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OBITUARY: Naomi Marcia (COURTNEY) DICKSON (1904-1984) KANSAS CITY TIMES, May 23, 1984, Page E-9 MRS. NAOMI M. DICKSON, 80, of 9647 Monrovia St., Lenexa, died Tuesday at the home. She was born in Ottawa, Kansas and had lived in the Kansas City area most of her life. Mrs. Dickson was a charter member of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. She was a member of the American Legion auxiliary. She leaves her husband, Walter Dickson of the home, a daughter, Mrs. Jean Suman, Overland Park; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the McGilley and Hoge Chapel; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel.

OBITUARY: WALTER BELTON. DICKSON (1897-1988) KANSAS CITY TIMES, Jun 24, 1988 Page C-8 Walter B. Dickson, 90, Overland Park, died June 22, 1988, in the Royal Terrace Care Center, 201 E. Flaming Drive, Olathe. He was born in Rosemont, near Wellsville, Kan. and lived in this area most of his life. Mr. Dickson was a supervisor for the Western Electric Co. before he retired in 1963. He was a Marine veteran of World War 1. He was a member of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Suman of the home, Three grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Park Lawn Chapel; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the chapel.

OBITUARY: SAMUEL COURTNEY (1861-1935) OTTAWA, KANSAS SAMUEL COURTNEY DEAD-Funeral of An Ottawa Citizen Sunday Afternoon- Samuel Courtney, 923 Cedar, died at the home at 1 am this morning. He broke one hip in a fall two years ago and has been seriously ill for three months. He had lived in Ottawa about 32 years and was formerly employed at the Santa Fe car shops. He moved here from Council Grove, KS. Mr. Courtney was 74 years old. He was born January 29, 1861 in Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Courtney. He married Ella Dressler September 17, 1885; and she died July 24, 1908. He married Esther Henderson January 15, 1916. He is survived by the widow, three daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Hay, Pomona, KS.; Mrs. Roy Lamm, Topeka, KS. , and Mrs. Walter Dickson, North Platte, NE.; a son, Dewey Courtney, Kansas City, MO.; ten grandchildren, two sisters, and five brothers. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Rev. M. Kullman of the Assembly of God will conduct the funeral services Sunday afternoon.

OBITUARIES: LuElla (DRESSLER) COURTNEY (b. in IN. 1866-1908) OTTAWA, KANSAS There were four obituaries in the papers dated July 27, 1909 stating that she died at noon at her home, 135 South Oak St. and she was ill about ten days with typhoid fever and rapid complications of diseases set in which caused her death. Her daughter, Miss Jessie Courtney is an employee of the Racket store. A husband and five children survive. The funeral was held at the family home. The services were conducted by Rev. E. O. Irvin, pastor of the Christian church, in the course of which he paid a beautiful tribute to the significance of Christian motherhood. A husband and five children survive. She formerly lived in Gardner and a number of friends from there attended the funeral. Interment was observed at Highland cemetery, where many beautiful floral tributes were placed upon the bier. Relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mr. Fred Dressler, the father, Charles Dressler, brother and Mrs. Dressler of Geneseo, Kansas, Elmer Dressler, brother, of Hutchison, Kansas, Mrs. Alice Morgan, sister, of Carlisle, Iowa, and nephew Mr. F. E. Morgan of Salina, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Russell, Georgia Groves, Maude Danks, and Myrtle Scofield of Gardner attended the funeral.

OBITUARY: Jessie (COURTNEY) JOHNS OTTAWA HERALD Nov 6, 1918 JOHNS FUNERAL TOMORROW The body of Mrs. Jessie Johns, wife of Albert Johns, arrived here this morning from Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Johns and S. Courtney, the father of the deceased, accompanied the remains to Ottawa. Mrs. Johns died suddenly last Friday night at her home in Tacoma after an illness of only five days, from *leakage of the heart. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon on the lawn at the Christian church at 4 o'clock with Rev. A. L. Ragsdale in charge. Interment will be in Highland cemetery. Mrs. E. M. Angell and Mrs. R. T. Waldall will provide the music. The deceased was a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security and the following members of this lodge will act as pallbearers: Mrs. C. A. Coe, Mrs. B. G. Otto, Mrs. Frank Hesp, Mrs. A. Beiter, Mrs. C. C. Hawkins and Mrs. Ward Reed. W. E., and Grant Dressler of Hutchinson, uncles of Mrs. Johns, are here for the funeral. Jessie Courtney was the oldest child of Samuel and Luella Courtney. She died of *influenza during the 1918 Flu epidemic, and is buried at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa, KS.

