Hays, Kansas – Arlene Maddox, age 82, died Monday, February 27, 2012, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas.
She was born August 16, 1929, at Dodge City, Kansas, to Elliott A. and Lodema (Clawson) Gumm. She married Wendell Lawrence Maddox on April 1, 1951, at Kingsdown, Kansas. He died November 3, 2011.
She attended both Kingsdown Grade and High Schools and delivered the 1948 Senior Class Speech at graduation. She was a 1950 graduate of Dodge City Junior College. She was a teacher in Mineola, Kansas, for two years and was a police dispatcher in Dodge City for two years. She moved to Garden City, Kansas in 1954 as a homemaker, she was very active in community organizations, bridge club, and the Boy Scouts. She served at different levels in Scouting and was the Corporate Secretary of Santa Fe Trail Council Office in Garden City for 10 years. She was very active in The Eastern Star in Finney and Ellis counties as past presidents at local and state levels. She moved to Hays in 1979 and was a para professional for the Handicap Students in USD 489, at Lincoln Grade School until she retired in 2000. She served as the “Welcome Wagon Lady for Hays” for a number of years, the past president of both the Cancer Council of Ellis County and the American Red Cross of Ellis County.
Survivors include three sons, Lyndell Eugene Maddox and wife Linda, The Woodlands, TX; Owen Dean Maddox, MD, Boston, MA; Arlan Lee Maddox and partner, Donnie R. Gayfield, San Francisco, CA; KS; one brother, Gerald R. Gumm and wife Enid, Dodge City, KS; two grandchildren, Weston Lawrence Maddox and Madison Alexa Maddox; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Dr. Robert D. Gumm and Keith E. Gumm.
Services are at 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays 1919 East 22nd Street Hays, Kansas 67601. Graveside services are at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Hazelton, Kansas. Visitation is form 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday and from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Friday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays. Memorial to the Cancer Council of Ellis County. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.