By The Mercury

L. Marie “Suki” Dellen, 85, of Manhattan, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at the Meadowlark Hills-Stolzer House.

The family provided the following information.

She was born on July 11, 1928, in Manhattan, the daughter of Ben C. and Lulu (McConnell) York and had been a lifetime area resident. She was raised in Manhattan and was a 1946 graduate of Manhattan High School. She then attended and graduated from Ottawa University, where she received her teaching certificate. Following her marriage to C. Merlin Dellen on May 20, 1951, they made their home in Randolph. Marie taught school for a few years at the Swede Creek School in the Swede Creek Community and later was a substitute teacher for various schools in the surrounding area.

Marie was a loving homemaker. Upon moving back to Manhattan in 1967, she went to work for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas for 14 years. In 1983, she went to work at Kansas State Bank, where she worked in new accounts and as the coordinator for the New Horizons Program, which organized trips and events sponsored by the bank.  She retired in August of 2002.

Marie was quite active in Manhattan and the surrounding area with numerous memberships and as a community volunteer. She was a former member of the First Christian Church until transferring her membership to the Sedalia Community Church, northwest of Manhattan, in 1999.  She was a member of the Friends of Sunset Zoo, ABWA, of which she was past president, the Manhattan Kiwanis Club and for over 20 years served as a 4-H leader. Every year Marie would spend the entire time at the Riley County Fair participating and helping with numerous events. She also enjoyed spending time and volunteering at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center and before her health started to fail she was quite active at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, where she served as program director.  Marie’s passion for Kansas State sports was unmatched. She was a member of the Manhattan Catbackers and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the players and coaches, often times inviting a group of players to her home for a home-cooked meal.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin, on April 13, 2002. She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Francis, Fred and Benny York and by two sisters: Selma Holbert and Maudie Cleland.

She is survived by one daughter: Lari Thomas and her husband Rick of Huntington Beach, Calif., and by one son: Brian Dellen and his wife Kay of Steamboat Springs, Colo.  Also surviving are three grandchildren: Rebecca Jones and her husband Kyle, Amanda Dellen and Tyler Dellen, and two great-grandchildren: Dylan and Katelyn Jones, and her brother, Gene York of Kingman, Ariz.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7-8 p.m., on Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Kevin Larson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Walsburg Cemetery at Walsburg.

Memorials have been established for the Riley County 4-H Foundation. Meadowlark Hills Foundation for the Stolzer House and for the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund at KSU.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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