Della Mae Brunner Catron, 94, departed this life peacefully Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Marjorie’s Home, a private nursing facility in Garden Plain.
Per her wish, her body has been donated to KU Medical Center for research.
Memorial contributions can be made to Five Loaves Meal Ministry in care of the Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in Arkansas City.
Della was born Sept. 20, 1925, in Plew, Mo., to Henry and Katie (Campbell) Brunner. She was raised on the family farm 16 miles east of Carthage, Mo., and attended the Christian Church. She graduated from Miller High School in Miller, Mo., where she met Carrol. She worked after graduation at the Big Smith Overall Factory in Carthage, Mo.
Della married Carrol Lane Catron on Aug. 5, 1944. They celebrated 67 years of marriage before Carrol’s passing. Their union was blessed with one daughter, Wanda, in November 1945, and one son, Larry, in December 1946. They left Missouri in 1947, moving to Arkansas City in 1957.
Della and Carrol owed and operated Carrol’s Upholstery for 25 years in their home in Arkansas City. She continued their business after Carrol’s death with her passion for sewing. She made curtains, baby blankets, quilts, pillows and lap robes, which she graciously shared with family, friends, nursing homes, Safe Homes and the veteran’s hospital.
Della was a devoted blood donor and a lifetime member of the Red Cross, serving on the Red Cross Board for several years. Della and Carrol drove the Red Cross Disaster Truck for three years, traveling to Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky and North Dakota, as well as locally to serve those in need.
She frequently went to Brick’s restaurant and enjoyed meeting her family and friends for coffee and breakfast and visiting with the staff and owners.
Della sold her home in 2015 and moved to Presbyterian Manor, where her personality blossomed into a social butterfly. She was able to reacquaint with old friends and make new friends. Due to failing heath, she moved to Marjorie’s Home in April of this year.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Carrol; her son, Larry; son-in-law, Jim West; her parents; four sisters; three brothers and one granddaughter.
Her survivors include her daughter, Wanda, of Wichita; daughter-in-law, Cathy, of Arkansas City; sister-in-law, Shirley Moots, of Springfield, Mo.; niece, Sandra Hunt and husband, Buddy, of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; grandchildren, Kim Spunaugle, of Wichita, Lance Catron and wife, Tonnie, of Arkansas City, Casey Catron and wife, Lacy, of Arkansas City; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.