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Darlene M. Gauby

September 27, 1934 — October 7, 2019

Darlene M. Gauby, 85, Washington, died Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Washington County Hospital. Visitation was Friday, October 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington.  The family received friends from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. A rosary service was held at 7:00 p.m., Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington. A funeral service was at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12 at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  Father Joseph Kieffer officiated.  Sheila Ouellette was organist and the congregation sang "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "On Eagles Wings" and "Be Not Afraid." Pallbearers were Tim With, Rob With, Luke Gauby, Levi Gauby, Logan Gauby, Kyle Bienhoff, Kevin Buhrman and Jamie Peter.  Honorary pallbearers were members of Hearts and Things. Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery. Darlene was born September 27, 1934 at Greenleaf, KS, to Ed and Myrtle (Hogan) Rice.  In 1952, she graduated from Greenleaf High School.  Her mother operated a dress store in Washington where Darlene helped her.  In 1954, the shop was sold, and the family moved to Mesa, AZ.  Darlene only lived there for 6 weeks before returning to get married. On June 21, 1954, Darlene married Lee Gauby at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greenleaf.  They had three children, Teresa, Les and Gary. Darlene and Lee made their home on a farm south of Washington.  She helped on the farm where she prepared meals, hauled food to the field and helped out as needed. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and was an original member of Hearts & Things.  She also was a member of and served Kansas Cow Belles and Kansas Cattle Women, Ash Creek Unit, 4H Extension Council and was an FFA Alumni member. Darlene enjoyed following her grandchildren and great grandchildren through their various activities and interests. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee on May 8, 2018; brother, Gene Rice; sisters, Mary Waterman and Edna Rice; and brother-in-law, Don Waterman. Survivors include two sons, Les (Terri) Gauby and Gary (Patricia) Gauby, both of Washington; daughter, Teresa (Ben) With, Greenleaf; sister, Peggy Smith, Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Lola Rice, Phoenix; brother-in-law, Lyle (Pat) Gauby, Salina; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. A memorial fund has been established to Hearts & Things or the Washington County Hospital.  Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Darlene M. Gauby, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

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