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Betty J. Humes

KSAL StaffSeptember 20, 2018

Betty J. Humes, age 91, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Cloud County Health Center, Concordia, Kansas. She was born September 29, 1926 to Clifford and Irma (Griffee) Gillan in Concordia, Kansas.

She was a 1944 graduate of Concordia High School. She attended Colorado Women’s College and later Kansas State University. She was a sorority member of Pi Beta Phi while at Kansas State University.

On March 3, 1947 she married Garold (Jerry) Humes in Concordia, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1967.

Betty was a homemaker. Betty was also the first woman to serve as a city commissioner and mayor of Concordia.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, where she held the position of financial secretary for several years. She was also a member of Chapter EV of P.E.O. where she held many offices and was president 5 times. She was a champion for the Orphan Train Museum and Brown Grand Theatre of Concordia. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed sewing and quilted graduation quilts for each of her grandchildren.

Survivors include her 5 children, Linda McFarland (Tim), Spring Hill, KS.; Nancy Colley (Steve), Prairie Village, KS.; Sally Long (Robert), Newton, KS.; Larry Humes, Overland Park, KS.; Hal Humes, Topeka, KS.; brother, Burton Gillan (Mona), Broomfield, CO.; 5 grandchildren (Heather, Scott, Kerianne, Amy, and Aaron); 3 great-grandchildren (Halle, Tyler, and Nicholas).

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, parents, and 2 brothers, Dale and LeRoy Gillan.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 23, 2018 with family being present at the Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018 at the First Christian Church, Concordia, Kansas with Tim McFarland and Art Slaughter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Cloud County Resource Council, Inc. or First Christian Church c/o Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.

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