Crystal Sigsbee-Jost

9/12/2012

Crystal Elaine "Chris" Sigsbee-Jost, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Lone Tree Nursing Home in Meade.

Crystal Elaine "Chris" Sigsbee-Jost, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Lone Tree Nursing Home in Meade.

She was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Sublette, the daughter of Rufas and Lola Ward Hostetler.

Sigsbee-Jost grew up and graduated from Sublette High School and later graduated from business college.

On June 6, 1945, she married George Benton Sigsbee in Dodge City. He died Oct. 5, 1992.

She worked as a legal secretary for Fred Hall, who wanted her to go to Topeka to be his secretary when he became governor of Kansas. She was very involved with politics and worked for U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassabaum when she was Speaker of the House for the Silver Haired Legislature.

Sigsbee-Jost was active in the Senior Center and organized their dances and many other activities. She volunteered at Dr. Fry's, the Crisis Hotline, and was also a Gray Lady at St. Catherine Hospital. She was also a Girl Scout leader, ombudsman, and a member of the Red Hats. In addition, she was active in the Church of God and many other Christian organizations. Sigsbee-Jost had a ceramic shop in the basement of her house for many years, and many may remember her China painting.

She married Dale Z. Jost of Syracuse in July of 1994. He survives.

Other survivors include her daughters, Shelly and Greg Downing of Copeland, and Suzanne and Jeff Truax of Richmond, Texas; daughter-in-law, Betty Sigsbee of Garden City; step-daughters Ann and Ralph Classen of Meade, Kris and Ken Jantz of Syracuse, and Nancy Riley and Arlan Huser of Syracuse; two sisters, Shirley Kelley of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Opal and Ken Snyder of Granite Bay, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son Jeff, her parents, and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City. Burial will follow at the Copeland Cemetery in Copeland.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.

The family request memorials given to the Finney County Senior Center, in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846. Condolences may be emailed to garnandfh@sbcglobal.net.

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