up their house was always open to them and all of their friends. Kim and Keith always said that there would be a special place in heaven for their mother given all of the trials and tribulations that they bestowed upon their mother during their childhood years. Dolores was a devoted wife and mother and she will very much be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know her.
A memorial has been established in Dolores’ memory with Pheasant Heaven Charities and United Methodist Church. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home PO Box 236- Hugoton, KS 67951.
Graveside services will be held at the Hugoton Cemetery at 11AM on Friday, January 20, 2017.
Friends may sign register on Thursday 10-6 at the funeral home.