Erma Charlene French

Erma Charlene French, 85, of Panhandle, TX died April 5, 2019.

Charlene was born on May 3, 1933 in Winfield, KS to Chois Elmer and Erma Letitia (Beery) Rader. She was raised in Eureka, KS and graduated from Eureka High School in 1951. She later attended Emporia State Teacher's College. She married Willard F French in Wichita, KS on March 6, 1953. Willard and Charlene moved to El Dorado, KS in 1960, where they raised their children, and where Charlene worked for Walnut Valley State Bank for several years. They later made their home in Beaumont, KS.

Charlene loved her family with all her heart. They were her greatest joy. She loved all animals, especially her pet goat Billy-Bob and her mules, Maudie and Molly. Charlene loved the Flint Hills and one of her favorite pastimes was traveling the country roads and admiring the countryside she called home. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to joke with family and friends.

Her grandchildren loved to hear her stories about growing up, as much as she loved telling them.

Charlene is survived by:Daughter: Cindy Cowan and husband Brent of Panhandle, TX; Son: Steve French and wife Linda of Augusta, KS; Sister: Elizabeth Lockhart and husband James of Piedmont, KS; 4 Grandchildren: Caity Naylor and husband Chad, Paige Byrd and husband Nollie, Colbi Winborne and husband Will, and Sadie Nadolny and husband Jon.; 5 Great Grandchildren: Remyngton Naylor, Nollie (JR) Byrd, Paisley Byrd, Evyn Winborne, and Henry Nadolny.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willard on December 15, 2015, and her parents.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Beaumont Christian Cowboy Church in Beaumont, KS.

Memorials may be made to any of the following: Alzheimer's Association, BSA Hospice of the Southwest, or the Beaumont Christian Cowboy Church. Memorials may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at:

Final services entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, P.O. Box 1233, Howard, KS 67349.

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