Nina Green Kanaga

August 20, 1927May 4, 2022
Born in her family’s home on August 20, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri; She was a third generation Kansas Citian. Her parents were George Fuller Green and Nina King Green. Nina was the youngest of four children. She attended Bryant Grade School and then on to Southwest High School. In 1944, she attended Bradford Junior College in Bradford, Massachusetts for two years. She then continued on to attend the University of Kansas and lived in the Kappa Kappa Gamma House. Nina was Chairman of the KU Student Union Association, won a Tau Sigma Award in modern dance and was active in the PanHellenic Association. In the Fall of 1946, she was elected Homecoming Queen for KU. She earned a BS in Psychology. After college, she returned home and worked as a commercial model. She then worked in the Educational Department of the Nelson Atkins Museum. She learned all five lectures about the Museum and gave tours to scores of grade school children. After retiring from the museum, she spent many years as a volunteer in numerous areas (organizations) to learn as much about her community as she could. These included Children’s Relief Society of Children’s Mercy Hospital, United Way fund drives, Docent of the Nelson Museum, Crippled Children’s Nursery School, Mattie Rhodes Memorial Society, Western Missouri Mental Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute, Children’s Theater and Kappa Holiday House Tours. She was happily married to Clinton Williamson Kanaga Jr. for 56 years. They especially enjoyed a variety of types of music, listening to Broadway musicals and dancing. They traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. She raised three children, Stephen Kanaga, Carolyn Kupersmith and William Kanaga. She was preceded in death by her mother; father; her brother, John Green; her two sisters, Helen Huddleston and Mary Downey; her husband, Clinton Williamson Kanaga Jr.; and her daughter, Carolyn Kanaga Kupersmith. She is survived by son, Steve, and her two grandsons, Ross Kanaga and his wife, Kate Hammarback, and David Kanaga. She is also survived by her son, Bill and his wife, Joan Kanaga, and her granddaughter, Sarah Kanaga, and her grandson, Jonathan Kanaga. Nina’s funeral service arrangements are currently pending at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given in her memory to the Village Presbyterian Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Kanaga family.

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