Caroline J. Hunter, 82, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016, with family by her side at The Cedars, McPherson. She was a Speech-Language Pathologist for McPherson USD 418.
Caroline was born on October 3, 1933, in Osborne, KS, the daughter of William Edward and Ruth Fern (Rigg) Hake. She graduated from Norton Community High School. On June 12, 1955, Caroline married her college sweetheart, Donald Dean Hunter, in Norton, KS. He preceded her in death on August 12, 1973.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central Missouri State Univeristy in 1974. She received a Master’s Degree from Fort Hays State University in 1976, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology.
Some of Caroline’s honors, activities, and committees over the years have included: early implementation of classroom inclusion, member of the first School Improvement Team, Lincoln Elementary School Teacher of the Year 1988-89. She attended three Speech/Language National Conventions, and yearly school committees.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, McPherson. Professional organizations included: NEA, American Speech/Language Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Survivors include: her son, Mark Hunter and wife, Sandy, of McPherson, KS; brothers, Bill Hake and wife, Mary, of Gardner, MT and John Hake and wife, Sharon, of Olathe, KS; sisters, Linda Christensen of Oceanside, CA and Marvel Pierce and husband, Danny, of Tracy, CA.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, William and Ruth Hake; husband, Major Donald D. Hunter; and sister, Betty Gearhart.
Visitation with the family will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 15, at Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, KS. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, August 15, at First United Methodist Church, McPherson with Rev. Darren Frazier and Rev. Harold Nelson officiating.
Memorial donations may be given to First United Methodist Church or the Education Foundation Fund at McPherson County Community Foundation in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Caroline J. Hunter please visit our Sympathy Store.