GREENSBURG – Sherrell Kay (Seacat) Heft, 77, passed away December 24, 2018. Born September 14, 1941 in Manhattan, Kansas to Russell and Lois Seacat, she moved with her family to Greensburg, Kansas in 1943. After her Greensburg High School graduation, she attended Colorado Women’s College. Sherrell married Dayle Allen Heft in Clayton, New Mexico. They resided in Denver, Colorado until she graduated from the University of Denver and then they returned to Greensburg where they spent the rest of their lives. They purchased a farm and dedicated themselves to the Greensburg community. Together, they were stewards of the land, and shaped a future of farming, ranching and construction. Early on, Sherrell taught for several years in the Mullinville Grade School. After earning her Master’s Degree in Child Psychology from Ft. Hays State University she devoted the rest of her career to the Greensburg School system as a Special Education teacher. Sherrell was a member of the First United Methodist Church and ever faithful in her service and volunteer work for God and her church. She served as Treasurer for many years on the Executive Board of the GHS/KCHS Alumni Association. Sherrell was a passionate patron of the Twilight Theatre and donated generously in her desire for its success and longevity. One of her favorite quotes was, “To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect, you just have to care.” Sherrell was dedicated to her faithfulness and time devoted to the Order of Eastern Star. Sherrell was a 50 year member of Eastern Star. She was initiated into the Star of Hope Chapter #193 on November 19, 1962 in Greensburg. In 1992 she accepted the office of Grand Chaplin. Sherrell served the Grand Office as Worthy Grand Matron for the state of Kansas in 1995-1996. She went on to hold an office in the General Grand Chapter and continued to serve her Chapter with pride and joy. Sherrell was preceded in death by her husband, Dayle Allen Heft and her parents, Russell and Lois Seacat. Survivors include: two sons, Kevin and wife, Kim, and Steve and wife, Kristi; companion, Clair Banta; sisters, Sandra and husband, Thurn Hoffman, Serena and husband, George Ryan; six grandchildren, Kelsey and husband, Kellen Ebert, Wichita, Ks., Lindsey and husband, Robert Wright, Wichita, Ks., McKenzie Heft, Riann Heft and fiancé, Trevor Tyree, Maize, Ks., Aaron Heft and Raygan Heft; two great-grandsons, Colston and Camden Ebert; nieces, Shannan McMahon and husband, Ken, Greta Kaufman; nephews, Matt Devin Hoelscher, Jim Heft and wife, Loretta; nieces, Tammy, Lindsey and Kelly Cram. A visitation will be held Friday, December 28 at the First United Methodist Church, with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services and celebration of Sherrell’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the church with Pastor Chu officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to the Sherrell K. Heft Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Twilight Theatre, in care of Fleener Funeral Home, PO Box 41, Greensburg, KS 67054. A pillar of the Greensburg community; respected, admired and loved, no one will forget her loving, caring and giving nature and especially, Sherrell’s hugs.
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