Irene Elizabeth Chapman

Celebrating the life of Irene Elizabeth Chapman of Broughton, Kansas: April 27, 1918-February 4, 2013.

Irene-and-LeoIrene Chapman, 94, died Monday, February 4, 2013 at Medicalodge of Clay Center. Mrs. Chapman was born April 27, 1918, at Broughton, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Lyda (White) McCully.

She attended Kansas State University and taught school following high school. She married Leo Chapman on October 19, 1940. They made their home and farmed in the Broughton area before moving to Clay Center. She was a member of the Clay Center United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Library Club, Garden Club, Broughton Friendship Club and Stitch & Chatter Group. She was preceded in death by one half-brother, Donald McCully.

Survivors include her husband, Leo Chapman of Clay Center; two sons, Mark Chapman and wife Cheryl of Cat Springs, Texas, and Christopher Chapman and Edee of Richland, Washington; one daughter, Julie Rice, and husband Dennis of Winfield; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Goodbye, Irene

Mom's gone--leaving a dull ache
It was time--she wanted to go and yet...
and yet there's a gaping emptiness in our hearts.
Her Irish smile--
smooth alabaster skin untouched by the sun
topped by unruly, curly hair--all gone.
A dry sense of humor,
her quirky collections of pencils "too short to save."
Prolific writer of the everyday,
Her diaries worthy of Kansas State research.
Eagerly attending all our games and events,
no criticism for jobs not well done.
Her aphorisms:
"You can't buy other people's opinion of you."
My opinion of her: priceless
"Every dog has its day."
She had a pound full of loving days,
her large group of friends giving her great joy.
She was a mother you could trust, look up to, learn from.
An unwavering Christian that walked the walk
trodding a path with gentle, loving steps
A lucky child could ask no more.


Irene Chapman was the inspiration for Mark Chapmanā€™s interest in recording the history of Broughton, Kansas, which is now a book Broughton Kansas: Portrait of a Lost Town 1869-1966.