Delores Juanita Weller, 89, of De Soto, KS passed away March 13, 2019 at Advent Health, Shawnee Mission, KS. Visitation 2:00 to 3:30 pm Sun., March 17, 2019 at De Soto Baptist Church, 8655 Copeland Way, De Soto, KS. Funeral follows at 3:30 pm. Private family burial Mon., March 18, 2019 at De Soto Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to De Soto Baptist Church in memory of Delores. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Delores was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Mountain View, MO to Walter and Lela Pearl (Barton) Allen. She grew up in Mountain View and married Ellis Dean Weller on Sept. 20, 1945 in Mountain View, MO. Delores co-owned and operated the El Rancho Motel in De Soto, KS with her husband. She was very active in her community where she was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Merry Makers Club and the United Methodist Women’s Ladies Auxiliary and prayer groups. Delores was a member of the “Plain Old A’s Club” of Kansas, Heart of America Car Club, KCMO. In her early years she was a member of a Ladies Softball team called the “Squaws.” She organized the local Cystic Fibrosis Club in De Soto. Delores also volunteered at the Hillside Nursing Home and still made time to be involved in the school activities of her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons: Chris Elliott and Greg Haynes; sisters Bernice and Kay; brothers: Dale Allen and Don Allen. Delores is survived by her husband, Dean, of 73 years; daughters: Shirley and husband Richard Haynes, Wheatland, MO, Janet and husband Larry North, Spring Hill, KS and Deana Chance, De Soto, KS; brother, Jack Allen, Wichita, KS and sister, Beth McKay, Topeka, KS; seven grandchildren: Matthew and Michael Haynes, Stacy Thomas, and Kelly, Cory, Colby and Cody King and eleven great-grandchildren.