Obituary: Marie Bernice Janes Buller

Marie Bernice Janes Buller, 109, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1907, on a farm near Goltry, Okla. Her parents were Elizabeth (Kroeker) and Albert Carol Jones.

At the age of 109, Marie has lived through many historical events. She lived thru 19 presidents, the roll-out of the automobile, the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Roaring ’20s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War Civil Rights, a man landing on the moon, Watergate and the technology revolution in progress.

Marie was born as one of eight children and grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. Marie lived in town with Lester and Mabel during the school week, and on the weekend, they returned home to help on the farm and be with their family. She graduated from Goltry High School in 1927. She enjoyed learning, and her two favorite subjects were arithmetic and spelling. It was important to Marie to stay sharp and educated.

While she was still in high school, she met her husband, and they married shortly after graduation. Marie was 19 when they married. He was a hard worker, a farmer and a very kind man. They worked as a team helping each other with each aspect of farming and making their life together.

Marie and John had two children. They were married for six years and 16 days before they started a family. At the age of 29, Marie’s daughter Norma died. Two years later her son, Delbert B., was born.

In 1957, Marie and John moved their family to Fort Scott, and after two years, they then moved to Newton. While in Newton, Marie started working for Bethel Hospital as a nurse’s aide. Soon after she started, they moved her to the surgical ward. Marie loved helping others and was wonderful with patients. After her retirement at the age of 65, Marie kept herself busy.

She was an avid KU basketball fan, and even received several birthday cards from Bill Self. While she was in high school, Marie even played basketball and fell in love with the sport instantly. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and recently, the young children from the Hesston Child Care Center.

After John died, Marie lived alone for nearly 20 years. She decided that being alone was not what was best for her. She moved to Schowalter Villa in 2014.

During her lifetime, she also was employed by the Hillsdale school district in the lunchroom, the telephone office and was the owner of the gas station in Hillsdale, all in Oklahoma.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her loving husband John, son Delbert, daughter, Norma, four brothers, Clyde, Lester, Leonard and Fay E. Janes, and sisters, Mabel Janes, Helen Pekrul and Lorene T. Unruh.

Survivors include her granddaughter and husband Judy (Ed) DeWitt, Hesston; grandson, Scott Buller, Red Oak, Texas; granddaughter and husband Marcy (Monte) Lagree, Newton; great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Nic) Esquivel, Tara Jacobs and Chris Jacobs, Wayne Buller and Wendy Buller; great-great-grandchildren, Aidan, Isabella Marie and Isaac Esquivel, Chloe Bunn, Javin Jacobs and Braxton Swarts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Schowalter Villa Chapel in Hesston.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26t, at Goltry Cemetery in Goltry, Okla.

Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, Good Shepard Hospice or Schowalter Villa, all in care of the funeral home at 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS  67114.