6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
June 2, 1933 ~ March 31, 2020
Mary Jane’s life began on June 2, 1933, in Wichita, KS. She was the daughter of Lester and Margaret (Baker) Bowles. Mary Jane was welcomed home by her older sister, Helen. She was educated in Wichita and Friendswood, TX., and was a graduate of Wichita North High School. After high school, she continued her education and graduated from Friends University. Mary Jane was united in marriage to the love of her life, Raymond L. Appel on August 28, 1954 in Wichita at Friends University Church.
Mary Jane was employed as a kindergarten teacher until she was ready to begin their family. After starting her family, she and Raymond moved to Raymond‘s family farm near Corbin, KS. They raised three sons and one daughter there. Her life was filled with caring for Randy, Steven, Karen and Roger. The one thing Mary Jane valued besides Jesus was family. She hosted numerous family Thanksgiving dinners over the years that included her sister, Helen and her family. These get-togethers created life long memories for all.
Her family’s long Quaker heritage instilled in Mary Jane a strong faith in Christ. After moving to the farm, the Corbin United Methodist Church then became a large part of Mary Jane’s life. In addition to attending church regularly, she enjoyed belonging to the United Methodist Women’s group. Highlights of the church were joining together with others to put on the annual Turkey Dinner and playing bells with the bell choir. Mary Jane along with Raymond enjoyed playing cards with a community card club.
Mary Jane loved to play all games with her children and grandchildren. She was quite competitive when it came to croquet. You had to bring your A game if you wanted a chance to beat her, which didn’t happen often. Mary Jane’s other interests involved attending anything that involved her children and grandchildren. She loved her family and put them above all else.
Mary Jane passed away Tuesday March 31, 2020, at the age of 86 in the care of Reflection Living Senior Living Homes, Wichita, KS and was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Helen Sommers. She is survived by her husband, Raymond; their children: Randy (Sandra), Wichita, Steven (Diane), Wichita, Karen Langemeier (Scott), Stromsburg, NE, and Roger (Rochelle), Derby; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Appel, Emily Graybill (Joe), Stacey Vanderhoff (Joe), Cody Appel, Tacy Snyder (Andrew), Jenna Hampton (Kyle), Brooke Langemeier, Brady Langemeier, Nicole Appel, and Brianna Appel; 4 great grandchildren: Lauren and Logan Vanderhoff, Eiley Snyder, and Bethany Graybill; and 4 nieces and nephews.
Private graveside service and burial at Bethany Cemetery, Perth, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary Jane’s name have been established with the Corbin United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer’s Association in Wichita. Memorials may be sent in care of Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N Main, Caldwell, KS 67022.
Visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday.