JULY 26, 1921 - JULY 8, 1997

The funeral for Lela Louise Cortner, Osawatomie, was held Friday in Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home. Mrs. Cortner, 75, died Tuesday, July 8, 1997 in the Olahte Medical Center.

She was born July 26, 1921 in Corning, the daughter of John and Myrtle Sherrer Bedfood. The family moved to Osawatomie from Corning in the early 1930's. She completed her education in Osawatomie and was a 1939 graduate of Osawatomie High School.

On January 2, 1941, she and Charles Cortner were married in Olathe. They lived in Seattle while he was serving his country during World War II. In 1945 they returned to Osawatomie. Mr. and Mrs. Cortner became the parents of one son.

Mrs. Cortner was employed by Wicke's Drug Store in Osawatomie for a time. Later she completed cosmetology school and operated a beauty shop in her home for many years.

Her memberships included the First United Methodist Church of Osawatomie and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Among those preceding her in death were two brothers. Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home; her son, James D. Cortner, Osawatomie; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Lee Wiersma officiated. Nancy Snyder sang, accompanied by Julie Weaver, organist. Pallbearers were John French, Steve Ricketts, Stan Ricketts, Lynn Dickey, John Cortner, John Bumgarner and Kelly Twogood. Burial was in Osawatomie Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to Children's Mercy Hospital

Published in the Osawatomie Graphic, July 17, 1997

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