The Hefling Family
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L Bryce Hefling

Loren Bryce Hefling

Bryce, as he was called, was born 19 Sep 1897 in Burrton, Kansas to William Thresher Hefling and Edith May Morgan. He died 14 Feb 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona and is buried in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery there.

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To next sibling, Violet

Mary Frances Kientz

Mary was born 18 Apr 1904 in Manhattan, Kansas to Charles F Kientz and Alvina F Rosencutter. She died in 04 Feb 1996 in Phoenix, Arizona and is buried in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery there. 

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Bryce and Mary were married on 18 May 1924 in Manhattan, Kansas. They had 2 children.

Bryce graduated from the Kansas State Agricultural College (now KSU) in Manhattan, Kansas in 1922 with a bachelor's degree. He then began his teaching career at Bird City, Kansas teaching Vocational Arts. Bryce was a quiet, kind man willing to help anyone in need and a master carpenter.

Mary was a graduate of Manhattan High School in 1923. She taught the primary grades at the Ashland School. Mary was a very hard worker and mastered any craft she learned. She was an excellent seamstress making most the family's clothes, continuing to make dresses for her younger sisters even after her marriage. She was a good cook and baker, making wedding cakes for friends and family. In later years, she was a master gardener and their yard in Phoenix was her pride and joy.

The newspaper account of their wedding states: "A wedding of unusual interest to scores of friends of the contracting parties, was solemnized at the Congregational church . . . the newly weds are among the most popular of Manhattan young folk." Bryce and Mary were evidently held in high esteem by their friends and family.

The young couple moved several times while Bryce was teaching in Kansas. The 1925 state census shows them in Madison, Greenwood County and the 1930 federal census finds them in Rich Twp, Anderson County.

For whatever reason, Mary had a hard time getting pregnant so they adopted a child. Then, a few years later, Mary was able to have a child. They were so happy to have both children that no one would ever have known they weren't both their biological children. When Mary first sent me family information, no notation of adoption was made.

In April 1945, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona to give Bryce some relief from his sinus problems. They lived in a rental cabin (a small shack that you could literally see through the walls) behind a gas station until the lot at 1018 E. Pierson was purchased. The garage was built first and the family lived in it while Bryce built the main house, paying cash for everything as he went. The family moved into the completed home in June 1950.

Through their years in Arizona, Bryce continued to teach and Mary was a manager of a school cafeteria until retirement. They were members of Bethel United Methodist Church from 1945 to 1970. They were very active in their church and, never ones to be idle, they took jobs at Bethel after their retirement; Bryce as custodian and Mary as the lunch cook for the church's day school. In 1970, they left Bethel and joined Bethany Bible Church.

After Bryce passed, Mary moved to the Glencroft Retirement Center near Glendale. She wrote to me stating, "My children are close by and take good care of me. I like my new life style and enjoy working for the Lord. It is great to give of your best and spread sunshine and care for others." She lived there until 1993 when she moved to Manzanita assisted Living Center in Payson to be near her oldest son and family. She passed two and a half years later.

Children of Loren Bryce Hefling and Mary Frances Kientz:

  1. Living Hefling
  2. Living Hefling

                                                                                                  page created June 2010
                                                                                  photos and info updated April 2012





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