Eleanor J. "Ellie" Brent
Eleanor J. “Ellie” Brent, age 77, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Sunday morning, December 11, 2016, at her residence.
She was born on January 27, 1939, in Concordia, Kansas, the daughter of Glenn and Lenora (Paisley) Zeornes.
Ellie attended Kansas State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree (1961) and her master’s degree (1970) in education. She was a member and undergraduate president of the Kappa Delta Sorority and past alumni advisor. It was while at Kansas State that she met her future husband Ben Brent. They were united in marriage on July 14, 1962 in Concordia, Kansas.
From 1962 until 1966, she taught English at the Lansing Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan. In 1966, following her husband receiving his PhD from Michigan State University and joining the Animal Sciences and Industry faculty at KSU, Ellie taught English at the Manhattan Junior High School until 1972. In July of 1976, she purchased the Woody’s Ladies Shop in Aggieville. She enjoyed owning and operating the store for more than 25 years until she retired and closed the store in 2002. It was at this time that her husband retired from Kansas State.
Ellie was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she and Ben sang in the Chancel Choir for 50 years. She was also a past member and trustee for the KSU Foundation and had served on the KSU Alumni Association Board, Urban Area Planning Board, Memorial Hospital Board and was past president of the Aggieville Business Association. Other memberships included Chapter DE of PEO, and the Manhattan Book Club.
Ellie is survived by her husband, Ben, of their home in Manhattan.
A visitation will be held from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, December 14, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery.
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A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist for the Chancel Choir Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.