Vickie J. Cole, 67, Hays, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend to Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr.

She married Tom O. Cole on July 3, 1966, in Great Bend. She was an executive secretary for DaMar resources Inc. of Hays.

She was an avid dog lover and co-founder of the Smoky Hill Golden Retriever Club in 1999. She was involved with CARE, which helps find homes for displaced dogs. In 2013, more than 1,300 dogs were saved with her help.

Survivors include her husband, Hays; a son, Jason Cole and wife, Kelly, Hays; a daughter, Shannon Bauer and husband, Gary, Valley Center; a stepbrother, Donald A. Bowsher Jr. and wife, Twila, Great Bend; a brother-in-law, Dr. Dale Cole and wife, Beverly, Salina; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Sherry Barnett.

A celebration of life reception will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26, at Smoky Hill Country Club.

Brock's Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Vickie J. Cole Memorial Fund which will be used for the Hays Dog Park in her memory.

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