This is the story of our mother, Patricia Ann (Cook) Rundle. Mom passed away at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. We felt so blessed to have had those last cherished moments with Mom to remind her of how much we loved her and to say our last earthly good-byes.
Mom was born October 12, 1938 in Olney, Illinois and was the oldest daughter of Hugh L. and Ella Mae (Irvin) Cook. She lived many places during her life including Claflin, Logan, San Diego, Hays, Manhattan, Smith Center and Franklin. Mom received her education from Logan High School (Logan, Kansas) and graduated in 1956. On September 10, 1957, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Kenneth Rundle at the Christian Church in Logan, Kansas.
She and Dad were blessed with their four children, Kimberly Rundle of Topeka, Ks, Kirk (Becky) Rundle of Wichita, Ks, Karla (Brad) Burgess of Red Cloud, Ne and Kate Flesner of Topeka, Ks.
In June, 2018, after Dad’s death, Mom moved to Topeka and shared a home with Kim and Kate. She enjoyed being a daily part of their lives, being pampered and well taken care of. She was happy and had settled into her new home. She also enjoyed not having to cook and asked quite often, “What’s for dinner?”. She giggled at the irony of asking something that SHE had been asked many times over numerous years! Also, while living in Topeka, Mom cherished being able to cheer on her great-grandkids in their musical and sporting events.
When we were reminiscing about Mom’s life, we all recalled these things that made Mom so special. When we were young kids, Mom was very involved in the Christian Church in Smith Center, KS. She taught Sunday School and Bible School, helping to build a solid foundation for many children in their love of Christ. She had always been a faithful servant of our Lord, and had a strong faith throughout her life. Also, she always made sure there were cookies in the cookie tin for the kids to have during Sunday School.
Besides her love of God, Mom loved her family- her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Growing up, she supported our dreams and encouraged us to believe that we could be anything we wanted.
Mom was the kind, caring, and compassionate cornerstone of our family. And though she will be missed by those of us who loved her the most, we can’t help but think of her joyous reunion with our dad.
She was preceded in death by our father, her sister Carolyn Beasley, sister-in-law Tonya Cook, son-in-law Gary Flesner, her parents Hugh and Ella Mae Cook, and in-laws Chet and Alfreeda Rundle. We are sure they are all playing cards, eating pie, and drinking Pepsi.
Left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses; her brother, Jerry Cook from Climax, Mo., her sister, Judy (Bob) Channell of Hays, Ks, and sister-in-law, Starlet (Roger) Henry of Logan, Ks., as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She is also survived by the special light in her life, her grandchildren: Joshua (Tammy) Hughes, Jara (Jason) Matney, Jesse (Ashley) Hughes and Joseph Hughes all of Topeka, Ks; Derek (Leah) Rundle and Kelsey (Scott) Pringle both Wichita, Ks; Dillon Burgess of Lincoln, Ne and Keaton Burgess of Red Cloud, Ne; Clayton (Bree) Preble of Herman, Ne and Cale Preble of Nashville, Tn. as well as her 15 great-grandchildren.
Mom’s absence from our daily life will hurt for many years, but our love for her will never fade. Until we meet again, Mom…
She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Cor. 13:4-7
Private inurnment will be held at a later date.
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