Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz

Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz, 78, passed away March 26, 2018 at the Fields of Brookside, Overbrook, KS.
She was born November 19, 1939 to Ernest and Ethel (Cyr) Mellies in Clay Center, KS. She was a graduate of Topeka High School with the class of 1957.
Mary was joined in marriage on November 2, 1956 to James L. Buchholz in Topeka, he predeceased her March 17, 2014. To this marriage three children were born, Debbie, Linda and Kenneth. They moved to Carbondale in 1959 where they lived their rest of their lives. Mary enjoyed being a stay at home mom and volunteered a Sunday School teacher, scout leader, 4-H leader as well as room mother at the school.
Mary was sworn in as City Clerk of Carbondale in May 1976 until she retired in November of 2002. Never ones to be idle, she and Jim volunteered on the Carbondale Fire Department, now Osage County Fire District #1, as fire fighters as well as board members.
They also volunteered their time to Heartland Share/Prairie Land foods for many years. Mary served as the Carbondale City Traffic Judge for several years as well. She enjoyed serving on the Carbondale Cemetery Board often helping families with genealogy research and questions.
Mary enjoyed decorating cakes and many local brides had cakes she created for them. Her grandchildren enjoyed personalized cakes as well.
Mary and Jim enjoyed square dancing as well as round dancing for many years. They also enjoyed traveling, with many summers while their children grew, camping and exploring across the United Sates. After retirement they enjoyed international travel and cruises.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Paul) Eamigh, Linda Buchholz; son, Kenneth (Debra) Buchholz all of Carbondale; sister, Glendora Kirkwood, Carbondale; five grandchildren, Douglas (Karen) Eamigh, Michael Eamigh, Nicholas (Christine) Gerdes, Brandy (Derek) Payne, James L. (Miranda Long) Buchholz II; and seven great grandchildren, Hanna, Cory, Grace, Faith, James, J.T., and Kayleigh; as well as a great grandchild to arrive in November.
Mary was a woman before her time. She worked side by side with Jim while remodeling their home and her mother’s house as well as many family construction projects. She took Women’s auto mechanics classes and fought fires beside the men. She was a Kick-Ass woman that was loved by many and missed by all.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday March 30, 2018 at Grace Chapel, Carbondale, KS. Interment will follow at Carbondale Cemetery. Family will greet friends for a visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, Overbrook. Memorial contributions may be made to Fields of Brookside or Great lakes Hospice and sent in c/o Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences may be sent to the family through


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