Malinda Guhr, 85, passed away on March 25, 2013, at the Newton Presbyterian Manor.

Malinda was born on April 18, 1927, near Meno, Okla., to Joseph and Eva (Koehn) Eck, the sixth child of eight sisters and two brothers. On Dec. 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to Arnold Guhr at the First Mennonite Church in Newton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 57 years, Arnold Guhr; sisters, Frieda Eck, Bertha Jantz, Margaret Miller, Obera Janzen, Lillian Gunnels, Eva Lena Suderman; and a brother, Detrick Eck.

Surviving family includes daughters, Marilyn (Tom) Loof, Chandler, Ariz., Janet (Jim) Schrag, Moundridge, Arlene (Gene) Gordon, Valley Center; grandchildren, Alison Loof, Melissa and DJ Kasten, Julianne Loof and Max Gordon; sister, Marie Matz; brother, Paul Eck; brother-in-law, Arlo Janzen; brothers and sisters-in-law of the Guhr family; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Malinda was a positive and resilient person. She had the heart of a servant. Foremost was Malinda’s role as a wife, mother and grandmother. She also was employed at Southwestern Bell and Axtell Christian Hospital. Malinda was a longtime member of Koerner Heights Church of Newton. She was an avid cook and baker. She and her husband enjoyed bus trips and visiting family and friends.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home from 1 to 8 p.m., with the family greeting guests from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Restlawn Gardens of Memory.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at Koerner Heights Mennonite Brethren Church in Newton, following the burial. Tim Mace will be presiding.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Brethren Church Missions, in care of the funeral home at 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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