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Emily Lorene Kimzey, 85, of Topeka, Kansas, died Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at Brewster Place, Topeka, Kansas. Lorene and her twin sister, Maxine were born October 19, 1921, near Mine Creek, Linn County, Kansas, the daughter of Ross and Mabel Leonard. At age 3, the family moved to a farm northeast of Pleasanton, KS. She attended Oberlin school and graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1939. The twins were musically talented and entertained their neighbors regularly in their younger days. She married Elvin Kimzey on December 24, 1941 in Nevada, MO. Upon their return to Linn County after WWII, she lived with her family in Pleasanton, Mound City and LaCygne. She moved to Topeka in 1956 where she raised her children, cared for elderly family members, and was employed by Crosby’s Department Stores and Dustins, Inc. until her retirement in 1984. She and her husband spent the next 20 years traveling in their motor home, loving her grandchildren without limitation, and enjoying family and friends. Lorene was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the First Christian Church of Topeka, and an honorary member of the Kansas-Missouri chapter of the Winnebago International Travelers Club. She is survived b y her husband, Elvin of Topeka, Kansas; her sister, Maxine Swanson, also of Topeka; her two sons, Steve of Austin, Texas and Ron of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2:30 PM, Saturday, August 25, 2007 at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel, LaCygne, Kansas. Vistiation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Friday at the Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, LaCygne.
Arrangements: Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home, LaCygne, Kansas
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