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Verdine M. Bettis, 92, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, with family at her bedside. Deannie was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born December 4, 1920 in Hutchinson, KS, as the only child of Eugene and Mildred Mulkins. The family moved to Abilene, KS, when Deannie was a young girl and there she resided until high school graduation. Following high school, she graduated from The University of Kansas Medical Center as a registered nurse. With the start of World War II she joined the Army Nursing Corps in 1942. As an Army nurse, she had many adventures and experiences including being assigned to the field hospital on Omaha Beach, D Day+6. When the war ended, she returned to the States and was stationed at the Army/Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, AR. It was there that she met her future husband, Richard (Dick) W. Bettis, who was recuperating from a parachute jump that went awry. They were married July 12, 1946, and Deannie was discharged from the Army a short time later. Dick chose the Air Force as his career and therefore they moved often: Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Colorado, Italy, and finally retired in San Bernardino, CA. They made many lifelong friends in their journeys. In 1990, Dick and Deannie decided to move in their retirement to Green Valley, AZ. They had a beautiful home in Canoa Estates II for 13 years. Following Dick's death in 2003, Deannie decided to move to La Posada, which she said, "was the best move I've ever made." Throughout her life, Deannie was always involved in civic service, P.T.A., and church groups. She loved to entertain and host dinner parties, especially holiday parties. She was an excellent bowler, seamstress, homemaker, and avid bridge player (although admittedly not very good at it). She traveled extensively, enjoying the cultures of different lands and places. But her favorite role was that of mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and often commented how she wished the distance from her children and grandchildren was not so far. The family enjoyed many get-togethers over the years in California and Arizona that usually included swimming pools, delicious barbeques, card games, and unruly games of dominos. She is dearly missed and will always be appreciated for her love, kindness, graciousness, strength of character, and positive example. She is survived by sons, William M. Bettis of The Dalles, OR.; Daniel P. Bettis (Danalee) of Temecula, CA; daughter, Sharron D. Bird (Brad) of Ephraim, Utah; nieces, Jean (David) Swafford, Tallahassee, FL, and Susan (Eric) Stagg, Yucatan, Mexico. She also has 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard W. Bettis, a son, Richard H. Bettis, and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Bettis, preceded her in death (Updated September 2013).
Mary Mingle passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Mary was born August 5, 1921 on a farm north of Winona, KS. Mary's achievements in 4-H and Radio Club earned her a scholarship that enabled her to attend Kansas State University. At Kansas State she earned a B.S. in Home Economics (1946) and B.S.N. in nursing (1947), a 5-year combined degree which K-State was one of the first in the nation to offer. At the University of Kansas, she earned her R.N., graduating second in her nurses' class (1946). In 1945 she married Eugene Russell Mingle, who became a petroleum engineer after his World War II service. Early in their marriage, Eugene career with Cities Service Oil Co. caused them to move frequently. While living in Pampa,TX, Mary taught physical education in the local high school (1947-48), including coaching her tennis team for the state championship. In 1961 the family moved to Guymon, where Eugene and Mary settled and lived for almost 45 years, before finally moving away to a retirement community in Amarillo, TX. and then in Kansas City, KS. For over 25 years Mary sponsored an Explorer Post for Scouts, in medical careers. This Future Medical Careers Club positively influenced many young Guymon men and women, leading Mary to be one of the first women in the nation recognized as an Explorer Post advisor and to earn the Silver Beaver Award, for distinguished leadership to Boy Scouts (1977). Mary was a private duty nurse (1960- ) and at times was a nurse supervisor at Guymon Memorial Hospital. She also served as a Red Cross Home Nursing Instructor (1966). Mary was named Oklahoma District Nurse of the Year, and she served as President of the Oklahoma Nurses Association District 23 (Panhandle) (1966-67, 1981). She taught nutrition at Frank Phillips Community College nursing program in Borger, TX. (1980). Active in nutrition education, Mary, with her husband Eugene, were among the only 200 in the nation selected by National Gardener Magazine to test garden seeds and plants (1990). Active at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon, she taught Sunday School and was president several years of the United Methodist Women, which also later nominated her for Oklahoma Mother of the Year in 1992 and 1993. She also was the third woman in the state to qualify as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church (1957). Mary was listed in Who's Who™ in American Nursing (1984), Marquis Who's Who™ (2004), Dictionary of American Biography (1972), and Personalities of the South (1967, 1969). Mary will be fondly remembered and truly missed by her family and friends (Updated July 2013).
Mary Ann (Post) Boliaris passed away July 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents (Neal and Corinne Post of Independence, KS), her sons Gary and Nick, brother Neal, Jr., and her husband, Tom. She leaves behind her very sad children, Tom Boliaris, Janet Szarek, Nancy Beaumier and Anita Boliaris, as well as a multitude of friends, former co-workers and members of her church.
