Calista P. Orent

Graveside inurnment services for Calista P. Orent, 77, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Orent died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

She was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Alamota, Kan., the daughter of Jacob and Pauline Schlegel Diel. She grew up in Dighton, and graduated from Dighton High School. She received her RN degree from Newman Hospital in Emporia, Kansas

Mrs. Orent was a registered nurse, and was director of nursing at Watkins Hospital on the Kansas University Campus. She was a member of Unity Church of Lawrence.

She married Kenneth Orent in 1960. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer, Tillman, and Vernon Diel, and a sister, Marjorie Johnston.

Survivors include a son, Mark, Lawrence; a brother, Nathan Diel, Greer, S.C.; and two sisters, Dolores Trent, Farmington Hills, Mich., and Shirley Swenson, Tacoma, Wash.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Tom Wilcox...

My sincere condolences for your loss. We came to know Calista while in the Manor. My mother was on the second floor for several months until her death in May. With her work at old Watkins Hospital, and my father as an MD, I know they must have known each other. Calista would roll into mother’s room in the wheel chair over to as close to the picture of my father as she could. I am sorry we could not communicate back and forth as I am sure she had some stories to tell. In sympathy, Tom Wilcox.

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