Wildine Wilson Allan
Wildine Allan of Eureka, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Vintage Park Assisted Living in Eureka, following a recent diagnosis of cancer, at the age of 98. She was born August 26, 1920, near Utopia, Kansas, the younger daughter of William Leonidas and Mary Magdalene (Denner) Wilson. She never got to see her father Will, as he passed away from the Spanish Flu, five months before her birth. After her mother wed Charles K. Cross, the family moved to Climax, Kansas where both daughters attended Climax schools, played tennis and basketball, were baptized and attended the Climax Methodist Church, and graduated from Climax High School. Following her graduation, Wildine enrolled in Nurse’s Training in Wichita, which she enjoyed until a back injury forced her to quit and return to Climax. She was united in marriage to John Wesley Allan in Winfield, Kansas on June 14, 1939. Shortly after, they moved to Borger, Texas where John was employed at the Phillips Petroleum Refinery as a carpenter. They then returned to Wichita, where John helped build airplane hangars for Boeing Aircraft. When he was drafted into the Navy during World War II, the family moved to Eureka to be near family. After the war, they moved to her parents’ family farm near Tonovay in 1948, where they lived in a small, fourroom house, until they built their new home in 1958. They farmed, raised cattle, pigs, and chickens, and Wildine planted huge gardens and developed a large orchard. While John was a self-employed carpenter by dayand farmed evenings and weekends, Wildine took care of the house, animals, garden and orchard produce. She had beautiful flowerbeds and was known for sharing flowers, garden produce and fruit with everyone. They raised their own bees and made lots of honey, processed their own apple cider by the gallons, canned and froze large amounts of produce. She became a leader of the Bachelor Buttons 4-H Club of Tonovay, and her daughters joined as soon as they became eligible. She continued as a leader from 1950 through 1962. She was also a member of the Tonovay Ladies Club and EHU until they disbanded. When John passed away in 1995, she remained on their farm. She moved to Vintage Park due to failing health. Wildine is survived by two daughters: Judith and husband, Daryl Lewis of Piedmont, Kansas; and Suzanne and husband, Ronald Rowe of Chanute, Kansas; five grandchildren: Linton and wife, Cindy Lewis of Aiken, South Carolina; Bret Allan Rowe of Topeka; Melissa Atwood of Osage City; Dieter Jon Gran of Wichita; and Angela Libby of Wichita; three great-grandchildren: Gage Atwood of Lawrence; Ashley Kortkamp and Briar Libby of Wichita; a niece Patricia Greer of Weatherford, TX, and Jerry Coats of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-father; husband, John Allan; daughter, Marilyn Gran; and her sister Agnes (Wilson) Coats. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Koup Family Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Lawrence of the Climax United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Greenwood County Historical Society Museum. Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045, which is overseeing arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family online, at koupfunerals.com.