Virginia L. (Thieme) Ness

August 14, 1922 - January 3, 2022
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Virginia L. (Thieme) Ness died at 1:30 p.m. at her home. She was born on August 14th, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois.

Upon graduation from the Baxter Springs, Kansas High School in 1940, she attended Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. In 2016 she was awarded a Bachelor of Science from Baker on 4/28/2016.

Mrs. Ness was employed with Consolidated Supply, Picher, Oklahoma; St. Louis Smelting and Refining Company, Baxter Springs; and Spencer Chemical Company (Jayhawk Plant), in Riverton, Kansas, serving in the capacity of Executive Secretary.

She married Edmund V. Ness, Neosho Missouri on March 20th, 1949 in Baxter Springs, Ks. He died on March 7th, 1976.

Mrs. Ness served as United Methodist Church secretary, Associate Editor of the Baxter Springs Citizen, and was co -owner of Baxter Springs Fixtures Company with her husband at the time of his death. ,

She retired from the position of Marketing Officer of the American National Bank on June 30th, 1987. Mrs. Ness had served as a member of the Johnston Public Library Board of Directors for 10 years; was a volunteer worker for the Red Cross Bloodmobile; and a docent at the Baxter Springs Historical Museum. She was constant league bowler and trophy winner for over 25 years.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a proclamation declaring August 14th, 2021 Virginia Ness day in honor of her 99th birthday.

Survivors include: Two daughters, Christine Anne Hartley (Ross Hartley) Baxter Springs, Kansas and Teton Village, Wyoming; Melissa L. Ness (Larry Milhon), Topeka, Kansas; one son, Mark Whitmore Ness, Boston, Massachusetts; four grandchildren Hillary Hartley (Anna Hartley) Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Antonia Hartley (Sara Bacon) Carrboro, North Carolina, Will Hartley (Santa Monica, California); Allison Ness Smart (Cole Smart); and 5 great grandchildren; Wyatt Hartley, Jackson Hartley, Claire Smart, Emily Smart, and Opal Bacon.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Olive V. Thieme, her brother Bernard J. Thieme and her sister Diane Martin.

The family will have a private graveside service with a Celebration of Life at another time. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Johnston Public Library and the Baxter Springs Historical Society.

Chris-Anne and Melissa invite their mother’s many friends to join their farewell to T-me at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January the 6th. anywhere along the route on 12th street in Baxter Springs to the Baxter Springs cemetery. A gesture of a wave, a whistle, or a shake of your tambourine as she passes by on her way to her final rest next to her mother, Miss T-me, would be appreciated.