Mary Lou (Shaver) Matzke, 69, Ellis, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Ellis.

She was born Sept. 28, 1948, in St. Francis to Rex and Patsy (Gustafson) Shaver. She was a graduate of St. Francis High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fort Hays State University.

She married Richard Matzke on Dec. 24, 1973, in North Platte, Neb. She was a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., Hadley Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital, now Hays Medical Center, where her career spanned 36 years.

She was a member of North Oak Community Church, Hays.

She enjoyed reading, attending auctions, playing golf, traveling — especially to Glenwood Springs and Daytona Beach at the Bahama House. She was an avid supporter of the Maranatha Camp and along with her husband a dedicated Ellis High School wrestling fan.

Survivors include her husband, Ellis; a son, Blake Matzke and wife, Amanda, and their son, Graeme, all of Ellis; a daughter, Wendy Geschwentner and husband, Patrick, and their children, Moriah and Noah, all of Ottawa; two brothers, Ned Shaver and wife, Vickie, and James Shaver, all of Hays; two sisters, Vicki Shaver, Dumbarton, Scotland and Sherri Faulkender and husband, Stan, Ellis.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at North Oak Community Church, Hays; burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Mountain time in Armel Cemetery, rural Wray, Colo.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to North Oak Community Church, Alzheimer’s Association or Maranatha Camp, in care of the funeral chapel.

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