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Oldest woman in Kansas dies

She loved to travel on missions trips with her church and enjoyed singing in the choir. Edna Martha Shaffer, the oldest person in Kansas, passed away on Monday in Topeka at the age of 108.  She was born September 1, 1909. Friends say her voice in her church community will be missed.

Edna lived most of her life in Topeka, except for a few years during WWII when her husband worked at the bomber plant in Bellevue, Nebraska where the couple and several other couples helped organize a Lutheran church there. Edna attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Washburn High School in Topeka. She worked part-time during Christmas seasons at Hillmer’s Leather Store and Groll’s Gift and Party Corner. Edna was a lifetime member-and the oldest member ever-of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Women’s League. She and her husband loved to travel with their church groups, and singing in the New Beginnings Senior Choir. In her later years, Edna enjoyed playing cards and participating in weekly outings with her friends.

She and her husband of nearly 70 years, Eugene, loved were committed Christians in the community.