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Orval & Cherie Yoder
Orval and Cherie Yoder have been married 13 years and have 5 children between them. Orval was a designer and tested parts for Hesston Corporation for 42 years. He resigned in 2000. Cherie helped her first husband raise bees and also worked at Hesston Corporation; retiring in 2000, the same year her husband died.
Cherie has also worked in real estate and was a foster parent for many years. Orval enjoys collecting farm toys, cars and trains. Cherie loves collecting antique jewelry. Word puzzles are fun for both of them, and they both appreciate good music and singing. They knew they wanted to come to Kansas Christian Home in their retirement and waited a long time to be able to move here. Now that they are here they love it at KCH and say, "It feels just like home".
Leona Clithero was born in Pawnee Rock, KS in 1920. After her education in Pawnee Rock, she went to work at Midland National Bank in Newton for 5 years. She married Ralph Killion in 1945 and they had 2 children together. Ralph died in 1953, which meant Leona was a widow with children and she had to go back to work. She was asked to come back to Midland where she continued to work for 30 years.
In 1957 she married Vernon Clithero. They spent over 50 years together and enjoyed travelling in the US and overseas. Leona and Vernon moved to Kansas Christian Home in 2005, where Vernon passed away in 2009.
Today, Leona has made many friends here and enjoys volunteering when there is a need she can fill. She enjoys game nights, trips out for dinner and entertainment, and recently enjoyed a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
We invite you to come meet Leona, and all of our residents here at Kansas Christian Home, and be part of a wonderful community!
The mission of the Auxiliary is to support and aid Kansas Christian Home and enhance the quality of life for the residents who live here. Since organizing in 1987, the KCH Auxiliary has raised over $200,000 to purchase items such as special medical equipment, beds, wheelchairs and furniture. Anyone who enjoys volunteer work is encouraged to become a member of the KCH Auxiliary.
A membership social is held once a year when everyone gathers at KCH for a program, refreshments, and sign ups. At the social you can sign up to help with the monthly meetings and/or the two annual fundraisers. Dues are just $5, annually.
The monthly meetings are educational, social, and always have great treats! They are on the first Monday of each month except September. Meetings begin at 1:30pm and conclude at 2:30 or 3:00pm.
There are two annual fundraisers too: a garage sale and a bazaar! The garage sale is held the first weekend of May and the bazaar is the first weekend in November. You can contact one of our organizers at 316-283-4329 with any questions about the Auxiliary.
Quality of life involves much more than needed medical care. It involves every aspect of life, from making your own decisions to re-learning how to button your shirt or having safe, dependable transportation. Improving the lives of our residents is what Legacy of John is all about.
Your giving to Legacy of John is simple, but it means the world to our residents. It shows you care about their quality of life and are willing to financially support their cause. You can support Legacy of John by attending the annual benefit dinner or by giving a gift each year.
How does the Legacy of John help our residents? It purchases new, specialized wheelchairs and other equipment that our residents cannot do without.
Recently, one woman needed a new lift chair, which is not covered by Medicaid. Without that new chair, she would be dependent on help from the nurses to sit up and down. She would have spent most of her time in bed or in a wheelchair, too proud to ask for help. Legacy of John did more than purchase the chair. It gave her hope, improved her mobility, and preserved her dignity for the rest of her life.