|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1899|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1931|
Irena was named for her grandmothers. Her first name from her maternal grandmother Irena Davis & her middle name for her paternal grandmother Clamenza Chapman.
Her obituary is as follows. The paper has her name as Irene so I am correcting it.
Mrs. Hamilton White
Irena C. Chapman, only child of Mr. & Mrs. Wm Chapman, was born April 26, 1899, on her father's homestead in Ellsworth County, Kansas, & departed this life at the Ellsworth hospital, following a major operation, at 11:40am, August 12, 1931; aged 32 years, 3 months, & 16 days.
Irena spent her girlhood days on her parents' farm five miles east of Geneseo. She received her common school education in Highland School, graduating in 1915. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1919, & her husband graduated in the same class. She received her college work at Kansas University, Lawrenceville, & State Teacher's College, Emporia, Kans. She taught school five years -- one at Eagle college in Ellsworth county, two at Crawford, & two years at Volunteer -- one of the superior schools of Rice county. She was one of the most energetic, progressive, & successful teachers in the county.
She was married on Christmas Day, 1924, to Hamilton White of Geneseo, Kans. To this union two children were born -- William Franklin, aged 5 years, & Wendell Hamilton, age 3 years.
After her marriage she & her husband lived in Abilene three months and then bought a home in the Galt community, where they have since resided.
In her girlhood days she united with the M.E. Church at Geneseo, & for a number of years was superintendent of the Primary department of the Sunday School. After marriage she & her husband transferred their membership to the Galt M.E. Church, where she has been a constant & faithful worker, having served as primary superintendent and, at the time of her death, was a teacher in that department. Just recently she had charge of a children's day program.
She was a wonderful mother. Her first thought was always of her home & children. She was devoted to her husband, parents, & friends, & was never too tired or too busy to help in their behalf, in home, church, or community life. She loved the beauty in nature. Her school room & dooryard were always beautified by flowers.
Irena had a quiet, unassuming disposition, always kind & patient, conscientious, sincere, industrious, & faithful to duty, never giving up anything she attempted in a worthy cause.
She was so brave & patient in her last suffering. While about her household duties she was stricken by illness which proved fatal. She had so lived that she was ready to go to a better world. Although taken in young womanhood, she has done much good through her conscientious, untiring efforts.
She was a good example of a true Christian character and, although she has left us, her influence will live on in the lives of her children & friends.
She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two little sons, her parents, & Mrs. Ethel Hull & Mrs. Winnie Griffitt of Geneseo, nieces of Mrs. Chapman , who were reared in the Chapman home, their mother having died when they were children. To Irena they seemed like sisters. Many other relatives & friends will miss her kindly smiles & helpful hand.
Rev. H.M. Byers of Radium, Kans., a former pastor of the Geneseo, Galt, & Mitchell churches, preached the funeral sermon. Rev. J.Q. Turner of the Galt & Mitchell churches & Rev. John Spriggs of Little River assisted in the services held at the Chapman home & Galt church.
The fourteenth chapter of John was used as the scripture reading. A quartet from the Galt church furnished the music. Members of her Sunday School class had charge of the flowers & served as pall bearers.
The large assemblage of friends, the beautiful floral tribute, the long procession to the Geneseo cemetery where she was laid to rest, were indicative of the respect & esteem of the community for their departed friend.
William Chapman (1860 - 1952)
Alice Davis Chapman (1866 - 1944)
Hamilton White (1900 - 1966)
William Franklin White (1926 - 1989)*
Wendell Hamilton White (1927 - 2004)*
Maintained by: Sherry Lee Shipman
Originally Created by: Ermadean
Record added: Nov 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61800440