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Virginia Louise Newhouse

June 14, 1920 — February 9, 2017

Virginia Louise (Shelton) Newhouse, 96, a longtime resident of Liberal, Kansas, passed away on February 9, 2017 at her home in Silver Elm Estates in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Virginia Louise Shelton was born in Liberal, Kansas, to Lester Shelton and Ethel Marie (Ideker) Shelton on June 14, 1920. She went to school in Liberal, Kansas and graduated third in her class from Liberal High School. She married Earl Benson Newhouse on December 20, 1940 in Ness City, Kansas. She worked at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company in Liberal, Kansas, then in Kansas City, Missouri. Virginia loved spending time with her family, playing Yahtzee, eating popcorn and drinking Dr. Pepper. She loved to eat out (especially Mexican restaurants) and had a steady supply of Andes Mints or Russell Stover chocolates for after dinner. She always believed that no matter how full she was after a meal that there was always room in the “dessert compartment”. Virginia had a sweet tooth and treated herself to oatmeal raisin cookies every morning for breakfast! She was an extremely accomplished self-taught painter and enjoyed creating crochet, cross-stitch and embroidery projects for her family and friends. She cherished every moment with family and treasured those memories with beautiful photo displays throughout her home.

Virginia is preceded in death by husband Earl Benson Newhouse (September 30, 1903 - October 8, 1998), her son Jerrold Ray Newhouse (June 6, 1944 - April 13, 2011), grandson Michael Douglas Newhouse (November 24, 1973 - November 25, 1973), parents William Lester Shelton and Ethel Marie (Ideker) Shelton, Brother Bobby Shelton, and Sister Dorothy Shelton.

Virginia, also known as Grandma Gin, is survived by son, Jack Benson Newhouse and wife Loretta. Daughter-In Law Ruth Newhouse; six grandchildren Michaila Pfaff and husband Rob, Myndee Anderson and husband Scott, Ben Newhouse and wife Sara, Carrie Newhouse and wife Stacey, Rebecca Johnson and husband Josh, Sara LaBeth and husband George; seven great-grandchildren Kalyn, Kylie and Ryan Pfaff, Luke, Grant and Toriana Anderson, and Josslyn Johnson; and second cousin Robbie (Ellington) Thornton, her husband Bruce and daughter Alex.

Pallbearers for the service will be Scott Anderson, Luke Anderson, Grant Anderson, Toriana Anderson, Robin Pfaff, George LaBeth and Gary Riffe.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Brenneman Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Bergman officiating.
Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Liberal Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to LQVE, a non-profit organization serving Haiti and celebrating life. Donations can be made online through the donate page @ or checks can be made to LQVE at P.O. Box 4611, Olathe, Kansas, 66063.

The family of Virginia Louise Newhouse wishes to extend our sincere thanks to her friends, the Silver Elm Estates family and all who loved her!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Hornung Family Funeral Home

1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901

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