After receiving her nursing degree, Mary Ann met, married and moved to Chicago with her husband, Tom. She worked for a few years as a pediatric nurse at Cook County Hospital pausing to raise her own children. In 1969, the family moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin. Soon after, Mary Ann began working again, as an RN, at the Congregational Home. After retiring in 1990, she worked part time for Worldwide Health Services and also volunteered for Angels Grace Hospice.
She was quite a woman and is greatly missed. (Updated March 2013)
Sarah Kurtz Schweitzer passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Inpatient Hospice Center at NCMC, following a short illness. Sarah was born in Graham County, KS, to John and Jennie (Thompson) Kurtz on April 4, 1925. At the age of 3, she would attend Miller Country School, where her sister, Lucille was teaching. She graduated from Hill City High School (Kansas) in 1942, where she was crowned the first Homecoming Queen. Sarah went on to attend and graduate from both Kansas State University (B.S. home economics) and the University of Kansas, where she graduated third in her nursing class and had the highest score to date on the Written Board exams, and was a member of Cadet Nurse Corp. She married her high school sweetheart, Benjamin C. Schweitzer in Englewood, CO, on July 13, 1947. While he attended the university, she worked at the K-State Student Health Department. From this fortunate union, three children were born, Sandra Riggs (Larry) of Logan, KS, Benjamin Kirk Schweitzer (Kathlene) of Hill City, KS, and Shelley Messer (Jim) of Cheyenne, WY. After teaching in Kansas for more than 10 years, Ben's career led them to several towns in Colorado and to their final home in Greeley in the summer of 1967, where she was the guiding force for her family and friends. She enjoyed tending her lawn, reading, politics and feeding people. Sarah had many devoted friends; among these were Shirley Wagy and Wayne Jones, her daily coffee crew. Sarah is survived by her children and their spouses; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years; her sister, Lucille Knipp McCoy; and brother, John Kurtz. Those of us who were raised by her, hope to aspire to her wisdom, compassion and sense of family. These attributes are what made her such an amazing mother, grandmother and friend. Life isn't about where you start or where you end, it's the journey that matters (Updated October 2013).
Gladys passed away in July 22, 2012. Gladys was a RN for several years specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. She is survived by a daughter, Mitzi; son, Mark Gregory; step-son Steve Gregory and four grandchildren. (Updated January 2013)
Anna Marie (Gunner) Mapes, 84, Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully at her home November 3, 2013. She was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Michael Joseph and Ardath Franklin (Pickett) Gunner. She was a proud graduate of Wyandotte High School class of 1947. She graduated from KU Nursing School as an RN and worked at KU Medical Center until 1956. Anna Marie married her high school sweetheart, Robert Lee Mapes on Sept. 21, 1952. They shared over 35 years of companionship, love and support in marriage before his death on Oct. 1, 1987. She started a second career as a financial planner for Waddell & Reed and later became a stockbroker for various firms and finally, as an independent. After her retirement she enjoyed traveling to many places in the world including multiple trips to the Gold Coast of Spain. She also hiked to the top of Machu Picchu with a grade school friend at the age of 75. Mrs. Mapes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Carolyn Herold; and nephew, Steve Herold. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey S. Mapes, Overland Park; her daughter, Jennifer L. Mapes-Camp, Overland Park; her sister, Virginia Terry, Carthage, MO; and various nieces and nephews (Updated November 2013).
Donis hopes to attend 65th Reunion for the Nursing Class of 1951 in 2016! She has not been an employed RN for 30 years, but has done a lot of volunteer and "family" nursing. Donis still spends the winters in Yuma, AZ, but has a home near family in California with a permanent address (Updated September 2013).
Nina Wray Trekell, (affectionately known to many as Wray or "Raisin"), 82, of Maryville, left her earthly home on Monday, April 1, 2013. Wray was born on September 22, 1930, on the Dubach family farm in Doniphan County, KS, to Donald Leroy and Rosa Elsa (Dubach) Boatwright. She was delivered by Dr. S.S. Gross in the same bed where her mother was born. In Atchison, KS, where she grew into a young woman, she was baptized in a Methodist church on an Easter Sunday. After graduating high school in 1948, Wray attended the University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS, where she received her degree as a registered nurse. During her nursing career, she was an instructor for the LPN program at Dodge City Community College, served as a traveling nurse in Western Kansas and her greatest joy was working in the obstetrics department at Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City, KS. She touched many lives and will continue to do so even now. "Raisin" was a spirited soul, with many amazing qualities that will be missed. Wray is preceded in death by her father and mother, Donald Leroy and Rosa Elsa (Dubach) Boatwright; sister, Donna Rose Boatwright; sons, Gregory Van Trekell and Mark Edward Trekell; and granddaughter, Erin Olivia Valentine. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Melissa Emlyn Trekell of Maryville; son, Stanley Earl Trekell of Lawrence, KS; granddaughter, Ashley Dubach Valentine of Denver, CO; sisters, Sharon Kay Boatwright of Denver, CO, Shirley Ann Westwood of Loveland, CO; and several nieces and nephews.
