Larry Joseph Godfrey, 47, of Arkansas City, KS passed
away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Sumner County Regional Medical Center,
Godfrey was born February 16, 1964, to Larry M. and Maxine (McDowell) Godfrey in Ft. Riley, KS. He was reared in Geuda Springs and educated in Oxford and Arkansas City, graduating from Ark City High School in 1983. After high school he attended and graduated from Cowley College in 1993 with an AAS in Aircraft Powerplant.
On April 28, 1984, he married Lorie D. Miller in Arkansas City where they have resided since that time. After working for the City of Arkansas City for several years, Godfrey received a job at G.E. where he was currently employed as a jet engine mechanic, recently on the “flight line”. Godfrey loved his family. He also enjoyed fishing, hiking, and biking. He was a member of the Hackney Community Baptist Church.
Ardelia Lee (Reser) Ferris, Class of 1950, died August 30 surrounded by her family at the Wesley Medical Center of Wichita. She was 81.
Ardelia was born June 29, 1930, in Arkansas City to Floyd Stevenson and Bessie Lee (Gunter) Reser. Known to her classmates as “De De”, Ardelia was reared and educated graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1948. She later graduated from Arkansas City Junior College (Cowley College) in 1950. Ardelia married Marion Lorraine (Mel) Ferris on July 7, 1950; the couple lived in Wichita briefly before returning to Arkansas City. She worked as a clerk for the Sante Fe Railroad for sixteen years and later as the secretary to the city manager of Arkansas City for 24 years retiring in 1994. Ardelia was an active, faithful member of the Central Christian Church serving in many capacities. She served as a Sunday school teacher, an elder, and trustee for 24 years. Currently was a member of the Adventurers Sunday School Class and the Martha Group. She loved to sew, quilt, and scrapbook. Ardelia was active with her family. She was an excellent cook, loved to bake cookies with her daughters and grandchildren. In addition, she served as president of the local American Business Women’s Association chapter and was the ABWA Woman of the Year in 1976. She spent countless hours at City Hall helping five different city managers and many city commissioners keep Arkansas City running smoothly.