Estella A. Golden
Services for Estella A. Golden, 89, Prairie Village, were Saturday, Oct. 22, at Lowman United Methodist Church, Topeka. Burial was in Ole Monticello Cemetery in Shawnee.
Mrs. Golden died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at the Somerset Health Center at Claridge Court in Prairie Village.
She was born Jan. 26, 1916, on a farm in Monticello Township in Johnson County. She attended Shawnee Mission Rural High School.
Mrs. Golden was a homemaker. She received her teaching certificate from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia in 1934. She held positions in schools in Monticello, Shawnee, De Soto and in Sunflower Elementary School. She was a principal and sixth-grade teacher from 1943 to 1946 during the time her husband fought in World War II. She completed work for her bachelor of education degree at Washburn University in 1961 and received a master's degree from Washburn in 1965.
She temporarily retired from teaching following a policy whereby married women were not allowed to teach. She and her husband moved to Topeka in 1958, where she taught at Shaner (formerly Southwest Avondale) and Lundgren elementary schools, retiring in 1979.
In Topeka, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Topeka Area Retired Teachers Association, Active Prime Timers and the Knife and Fork Club. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, United Methodist Women and the Lowman United Methodist Church.
She married Arthur F. Golden on May 31, 1940. He died Oct. 16, 1993.
Survivors include two daughters, Artyce Hedrick, Manhattan, and Fran Dillard, Prairie Village; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Lowman United Methodist Church, 4000 SW Drury Lane, Topeka 66604, Good Shepherd Hospice, 7611 State Line Road, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114, or Washburn University Endowment, 1700 College Ave., Topeka, 66621-0001.
Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel in Topeka was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.PenwellGabel.com.