McPherson, KS - Kneldrith (Kay) Eileen Harden Kline, 95, died peacefully on Feb. 22,
In 1980, Kay and Bruce moved to Indiana to work for the Free Methodist Church of North America. Kay was a respected speaker for spiritual retreats, a noted editor, and an excellent writer. One of her books, Taking Charge, is in its 4th printing. In addition, Kay and Bruce invested time and resources in the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship (HEF) in Budapest, Hungary for over 25 years. Bruce served as president of the HEF’s John Wesley Theological College
Deeply receptive to God’s love for her in Jesus Christ, Kay experienced life-long transformation. Even in her last days, she honestly faced life and death. Her courageous spirit was shaped in the practice of a “morning bed-sit” to read scripture, connect with God, write in her journal, and reflect on relationships. Kay had a quality of outgoing love that warmly welcomed people into her heart and family to include virtually everyone who touched her life: students, church friends, P.E.O. sisters, neighbors, caregivers, Hungarian friends, especially the Ivanyi family, and many others around the world, with whom she maintained
Kay and Bruce believed “children are God’s best gift.” (Psalm 127: 3-5, The Message) She cherished five children and spouses, nine grandchildren and spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. The last of her generation, Kay was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bruce L., and son, Bruce Edward. She is survived by daughter-in-law Leora Kline of Kettering, OH; son Frank (Rhonda) Kline of Seattle, WA; daughters Carolyn (Patrick) Gaughan of Wichita, Miriam (Willis) Overholt of Wichita, and Celeste (Gary) Cranston of Seattle; grandchildren April Kline (David) Bush, Jonathan (Jackie) Kline, Karly (Eric) Marshall, Kerri (Megan) Gibbard Kline, Erin (Michael) Visitacion, Lauren (Daniel) Scislowski, Dan (Sunny) Overholt, Joshua (Rachel) Zahniser-Cranston and Elise (Tyler) Merrill-Cranston; great-grandchildren Kayla Bush, Hanalei Bush, Levi Kline, Bridget Lindberg, Poppynoel Marshall, Zoe Scislowski, and Vincent Myron Gibbard Kline; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Graveside committal service will be Fri, March 15 at
To give to the Kay Kline Memorial Fund, go to www.ccckfoundation.org.