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Letha Wurster Lenox

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT

Letha Wurster, 102, of Lenox died Jan. 16, 2013, at Lenox Care Center.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today, Jan. 18, at Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Interment will be held in West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Ritchie Funeral Home, 124 S. Main St., Lenox, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given in Letha’s name. Online condolences may be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.

Letha Melva (Basler) Wurster, daughter of Amelia (Wurster) and Fred Basler, was born Jan. 16, 1911, on a farm in the Lenox area.

The family moved to Kansas when Letha was 6 months old and returned to the rural Lenox area three years later.

Letha attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Lenox Community High School in 1929. She attended Simpson College in Indianola for two years and then returned to the Lenox area to teach at a country school.

On May 26, 1934, Letha married Walter G. Wurster. They lived on a farm two and a-half miles southeast of Lenox.

Her husband died in 1970.

In 1971, Letha went to work at White Way Café for her cousin Georgia Eberle. She continued to work there until the restaurant closed.

Letha moved to Vintage Park in 2005 and Lenox Care Center in May 2011.

Letha was a long-time member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Women’s group.

Letha is survived by her children, Walter G. “Gerry” (wife Joan) Wurster of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and James M. “Jim” (wife Judy) Wurster and Gloria J. “Jean” (husband Keith) Lindell, all of Lenox; grandchildren, Donna (Wurster) Young, Michelle (Wurster) Sobotka, Nicole Wurster, Kimberle (Wurster) Jones, Kristi (Wurster) Smith, Julie (Wurster) Wheeler, Gregory Wurster, Jason Wurster, Troy Lindell and Brent Lindell; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother Robert “Bob” (wife Dorothy) Basler of Lenox.

In addition to her husband, Letha was preceded in death by her parents; brother Paul Basler; sister Freda Davis; and infant great-grandson Maxim Wurster.

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