Swded Center Cemetery
Neosho County, Kansas


Submitted by Oz


Name Birth Date Death Date Other Information
Geeding, Marian Eunice 2-16-1926 10-6-2005 b. Chanute ks Neosho co, d. wichita, Oscar D. and Eunice Nelson on February 16, 1926, in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas. She died on October 6, 2005 after a long struggle with diabetes and leukemia. Marian was one of eight children. Marian's parents were born on farms near Chanute and the family visited the grandparents regularly. Marian graduated from Chanute High School and attended Neosho County Junior College. She came to Wichita and worked at Beech Aircraft after graduating from High School and returned to Chanute to attend Junior College. She met Wilbur D. Geeding in the Spring of 1949 and they were married December 22, 1949. Wilbur was finishing KU Law School and passed his bar in February 1950. They moved to Columbus to start a law practice and subsequently moved to Casper, Wyoming for a year while Wilbur was employed by Stanolind in the legal department. They decided to move back to Kansas and moved to Wichita so Wilbur could go into the private practice of law. Three sons were born. Marian has four grandchildren, one great-grandson. Marian worked for many years in Wilbur's law office, as legal secretary and bookkeeper. She began drawing classes at Wichita University and became proficient working in oils. She earned many awards with her paintings and was active in the Kansas Art Guild, Inc. Women artist friends formed a group called Trio Plus to exhibit and show their works of which Marian was a founding member. She also participated in Marketplace Gallery which was originally in the Farm and Art Market in Old Town. This art gallery is now known as Mead Street Art Gallery and some of Marian's works are still shown there. Marian was the secretary and bookkeeper for the Gallery. While the children were growing up, Marian and Wilbur were active in Grace Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Trawlers, one of the seven ships of the Grace Mariner Fleet. They are currently members of Eastminister Presbyterian Church. Marian was a devoted and loving mother and wife, as well as a devoted and loving sister to her family. After the passing of her father, Marian became the correspondent for the Nelson extended family. She took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. Marian also enjoyed her many nieces and nephews, and their children. Marian and Wilbur celebrated 50 years of marriage in the year of 1999 with a trip to Hawaii with their family. Her brothers and sisters who preceded her in death are Ruth, Louis, Ellis, Martha Ann and a younger sister, Helen, who died at the age of 3. 

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