Lou Ann Lambeth-Chapes

Lou Ann Lambeth-Chapes

Lou Ann Lambeth-Chapes, 69, born in Springfield, Mo., died after an extended illness at Via Christi Village in Manhattan, Kan. Lou Ann was born in Springfield on January 4, 1944. Her parents were Ruth Sloan-Lambeth and James Lambeth, both long-time Springfield residents.

After graduating from Parkview High School in Springfield, Lou Ann obtained a B.S. in Art and English from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. While at SMSU, she was a member of the thespian honor society Alpha-Psi-Omega. Lou Ann was also a member and president of the Alpha-Sigma-Alpha sorority.

She earned an M.A. in primitive art history from Indiana University, serving as a graduate teaching assistant to the internationally distinguished art historian Dr. Roy Sieber, who was known as the founder of the discipline of African art history in the United States. After earning her masters degree, she served as a Professor of Art History at Governors State University for several years before she moved to Urbana, Ill. to pursue a degree in museum studies.

While in Urbana, she met and married Stephen Keith Chapes in 1978. They lived in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga., before they moved to Manhattan in 1984. While in Manhattan, Lou Ann was active in the Riley County Humane Society, serving as president of the organization for several years. She was also active in summer youth theater serving as prop mistress for several productions including "Annie Get Your Gun" in 1992 and "Oklahoma" in 1993.

Lou Ann often served as a volunteer in the Bluemont Elementary school library and Lucky Jr. High school when her children attended those schools. She also served as a den leader in Cub Scout troop #272 and troop leader of Girl Scout troop #295.

Lou Ann is survived by her husband and her children, Angela and Joseph of Manhattan and Stephen of San Jose, Calif. She will always be remembered for her love of animals, her devotion to her family and planning of family adventures around the country.

A visitation to celebrate Lou Ann's life will be held in the Chapel at Via Christi Village on Monday April 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A eulogy is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kansas State University Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research or the Riley County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Funeral Home

Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home
1616 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 539-7481

Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 12, 2013