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Ora Mae Kirkendall

Ora Mae Kirkendall Ora Mae Grandfield Kirkendall, age 89 of Manhattan, Kansas, went home to be with her heavenly Father on September 30, 2017. She passed away surrounded by family in Smith Center, Kansas after spending an enjoyable day with loved ones. She was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas to Jessie Blanche (Kiser) Grandfield and Edwin Harrison Grandfield on September 10, 1928. She was the youngest of four children, all of whom preceded her in death: Twylah Mader, Keith Grandfield, and Alice Manuel. Ora Mae graduated from Manhattan High School in 1946, and from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics.

She married Kenneth Eugene Kirkendall on June 17, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. They raised their family in Norton, Kansas until 1990 when they moved to Manhattan. Their four children and spouses survive: Geoffrey and Brenda Kirkendall (Lawrence, KS); Karen and Bob Parker (Raymondville, MO); Kaleen and Max Knopp (Abilene, KS); and Kevin Kirkendall (Austin, TX). Additional survivors include 12 grandchildren: Lizette Kirkendall, Thomas Bellinder, Nikki Benson, Angela Collins, Amanda Ray, Michelle Moore, Cody Knopp, Amanda Herbic, Travis Fritson, Alex Kirkendall, Alyssa Kirkendall, Lila Kirkendall, and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and siblings, Ora Mae was also preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Kenneth Kirkendall, and an infant son, Gary Eugene Kirkendall.

Ora Mae showed God's love through relationships with her family, her church, her many friends, and serving others. She worked as a dietary supervisor at the Andbe Home in Norton, Kansas for several years, and was an active member of several clubs and organizations, including Konza Prairie Quilters' Guild, United Methodist Women, Morning Glory Choir, Domestic Science Club, Lake Elbo Board, Good Sam's Konza Kampers, Silver Sneakers, and more. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting gifts for loved ones, cooking, gardening, traveling, reading, playing cards, crossword puzzles and games with family and friends. She served as a volunteer Stephen Minister, and prepared breakfast for the United Methodist Men for many years. Ora Mae enjoyed sharing life and teaching others skills for homemaking and community building. She is deeply loved and will be sincerely missed by friends and family.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, October 7, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8th, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Graveside services will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 9th, at the Sunset Cemetery, 2000 Leavenworth Street in Manhattan.

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A memorial has been established for the First United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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