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Mary Piper

Mary Piper, 86, of Cottonwood Falls, died Saturday at Golden Living Center of Chase County in Cottonwood Falls.

The daughter of Dewuain and Pearl Mae Mcdiffett Sams, Piper was born Aug. 15, 1925 in Parkersville. She married Roy Sawyer on Jan. 30, 1941, in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death in 1975. She married Milford Piper and he preceded her in death in 1989.

She was a certified nurse’s aide and worked at Marion Manor for more than 12 years. She also ran a restaurant and was a co-owner of a bar in Marion.

She is survived by a son, Robert D. Sawyer of Marion; a daughter, Sandra Miller Long of Cottonwood Falls; a stepson, William G. Sawyer of Prairie Village; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Phillips of Olden; 21 grandchildren; and more than 20 great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held yesterday at Greenwood Cemetery in Council Grove. Young-Gil Bahng of Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church will officiate.

Last modified Jan. 11, 2012

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