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Karen Sue McCandless Cook

Karen Sue McCandless Cook Karen Sue McCandless Cook passed away on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 11pm at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Karen Sue was born on October 11, 1955 to Marian (Hollerbach) and Harry L. McCandless in Evansville, Indiana. She was the 11th grandchild of Cal and Moly (Long) McCandless of St. John, Kansas and the first grandchild of Rudolph and Carrie (Steiner) Hollerbach of Evansville, Indiana.

At the age of 8 (third grade) she continued her elementary and junior high education in Lincoln, Nebraska, graduating from Lincoln East High School with honors in 1973. She spent one summer in Heidelberg, Germany and traveled with the Lincoln Youth Symphony Orchestra to Vienna, Budapest, Austria and Hungary.

Her pursuit of her education took her to Ohio, Maryland, and ended at Kansas University in Lawrence, where she followed her interests in mental health, women’s rights, and LGBT causes and social services. She served at the Crisis Center, RSVP, Pawnee Mental Health Services, and volunteered at the Shepherd’s Crossing in Manhattan. She traveled throughout Kansas promoting the pathways to Recovery and WRAP programs for the School of Welfare at Kansas University.

Karen is survived by her mother, Marian McCandless Quinlan, of Manhattan; her brother, John McCandless and his wife, Jackie, of Mitchell, Indiana; a niece, Jennifer Weiss and her husband, John, of Mitchell, Indiana; a grand-niece, Amara Weiss, and grand-nephews, Liam Jude and Cullen Weiss of Mitchell, Indiana; her uncles Lloyd McCandless, of St. John, Kansas, Donald McCandless and his wife Laverle, of Cheney, Washington, and George McCandless and his wife, Betty of Wichita, Kansas; her cousins, David McCandless and Robert McCandless of St. John, Kansas, Marilyn Robertson, of Sayre, Oklahoma, Harold McCandless and his wife, Pam, of Cheney, Washington, Stanton and his wife Maria, of Beaverton, Oregon, Dr. Linda McCandless, of Phoenix, Arizona, David Bach and his wife, Jan, of Franklin, Wisconsin, Debra McCandless, of Leawood, Kansas; step-sisters, Cynthia Quinlan, of Alma, Kansas, and Mary Susan Quinlan, of Houston, Texas, Kristin Quinlan, of California; step-brother, Michael Quinlan and his children, Brianna and Tyler, and her Maxwell, a rescued dachshund.

A celebration of her life is planned for May 26, 2019 at the Riley County Seniors’ Center, 4th and Leavenworth Streets in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Please bring your stories and picture and memories of Karen to share.

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