Irene White 1925-2020

Frances “Irene” White, 94, of Holton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Lexington Park Nursing Home in Topeka.

She was born March 24, 1925, in McLouth, the daughter of Carl R. and Ella Mae (Swain) Moses.

Irene graduated from Basehor High School in 1942. Irene retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol. She also worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, as well as The United States Army Finance Office in Kansas City, Mo.

She was an active member of the Circleville United Methodist Church.

Irene married Fred White Jr. on Nov. 30, 1945, at the United Methodist Church in Basehor. They celebrated more than 66 years of marriage. Fred preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2012. Irene was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl M. Moses and Alvin Moses; a sister, Mabel White; and a grandson, Joseph White.

Survivors include six sons, Donald White (Barbara) of Topeka, Ronald White (Mary Kay) of Topeka, Mark White (Mary) of Hiawatha, Stanley White (Wanda) of Mayetta, Steven White (Kelly) of Topeka and Timothy White (Karen) of Tecumseh; two daughters, Sharon Hartwich (Stan) of Onaga and Elaine Harris (Mark) of Topeka; a sister, Connie Pebley (Tom) of Basehor; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow at the Wildhorse Cemetery in rural McLouth. Mrs. White will lie in state Friday and Saturday at the funeral home. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Memorials may be given to the Circleville United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270 Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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