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Florence Leah (Soule) Sellers, 72, passed away Sept. 16, 2016, at Asbury Park, Newton, Kansas.
She was born Feb. 11, 1944, to Freeman Wilber and Sarah Emma (Cronk) Soule in Eureka, Kansas.
Following her 1962 graduation from Eureka High School, Leah attended Halstead Hospital School of Nursing in Halstead, Kansas, completing the program and earning her registered nurse’s license in 1965. She worked in the Halstead Hospital surgery department and, later, for Dr. Rate, a thoracic and general surgeon at Halstead Hospital.
Leah married Robert Lee Sellers of Florence, Kansas, on July 12, 1968. The couple made their home on and worked the Sellers family farm west of Florence, Kansas, enjoying 48 years together. Leah and Robert had two children, Karen Denise and Julie Ann. In addition to her work on the farm, Leah worked as a registered nurse at Peabody Nursing Home following her marriage, and in later years at Regency Health Care in Florence.
Leah attended Florence Christian Church, where she participated in various activities. She coordinated vacation Bible school crafts for many years, helped plan, produce, and make costumes for the annual Christmas program, and helped serve many funeral dinners. Leah was active in her daughters’ community, school, and 4-H events. She served as a project and community leader for Florence Jayhawk 4-H Club. She also served on the Marion County Cooperative Extension board.
Leah enjoyed a close relationship with her parents-in-law, Benard and Helen Stromberg, for whom she cared in their later years. Leah was an avid gardener and quilter and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds around her home.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Florence, Kansas, and daughters, Karen Denise Sellers of Larned, Kansas, and Dr. Julie Sellers and her husband PJ Vaske of Atchison, Kansas. Other survivors include sisters Betty Uhl of Hamilton, Kansas, Susan Thole of Stafford, Kansas, Joan Talkington of Hamilton, Kansas, Thedda Olson, Sharron Urton, and Karen Nordmeyer, all of Eureka, Kansas; and brothers, Merle Soule of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Jerry Soule of Madison, Kansas, and Dick Soule of Marshall, Texas.
Leah was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Wilber Soule; sisters, Carol Soule, Sandra Soule, Bertha Erickson, Phyllis Enos, and Eleanor Jacoby; and a brother, William Soule.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Christian Church of Florence, Kansas. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion KS 66861. Online condolences may be left at www.zeinerfuneralhomes.com.