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Obituary- Mary H. White

Mary H. White of
Wichita, Kan., died at her home on Dec. 2, 2006. She was 88 years of age.

White had been active in the American Saddlebred world as an owner, mother and grandmother. As the mother of Karen Coup and grandmother of Katie and Betts Coup, White owned many of the top horses the family showed throughout the years.

A native of
Dongola, Ill., White began her involvement with horses when she rode a pony to school. Her father kept horses and mules for riding and driving. In 1947, she married Robert F. White, a horseman who had ridden at Culver Military Academy and owned race horses in the Virgin Islands during World War II. They had two children, Karen, and Bob who died in 1973.

The family owned a small stable, Pinelawn Farm, from 1960 to 1983. They trained horses, including several ‘rescues,’ and raised foals by Fleet Admiral and Callaway’s Johnny Gillen. White watched horses such as the 1969 American Royal National Pleasure Champion Everything's Comin' Up Roses and many-times champion Captain Gillen trot by her kitchen window.

When Karen White entered William Woods University, the family put their horses in training with Dale and Glenda Pugh at Callaway Hills. The best known of these was CH Rob Shriver. They also owned Apasionada, Robin's Ace and Party Man. White enjoyed attending horse shows and talking about her family and horses to anyone who would listen.

Through the years, White, her daughter and granddaughters have had horses with the Pughs, at Cryst-A-Kel Farm in Paducah, Ky., and currently with Mike Roberts.

A musical celebration of her life took place on Dec. 6. She was buried in Wichita next to her husband, Robert, who died in 1996, and son Bob. She is survived by daughter Karen Coup and granddaughters Katie and Betts Coup. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Via Christi Children's Miracle Network, (316) 946-5020 or the Kansas Humane Society, (316) 524-1590.

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