Twila Luedke

Twila Luedke

Wednesday, November 14th, 1928 Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

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Obituary for Twila Jean Luedke (Kelley)

Twila Jean Luedke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the age of 91 at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Twila was born in Bonner Springs, Kansas on November 14, 1928 and lived the majority of her life in Colony, Kansas. Her parents were Harold and Eva Kelley, who lived on a farm near Colony, where she grew up with 5 siblings. She graduated from Colony High School and taught one year of school before marrying the love of her life, Wayne Luedke of Colony, on September 5, 1948 at the Colony United Methodist Church. They were married for 67 years and had two children, Douglas Wayne and Marcia Ann. After a brief stay in Atwood, Kansas after their marriage, they moved back to Colony for the remainder of their lives. Besides being a wonderful homemaker and cook, she worked for her parents at the Colony Café for several years before purchasing the café from them. She owned the Colony Restaurant for 14 years where she was renowned for her delicious food. After a short reprieve from selling the restaurant, she obtained a Certified Nurses Aide license and worked for Home Health through Allen County Hospital and later transitioned into private individual care. During her years in Colony, she was one of the founding members of the Jolly Dozen Club, which is still functioning today, and a member of the Colony United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; son Douglas; parents Harold and Eva Kelley; siblings Aaron Kelley, Norman Kelley, Eula Gardner and Marvin Kelley and great-granddaughter, Monica. She leaves behind her daughter, Marcia (Jeff) Harrington; sister, Merriul Kelley Weibel; seven grandchildren: Jacob Luedke, Jason (Jaime) Luedke, Amy (Dustin) Thomas, Linda (Karl) Kasselman, Lisa Beers, Michael (Kimberly) Ashford and Beth Grimm; 15 great-grandchildren and one great great grandson. A private family service will be held at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs and interment service will follow at the Colony Cemetery. A date for her Celebration of Life Memorial will be determined after Covid-19 home-bound regulations end. Donations may be made in memory of Twila Luedke to the Colony United Methodist Church.

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    Alden Harrington Funeral Home
    214 Oak Street
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    Colony Cemetery
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Connie Oldfather

I was so sorry to hear about Aunt Twila's passing She was always my favorite Aunt and I loved her giggle/laugh especially. She loved her family and I know you will all miss her so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Connie (Kelley) Oldfather
Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Condolence

Marcia Harrington

Hi Connie. Your comments about mom warm my heart. Thank you for your kind remarks. I hope you and your family are all doing well.
Posted at 10:52am

Dennis Gillaspie

Marcia, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a cornerstone in Colony. Your loss is everyone's loss. Please take care.

Dennis Gillaspie
Comment | Posted at 01:23am via Condolence

Marcia Harrington

Thank you, Dennis for reaching out with your kind comments. There's no where else she wanted to live but in Colony.
Posted at 10:48am

Betsy J Stephens

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family
Comment | Posted at 11:14pm via Condolence

Marcia Harrington

Thank you for your kind remarks.
Posted at 10:47am

Linda DeCoursey

I am flooded with many wonderful memories of Twila and her family. I worked for her at the restaurant when she owned it and had my (first) wedding dinner patry there! She always had a smile on her face and such an infectious laugh. Loved her dearly! I extend condolences to you, Marcia and your family. It’s not easy losing a parent. May God bless you and hold you near!
Comment | Posted at 05:27pm via Condolence

Marcia Harrington

Linda, thank you for sharing your memory of working for my mother in her restaurant. She held a special place in her heart for all the teenagers and women who worked for her over the years. They were a big part of what made the Colony Restaurant so great. Thank you for your kind remarks.
Posted at 10:46am

Debbie Oswald

So sorry to hear about Twila. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed in the community.
Comment | Posted at 12:48pm via Condolence

Marcia Harrington

Thank you, Debbie. I appreciate your kind comments.
Posted at 04:48pm

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