Jan Garton 1949 - 2009 Manhattan
A memorial gathering for Jan Garton, 59, Manhattan, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz. Cremation is planned.
Ms. Garton died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, in Manhattan.
She was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Borger, Texas, the daughter of Chet and Phyllis Gallentine Garton.
Ms. Garton grew up in Chapman and was a longtime resident of Manhattan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University. She worked for Blueville Nursery while in college and then for UPS for 26 years.
In partnership with others, she led a statewide campaign in the 1980s to restore priority water rights for Cheyenne Bottoms. In 1990, she was honored with the Chevron Conservation Award, only the third Kansan to be so honored.
She was a union member, an advocate for a living wage, a one-time candidate for county commission, and an active member of the Democratic Party.
Upon her retirement from UPS, Ms. Garton joined Nancy Boyda’s congressional campaigns and worked for Rep. Boyda’s office for a year before retiring a second time.
Survivors include a brother, James Garton and wife Ilah, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Marci Garton, Albuquerque, N.M.; five nieces and nephews, Josh Garton, Logan and Sharon Lechner, Lanny Lechner and Lee Lechner; and many other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family suggests memorials to Audubon of Kansas, 210 Southwind Place, Manhattan, KS 66503, or another environmental organization of the donor’s choice.
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at ymlfuneralhome .com.