Betty Jean Standiferd, 94, Lebo: Nov. 6, 1923 – July 31, 2018

LEBO, Kan. – Betty Jean Standiferd, 94, of Lebo, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born Nov. 6, 1923, in Lebo, the daughter of William Fred and Laura Myonette Rutledge Rosine.

Betty attended the Sunny Knoll District No. 18 Country School through the eighth grade. She would go on to graduated from Lebo High School with the class of 1941.

Betty was forever joined in marriage to Paul Standiferd, on Nov. 12, 1943, in Lebo. They would make their home together north of Lebo overlooking Melvern Lake.

As a young woman, Betty worked at the D.P. Jones Store, in Lebo, and at the Ivan Thompson Grocery Store. Betty was an active member of the Lebo United Methodist Church. She served with the United Methodist Women and the Mother Mary Circle for more than 50 years. Her many Circle duties included serving as chairperson and treasurer. She took great pride in organizing and preparing funeral dinners for countless families from the community. Betty took on a supervisory role later in life but remained active until incurring an injury from a fall in January of this year.

Betty will live on in the hearts of her daughter, Linda Fancher and her husband, Tom, of Osage City; a son, Jim Standiferd and his wife, Caroline, of Basehor, Kan.; a sister, Reta Hamman, Overbrook, Kan.; grandchildren, Shari Standiferd, Michielle Cooper, Jamie Kurzen and Jason Gilliland; great-grandchildren, Tyler Sommers, Jessica Schempp, Bethanie Gilliland, Allis Kurzen, Addison Kurzen and Wyatt Kurzen; great-great grandchild, Peyton Schempp;  and numerous extended family and a host of dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Paul, on July 25, 1991; a son-in-law, David L. Gilliland, on July 13, 1984;  brothers, Dale Rosine, on July 4, 1986, and Don Rosine, on Sept. 14, 2015; and a granddaughter, Kristen Lea  Gilliland, on March 7, 2014.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at the Lebo United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Arvonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday evening, at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, Lebo.

Betty requested that memorial contributions be made to the Lebo United Methodist Church or the Arvonia Historical Preservation Society and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made at

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