OBITUARY: Greta (COURTNEY) LAMM (1896-1971) "THE TOPEKA DAILY CAPITAL" ENTERED INTO ETERNAL REST, SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 1971. Mrs. Greta Lamm,74, 738 Wayne, died Sunday in a Topeka hospital where she was admitted Jan. 26 and underwent abdominal surgery Feb. 4. She had an aneurysm. She was born July 25, 1896, at Council Grove and lived in Topeka since 1932. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was married to Ernest Roy Lamm March 28, 1915, at Ottawa. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Rabe, 4610 West Drive; a son, Frank L. Lamm, St. Louis, MO.; a sister, Mrs. W. B. Dickson, Lincoln, MO.; a brother, Dewey Courtney, Kansas City; five grandchildren. Wall-Diffenderfer Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

OBITUARY: Dewey COURTNEY (1898-1980) KANSAS CITY STAR Dewey Courtney, 81, of 3333 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO. died Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born in Council Grove, Kansas, and lived in this area 47 years. Mr. Courtney worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad 40 years before he retired as a car inspector in 1964. He was an Army veteran of World War 1 and World War II and a member of the Conboy-Nicolas American Legion. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Emily Courtney of the home; a stepson Mark I. Barnett, Brownsville, Texas; a sister Mrs. Naomi Dickson, Sedalia, MO.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the McGilley Midtown Chapel; burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel.

OBITUARY: Glenn COURTNEY (Nov 1902-Dec 1902) OTTAWA HERALD Dec, 11 1902 The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Courtney died this morning. The body will be shipped to Langley, KS., for burial.

OBITUARY: Paul COURTNEY (Jan 1908-Jun 1909) OTTAWA HERALD THE FUNERAL YESTERDAY--Baby Paul Courtney Laid to Rest In Highland Cemetery. The funeral of the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Courtney was held at the home, corner of Oak and Second Streets, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. E. O. Irvin of the Christian Church conducted the services and Mrs. Frank Peterson and Mrs. F. H. Ewalt sang. The pall bearers were the following little girls: Gussie and Hattie Bement, Camille Sutherland, and Flo Dixon. Ther burial was in Highland cemetery. Paul Courtney was five months and eight days old and died Monday morning at 2:20 o'clock of pneumonia. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the family.

OBITUARY: Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" DICKSON (1885-1918) TOPEKA, KANSAS October 24, 1918 HEROINE TO GRAVE MISS ELIZABETH DICKSON BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS RED CROSS NURSE GAVE LIVE IN SERVICE AT FORT RILEY Full military honors were accorded to Miss Elizabeth Dickson, the nurse who did Monday, October 14, giving her live in the care of sick soldiers at Fort Riley. Her funeral was held Thursday. Miss Dickson,a graduate nurse of Christ hospital training school and a member of the Topeka Public Health Nursing association, responded to a call for help from the base hospital at Fort Riley, to nurse the soldiers ill with influenza. After working at the hospital for a week she was attacked by the disease and far from well, she worked late Friday night, pleading the need of the boys after being urged to go off duty. Saturday morning she was taken from the nurses home to the base hospital and died there Monday. FUNERAL AT WILLIAMSBURG Her funeral was held at Williamsburg. She was laid to rest in a Uunted States army military casket draped with the American flag, and her grave was adorned with the colors. A military escort had charge of the service and the burial office was read by Dean J. P. DeB. Kaye of Grace cathedral, who is also manager of Christ hospital from which Miss Dickson was graduated. She was buried in her nurse's uniform and cap with the insignia of the Red Cross and the Public Health Nursing association on her sleeve. Miss Dickson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Dickson, of Rosemont. She was a graduate of Williamsburg high school and finished her training at Christ hospital in the class of June, 1918. AN HONOR GRADUATE At the state nurses' examination she received the highest grade ever made by any one taking the examination. She volunteered for Red Cross work, but was refused on account of some defect in her vision. So she remained at home as a volunteer in the home defense, working for the Public Health Nursing association, and welcoming the opportunity to serve as a nurse at the camp in the influenza epidemic. Mr. and Mrs. Dickson have two other children in the service of their country, a daughter, Miss Alice Dickson, who is a Red Cross nurse and leaves next Monday for overseas service, and a son, Walter Dickson of the marines. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: Because of the influenza epidemic, Bessie's funeral was held outside. She died two weeks after her twenty-third birthday. She tried to join the Red Cross as an Army nurse like her sister, but was rejected because of her poor eye sight. However, she was the first nurse to answer a plea from the governor for volunteer nurses to serve at Ft. Riley. Since she was not a Red Cross nurse with the Army, her parents were not entitled to a pension. However, a special act of Congress dated March 22, 1928 was passed giving her mother a pension for the rest of her life. Both older her sister at the age of 95 and her younger brother at age 90 died in 1988. Her tombstone at Mt. Hope Cemetery reads "SHE DIED SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE."

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