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Linn County News

Published May 3, 2023


Sherry Kay Nelson was born in Stroud, Okla., the youngest child of Olen L. and Jewel A. (Wood) Smith. At a young age, the family moved to a farm near Trading Post, Kan. She graduated from Pleasanton High School in the class of 1969. She married Robert Keith Nelson in La Cygne, Kan., on June 6, 1969. They lived in Fort Scott for a short period of time, moving to Ottawa later that year.

Sherry was employed at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence, Kan., for eight years working in the handwork, bow and ribbon departments. During the construction of the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant, she worked in quality assurance and document control for Daniel Construction Company. She accepted a position with Wolf Creek working in document control for ten years. Upon leaving Wolf Creek, Sherry was employed by Wal-Mart, working as a photo lab tech, people greeter and cashier. She retired in July of 2017 after twenty years of service; then volunteered at Ransom Memorial Hospital a few days a week.

Sherry loved talking with the Wal-Mart patrons who would purposely look for her checkout line and later would tell her how much she was missed after she retired.

She loved attending her kids and her grandkids’ sporting events, rarely missing a game. During the spring and summer months, she could be seen at a ballpark anywhere from Texas to South Dakota.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jason Nelson; daughter, Kristie Batten; sister, Madeline Slaughter; and brothers, Johnny Smith, Joe Smith, and Terry Smith.

She is survived by her husband of the home; son, Brandon; sister, Bobbie Beasley of Shawnee, Okla.; grandchildren, Chelsey Miller, Dylan Nelson, Bayleigh Nelson, Dysen Batten, Trenidy Batten; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kan.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Dengel & Son Mortuary.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Rock Creek Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Center of Ottawa or Harbor Hospice c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kan. 66067.


Wilma Virginia Cook ~ 03-24-1935 to 05-24-2024


Linn County News Published May 29, 2024   Wilma Virginia Cook, age 89, Stover, Mo., formerly of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Friday, May 24, 2024. She was born on March 24, 1935, in Lockport, La., the daughter of Edgar and Dorena Matherne Guidry. She owned her own... [More]

Ann Johnson ~ 09-14-1943 to 05-16-2024


Linn County News Published May 22, 2024   Ann Johnson, age 80, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Vada Daniels Casida. She graduated from Blue Mound High School and... [More]

David Howard McNabb, Ph.D. ~ 06-04-1947 to 05-11-2024


Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   David Howard McNabb, 76, passed away May 11, 2024 at home in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The son of a farmer, Dave was born June 4, 1947, to Henry and Alice (Jackson) McNabb at Pleasanton. Education and research were always... [More]

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Linn County P&Z changes setbacks on quarry CUP


Following instructions from Linn County Planning and Zoning Chair Paul Porter to the Planning and Zoning Commission stemming from a letter received from La Cygne resident Stephanie Walker concerning open meetings rules, Porter urged the commission to avoid any correspondence... [More]

Commission denies quarry CUP


Action follows unseconded motion to accept   Linn County commissioners have denied a conditional use permit (CUP) for a proposed rock quarry. At Tuesday’s weekly meeting, delayed a day because of Monday’s federal Memorial Day holiday observance, a 2-1 vote,... [More]

USD 362 moves closer to daycare option


District to seek bids on old bus barn repurposing   Prairie View Unified School District 362 is moving closer to providing a daycare option for pre-school 3- and 4-year-olds beginning this fall. On a 6-1 vote at their May 21 monthly meeting, the board of education... [More]

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Jayhawk Linn boys’ track team places seventh at State


The Jayhawk Linn track team sent 20 athletes to the State tournament in Wichita on May 24 and 25. The Hawks did well at the tournament especially the boys’ team which placed seventh overall with 39 team points. Moundridge won State for the 2A boys with 55 points while Inman... [More]

Prairie View track has multiple medal winners at State


The Prairie View track team traveled to Wichita on May 24-25 to compete in the 3A State tournament. The Buffalos did well as they had boy and girl medal winners and the defending State champion girls’ team placed 10th this year with a team score of 23 points. Smoky Valley... [More]

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