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On April 9, 2023, Easter Sunday, Nola Beth Wolfe passed away peacefully at the age of 87. She was born in Beaver, Oklahoma to Max and Edna Sweet. Beth was raised, by her mother Edna, in the Oklahoma Panhandle with her brother George and sister Rita. Her mother moved to Wichita, Kansas to work at Cessna Aircraft Company where Beth attended North High School and met her first love, Don K. Blackwell. They were married and had three children: Steve, Tim, and Susie. They had three biological children, but there were many others who they nurtured as part of their family. Her joy in life was family. She loved cooking for her friends and family, baking her famous chocolate sheet cake, the best fudge in the world, and making very special holidays for her extended family. If you know her, you knew that she especially loved Christmas. She decorated every room in her home and made every single person feel special by buying the perfect Christmas gifts and wrapping them beautifully. Everyone was welcome! There were Easter Egg Hunts and Halloween parties with a big pot of her chili for everyone who stopped by. Mom also loved flowers. She always planted beautiful flowers in her gardens and neighbors and drivers by would even stop and look.
Later in life, as all her children were grown and married, she loved spending time with her children and their families. She never missed a sporting event or school function. She endured all kinds of weather to watch her kids in their activities. Her house was the hub where everyone gathered afterwards to enjoy her hospitality.
Her best friend, Marg Tucker, introduced her to Mike a few years after Don’s passing and she enjoyed Mike’s companionship. They married in 1997, inheriting three bonus children, Terri, Karen and Steve, and their children and enjoyed attending the grandkids’ sporting and school events and activities. She was known as Granny to all.
She also loved playing the slot machines at the casino, especially with Kim in Las Vegas. Later in life she would even enlist others to go with her, even her grandchildren! She loved to stick some money in their pocket so they could have fun with her! She also loved winning the big jackpot but watching them win was even more fun for her.
Family was always most important to her. Even when dementia jumbled some of her thoughts, her love for her family was still evident. She was surrounded by her family and smiled from ear to ear when they visited her at home and later in Memory Care. Her life and legacy will be celebrated for eternity and our warm loving memories of her will live in our hearts forever. Mom, we hit the big jackpot having you as our wife, mother, grandmother, and friend!
Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm and her Celebration of Life, 11:00 a.m., on Friday, both at Cozine Life Events Center. Burial will follow at the Andover Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husbands; Don K. Blackwell and Mike Wolfe, parents; Max Sweet and Edna Ableson, brother, George Sweet, and sister, Rita Craig; daughter-in-law, Kim Blackwell, and grandson Lucas J. Lee. Survivors include her children; Steve and Kelma Blackwell, Tim Blackwell, Susie and Kevin Lee, Dr. Gilbert and Margaret Omido, Terri and Jeff King, Karen and Brad Whitaker, and Steve Wolfe; sister-in-law, Dr. Donna Sweet; grandchildren, Kyle and Rachael, Ashley and Chris, Krista and Jason, Kayla and Daniel, Jackie, Austin, Samantha, Jess, Olivia and Matthew, Alex, Katie, Molly, Jack, Kathryn, Jonathan, and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial to Good Shepherd Hospice. Please share condolences at www.cozine.com. Cozine Memorial Group.
Good Shepherd Hospice
7829 E. Rockhill St., #403
Wichita, KS 67206