OSAGE CITY – Kristen Lea Gilliland, 32, passed away March 7, 2014, in Osage City.
She was born June 20, 1981 in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of David L. and Linda K. Standiferd Gilliland.
Kristen attended and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1999. During high school she was a member of the National Honor Society and the KAYS Club. She went on to further her education at Allen County Community College, receiving her Associate of Arts degree.
Following college, Kristen began working at Building Blocks Day Care, in Topeka. She was currently employed at the First Christian Church Child Care Center, in Topeka.
Kristen is survived by her mother and stepfather, Linda and Tom Fancher, of Osage City; a brother, Jason Gilliland and his wife, Amy, Osage City; niece, Bethanie Gilliland, and maternal grandmother, Betty Standiferd, Lebo; and stepbrother, Jon Fancher, Kansas City, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her father, David Gilliland, on July 13, 1984; her maternal grandfather, Paul Standiferd, and paternal grandparents, Rodney and Reta Gilliland.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at the Lebo United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Osage City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, in Lebo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kristen Lea Gilliland Memorial Fund and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, 107 W. Sixth St., Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.