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Legacy Gifts

Children 1st has an endowment fund at the Wichita Community Foundation. 

To create a lasting legacy gift, please contact us for details.

In celebration of: 

Alf Marrin & Bill Cook

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Alf Marrin

Alf Marrin (1945-2020) contributed considerably to life on Planet Earth, including patches of the planet served by Children 1st.

After a tour in the US Navy, he obtained his Masters in Engineering at Auburn University and worked for several defense contractors as an aerospace engineer, including such top secret assignments no one could know where he worked, much less what he did. One accomplishment he could talk about was being a patent holder, inventing part of the B2 while working for Northrop-Grumman. He lived and worked in Florida, New Mexico, Los Angeles, Tucson, Detroit, and Burlington. Work with Beechcraft brought him to Wichita.  A few years into retirement, never one to be idle, Alf sought a volunteer position. He landed at Children 1st where he assisted Kathleen Webb and the tiny initial staff with everything from creating the garden at St. Patrick’s to bringing a local opera performance to several of the schools served by Children 1st. With occasional help from his wife, Ilenya, he cheerfully chaperoned field trips, played a credible Santa Claus, and filled many other roles with a ready smile and uplifting word. A few days before his death, he received his Doctorate in Spiritual Science from Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy. A child at heart, he loved God, his fellow man, and especially all the children.

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Bill Cook

William "Bill" Cook September 17, 2022 Bel Aire, Kansas - William "Bill" Cook, 61, Leadership Consultant, formerly Management at Spirit Aerosystems, died Saturday, September 17, 2022.

 

Vigil will be at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2022; Mass will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, September 22, 2022, both at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Marie Cook; stepmother, Joyce Cook; niece, Shanda Moore. Survived by his wife, Cindy Cook of Bel Aire, KS; daughter, Emily (Andrew) Sarley of Asbury, MO; son, Joshua (Hannah) Cook of Vail, CO; brother, Charles "Chuck" (Brenda) Cook of Salina, KS; sisters, Janet (John) Kush, Sue Cook, both of Wichita; grandchildren, Casey Jo and Stratton Sarley. Memorials have been established with: Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67211; Rails to Trails Conservancy, 506 S. High Street Office #109, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Services in care of Downing & Lahey Mortuary - East Chapel.

Contact for more details:

316-303-4083

children1st@children1stks.org