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Aubree Helen Rankin Bowling

Aubree Helen Rankin Bowling Aubree Helen Rankin Bowling, 41, died Oct. 6, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born March 20, 1977, in Topeka, Kansas, daughter of Allan and Mary Rankin. She spent the first eight years of her life in Lyndon, Kansas, moving with her family to Manhattan in 1985.

A 1995 graduate of Manhattan High School, Aubree was an active member of the Bonfire 4-H Club and served as captain of the scholar’s quiz bowl team at Manhattan High her senior year. A graduate of Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, while there she completed a summer internship with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, earning a B.S. in political science and Christian thought in 1999.

Following graduation she was employed as a media analyst with the Parents Television Council in Arlington, Virginia, a subsidiary of the Media Research Center.

Aubree was married to John Bowling, Arlington, Virginia, on Dec. 27, 2004, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. He survives of the home, as do their two children, Jonathan, 11, and Elizabeth, 10, both born in Virginia.

In 2009, when the PTC relocated to California, Aubree was offered the option of continuing her position from home, and the Bowlings moved to Manhattan where she worked as a senior analyst until complications from cancer treatment necessitated her taking disability leave in 2016.

In addition to her husband, children and parents, she is survived by one sister, Haley Wilson and husband, Michael, Manhattan; her paternal grandmother, Darlene Rankin, Minneola, Kansas; many aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ray and Helen Wiley, Lyndon; and paternal grandfather, John Rankin, Minneola.

Active in the Polly Ogden Chapter of the DAR, Aubree received the chapter’s Outstanding Junior award for 2011-12, and served as recording secretary. She was a member of the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene where she was a member of the church board and was a coach for the Bible quizzing teams.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan. Services will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene, 3031 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, with interment to follow at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley. Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to an education fund for Jonathan and Elizabeth Bowling (checks payable to John Bowling), or to the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene.

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