April 12, 1917 - August 12, 2005 

The following is information that was supplied by Virginia for the 50th reunion held in 1985:

"After High School, I attended the College of Paola for two years and received my AA degree in 1937. In 1939, I married Rex Mortimer of Paola who was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. I worked at the First National Bank and later at First Federal Savings for about 15 years. In 1965, we moved to Prairie Village, KS, where we still live. I worked for the Marine Corps Finance Cneter in Kansas City, and retired in 1979. rex had retired in 1977. We have two daughters, Elaine and Barbara, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and one step-grandson."



Virginia Mortimer, 88, Shawnee Mission, a former Osawatomie resident, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at North Point Skilled Nursing Center in Paola.

She was born April 12, 1917, in Mankato, Kan., the oldest of the two daughters of Fred and Gertrude Hanna Smith. Her family moved to Osawatomie when she was a junior in high school She graduated from Osawatomie High School with the Class of 1935. She then went to Ursuline Academy in Paola for two years.

She was married to Rex Ormsby Mortimer on June 4, 1939. They lived in Osawatomie and became the parents of two daughters. Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 29, 2002.

Mrs. Mortimer worked at the First National Bank in Osawatomie in the early 1950s. She then went to work at First Federal Savings and Loan in Osawatomie. In 1965, she began working at Colonial Savings in Prairie Village. Her last employment before retiring was at the Marine Finance Center in Kansas City, Mo., from the late 1960s until the late 1970s.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Osawatomie until she moved to the Kansas City area, where she became a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. She also was a ember of Delta Epsilon and Order of the Eastern Star, both in Osawatomie.

Surviving are her two daughters, Barbara Cochran of Leawood and Elaine Kutschara of Overland Park; her sister, Marion Vodonick of Los Angeles, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were today (Monday) at the Osawatomie Cemetery under the direction of Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home of Osawatomie. Pallbearers were Mike Whitney, Chris Mead, Al Kutschara and Lee Cochran.

Memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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