Carol June Brethour, 86, Hays, died Friday, April 8, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.

She was born Aug. 31, 1929, in Lake City, Fla., to Milo and Knox (Barris) Thomas. She grew up in Lake City and graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in secretarial science and graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in education.

She married John R. Brethour Sr. on Aug. 16, 1964, in Lake City. He preceded her in death May 29, 2007. She was teacher and a homemaker. She taught language arts in junior high and high school at Lake City and taught business and beginning accounting at Fort Hays State College. She moved to Hays in the early 1960s.

She became a member of First United Methodist Church, joined a women’s group called Naomi Circle, and was a member of the ACVL Bridge Club and PEO woman’s group.

She was an avid reader and bridge player, and enjoyed being part of the Smokey Hill Country Club.

Survivors include a son, John R. Brethour Jr. and fiance, Jean Leechan; and a grandson, John R. Brethour III.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Milo Thomas and James “Bones” Thomas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; burial will be later in the week in Memorial Cemetery, Lake City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Doctors Without Borders in care of the mortuary.

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