Bette Leib

Funeral services for Bette Jean Leib, 87, Lawrence will be held 11 am Friday, February 24, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  Burial will follow at Wellsville Cemetery.  She died February 17, 2012 at her home.  

She was born on January 17, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Leon and Alice (Downing) Miller. 

Bette was employed at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant during WWII.  In 1968 she went to work for Douglas County Public Works Department.  She served under four county engineers and twelve county commissioners before retiring in 1990. Douglas County Commissioners approved a resolution honoring Bette for her years of service to the county and she received a letter of recognition from Governor Hayden.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Lawrence and Waverly.  Bette enjoyed Brown Bag Lunch Concerts and was an avid Jayhawk fan, always wearing KU gear on game days.  Bette was an environmentalist long before it was “cool”. 

She married William F. “Bill” Leib on January 10, 1943 in Wellsville, KS. They enjoyed traveling and visited many destinations during their sixty years of marriage. Bill preceded her in death on November 29, 2002.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Jo Sump and husband, Dean, Ottawa; three sons, Billy L. Leib, Ottawa, Michael K. Leib and wife, Sandra, Lawrence, Steven R. Leib and wife, Carolyn, Moscow, Idaho; sister, Sally Barnett, Wellsville;
8 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert “Bob” Miller.    

The family will greet friends 5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, February, 23, 2012 at the mortuary. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lawrence Humane Society or the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

18 Condolences

  1. Gayle Johnson on February 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

    A wonderful lady I used to call Mom-2. So many wonderful memories I have working with Bette! Love and prayers to the family.

  2. Cheryl McGovern-Messerschmidt on February 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    She will always hold a very special place in our heart. Our prayers are with the family.

  3. Gail Shaheed on February 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    She will be dearly missed by all of us. Our prayers go out to her family.

  4. Kris Baxter Wilson on February 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

    On behalf of the Baxter family,our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, what a wonderful woman who touched so many lives,we loved you and will miss you!

  5. Melinda Hegeman on February 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Bette was a very special person to our family. She watched our children grow up and cared for all of us. It was an honor and privilege to have had her as a neighbor and friend for many years! Bette will be truly missed.

  6. I on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

    “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28, 29)

  7. Dee & Ron Bisel on February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Michael and Sandra,
    Know that you are in our thougths and prayers.

  8. Lois McGovern on February 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    She is my “forever friend.” I will miss her terribly. My Love & prayers. Lois

  9. Vickie Laird Bailey on February 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Linda and I had great times “hanging” with Bette—especially our overnight trip to KC! Will always remember the laughter we had!!!

  10. Gary Tollefson on February 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Steve and families, I am sorry to read of the passing of your mom. This is a tough time in life, having gone through it myself, Today, I lift you up in prayer,and ask that the Lord God Almighty would extend His Grace to you and your family, and on this day that you would find the peace that passes all understanding, found only in His Love, and in His Eternal Life giving blood that was shed for all. NO Christ, No peace, Know Christ, Know peace.May the Lord bless you and keep you. Amen.

  11. Bill Lister on February 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Michael and Sandra, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Danny & Becky McMillen on February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Her Cheerful ways of concerns for people will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was always calling or sending cards to my parents Lila & Dale McMillen when they were alive. My Dad work for the county and thought the world of Betty.

  13. Mikala Allen on February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Loved this woman! It was difficult to be around her and NOT have a great time. She was always around for my and my sister, Paige’s birthdays and there was never a dull moment! She will be greatly missed but loved for everything she was! xoxo

  14. Sheryl (Sigler) Henry on February 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Debbie, I am so sorry about the death of your mom. She was such a fun lady and I can remember that really great laugh she had. I am thinking of you.

  15. Shelly Laird-Dodson on February 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Bette’s Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Bette was one of a kind, with laughter that was infectious! I have many, many fond memories of Bill, Bette and my parents enjoying being friends. The laughter and goodtimes they had between the Leib and Laird families will never be forgotten. I hope you find peace during this time and do remember some of the silly times too when you can.

  16. Peggy Leib on February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Dear Leib family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother, my dear Aunt. I was so glad that we were able to talk often these past few years, especially after the loss of my mother,her sister-in-law Sally in 2009. We shared stories about our cats and other pets.She never forgot a holdiay, sending me cat cards every time.I am glad she will finally be at peace and without any pain.
    love to you all

  17. Doug Newson on February 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

    to me

  18. Carol Spears-Latham on February 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    What a gal. I am going to miss seeing Bette at the Brown Bag Concerts, Fall Art and Craft Show and running into to her here and there. Bette always made me laugh and she was there for me when I lost my son. I will never forget the look in her eyes and the pain she shared with me the day we said goodbye to my son. I am going to miss Bette. Condolences to your family

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