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Alumni Obituary – Gayla Green

Gayla GreenParts of this obituary for Gayla Green was posted by Stockham Family Funeral Home.

Gayla V. Green, 93, of McPherson, KS, died on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, surrounded by family at her home.

Gayla was born on December 6, 1926, in Agra, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charlie N. and Beulah (Rush) Thompson. She graduated from Tryon High School, Oklahoma, and Central College and McPherson College, both of McPherson, Kansas. On January 21, 1949, Gayla married Bob R. Green in Ames, Oklahoma.

Following high school, during World War II, Gayla worked at Tinker Air Force Base. She began her college career at Central College where she made life-long friends and starred on the girls’ softball, basketball and speedball teams. After years of working as an administrative assistant at Hesston Corporation, Gayla decided to return for her Bachelor’s degree from McPherson College. She then served as assistant librarian at the college library until she retired.

She was a member of McPherson Free Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and helped with funeral dinners. She was a member of the Happy Handful Club. She played in the co-ed volleyball league at the McPherson YMCA.

Survived by: husband of 71 years Bob; two children: Lucia Delamarter (Greg) of Greenville IL and Mick (Linda) of Wichita, KS; five grandchildren: Jeremy Delamarter (Tracey) of Seattle,WA, Chris Delamarter (Jeff) of Madison, WI, Joshua Green (Michelle) of Durham, NC, Lacee Green of Tampa, FL, and Tyler Green (Laura) of Lawrence; eight great-grandchildren: Rosy Delamarter, Lucas Delamarter, Max Delamarter, Isaiah (Izzy) Chavis, Hadassah Jones, Trent Schlarman, Andrew Green, and Oliver Green.

Her parents and two brothers, James Thompson and Don Thompson, preceded her in death.

The funeral service was held on, Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the McPherson Free Methodist Church with Rev. Lucia Delamarter, Rev. Mick Green, and Rev. Linda Green officiating. Memorial donations may be given to Central Christian College of Kansas or McPherson Free Methodist Church.

Gayla and Bob Green are long-time supporters of Central Christian College as alumni, former employees, board members and friends. Gayla frequently volunteered for Central’s admissions mailings, frequently standing as she stuffed letters and always asking for more supplies. Gayla served on many boards at the local Free Methodist Church and, if given the opportunity, she would willingly share her views on any number of topics. Gayla was a woman pioneer as she served the church, the College and the community in so many ways.

Her commitment to Central extended to her family. Her husband Bob, alumnus, served on Central’s board of trustees for a number of years, her son Mick attended Central and met his future wife, Linda. Mick served at Central in a variety of positions including the chief advancement officer. Linda served as the alumni director. Lucia Delamarter, Bob and Gayla’s daughter, currently serves on Central’s Board of Trustees. Many other Green family members attended Central, served Central, and continue to support Central.

ABOUT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS

Central Christian College of Kansas is a four-year collegiate institution that strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person through four core characteristics: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central, go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.

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