Betty Reese, 88, Osage City: Nov. 8, 1935 – March 3, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Betty Reese, 88, Osage City: Nov. 8, 1935 – March 3, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Betty Reese, of Osage City, Kan., passed away March 3, 2024, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Osage County, Kan.

Betty was the daughter of John Henry “Hank” Atchison Sr. and Florence C. (Gunterman) Atchison. Both parents preceded Betty in death, her father in 1941 and her mother in 1989. She is also preceded by two brothers, Bill Atchison and John Atchison. Betty lived most of her life in Topeka and one year in North Carolina. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Betty had worked at the VA Hospital, two motels, and Kelly Assisted Living, and provided childcare for 19 years. She also spent much of her time volunteering, including delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering for Midland Hospice and Health Center, and serving as an ombudsman and court appointed special advocate (CASA).

Betty married Richard Reese, April 16, 1955, in Osage City, Kan. He survives, as well as two sons, Rick Reese (Chris), of Florida, and Ron Reese (Monica), Topeka; daughter, Brenda Elliott, Osage City; two brothers, Robert Atchison (Shirley), Topeka, and Charles Atchison (Betty), Wakarusa, Kan.; and six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, at Osage City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at

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