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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Obituary - Kristina L. “Cricket” Dodson

Kristina L. “Cricket” Dodson,
Kristina L. “Cricket” Dodson, age 70, resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, died Thursday, November 19, 2015, at her home. She was born on August 29, 1945, in Vallejo, California, the daughter of Ellwood and Harriet Hoffman Stambaugh. She graduated High School in Prescott, Kansas, with the class of 1963. She married Leon “Bub” Walrod on December 27, 1963. They were blessed with one daughter, Amber. They later divorced. She married Ronald L. Dodson on July 12, 1990. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1992. Kristina worked for the Western Insurance Company in Fort Scott before moving to Russell, Kansas, for two years. Upon moving back to Fort Scott, she began her career as customer service supervisor with the Gas Service Company which later merged with Westar. She retired after 35 years. She was an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up, and was diligent in sending personalized cards to anyone needing encouragement. She enjoyed attending Fort Scott High School sporting events and was a huge Kansas City Royals fan. Kristina cherished spending time with Amber, shopping, watching movies, and dining out. She was a member of the Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her daughter Amber, Lenexa, Kansas; a brother, Louis Stambaugh and wife Marita, Lumberton, Texas; two sisters, Anke Dunn and husband Will, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Lanza Coe and husband Ben, McKinney, Texas; an aunt, Botts Hall and husband Burdell, Morton, Illinois; three nieces and five nephews. In addition to her husband Ron, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 24th, at the Community Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either Fort Scott High School Athletics or Community Christian Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Word of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary - Marsha A. Graef

Marsha A. Graef
Marsha A. Graef, 61, retired Assistant Athletic Director at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, passed away Monday evening, November 16, after a nearly 3-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Boy, did she make the best use of that time! Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Marsha was born April 29, 1954, in Clinton, Missouri, the daughter of Ervin “Corky” and Irene (Korth) Graef. She grew up in Urich, Missouri, attending Urich Elementary School and graduating from Sherwood High School. She graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1976 where she was a four-year varsity starter for the women’s basketball team and played field hockey and softball as well. She earned a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and taught and coached at Archie and Fort Osage schools in Missouri.

Marsha went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in the fall of 1985 as the head coach of Bates women’s volleyball and basketball teams, and assistant coach in women’s lacrosse. Marsha coached volleyball at Bates for 14 years and was recognized as one of a handful of Division Three volleyball coaches to have earned over 400 wins in her career, with an overall record of 416-144. Under her leadership, the Bobcats tallied 51 straight wins and marked the first victory by a NESCAC School in the NCAA Division III national tournament, making it to the “Sweet 16” round. Marsha’s teams also won two ECAC Championships, one runner-up finish, and three NESCAC Conference Championships. Marsha was honored by her peers with three New England Women’s Volleyball Association Coach of the Year awards and one AVCA National Coach of the Year Award. In 1998, Marsha moved from coaching into the administrative position of coordinator of physical education and club sports. She is also a certified strength coach and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Davis Fitness Center.

Marsha was preceded in death by her father, her 3 uncles and their wives, and 3 cousins.

She is survived by her mother, Irene Graef of St. Louis, her brother Stephen and his significant other David Lawrence also of St. Louis, her closest friend and caregiver, Paula Linder, and her adopted Maine family, Mona, Mike, Charlotte, Pam, Clinton, Kim, Chris, Haley, Julia, Becky, Ross, Connor, Curt and Chance.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri and are pending at this time.


Now that's a nice buck...

 Tiffany Antle shot this 11 point buck in Bates County MO.

Baby, it's cold outside!

Face it (no pun intended) it's pretty miserable outside today. The annual Holiday Open House is underway at the Adrian Optimist Building through 3 pm this afternoon. Here, Caitlyn Cox of Adrian, one of over 40 vendors at the event, applies some face paint. -Yvette Boyles photo