Bessie Ellen Leiker

Bessie Ellen Leiker,  90,  Hays, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Ellis.

She was born Jan. 30, 1931, in Diller, Neb., to Warren and Ruby (Wells) Stewart.

She married Maurice “M. C.” Leiker on Nov. 8, 1953, in Hays. He preceded her in death Aug 31, 1985.

She was a secretary in their accounting business and was a longtime thrift shop volunteer in Hays.

She enjoyed bowling, attended meal site daily and coffee time at Daylight Donuts.

Survivors include a son, John and wife, Tammy, Ellis; two daughters, Faith Ann Scheck and Stephanie Martin and husband, Ken “Beans," all of Ellis; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, LeeRoy Scheck; a great-grandson, Bryce Stropes; a granddaughter, Melissa Martin; a sister, Roma Hixon; a step-sister, Pat Turner; and two step-brothers, Larry and Richard Lacy.

A celebration of life gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601; a private family inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Meal Site in care of the funeral chapel.

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Published on March 04, 2021