Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ruth Evelyn Betlach

Mrs. Betlack was the new year's baby in Leoti of 1921 when she was born on January 1st. She passed away at the Wichita County Long-Term Care Unit on Saturday at the age of 89. She was the only child of Robert Sumner and Emma Sanderson-Garnes.

Mrs. Betlack was the 1939 class valedictorian in Leoti.

In December of 1939, she married Otto Betlach in Cimmaron. He passed away on JUly 20th of 1985. Their entire married life was spent in Leoti except for a few years when they worked on an Oregon Mink Ranch.

Through her life, she had been a switchboard operator until she married, a devoted homemaker and mother, she was very active with her children and attended their school and sporting activities, etc. Mrs. Betlack was a piano accompanist for many musical groups in the Wichita County area and played for many weddings including ours. For over 35 years, she was the church secretary and organist for the United Methodist Church in Leoti.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol and Herbert Lindsley of Leawood, Ks. 4 grandchildren and their spouses, 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Jess.

Private graveside services will be held at the Leoti Cemetary. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 6th, at the United Methodist Church in Leoti. There will be no calling times.

Memorials may be given to the Music Ministry Department of the United Methodist Church in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home.

Obituary information courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune,


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