DIGHTON - Helen Rae Jennings Stanley, 97, died on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton, KS. She was born on Jan. 20, 1923 at Altamont, KS., the daughter of Jess and Mary Genis (Elder) Jennings. She married Dwight “Porky” Stanley on May 12, 1954 at Scott City, KS. He died on April 30, 2012.
Helen graduated from Labette County High School and earned her Bachelor’s in English and Music Education from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She later took classes at The University of Kansas and University of Colorado. She taught in Buhler, KS. before moving to Dighton, KS. in 1949 where she taught at Dighton High School and then taught music for the Lane County country schools in Amy, Shields and Alamota, KS. She and her husband owned and operated Stanley Liquor Store for 17 years and she later was the office manager for the Birney & Company office in Dighton. She gave many piano lessons in the community and her passion was preparing and accompanying her students in competitions. She was a member of the First Christian Church where she was the pianist and played for many funerals, weddings and other church events. She also belonged to the PEO. She enjoyed golfing at Lane County Country Club and Southwind Country Club. Helen took great pride in maintaining her yard, and working in her flower beds. Her roses brought joy to many. She was also a delivery volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. Helen loved sports and was a loyal Jayhawks, Royals and Chiefs fan.
She is survived by her daughters- Nita and David Kuhlman of Dighton, KS, Sandy and Wayne Brooks of Hutchinson, KS, Kristi and Mike Heyka of Highlands Ranch, CO., and Teri Harris and Andy Parker of Lawrence, KS.; four grandchildren- Dustin Dwight (Trisha) Kuhlman, Jessa Rae (Ben) Wilkens, Dylan MB (Lena) Sweyko-Kuhlman and Kendall James Harris, seven great-grandchildren- Easton Kuhlman, Taegan Kuhlman, Brogan Kuhlman, Hadley Kuhlman, Luke Wilkens, Evan Wilkens and Jack Wilkens.
Graveside Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Dighton Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Alana Chapman officiating. The family requests that masks be worn. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 2 at Boomhower Funeral Home in Dighton, KS. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church or Lane County Library in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Posted online on September 25, 2020