Leanna Mae Strimple Carter

Leanna Mae Strimple Carter, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 12, 1927 in Mayetta, KS, the daughter of Guy E. and Lydia G. (Dolezilek) Strimple. She grew up on a farm, attended a one-room school house, and in 1945 graduated from Rossville High School as the valedictorian.

She worked as a clerk for Santa Fe Railroad until she retired in 1987 after 42 years.

In 1946, she met Allen C. Carter, a veteran, who “swept her off her feet.” They were united in marriage July 14, 1946 in Topeka, KS, and celebrated 50 years together before he preceded her in death December 26, 1996.

She enjoyed traveling to see historical sites, do genealogy research, look for wildlife, and visit family and friends. She liked to sew, quilt, crochet, and garden.

She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church and the DAV Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughter, Diana Mae Owens; step grandchildren Bobby Daniels, Wendy Jenkins, Bill Daniels, Lawanda Houp, six great, and three great-great; brother, Clyde W. Strimple, niece/guardian Marcilyn (William) Rust, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Cheryl Elaine Carter and Christine Marie McKelvey; son-in-laws, Edward Leroy McKelvey and Donald Mac Owens, and brother, Francis Eugene Strimple.

The family will greet friends at 10 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 during a visitation at Central United Methodist Church, Lawrence, KS prior to her funeral service. Funeral services for Leanna will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Burial Service will immediately follow in Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in Leanna’s name to the Central United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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