Utica- Oral Permilia Chaney, 94, died on December 17, 2017. She was born in Utica, Kansas in January of 1923, the tenth of twelve children. Oral was a veritable Rosie the Riveter, working as a shipfitter during World War II. Her oldest child and her only Daughter, Carolyn Kay Bartlett was born in 1940 and her oldest Son Charles Canty followed in 1944.
In September of 1951 she married Orval Chaney. He worked for the government and they spent the next years stationed in places like San Francisco, Vallejo, Napa, San Diego & Kailua, Hawaii. She had two more Sons Ned Chaney and Jerry Chaney along the way. Oral and Orval were known as Mon and Pop Chaney to many, opening their home to family and friends until they could get back on their feet. They were youth leaders and Orval was the Music Director at Redwood Baptist Church in Napa for several years. They went on to serve at Portola Station where they helped construct the actual church building.
Oral was often at Orval’s side in his woodshop, helping him with his electrical wiring, or even collecting firewood together. They retired to Portola, California in 1973 where they lived until Orval’s death ion 2004.
Oral had many interests and talents. She loved baseball and had coached Little League for a time. She enjoyed fishing and would consistently out fish whoever she was on the shore with. She always commemorated special occasions and holidays with handwritten letters and cards.
She is survived by her Daughter- Carolyn Kay & Ernest Mudd of Dighton, Kansas, 3 Sons- Charles & Beverly Canty of Caldwell, Idaho, Ned & Donna Chaney of Dayton, Nevada & Jerry & Lynn Chaney of San Diego, California, Her Grandchildren- Robert “Bob” Mudd, Jennifer and Marty Garcia, Melissa and Jarric Miller, Tina and Lou Zavala, Max Canty, Chris and Julie Canty, Gina and Jeff Mensch, Jeremy and Jared Fornachon, Abigail Chaney, Joshua Edward and Amy Chaney, Jonah Chaney, Cory and Keith Hammond, Joshua David Chaney, Zachary and Zuri Chaney, Great-Grandchildren- Bryant Mudd and Kelsey Colby, Blake and Amy Mudd, Kasi Mudd and Kenny Ricardez, Wade Jones, Makayla Mudd, Devon Garcia, Timmy Garcia and Brinna Mullins, Grayson Miller, Kayla Quinn, Janei Santana, Chase and Taylor Canty, Heather, Justin and Jacob Mensch, Maddy Bella and Emma Chaney, Isla Hammond and Zacuri Chaney, Great-Great-Grandson- Gunnor Garcia and one who is on the way.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at Boomhower Funeral Home in Dighton with the Rev Berniece Ludlum officiating. Burial will be in the Utica Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Boomhower Funeral Home 145 N, Wichita, Box 891 Dighton, Ks 67839