Charmian Sundgren, 97, passed away on May 3, 2019
Charmian Sundgren, 97, passed away on May 3, 2019, at Homestead of El Dorado.
Memorial service, led by Pastor Stan Seymour, will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, at the First Christian Church.
Charmian was born on Oct. 31, 1921 in El Dorado, the daughter of Amos and Merle (Gifford) Gish. Charmian was a graduate of Kansas State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She was a lifelong sister of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at K-State. She was united in marriage to Norman E. Sundgren on Feb. 15, 1947 in El Dorado. Charmian was employed as the 4-H Extension Agent in Butler County for many years and was a sewing leader for 4-H. In addition to 4-H, she worked beside her husband on the ranch. She was a member and president of the Rosalia Senior Citizens and a member of her Unit Club women’s group. She was an excellent baker and seamstress. She was an animal lover and the pied piper of many cats and dogs as they followed her row by row while she worked in her garden. Charmian’s garden was nurtured with love and she enjoyed canning the garden’s yield each season. Charmian showed unconditional love of her family each and every day.
Her greatest joy was her family, which includes; her children, Susan (Steve) Worrell of Wichita, Steve (Jacque) Sundgren of Rosalia, David (Sindi) Sundgren of El Dorado, Joe (Becky) Sundgren of El Dorado, Jane Sundgren of Oklahoma, and Diana Pierson of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kellie (Seth) Nesmith of El Dorado, Jamie (Craig) Swafford of Rosalia, Zac Sundgren of El Dorado, Anna (James) Baker of Wichita, Jeremy (Kelsey) Sundgren of El Dorado, Jessie (Matthew) Reese of Oklahoma, Sallie (Rodney) Sooter of Oklahoma, Ashley Worrell of Colorado, Ian Worrell of Wichita, Whitney (Nick) Patxot of Texas, Mikaela Sundgren of Cimarron, Cole Pierson of Italy and Luke Pierson of Oklahoma; and 18 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; brother, Dr. John Gish; sister, Gloria Appleton; and granddaughter Jenny Sundgren.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be directed to Butler County 4-H in support of scholarships and programs. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Charmian at www.carlsoncolonial.com.