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Marie I. Thomas Krisle
©: Blackwell Journal-Tribune
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

July 25, 1928 - November 20, 2014

Marie I. Krisle, 86, of Emporia, Kansas, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Holiday Resort in Emporia.

Marie was born on July 25, 1928 in Nashville, Kansas, the daughter of Curtis Lee and Bertha Louella Reed Mease. She married Howard Elmer Thomas on November 2, 1947 in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He died on March 4, 1959. Marie later met William (Bill) Pardee Krisle from Fowler, Kansas, and they were married November 10, 1962. He died on May 10, 2008.

Surviving family members include: son, Stanley H. (Kathy) Thomas of Katy, Texas; daughters, Judy Marie (Chuck) Boyce of Emporia, and Marilyn Kay (Richard) Depenbusch of Zenda, Kansas; sister, Donna M. Swisher of Pratt, Kansas; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her two husbands; brother, Earl Wayne Mease; and one great-granddaughter.

Marie worked for the County Engineer/Soil Conservation and Rural Electrical Association in Meade, Kansas. Marie and Bill moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma in 1965, where they owned and operated the Sooner Motel until they sold the motel to have more time to spend with the children. Marie then worked at the Acme Foundry, Smith Lumber, Speed King Manufacturing, Sears, and Gose Jewelry. They then moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma where she worked at Sprays Jewelry. Marie volunteered until 2011 at Ponca City Regional Hospital, and was a member and served on the boards at Ponca City Senior Citizens, RSVP, where she received many awards for her commitment to these organizations. She also proctored for ULC just to keep busy and would tell of taking the test along with students sometimes just to keep her mind sharp. She then moved to Emporia, Kansas in May 2012 to be closer to family. She enjoyed sewing, camping, cooking, volunteer work. Her most enjoyable time was attending dances where Bill played with various bands, and loved dancing, especially waltzes.

The funeral service was held 1:30 P.M. Monday, November 24, 2014, at Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia. Cremation followed the service. The graveside service will be 1:00 P.M., Friday, November 28, 2014 at Blackwell Cemetery, Blackwell, Oklahoma. A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsblue.com.

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