Obituary: Nella Altman

Nella M. (Bailey) Altman, age 87, of Clearwater, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Sedgwick County.

Nella was born in Wichita on Dec. 31, 1930, to Floyd W. Bailey and Ruth E. (Moss) Bailey. She grew up in Riverside with her parents and three older siblings, and attended North High School before heading off to the University of Kansas where she lived in the Gamma Phi Beta house. Nella met the love of her life William (Wally) Altman while they were both taking the train back to KU after their Christmas break.

Nella and Wally were married on February 28, 1953, and celebrated their 65th year of marriage earlier this year. Nella and Wally made Clearwater their home, where they raised two children and were actively involved in the community. Nella served on the Clearwater Public Library Board, volunteered for the Pink Ladies Organization, and taught Sunday School at the Clearwater United Methodist Church. She also acted as the den mother for her son’s Cub Scout group, and was a bluebird and campfire girls leader for her daughter. In addition to volunteering in her community, Nella enjoyed bowling, sewing, participating in bridge clubs, and following KU basketball and the KC Royals.

Although she had a kind and gentle demeanor, Nella was a competitor at heart. She was always up for a game of poker, gin rummy, Go Fish or Yahtzee!, and she loved supporting her children and grandchildren in their various sporting activities – she was always their biggest fan. Nella was a kind, witty, passionate, and beautiful person, and her family and friends will miss her immensely.

Nella was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ruth Bailey; three brothers, Elbert Bailey, Bill Bailey and Joseph Bailey; and one sister, Jean (Bailey) Ruckle. Survivors include her husband, Wally Altman; son, Bill (Debby Kay) Altman; daughter, Kathy (Steve) Konen; grandchildren, Whitney (Tom) Marcellino, Wendy (Brett) Becker, Will (Amber) Altman, Jennifer Matera and Sarah (Eric) Macke; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Larson Bailey, Ace, Thomas, Baron, Addison, Benedict and Cate.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with family present 5:30-7 p.m. at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater. Funeral service will be at Clearwater United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, Pastor Kendall Utt officiating.

In lieu of sending flowers, please consider sending your memorial to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Clearwater United Methodist Church.

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