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Mary Alice Stark

Mary Alice Stark Mary Alice Stark, age 87, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Mary lived in the Wichita, Kansas area for many years, prior to moving to Manhattan in October of 2014.

She was born on November 29, 1929, in Oak Park, Illinois the daughter of Claire G. and Estelle (Palmer) Nibbe.

Mary was raised in Waukegan, Illinois where she attended both grade school and high school. After high school she attended Drake University for two years 1945-47, and later finished her bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Kansas in 1952.

She was united in marriage to Dan LaMaster in 1950 and they had three sons: Richard, Fred and Pete. They later divorced.

Mary was a homemaker while she raised her young family. In 1967, she took a teaching position at Derby High School in Derby, Kansas, where she taught English for many years. In 1975, she met Wilfred Rutledge and they soon married. He would precede her in death in 1995. From 1995 until 1999, Mary kept busy with her duties as a Deaconess which included visiting the homebound. It was through this position that she met Glenn Stark while she was visiting his sister. In November of 1999 they were married and had a wonderful life together until he preceded her in death in September of 2014. It was at this time that she moved to Manhattan and soon became active with the First Christian Church.

Mary is survived by her three sons: Richard “Rick” LaMaster (Sandy), Manhattan, KS; Fred LaMaster (Jo), Benton, AR; and Pete LaMaster of Rockledge, FL. She is also survived by her brother Dr. Albert Nibbe of Denver, CO; and her sister: Dorothy Richter of Waukegan, IL. Five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive.

In addition to her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her parents, and by one granddaughter: Heather LaMaster.

Mrs. Stark will be cremated and no services are planned.

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The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 is handling the arrangements.

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