Christine Elizabeth Chalender, 87, Manhattan, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer at Meadowlark Hills.
She was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Paola to Arthur Eugene and Adeline O. (Hinkle) Allen. She attended schools in Paola and graduated from Olathe High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in home economics and social science from Kansas State University in 1951, where she was member of Clovia 4-H Scholarship House. She received a master of science degree from Fort Hays State University in 1983 and took post-graduate coursework at Kansas State, Fort Hays State and Wichita State universities.
She married Bob L. Chalender on May 24, 1952. He preceded her in death Dec. 28, 2002. Upon graduation, she began her career as a county Extension agent in Anderson County. She also taught home economics, worked as a family life research consultant, marketing researcher, TV host for “Cook’s Nook” with Chris, adjunct faculty at FHSU, ESL teacher and homemaker. She retired from teaching in 1992 and began a new opportunity working as special assistant to KSU’s dean of human ecology. Her career outside of the home provided her the opportunity to teach and influence many students and viewers, eliminating barriers and helping others reach their full potential, and encouraging all to live life to its fullest. Her work brought her many honors including Kansas Teacher of the Year, 1987, Master Reader’s Digest Hero in American Education, 1989, Master Teacher, 1992, and KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. She was an avid KSU fan and enjoyed her time playing bridge throughout the years.
She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, NEA, KSU President’s Club, PEO, Review Club and First United Methodist Church. She served on the board of directors for the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Sen. Nancy Kassebaum’s Excellence in Education Foundation.
Survivors include a son, Rob Chalender, Wichita; a daughter, Beth Klug, Manhattan; a brother, Dale and wife, Beth, Wichita; a sister, Lois Park and husband, Gil, Manhattan; three grandchildren, Josh, Chris and wife, Kristen, and Megan Klug, all of Manhattan; two sisters-in-law, Mary Barbara Allen, Gardner, and Marie Allen, Olathe; a brother-in-law, Jack Chalender, Estes Park, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ghormley, Earl and Marvin.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Manhattan; burial in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan.
Memorials are suggested to Kansas State University Foundation-Bob and Chris Chalender fund or Shepherd’s Crossing, both in Manhattan, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.