|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 2002|
Lorraine Gleason Aspelin
Lorraine Adele Gleason Aspelin, 79, a former
resident of Dwight and Council Grove, died
Saturday, December 7, 2002, at a Manhattan
On January 13, 1923, she was born to David
Albert Gleason and Mary Nira Wood Gleason,
on a farm southeast of Council Grove. Years
later, the Gleasons briefly relocated to
Wilsey, but then settled in Council Grove.
Lorraine's mother was descended from the
Wood family, who were among Kansas
Territory's earliest free-state settlers.
The family's most-notable member, Samuel
Newitt Wood, was one of Kansas' founding
In 1854, S. N. Wood came to Kansas
Territory. He then helped establish
Lawrence, and became a significant player
in the territory's Border War–period,
wherein it earned the moniker "Bleeding
After graduating from Council Grove High
School, Lorraine married Jay Shaver and
moved to San Antonio, Texas. Unfortunately,
as World War II began and waged on, Jay
enlisted and was shipped overseas. Given
the war's separation-stress, the couple
soon divorced. They had one child, Jamye
Mrs. Shaver and her daughter then returned
to Council Grove. Lorraine then began working
for the Council Grove Republican. As the war
continued, she took a job in a defense-related
activity—packing parachutes—at the Delavan
On August 7, 1949, Lorraine married James
Nels Aspelin, at Council Grove's First United
Methodist Church. The couple then located in
Dwight, where James and his sister, Ruth
Aspelin, were partners in a grocery-store
In 1958, James and Lorraine bought Ruth's
share of the partnership and took over the
store. They operated it until 1988, when
they both retired. On 28 February 2000,
In recent years, Lorraine became interested
in her family's genealogy. In the process,
she traced her mother's ancestry directly
back to six Mayflower passengers. Once
those connections were discovered, she
noticed that three of those pilgrims—
Richard Warren and Francis and John Cooke—
were also the Republican's 2000 presidential
candidate's, George W. Bush's, ancestors.
Hence, he and she were distant cousins.
That discovery—on top of the unsavory
behavior of the then-sitting Democrat
president, Bill Clinton, caused Lorraine,
after having been a Democrat since Franklin
D. Roosevelt's term, to change her party
affiliation to Republican. Her newly
discovered relative was probably the first
Republican for whom she had ever voted.
Survivors include two daughters, Jamye ----, of Kansas City, Kan., and Nyla ----, of Kansas City, Mo; a son, David Aspelin, Dwight; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her sisters, Davida Bernadine Gleason Driscoll and Emma Francis Gleason Thompson, Wichita, Kan., and Dorothy Jeanne Gleason Evans, Washington, DC, also survive. Two brothers preceded her in death, James Northrop Gleason, in March 1962, and Robert Wood Gleason, in July 2000.
Graveside services for the cremated remains will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 13, at the Dwight Cemetery. Contributions may be made towards a lasting memorial in the nursing home where she spent her final years, and sent to the Kendall Funeral Chapel, Council Grove.
*Council Grove (Kansas) Republican,
December 9, 2002.
*Written By David Aspelin
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David Albert Gleason (1891 - 1979)
Mary Nira Wood Gleason (1895 - 1979)
James Nels Aspelin (1922 - 2000)*
Davida Bernadine Gleason Driscoll (1915 - 2009)*
Dorothy Jeanne Gleason Evans (1918 - 2009)*
James Northrop Gleason (1920 - 1962)*
Lorraine Adele Gleason Aspelin (1923 - 2002)
Emma Frances Gleason Thompson (1926 - 2015)*
Robert Wood Gleason (1930 - 2000)*
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Originally Created by: Mae
Record added: Sep 30, 2009
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