Daphne Tompkins, 95, formerly of Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Feb. 23, 2019, in Shawnee, Kansas.

She was born on May 21, 1923, in Conway Springs, Kansas, the daughter of William A. Sedgwick and Farrel O. (Wilkason) Sedgwick.

Daphne married Paul D. Tompkins on Nov. 14, 1942, in Topeka. He preceded her in death on Aug. 12, 2013.

Survivors include children Jerry Tompkins, Topeka, and Sandra Reynolds (Steve) Krantz, Lenexa; grandchildren Kimberly (Heather Jones) Reynolds, Patrick Tompkins (Lorraine), Aaron (Atalie) Tompkins, and Dianne (Corey) Brown; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She loved gardening, children, and her Jayhawks. She and her husband had many houseboats and RVs at Lakes Jivaro and Perry through the years. Daphne was very active at Countryside United Methodist Church. She volunteered at Stormont Vail for many years and enjoyed being active in her community. Her daughter lovingly referred to her as a “Gardener of People.” She was a constant presence in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was like a mother to all of them.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2019, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. Brief graveside services were at 2 p.m. at Melvern Cemetery in Melvern, Kansas.

The family requests floral arrangements to honor Daphne’s love of gardening or donations to the charity of your choice.

To leave a message for the family online please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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