Betty Dobbins

Memorial services for Betty J. Dobbins, 92, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  Pastor David Rivers will be the officiant.  She died on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born on March 9, 1919 in Wichita, KS, the daughter of John W. & Nettie Douglas Wolfe.  She grew up in Augusta, KS, Redondo Beach, California, and later Wellington, KS.

Betty and her husband moved to Lawrence in 1947 and they founded the Chuck Wagon Restaurant on south Iowa Street and operated it until the sale of it in May 1970.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and formerly played bridge in several groups in Lawrence.  She was also a member of the Cosmo Pals of the Noon Cosmopolitan Club.

Betty married John W. Dobbins, Sr. on January 21, 1940 in Wellington, KS.  He preceded her in death March 26, 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherri Millsap, of the home; two sons, Dr. Kent E. and wife Liz Dobbins, of Lawrence, John W. and wife Carol Dobbins, of Lawrence; seven grandchildren, Lance Dobbins, Dr. Keri Halgren, Kris Millsap, Jay Dobbins, Lori Dobbins, Staci Dobbins, and Eric Dobbins; and five great-grandchildren, Bailey, Taylor, Ashton, Parker, and Cassidy.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Betty Dobbins Fine Arts Scholarship c/o the Lawrence High School Endowment Association, the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, or to the First Christian Church in Lawrence. They may be sent in care of the mortuary.

29 Condolences

  1. Amy Kolis on February 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    A beautiful angel, whole again and at peace. I know you are guarding your loved ones and and all those who love you. I have a song in my heart knowing you have a new eternal home. We will meet again some day… Love you Aunt Marcia, Amy

  2. Rob Edmiston on February 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Laura, I am so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. In reading her background I realized that she must have very instrumental of what a nice person I remember you as in high school. I am sure that she is going to be missed immensely. I will remember your family in my prayers. Also, please send me an email sometime and let me know how you are and what you are up to. I would love to hear from you.

    Take care and God Bless, Rob Edmiston

  3. Michelle Kreutzer on February 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Marcia- you were one of the classiest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing. Please watch over Scott, Harold, and your entire family and give them peace. You will never be forgotten.

  4. Linda Calfee on February 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Dearest Sherri,
    My condolences at this time of loss. I will be remembering you and family with thoughts and prayers that the good Lord will give you all strength and healing. Love you, Linda

  5. Sandra Vincent on February 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Ny dear friend, I am so sorry for your loss, she was indeed a great lady as you are. May God always be with you and your family as you are dealing with this loss.

  6. Doris Bateson on February 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful lady and certainly touched my life in a very special way. I will always have fond memories of the good times we all had at the Chuck Wagon many years ago. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Kay T. Bowen on February 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Sherri, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I know she was very close to you. It was a blessing to have her love. I will keep her and the family in my prayers. Kay T. Bowen (Gwen’s Mother)

  8. Karen Jacobson on March 1, 2012 at 5:57 am

    My deepest sympathy to you all. How truly blessed your mother was to have such a loving and dedicated family. My thoughts and love are with you all.

  9. Ron and Debbie Miller on March 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Our condolences to Sherri, Kent, John and the extended families. Sounds like a wonderful lady who raised a great family and lead a good life. Rest in peace.

  10. Joana & Steve Kohns on March 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Sherri, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of Nana. She was a dear and sweet lady that had love for all the people around her. Condolences to the entire family.

  11. Stephany Harper on March 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Kent and Family. I am sorry to read of the passing of your mother, Betty. She was a special lady and I an thankful to have had the opportunity to have known her these many years ago. Her bright smile when we came into the Chuck Wagon for a meal and the contacts with her on other occasions while I was still living in the area. My thoughts are with all of you. Stephany Harper

  12. Rodger and Sheryl Henry on March 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Dear John and Carol,
    Rodger and I send our prayers and thoughts to you on the death of your mother. We are thinking of you. With love,
    Rodger and Sheryl

  13. beth and chuck on March 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Dear Kent and Liz and family,
    Our thoughts and sympathies go out to you.
    Beth and Chuck

  14. Karen Hunt on March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Sherri so sorry to see of your Mom’s passing. You were such a good daughter to care for her. You and your family are in my prayers.

