Jan. 28, 1919 – Jan. 19, 2014
COUNCIL GROVE—Lorena G. Gifford, Council Grove, formerly of Burlingame, died Jan. 19, 2014, at a Council Grove nursing center. She was 94.
She was born Jan. 28, 1919, at Burlingame, the daughter of Orville Smith and Elizabeth Catherine Murray Maple. She attended Burlingame schools.
She worked as an operator for Burlingame Telephone Company for several years. She retired from the State of Kansas after 17 years of service.
She was a member of Burlingame Federated Church, Corinthian Chapter No. 181, O.E.S., and was very active at Townsite Apartments Community Center, all at Burlingame.
She married Glen G. “Bus” Gifford, Jan. 20, 1936. He preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1973.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dean Gifford, Jan. 7, 1969; and by four sisters and a brother.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna Smith and husband, Dean, Council Grove, and Patty Bronson and husband, Don, Louisiana, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Jan. 24 at Burlingame Federated Church. Burial followed at Burlingame Cemetery, Burlingame.
Memorial contributions may be made to Burlingame First Responders and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.