Joanne passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Joanne worked as an RN at KU Medical Center for 28 years. She then retired and worked as a volunteer at KU Medical Center for 2 years. Joanne is survived by a son, Chris; sister, Rebecca; brother, Michael and four grandchildren (Updated May 2013).
Bernice passed away on December 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Updated January 2013)
Donna is doing well and enjoying retirement. She is keeping busy in church and neighborhood activities. She enjoys her grandson in tae kwon do competitions. He just received his Black Belt for his age group. (Updated January 2013)
June passed away on February 22, 2013. She leaves behind her husband, Gene Bockelman and son Peter Bockelman and other family members. (Updated April 2013)
Martha is still working as Dissertation Advisor for NSU and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. This summer she plans to be a Clinical Instructor for Hutchinson Community College for their online LPN & Paramedic to RN. (Updated April 2013)
Bonnie graduated with a PhD in Education (Curriculum and Teaching) with a minor in Nursing in May 2012. She will be welcoming a new baby granddaughter that is due on August 25, 2013. Congratulations! (Updated July 2013).
Norma Geivett, 86, Mission, Kansas passed away at her home on Sunday, October 6, 2013. She was born February 19, 1927 to Bill and Areta Stone in rural Golden City, Missouri. She attended grade school at West Point and then graduated Valedictorian from Golden City High School. Later she received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kansas. She was a nursing instructor at Trinity Lutheran Hospital where her passion for quality nursing care was passed on to countless nursing students. Norma was a devoted and dedicated wife and daughter. She enjoyed working with flowers, embroidery, quilting and sewing. She lived most of her adult life in Mission, Kansas and developed many close friendships with people of all ages. Anyone who knew Norma became an instant friend as her heart knew no boundaries. She continued to be a teacher to her family and friends always guiding with love, trust and compassion. Norma is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul. She is also survived by three brothers, Bud, Riverside, CA, Carl, Oxford, AL and Lloyd, San Bernardino, CA, one sister, Faye Horn of Lenexa, KS and many nieces and nephews (Updated October 2013).
Nancy Meadors found her final peace on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, with family and friends at her bedside. She is survived by her son, Trent Knewtson of Paola, KS, his wife Carly and their son, Kaiser, as well as her sister Becky Hewett of Topeka, KS and their aunt, Doris Jean Barrier of Parsons, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Roberta Barrier as well as her uncle Ralph Barrier. Born September 7, 1944, in Wichita, KS, Nancy lived most of her life in Kansas, graduating from Labette County Community High School in Altamont, KS and receiving her nursing degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She loved to travel, visiting Germany, France, Hawaii and did live for periods of time in Iowa, Texas and Louisiana. Points of pride for Nancy included the one room school house she attended in Spring Hill, KS, square dancing, cooking and being a mother (Updated July 2013).
Francella passed away February 27, 2013. (Updated April 2013)
We have been traveling a lot – 2 weeks in Ireland, 24 days in Germany and 10 days in Long Island, NY and Washington, DC. We were traveling with Friendship Force International, our favorite way to "get" the cultures of many countries! (Updated November 2013)
Donetta was born on July 28, 1949 and passed away on Monday, March 2, 2013. She was a resident of Dallas, TX.
Shirley was born on October 30, 1926 and passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Shirley was a resident of Leavenworth, Kansas at the time of her passing. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Updated September 2013).
Dr. Giddens has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing effective June 30, 2013.
Dr. Giddens currently serves as professor and executive dean of the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, author of numerous journal articles, nursing textbooks and electronic media in nursing education. She is widely recognized for creating innovative teaching and learning models in nursing sciences. Dr. Giddens is currently a board member of the KUMC Nursing Alumni Board. (Updated April 2013)
Sherri co-founded a non-governmental organization (NGO) called HealthEd Connect, which works in Zambia, Malawi, Dominican Republic, Congo and Nepal. Their mission is to work to empower women and children through health, education and advocacy programs. Please visit their website at www.healthedconnect.org (Updated June 2013).
Ms. Allen passed away January 22, 2013. She leaves behind her father, two brothers and a sister. She will be greatly missed. (Updated February 2013)
Ann is a nurse entrepreneur who founded Health Forward, a healthcare consulting practice, in 2009 (Updated June 2013).
I have been living in Maine since 1994 after completing my MSEd., also from KU. Maine is a fantastic place to live. It is not called "Vacationland" for nothing! People out here do not appreciate the importance of KU basketball, however. I still have not adapted to that after all these years! Rock Chalk! (Updated November 2013)
Angela passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013. She worked at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse and a Critical Care nurse. Her first love was always working in the NICU and it was her calling to take care of babies. Angela is survived by 3 sons, Joseph, Jacob and Luke and the boys' father, Leon; her parents, Tom and Connie Schmidt; her brothers Mark, Roy and John; her aunt and uncle Sondra and Allen Schmidt (Updated May 2013).
Ms. Johnson is working in OB labor and delivery for about 2.5 years at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal KS. (updated February 2012)