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In Memory of

Earline Miller Boutell

April 17, 1925 - November 22, 2016

Obituary


Earline Miller Boutell passed peacefully from this world November 22 with her three children and granddaughter at her side. Born April 17, 1925, Earline was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, graduating with honors from both Wyandotte High School in 1943 and the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) in 1947, where she belonged to Cho Chin Sorority, which became a chapter of Chi Omega.



Earline was unsurpassed as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbor. She was loved for her wit and had a knack for making friends wherever she went....

Earline Miller Boutell passed peacefully from this world November 22 with her three children and granddaughter at her side. Born April 17, 1925, Earline was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, graduating with honors from both Wyandotte High School in 1943 and the University of Kansas City (now UMKC) in 1947, where she belonged to Cho Chin Sorority, which became a chapter of Chi Omega.



Earline was unsurpassed as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbor. She was loved for her wit and had a knack for making friends wherever she went. All who knew her would say that they never knew a more sincere, supportive, accepting and selfless person. She invariably ended up in a leadership position in any organization she joined, as captain of the Kansas City All Star women's basketball team, president of the UKC junior class, in various positions for Chi Omega, and with the Zoo Docent program, where she served for 40 years.



Her love of children and animals showed greatly as a docent volunteer educational tour guide. Her lifelong love of knowledge also led her to help start the Zoo Mobile program. Earline particularly favored animals of Africa and traveled there in 1977, 1984 and 1996. Her favorite memory was climbing the mountains of Kenya, where she spent two days amid a family of mountain gorillas.



Earline was a world traveler and loved adventure. She took flying lessons and at age 89 realized a lifelong dream to ride in a World War II Red Tail fighter, a modified two-seat P-51 Mustang flown by the Tuskegee Airmen organization. Her ride became a local news story. Earline's husband Earl N. Boutell Jr. often talked about the Red Tail pilots who protected his B-24 bombing missions over Europe in WWII. Earline always wanted to thank them for their courageous service.



No one can replace the void in our hearts left by the passing of Earline. Mrs. Boutell is survived by brother Gilbert Miller (Merrily Powell) of Richmond, Virginia, sons Earl N. Boutell III (Freida) of Grandview and Lee G. Boutell (Margaret) of Eugene, OR, and daughter Jeane Boutell Slusher (Trent) of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Jay Slusher (Janette) of Leawood , Erin Gooding (Christopher) of Wichita, Jennifer Wyman of Larned, KS, Uneda Painter of Springfield, OR, Amy Boutell of Santa Barbara, CA, niece Leigh Anne Miller of Richmond, VA, nephews Kevin Miller of Alexandria, VA and David Chessen of Bellingham WA, six great-grandchildren, a grand-niece and two grand-nephews.



In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to her beloved Friends of the Zoo or the Great Plains SPCA.