Iris Sthole

Iris Sthole, 90, of Winfield, went to be with her heavenly father on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018.  

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Winfield. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The family will greet visitors from 5 to 7. Online condolences can be made at

A memorial has been established for Hackney Community Baptist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Born June 29, 1927, in Wichita, Iris was the daughter of Leroy and Venita (Stewart) White. She was raised and educated in El Dorado, graduating from El Dorado High School in 1945. After school she worked as a telephone operator near the end of World War II.

Iris and Harper Sthole, Sr. married on Sept. 11, 1947, in El Dorado. The couple made their first home in Hutchinson before moving to Oklahoma, living in Ponca City and then Midwest City. In 1956, the family returned to Kansas, living for a short time in Arkansas City before settling in Winfield. During the early years of their marriage Iris remained in the home caring for the family’s children. In the early 1960s, Mr. and Mrs. Sthole started Sthole’s Café on Main Street in Winfield. They continued running the café until 1968 when they began running The Last Frontier in Winfield. Mr. Sthole preceded her in death in 1973. Iris worked for three years as a cook at Country View Elementary School and later Southwestern College. In 1982, she began a career with Walmart that lasted over 30 years until her retirement in 2012.  

Iris was an active member of the Hackney Community Baptist Church where she ran the social committee and volunteered as a cook at many church camps in Fredonia and Ponca City. She enjoyed working with ceramics and gardening.  

In addition to her parents and husband, Iris was preceded in death by two sons, Jim Sthole and Harper Sthole, Jr., and a brother Stewart White.

Her family includes her son Paul Sthole and wife Pam, of Cary, N.C.; her daughter Cindy Bonham and husband Lari, of El Reno, Okla.; her 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, Josette, Chad, Stacy, Ian, Austin, Evan, Becky, Rodney and Keri; and her 19 great-grandchildren.