Elaine Fooshee


Elaine Marie (Cook) Fooshee was born Oct. 14, 1933, on the family farm in Dickinson County, Kan., to Earl Cook and Elizabeth (Hertlein) Cook. She departed this life May 31, 2021 at home in Bel Aire, Kansas at the age of 87.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wayne Cook; one sister, Helen (Cook) Graf; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Davis.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Roland Fooshee; sons, Randall (Cathy) Fooshee of Derby, Douglas Fooshee of Wichita, and Timothy (Kristen) Fooshee of Dallas; daughters, Glenna Balsick of McPherson, Marcia Kanagy of Wichita, and Elle (Rex) Casner of Wichita; brother, Lynn Cook of Topeka; grandchildren, Katie (Gage) Berry, Garrett (Paige) Fooshee, Danielle (Richard) Roehrman, Nolan (Emily) Corne, Brittany Corne, Arielle (Lance) Davis, Chris Fooshee, Ave Fooshee, Nicholas Fooshee, Jenna Balsick, Sydney Hunt, Amy (James) Dorsch, Sam Casner, Anna Casner, and Grace Casner; great-grandchildren, Graham, Harper, Lena, David, Greyson, Evelyn, Lydia, Noah, Gavin, Arabella, Oliver, Issac, Elle, Bristol, Kahne, Charlotte, Simon and Frances; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Elaine graduated from Hope High School in 1951 and continued her education at Kansas State University.

Elaine married Roland Alvin Fooshee on June 19, 1954. They made their first home in California, where Roland was stationed in the U.S. Navy. At the conclusion of his service in 1957, they returned to Kansas where they raised their family in Wichita. Elaine worked 26 years at Wichita State University, retiring from the Vice President of Academic Affairs office as faculty records clerk in 1995.

Memorial service will be conducted at University United Methodist Church, 2220 N. Yale, Wichita, at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 17. Graveside committal service will follow at 3 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery, Cheney.

Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs, is in charge of arrangements. Online guest book and condolences are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com. 

A memorial has been established with University United Methodist Church, Wichita.