  15. Donna Godfrey on March 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Dearest Sherri, I wrote you an email just last night and planned to tweak and send today. What a wonderful daughter you’ve been. At last your dear Momma is at peace and she’s where it’s beautiful and happy.
    Deppest sympathy, prayers for your soul’s comfort and much love. Donna

  16. Marna Stalcup on March 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Sherri, Kent and John, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you. I carry many-a fond memory of dear Aunt Betty. With love from your cousin Marna Sue

  17. Keith Whealy & Anita Williams on March 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    JB, Kent & Shari – Your mother was exceptionally important to our family. My mother always considered her one of her very best friends. Our sympathies and thoughts are with you at this time. Unfortunately, we have been planning a vacation for the last three months and leave tommorrow. We will not be able to attend the funeral. All our love, Keith and Anita

  18. dotty reid on March 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Sherri I am so sorry to hear about Betty but know this is what she wanted. Joan has kept me informed. Betty was truly a gracious person and loved by many. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Love Dotty Reid

  19. Cheryl Hentsch Hoople on March 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    My condolence to your family. I fondly remember the Chuck Wagon and the friendly greeting my parents, sister and I always received when we came. (I grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence H.S, in 1963.)

  20. Kirk Duncan on March 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Sherri, Kent, and John: My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother Betty. I have so many fond memories of your parents and family together with my parents, Bill and Beulah Duncan, and our family–getting together on warm summer evenings for summer holidays, many fines meals at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant, and our parents playing cards together. Your mother was one of the sweetest people I have ever known and was one of my mother’s very dearest friends for over fifty years. Hopefully they’re getting a card group together right now. You will be in my prayers.

  21. Suzie Craig on March 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Sheri and family,
    I feel blessed to have known Betty, and wish I had met her years ago. I can close my eyes and see her beautiful smile. May God comfort your family in this time of great loss.
    Love always, Suzie Craig

  22. Richard L Kvasnicka on March 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Your family are great people, your Mom was certainly one of them. I have fond memories of the Dobbins’s Chuck Wagon and visiting their home and visiting Betty in later years.
    We are thinking of you.

  23. Mark and Pam Begert on March 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    We know this is a difficult time for you. You have our deepest condolences.

    Mark and Pam Begert

  24. Lori Lange on March 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Sheri, Kent & John: I am thankful to have known your mom. The picture in the obit so captured her spirit, beautiful smile and twinkling eyes. So sorry to miss her memorial service due to being out of town. Lori Lange

  25. Ward Wiebe on March 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Sherry, know that the kamp family is thinking about you. We pray for God’s comfort over the next few days and the weeks that lie ahead. We love you and are so thankful to have you as a part of our family down here in Branson.

  26. Cheryl Denton on March 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Dear Kent, Liz and family,

    My thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to you. I am sorry for your loss.

    Cheryl Denton

  27. Joe & Paula Flannery on March 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Dear Dobbins Clan,
    Betty and all of you have been in our thoughts & prayers since we heard of her passing. She was a wonderful person to everyone who knew her. May her spirit continue to inspire her family always.
    Joe, Paula, Brady & Christy Flannery

  28. Phil Stalcup on March 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Wondeful memories of [my] Aunt Betty…enjoying taste treats behind the counter at the Chuck Wagon; learning the history of their farm/property; being wide-eyed during a Kansas lightening storm, and more. Loved her much.

  29. FRANK MARTINEZ on March 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Sherri, it iw with deep sadness to just learn about the passing of your Mother. May the Good Lord take her by the hand and bring her Home from her long journey. I know she was deeply loved by her family and all those who knew her. Sincerely, Frank Martinez

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