Mary E. Lasater, 85, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. She was a licensed practical nurse, working in several hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes as well as taking care of her loving family.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1928, in McPherson, the daughter of Price L. and Ella May (Going) Pritchard. She attended the McPherson schools and had dropped out in the eighth grade. She helped in her children’s school activities and worked in the public school system. When her children started to graduate from school, she started thinking about getting her high school diploma, but she had to resume at the seventh grade. With the help of a teacher, Margaret Starks, who tutored Mary in Margaret’s home, Mary was able to earn her seventh, eighth, and ninth grade credits. Once this was completed, Mary joined the other students at the high school, graduating with her diploma in 1970. She then furthered her education and received her credentials as a licensed practical nurse, graduating from the McPherson School of Practical Nursing.
Mary was a member of the McPherson Opera House and Royal Neighbors of America. She also volunteered at Apt. 6, the resale store for the McPherson Opera House. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  She liked birds and outdoor activities.
On June 21, 1947, Mary was united in marriage to Charles L. Lasater in Newton. They were married for more than 40 years. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1988.
Survivors include: three sons, Jerry Lasater and wife, Dawn, of Corvallis, Ore., Eugene Lasater and wife, Janette, of Lowell, Ark., and Roger Lasater and wife, Missy, of Tangent, Ore.; a daughter, Lois Lasater of McPherson; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other relatives; and a host of friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Della Knight, Jane Kress, and Margaret Core, brothers, Vernon Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, and half-sisters, Maxine Browne and Ruth Smith.
A private service was on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the McPherson Cemetery with Rev. Bill Buschbaum officiating.
Memorial donations may be given to Alley Cat Allies or Harden Hospice in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut St., McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily. com.