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Alice Lois Redman

Alice Lois Redman Alice Lois Redman, age 85, of Manhattan, died May 2, 2017, at The Good Shepherd House.

She was born on March 11, 1932, in Monroe City, Missouri, the daughter of Richard Elisha Redman and Germaine (Campbell) Redman. She grew up on the family farm, participated in 4-H activities, attended the First Baptist Church of Monroe City, and graduated from the Monroe City High School in 1949. She enrolled at the University of Missouri and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1953.

Her career employment with the Cooperative Extension Service began in 1953 when she was offered a position as a County Home Demonstration Agent in Washington County, Missouri. She later transferred to Marion County and continued in the same role until 1958. She received a National Extension Fellowship to study for her master’s degree at the University of Maryland. Part of this opportunity involved a year-long internship at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. After earning the Master of Science Degree in 1959, she moved to the state of Oregon where she began the next phase of her career as a State 4-H and Youth Development Specialist and Assistant Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She provided leadership in a variety of programs, including 4-H leader training, international exchanges for college students through the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) and for youth through the 4-H/Labo Japanese Exchange Program, camping/leisure-time activities, and the annual summer experience for 4-H youth on the Oregon State campus. She was recognized for her outstanding leadership and professional achievements by promotion to full professor. She spent a sabbatical year in 1967-68 studying in Sweden and living with 4-H families in both Sweden and Denmark. After working for 19 years in Oregon, Lois moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in September 1978 to begin the last phase of her career in 4-H and Youth Development at Kansas State University. Her most notable accomplishments during the final ten years of her career include: the establishment of the 4-H/Labo Japanese Exchange Program based on the model she originated in Oregon, leadership for the IFYE and Kansas-Paraguay Partners programs, and establishing a new direction for the Discovery Days annual summer event for 4-H youth on the K-State campus. For her work in international programs she was given the Distinguished Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. Following her retirement in January 1988, she was honored for Outstanding Service and to Dedication to 4-H with induction into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004 and induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2009.

Lois’ joys in life were not all career-related. As a devout Christian and life-long Baptist, she was an active member and financial supporter of the local churches everywhere she lived, home and foreign missions programs, and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. While a member of Grant Avenue Baptist Church in Corvallis, Oregon, Lois was introduced to Carol Ann Holcomb, a fellow member of the Women’s Sunday School Class, who had come from Anchorage, Alaska, for graduate study at OSU. They became fast friends and continued the relationship in shared housing for 42 years, both in Oregon and in Kansas. Among her many leisure-time activities Lois enjoyed downhill skiing, camping, and deep-sea fishing in Oregon. After moving to Kansas, she continued her love of skiing in Colorado and took many of her family members on camping trips in Colorado, Arizona, and Oklahoma. After her retirement from KSU, Lois began an 11-year volunteer assignment as an escort on senior citizen bus trips across the United States and three times to Europe. Over the years, Lois and Carol Ann travelled
extensively to countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central America. No doubt Lois’ favorite moments were spent in the stained glass shop, known as The Stuga, built in her backyard in 1992. She taught about 125 students, mostly spouses of international students at KSU, but also friends, neighbors, and family members. She crafted over 1000 projects which she gave as gifts to individuals, newly married couples, graduates of degree programs, and special pieces for First Baptist Church in Manhattan and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. She and Carol Ann also spent the summer of 2016 teaching stained glass at the Troster Arts Studios at Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. In recent years she became an active member of the local Polly Ogden Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Lois was devoted to her family and friends, especially to those who needed her support, encouragement, and financial assistance. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Howard Martin “Marty” Redman, and Howard Martin “Butch” Redman, Bonnie Jean Strange, and brother-in laws: Donald Mallett, John Johnson, and Joseph Adams.

Her friend and housemate, Carol Ann, survives of the home. Additional survivors include: brother, John Loid Redman and wife Jeanette of Monroe City, MO; sisters: Virginia Anne Mallett of Baring, MO; Carol Sue Johnson, Barbara Ruth Kendrick and husband Robert, Mary Beth Adams, Nancy Lucille Yates and husband Anthony, and Melody Rose Hoover and husband Rob, all of Monroe City, MO; and brother-in-law, Mackey Strange of Oklahoma City, OK. Many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive in various states of the US.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Manhattan on June 10, 2017, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. John Parsley and the Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall officiating. Visitation will occur one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a graveside service at St. Jude’s Cemetery in Monroe City, MO, on June 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm.

Condolences may be left for the family online through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, 116 Umberger Hall, 1612 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS 66506-3417 for the A. Lois Redman Scholarship in Leisure Studies or to the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502, for the Lois Redman Camp Scholarship Fund.

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