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Ada Mae Haury

January 13, 2014

Ada Mae Haury, professor emeritus, Bethel College, died on January 13, 2014, at the Newton Presbyterian Manor.  She was born on March 1, 1919, in Halstead, Kansas, to Walter and Marie Gressinger, and graduated from Halstead High School as the valedictorian of her class.  She graduated from Bethel College, where she was a member of the Golden A.  During and just following World War II she taught English, drama, and forensics and coached state championship debate teams at Fowler, Halstead, and Russell, Kansas.  Ada Mae married Robert A. Haury in 1947, and they moved to Topeka where she became assistant to the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.  Then they moved to Newton where Robert founded an accounting firm which later became Haury, Boston, and Steely.  Ada Mae was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in Sunday school teaching, scouting, and Cruisers.  She was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, Ladies Reading Circle, and Harvey County Retired School Personnel.  Ada Mae taught speech and coached debate and forensics at Bethel College for nearly two decades.  She is survived by her two sons and their families, David and Rose of Harrisburg, PA, and their daughter Emily of Overland Park, and John and Carolyn and their children Ruth of Dearborn, MI, and Aaron of Ann Arbor, MI.  Her husband, Robert, and a grandson, Ben, preceded her in death.  Memorial gifts may be given to Bethel College, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Presbyterian Manor.  A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 22.  Visitation and viewing will be at Petersen’s Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 on Tuesday, January 21 with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A private family interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery Newton.

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2 thoughts on “Ada Mae Haury

  1. Ada Mae was a wonderful teacher and role model. She had a tremendous positive impact on each of our lives. Sincerest sympathy to her family.

  2. David and John, my condolences at the loss of your mother. Ada Mae had a profound influence in the lives of many. We kept in touch over the years. My last visit was when my father died in June. At that visit she shared pictures of your families with me. She was so very proud of you both.

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