Meredith Victoria “Vicki” (Harlan) Hallagin, 75, Ellis, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

She was born Dec. 22, 1944, in Belleville to James Harlan and Betty Kopsa. She was later raised from the age of five by Eldon Evert, whom her mother married. She was a 1962 graduate of Republic County High School and attended four years of college at Fort Hays State University.

She married Ronald Hallagin on Dec. 27, 1964, in Republic. She worked at Ellis Good Samaritan for over 20 years.

She was very active with Arbor Day activities including the poster contest and had become known as the “Tree Lady”.  She started the 5th grade “Plant a Tree Program” in Ellis. She was an active member of the Ellis United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School, participating in the Methodist Ladies church group, and sewing quilts. She collected a unique assortment of mouse figurines.

Survivors include her husband, Ellis; a daughter-in-law, Mary Hallagin, Hays, and children, Tyler and Tanner Hallagin, both of Hays, Brianna (Hallagin) Hargis and husband, Tom, Olathe, Trenton Hallagin and wife, Deanna, Silt, Colo., and children, Cortney Hallagin, Littleton, Colo., Teyton, Talon, and Trystan Hallagin,all of Silt, Trevor and Tammy Hallagin, WaKeeney, and children, Kristi (Hallagin) Wood and husband, Joe, Kansas City, Kans.; two great-granddaughters, Lillian Wood, Kansas City, and Addison Hargis, Olathe; her brothers and sisters, Lorraine Evert and Carl Hoskins, Parsons, Randy and Betsy Evert, and Ron Evert, Belleville, Tommy and Patsy Harlan, Spring Branch, Texas, Meridi (Harlan) Holmstrom, Sugar Land, Texas, Pamela (Harlan) Creel and Mike and Sue Harlan, Houston; two uncles, Bob and Phyllis Kopsa, Chester, Neb., and Don and Elaine Kopsa, Craig, Colo.; an aunt, Darlene Jensen, Courtland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Evert; her fathers, Eldon Evert and James Harlan; and a son, Troy D. Hallagin.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ellis United Methodist Church; a private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Ellis United Methodist Church or Republic United Methodist Church.

Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.

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