Sunday, November 6, 2022

Obituary - Minnie Lorene "Cricket" Likely

Minnie Lorene “Cricket” Likely, age 95, a longtime resident of Bronson, Kansas, and more recently of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at the Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola, Kansas, just two days shy of her 96th birthday. She was born November 3, 1926, in Moran, Kansas, the daughter of LaMoyne Knapp and Bessie Mae Smith Knapp. 

Cricket graduated from the Moran High School. She married Harry Benjamin “Fuzz” Likely in June of 1947, at Bronson. Together they raised three children. In earlier years, Cricket worked as a cook for the Bronson school system. She later worked at Miller’s Dress Factory in Iola. She later began working at the Bronson Post Office and eventually served as the Bronson Postmaster. She was a long-time member of the Bronson Baptist Church. Cricket enjoyed spending time with family and friends playing cards and dominos.

Survivors include her three children, Norma Pope (Rex) of Fredonia, Kansas, Kathy George (Gale) of Uniontown, Kansas and Tom Likely (Debbie) of Parker, Kansas; six grandchildren, Tanya Ostrosky (Dusty), Myra Barnett (Dee), Delta Pollock (Jared), Denise George, Tommi Compton (Chris) and Troy Likely (Lacey); twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Cricket was preceded in death by her husband, Fuzz on May 20, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, four sisters, and a grandson Curtis George.

There was cremation. Rev. Rusty Newman will conduct a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 7th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Bronson Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel. 

Memorials are suggested to the Bronson Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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