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Nelda Jo Elder

Nelda Jo Elder Nelda Jo (Hanne) Elder, age 79, died of complications of ovarian cancer, on July 25, 2020, at Good Shepard Hospice, in Manhattan, Kansas. She was born to June Louise (Redfield) and Hugh Edwin Hanne in Wickenburg, Arizona on November 5, 1940. After World War II, the family returned to Bucklin, Kansas where both families had earlier established roots. Nelda graduated from Bucklin High School and went on to earn degrees from Wichita State University, Emporia State University, and Kansas State University. She married John Elder in 1962, and they divorced in 1970. She lived in Manhattan, Kansas from 1972 until her death.

Nelda earned a B.A. from Wichita State University in 1963, and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University in 1970. After working at Indiana University and the University of Nebraska Libraries, she accepted a position at Kansas State University Libraries where she worked for over 38 years, retiring as Professor Emerita in 2011. During her tenure at K-State Libraries she held various positions in government publications, interlibrary loan, the social sciences/humanities division, and collection development. As head of collection development, she oversaw the addition of the second million volumes to the collection and spearheaded the transition to electronic media. She provided leadership in cooperative collection development ventures with other Regents universities, the Big 12, and the Greater Western Library Alliance. She was an active member of the Emporia State University chapter of Beta Phi Mu, and the Kansas State University chapter or Phi Kappa Phi.

After retirement, she pursued her interests in crafts and the arts, as well as her life-long dedication to reading. She completed a B.F.A. in Art with a painting emphasis. Her activities included painting, drawing and quilting, traveling, gardening, and participation in the Konza Prairie Quilters’ Guild, Columbian Artists, and the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale.

She is survived by her son Edward John and his family, wife Sara Markle-Elder, and grandchildren Elizabeth and David; her brother Robert Earl Hanne and wife Christy Smith Hanne, and nephews Matthew, and Benjamin and his wife Britt Bradley, as well as many cousins on both sides of her family.

At her request, Nelda was cremated. Memorial services will be held on a date to be announced.

Memorials are suggested to Kansas State Libraries Hale Restoration in care of the Kansas State University Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS. 66502.

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