Kathleen Boren Mullendore, who with her husband built
the Cross Bell ranch empire in Osage County, died Monday on
the ranch near Bartlesville. She was 93.
She will lie in state Wednesday at the Cross Bell Ranch
home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the ranch
under the direction of Arnold Moore Funeral Service, and
burial will follow at the family cemetery on the ranch.
Mullendore was an active builder and partner in the
60,000-acre ranch, cooking for her family and ranch hands
in its formative years.
A pilot, she would fly to shop for groceries and other
supplies for the ranch, her daughter Katsy Mullendore Mecom
"Mama could do anything," Mecom said. "Flying was her
hobby, and she loved to fly."
But flying was a necessity, too, especially on a ranch
that covered thousands of acres that took hours to cross
even by pickup.
"If a buffalo got out, Mama would take off in her plane
and find out where it was. She would use a shortwave radio
that she and Dad fixed up and would tell him where the
buffalo was," Mecom said.
Mullendore continued flying until the late 1960s.
She celebrated her 93rd birthday on Aug. 11 with her
daughter and grandchildren.
She was born in Caney, Kan., where she completed
elementary school. She finished junior-senior education at
the Bonn Avon Finishing School in San Antonio in 1923. She
also graduated from The Castle, a college in Tarrytown,
N.Y., in 1927.
She met E.C. "Gene" Mullendore at a dance in Bartlesville
in 1925. They were married on Dec. 21, 1927, and made their
first home in Cleveland, Okla., where her father-in-law,
E.C. Mullendore Sr., was building a ranch empire in Osage
and Pawnee counties.
Gene and Kathleen Mullendore began building their ranch
and cattle spread in 1929, buying land piece by piece.
Kathleen Mullendore also had property from her father and
grandfather, Charlee Brown, who also was Osage chief
Shon-kah in 1918-20.
Survivors include Mecom, eight grandchildren and seven