Laura Mae (Trick) Atkinson, 86, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Hays.

She was born July 12, 1929, in Anderson, Ind., to Mertie Juanita (Turner) and Homer F. Trick. She was a 1947 graduate of De Soto High School, De Soto, Mo. She was residing at Cedar View Assisted Living, Hays.

She married Edwin Fay Bennett on Nov. 30, 1947, in Alton, Ill. She later married Clyde Atkinson on Sept. 11, 1981, in Philipsburg.

Laura was a lifelong learner. In 1947 and throughout her life, she took many college and seminar classes. She and Ed managed the Norton Airport from 1954 to 1962. During that time, she earned her pilot’s license in 1960. She then worked as the Norton County Deputy Registrar of Deeds until the fall of 1963 when she and Ed purchased the Jennings Journal and Seldon Advocate newspaper, residing in Jennings. They published the newspaper until March 1967, when the business was destroyed by fire. They moved to Logan in June 1967 after purchasing the Logan Republican. She remained as owner and publisher even after Ed’s declining health. Following her marriage to Clyde, he helped her with the newspaper, and she helped him with Clyde’s Café. They moved to Hays following retirement.

She was a member of the Kansas Press Association, receiving numerous editorial and other awards. She belonged to Kansas Press Women’s Association, Logan and Hays Business and Professional Women’s Association, Palco Art Club and various other organizations. She served for many years on the Northwest Kansas Housing Board and on the Dream Inc. Board. She was a member of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Hays and various bible study groups.

Survivors include two sons, Edwin Bennett and wife, Chris, and John Bennett; a daughter, Carolyn (Bennett) and husband, Dr. John Rule; a brother, Lee Trick; a sister, Mona LaShure; a sister-in-law, Mildred (Midge) Trick; her grandchildren, Michelle (Rule) and Jeb Brewster, Melissa (Rule) and David Laughlin, Matthew Rule, Amanda (Bennett) and Jake Swim, Dustin Byler, Andrew Bennett and Tiffany Bennett; six great-grandchildren; her stepchildren, Sonja (Atkinson) Roberts, Richard and Lisa Atkinson, Craig and Deborah Atkinson, Charles (Chuck) Atkinson and Tony and Kelley Atkinson; and several step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers, Homer Trick Jr. and Virgil Trick; and a step-granddaughter, Mindy Atkinson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Episcopal Church, Hays.

Memorial are suggested to St. Michael Church.

Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

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