LINDSAY M. WOODSIDE

Lindsay Merril Bachelor Woodside, age 74, was born May 4, 1942 at the Fairmont Maternity Home in Kansas City Missouri, and passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids.

She was adopted by Albert Benton and Florence Merrill Beckstead Bachelor when she was two weeks old. She lived and attended Grade School and High School in Belleville where her father was in the International Harvester business as well as selling life insurance. Her mother was a school music teacher and also a registered life insurance agent. She was joined in their home by a brother, Allen Blake Bachelor in 1949.

Lindsay loved to read and was an accomplished pianist in her teen years. She later played the piano for her own enjoyment, preferring hymns and Chopin Nocturnes. She also was an accomplished quilter, making quilts for family and friends and hand quilting many of them.

She married Larry Arpin in October of 1959. To this marriage were born her two sons, Kevan Lawrence and Gary Michael. Larry and Lindsay divorced in 1965 but remained friends. Larry died in 2011 in Concordia, Kansas. In 1968 she married Don Fogelberg of Scandia. He also preceeded her in death.

She married William Woodside, Jr., in 1974. They owned and operated the Mill Creek Café in Haddam, Kansas for several years before moving to Blue Rapids, Kansas. JR preceded her in death in 2004 after 30+ years of marriage. Lindsay retired after 25 years from Kansas State University where she was an accountant in the Department of Agronomy. She loved this job and the people she worked with. She was always interested in what the professors were working on and her association with many of the international students.

Lindsay also worked tirelessly for a number of years trying to get legislation passed in the Missouri Legislature which would have allowed adult adoptees the right to ask for and receive their original birth certificates. She wrote legislation which was presented by Representative Glenda Kelly of St. Joseph, MO, however it never was sent on to the Senate for their approval. Many of the members of the Legislative body were birth parents who wanted their identities kept secret from their families and friends. Although knowing it was not a stigma, this bill was kept from making it to the Governor for signature.

After her retirement from Kansas State University, Lindsay volunteered as a school crossing guard on Highway 77 and Chestnut Streets as she felt the traffic was such that the children were sometimes in danger of being hit. She commuted from her home 5 miles south of town twice a day to be there in the morning and again when school was out. She also volunteered in the Blue Rapids Grade School for the Library when there was not a regular librarian available as well as assisting the regular Librarian by putting books away and helping with the reading tests. She loved the interaction with the students and felt reading was necessary to go ahead in the world with their education.

Lindsay was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served for many years as the person who prepared the weekly bulletins and selected the music for each week. She loved her church and was proud they asked her to do the bulletins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, her three husbands and a step-son, Jeff Woodside and her younger son, Gary Arpin. Her survivors include her son, Kevan, her step-daughter Terri Day and husband, Don, and her grandsons Justin Arpin and Coty Woodside, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, December 16, 2016, at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville with Mr. Jim Brown officiating. Music is to include a pre-recorded selection of “Fourteen Angels”. Casket Bearers: Justin Persell, Coty Woodside, Justin Arpin, Dustin Tryon and Brad Fox. Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, north of Blue Rapids.

Memorials are suggested to the Kansas State University Center for Basic Cancer Research and may be sent in care of the funeral home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.

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