Lara Nell Gragg Stout, 91, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at the Kelly House in Meriden, Kansas.
Funeral services for Lara Nell will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Quenemo United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Quenemo. The family will receive friends one half hour prior to services.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1925, at home, in rural La Harpe in Allen County, Kansas, the daughter of Harry and Silva (Morrison) Smoot.
Lara Nell graduated from Iola High School in 1943 and then she went to work at Beech Aircraft Corp. in Wichita, Kansas. While in Wichita, she completed the Red Cross Nurse Aide Course and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Lara Nell was a member of the Quenemo United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women and served as a 4-H Leader for many years with her husband Vernon. Lara Nell began as an Avon representative in 1969 and continued for 41 years. She also served on the Osage County Council on Aging, representing the Quenemo community and helped for many years on the Quenemo Election Board.
On Feb. 11, 1945, Lara Nell married Vernon Gragg in Gas, Kansas. Vernon preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1977. She married Harold Stout on July 4, 1982, in Quenemo. Harold preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 2002.
Lara Nell was also preceded in death by two sons, Kent Leon Gragg and David Lee Gragg; two sisters, Fayette Walters and Eva Jean Catron; two brothers, Rex Smoot and Cecil Smoot; and one step-child, Albert Stout.
Lara Nell is survived by her three sons, Randy (Elizabeth) Gragg of Topeka, Dale Gragg of Hemet, California, and Aaron (Marla Wiens) Gragg of Topeka; her daughter, Trudy Harris of Hemet, California; her sister, Crysta (Glenn) Harrington of Linwood; eight grandchildren, Adrian (Lexi) of Topeka, Andrea (Maselino) Isaia of Topeka, Sara Gragg of Merriam, Daniel Gragg of Topeka, Carrie Gragg of Emporia, Kimberly Toot of Ottawa, Derrick Gragg of Nashville, Tennessee, and Damon Gragg of Manhattan; four great-grandchildren, Chance Gragg, Caden Gragg, Manaia Isaia and Taimane Isaia, all of Topeka; three step-children; 12 step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorial contributions to the Quenemo United Methodist Church, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS. 66451.