Velma Beryl <I>Shurley</I> Braden Harris


Velma Beryl Shurley Braden Harris

Cedar County, Missouri, USA
Death 27 Nov 2018 (aged 103)
Frontenac, Crawford County, Kansas, USA
Burial Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Plot Sec. 16, site 200
Memorial ID 195022253 View Source

Velma Beryl Shurley Braden Harris
(June 30, 1915 ~ November 27, 2018)
30 June 1915 – 27 November 2018


Beryl Shurley-Braden Harris died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at Oakview Estates Assisted Living Center in Frontenac. She was 103.

Beryl was born June 30, 1915, in Cedar County, Mo., the daughter of Marion and Goldia Shurley. She was the oldest of seven children and grew up on a farm.

Beryl was married in 1931 to Robert Braden and the couple farmed in Missouri until 1938, when they moved to Pittsburg where they purchased the Penny Exchange neighborhood grocery store. They operated the store until 1955.

In addition, the couple also owned and operated a roller skating rink in Galena during the 1950s and the Pla-Mor roller rink on North Broadway in Pittsburg.

Robert died in May 1977.

The couple had six children: Joyce, Janice, Randall, Louis, Jeanmarie and Dawson. Their first-born, Ronald Glen, died in infancy while their oldest daughter, Joyce (Ernie) Clegg died in February 2000.

Beryl married Melvin Harris in February 1982. The couple eventually moved to Toronto in 1995 where he was employed by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

While living in Toronto, Beryl owned and operated The Village Shoppe antique and collectibles store. She was also a news correspondent for The Yates Center News.

Following the closure of the Toronto Correctional Facility, Melvin joined The Coffey County Republican newspaper as an employee.

The couple resided in Fort Scott before moving back to Pittsburg.

The Harrises moved into Oakview Estates Assisted Living Center in October 2011. Melvin died May 10, 2016.

Beryl once said after reaching 100 years of life: "My recommendation to young people is to stay busy and to be nice to others." And to everyone, "My advice would be to treat others like you want to be treated and love the Lord with all your heart."

Beryl leaves five children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many friends and extended family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10 am at Bath Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway in Pittsburg.

Interment will follow at the Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.!/Obituary

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Published in Morning Sun; Has photo.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle; Has photo.
Tuesday, 11/27/2018 - 11:36
Print edition published every Thursday.



Social Security Death Index

Name: Robert Braden
State of Issue: Kansas
Date of Birth: Sunday March 07, 1897
Date of Death: May 1977
Est. Age at Death: 80 years, 2 months
Last known residence:

City: Pittsburg Capaldo Radley
County: Crawford
State: Kansas
ZIP Code: 66762
Latitude: 37.4268
Longitude: -94.7004

Location of Last Benefit Paid:

City: Pittsburg; Capaldo; Radley
County: Crawford
State: Kansas
ZIP Code: 66762



Melvin W. Harris
August 05, 1935- May 10, 2016


Melvin W. Harris, 80 of Frontenac, died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday May 10th 2016 at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

He was born August 5, 1935 in Ft. Scott, KS the son of Arthur C. and Goldia May (Duncan) Harris.

He graduated from Fort Scott High School, received an associate's degree in social sciences from Ft. Scott Community College, and attended Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg.

Melvin was a veteran of the Korean War serving his country in the United States Army.

He married Beryl Shurley Braden on February 12, 1982 in Miami, OK; she survives at the home.

Melvin worked for McNally Mfg. in Pittsburg for 20 years; worked as a corrections officer for the State of Kansas, and worked for the Coffey County Republican newspaper from 1997-2000.

He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Pittsburg; he enjoyed woodworking and reading.

In addition to his wife Beryl, he is survived by stepchildren-Janice Kelley of Ogden, UT, Randall Braden of Hays, KS, Louis Braden of Pueblo, CO, Jeanmarie Dancer and Dawson Braden both of Toronto, KS; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Louie Harris and 4 sisters Lovell Tweedy, Maxine Wright, Christine Johnson and Leota Savage.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday May 12, 2016 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Reverend Jim Sukraw officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fort Scott National Cemetery where the Kansas Army National Guard Funeral Honors Detail Team will provide flag folding and presentation ceremonies. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Condolences can be sent to

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS.

Morning Sun, The (Pittsburg, KS).
Wednesday, May 11, 2016; Page: 6.


Beryl Harris (1915 - 2018) – Fort Scott National Cemetery –
Suggested By: mommycita #47019680, 2 January 2020.

Plot: Sec. 16, site 200


Beryl Harris (1915 - 2018) – Fort Scott National Cemetery – Suggested By: Elkco #46920941, 3 March 2022.

First Name: Beryl; Velma
Middle Name: Empty; Beryl



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