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Kathleen Blanche Boren Mullendore
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1905
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1998
Osage County
Oklahoma, USA


Kathleen Boren Mullendore, who with her husband built the Cross Bell ranch empire in Osage County, died Monday on the ranch near Bartlesville. She was 93.

She will lie in state Wednesday at the Cross Bell Ranch home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the ranch under the direction of Arnold Moore Funeral Service, and burial will follow at the family cemetery on the ranch.

Mullendore was an active builder and partner in the 60,000-acre ranch, cooking for her family and ranch hands in its formative years.

A pilot, she would fly to shop for groceries and other supplies for the ranch, her daughter Katsy Mullendore Mecom said.

"Mama could do anything," Mecom said. "Flying was her hobby, and she loved to fly."

But flying was a necessity, too, especially on a ranch that covered thousands of acres that took hours to cross even by pickup.

"If a buffalo got out, Mama would take off in her plane and find out where it was. She would use a shortwave radio that she and Dad fixed up and would tell him where the buffalo was," Mecom said.

Mullendore continued flying until the late 1960s.

She celebrated her 93rd birthday on Aug. 11 with her daughter and grandchildren.

She was born in Caney, Kan., where she completed elementary school. She finished junior-senior education at the Bonn Avon Finishing School in San Antonio in 1923. She also graduated from The Castle, a college in Tarrytown, N.Y., in 1927.

She met E.C. "Gene" Mullendore at a dance in Bartlesville in 1925. They were married on Dec. 21, 1927, and made their first home in Cleveland, Okla., where her father-in-law, E.C. Mullendore Sr., was building a ranch empire in Osage and Pawnee counties.

Gene and Kathleen Mullendore began building their ranch and cattle spread in 1929, buying land piece by piece. Kathleen Mullendore also had property from her father and grandfather, Charlee Brown, who also was Osage chief Shon-kah in 1918-20.

Survivors include Mecom, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Kathleen is the daughter of Joseph Melvin Boren & Blanche Forest Brown Boren. She has a twin sister Evaleen Melvin Boren Chalkley. 
Family links: 
  Joseph Melvin Boren (1878 - 1962)
  Blanche Forrest Brown Boren (1886 - 1965)
  Eugene Claremont Mullendore (1903 - 1973)*
  Eugene Claremont Mullendore (1937 - 1970)*
*Calculated relationship
Mullendore Family Cemetery (Hulah)
Washington County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: KRISTY FOX
Record added: May 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70124574


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