Funeral arrangements for 2 Kansas moms killed in Oklahoma


HUGOTON, Kan. (KAKE) - Funeral arrangements are set for two southwest Kansas women who went missing and later were found dead after a two-week search in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The funeral for 39-year-old Jilian Kelley will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in Hugoton. According to her obituary, the funeral will take place at First Christian Church. Family and friends are encouraged to wear yellow to the service. 

"Those who knew Jilian will always remember her alongside her beloved husband, Heath, and their four cherished children. Her family was her pride and joy, and her unwavering love for them knew no bounds," the obituary says.

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Later that week, Veronica Butler will be laid to rest. Her celebration of life service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at Hugoton Assembly of God. She leaves behind two children, her fiancé, parents and many others.

Her son and daughter meant everything to her, her obituary shares. undefined

"That was her greatest and most treasured title," it reads. "Time spent with them consisted of snuggles, learning mom’s touch of cooking, reading books to them, playing many games outdoors including tag, bubbles and water balloon fights. Her love for them ran deep and that will be forever treasured."

The search for Kelley and 27-year-old Butler came to a fatal end on April 14 when Oklahoma authorities confirmed the two were dead and announced the arrests of four people who allegedly belonged to an anti-government group that called themselves “God's Misfits,” the Associated Press reported.

The two women disappeared on March 30 while driving to pick up Butler's two children for a birthday party. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Tuesday that the bodies found in Texas County were those of the two women.

Funeral arrangements for Butler have yet to be released. 

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Four suspects are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy: Tifany Adams, 54, and her boyfriend, Tad Cullum, 43, both of Keyes, Oklahoma, as well as Cole and Cora Twombly of Texhoma, Oklahoma.



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