LAKIN — Cleone Frieda Kauffeld Neff, of Lakin, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. In these last years, she had been afflicted by Alzheimer’s.
She was born March 19, 1926, in Kodaikanal, Tamal Nadu State, British India, to the Rev. Paul and Clara Kauffeld. She and her mother were evacuated from India in 1942, on the U.S.S. Wakefield, due to threats of Japanese invasion of India. They settled in Winfield.
On Jan. 18, 1948, she married Donald Edward Neff. They settled in Lakin, where she worked with her husband on the farm, raised a garden, canned, sewed and kept a cozy home.
For many years, Mrs. Neff was very involved in volunteer work. She was a founding member of the Pride Commission of Kansas, under Gov. Robert Docking, and also served on the Kansas Water Quality Board. She was conservation chairman for three terms and then president for two terms of the General Women’s Federated Clubs of Kansas. She was a founding member of the Lakin Budget Shop, Kearny County Council on Aging and the Senior Center. She also was president for two terms of the Kansas Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, held other state offices with the LWML and was always active in her local congregation, Immanuel Lutheran.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Neff; a grandson, Athelred Davis and his wife Brittin; a great-grandson, Ayrton Davis; a brother, Eugene Kauffeld and his wife Julie; and numerous nephews and nieces and their children. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian.
Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakin. Burial will follow at Lakin Cemetery.
Visitation hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home, 508 N. Main St., Lakin, KS 67860.