Charmian’s life began on October 31, 1921 in El Dorado. She is the daughter of Amos and Merle (Gifford) Gish. Charmian is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She was a lifelong sister of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at K-State. She was united in marriage to Norman E. Sundgren on February 15, 1947 in El Dorado. Charmian was employed as the 4-H Extension Agent in Butler County for many years and was a sewing leader for the 4-Hers. In addition to 4-H, she worked beside her husband on the ranch. She was a member and president of the Rosalia Senior Citizens and a member of her Unit Club women’s group. She was an excellent baker and seamstress. She was an animal lover and the pied piper of many cats and dogs as they followed her row by row while she worked in her garden. Charmian’s garden was nurtured with love and she enjoyed canning the garden’s yield each season. Charmian showed unconditional love of her family each and every day. Her greatest joy was her family which includes her children, Susan (Steve) Worrell of Wichita, Steve (Jacque) Sundgren of Rosalia, David (Sindi) Sundgren of El Dorado, Joe (Becky) Sundgren of El Dorado, Jane Sundgren of Oklahoma, and Diana Pierson of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kellie (Seth) Nesmith of El Dorado, Jamie (Craig) Swafford of Rosalia, Zac Sundgren of El Dorado, Anna (James) Baker of Wichita, Jeremy (Kelsey) Sundgren of El Dorado, Jessie (Matthew) Reese of Oklahoma, Sallie (Rodney) Sooter of Oklahoma, Ashley Worrell of Colorado, Ian Worrell of Wichita, Whitney (Nick) Patxot of Texas, Mikaela Sundgren of Cimarron, Cole Pierson of Italy and Luke Pierson of Oklahoma; and 18 great grandchildren. Charmian passed away on May 3, 2019 at Homestead of El Dorado. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman, brother Dr. John Gish, sister Gloria Appleton and granddaughter Jenny Sundgren. Her family will gather with friends on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church for her memorial service led by Pastor Stan Seymour. Carlson Colonial Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be directed to Butler County 4-H in support of scholarships and programs. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Charmian at www.carlsoncolonial.com.
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