Betty Kunc

 A Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Rae Kunc, 79, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 10 a. m. Friday, July 6, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS.  Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence.  She died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at her home.

She was born January 3, 1933 in Laconia, IN, the daughter of Thurman and Olvie King Yocum. 
Betty was trained as a licensed practical nurse.  She spent many years as a homemaker and raising her children and grandchildren.  She also was a former employee of USD 497 in food service.
She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence and the Daughters of Isabella. She also was formerly involved with 4-H and was a project leader for cooking, gardening, and sewing.
Survivors include three daughters; Sheryl (husband, Brian) Simmons, of Lawrence, KS, Lisa (husband, Michael) Stuart of Lawrence, KS, Brenda Kunc-Byroad (Husband, Clark) of Flower Mound, TX, a brother, Duane Yocum of Corydon, IN, two sisters; Irene Strome, of Indianapolis, IN, Mary Kershaw of Florissant, MO; seven grandchildren, Jessica Robson, Kelly Bohling, Sean Simmons, Taylor Stuart, Kelsey Byroad, Katie Byroad, Kendall Byroad, and one great grandson, Kamden Robson. 
The Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, followed by a family visitation until 8:30 p.m.
The family suggests memorials in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN or to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 

25 Condolences

  1. Clenece and Jim Hills on July 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    For almost eleven years we have lived in the house that Betty built. Our thoughts are with all of you as you send her off in style. We think of her everyday as we walk through this rooms with all of her touches.
    Love to all of you.
    Clenece and Jim Hills

  2. Cindy Goss on July 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I mourn the loss of your mother. I loved being around her at family reunions. My fondest memory of her was when she told me how Jr got in
    trouble with Grandma (her sister Jessie Seiple). He was throwing rocks at the house and she told him to stop. He went back to doing it broke a
    window and then blamed the chicken. Jr was with us at the time and I swear he laughed.

  3. Jim Byroad on July 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family she so dearly loved.

  4. Anne Boyd on July 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I am proud and fortunate to know Betty’s daughters. My thoughts are with you and your families. Lean on God to carry you through this time of loss. Praying with love for all of you, Anne Boyd, Sfantu Gheorghe, Transylvania, Romania

  5. Paul and Camilla Smith on July 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    We are very sorry for the loss of your mom! Know that our thoughts are with you and you’re family!

  6. Jane (Dalton) Kesinger on July 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Sheryl,Lisa,and Brenda my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although this is a very difficult time know that your mother is looking down on you with pride and joy,that she is in a much better place. My heart goes out to each of you. Jane Kesinger(Dalton)

  7. Janet Weber on July 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of my Aunt Betty, your mother. We used to have some great times comparing notes on our children. I remember one time at the reunion at Aunt Alieen’s that you all got your mitts out and threw balls to my husband, Bill. My mother and I will not be able to come to the funeral as mother cannot travel that far. She will be 96 in October. She is tiring out easily, but stills lives in her house and drives around the neightorhood. We will remember you all in out thought and prayers.

  8. Lisa Johnston on July 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Brenda, Lisa & Sheryl;
    I loved your mom. Hold on to the good memories that you have of her. The memories will keep her alive in your heart and help you, in time, to heal. She must be with Mr. & Mrs. Henry, & my mom and dad now visiting about the old neighborhood. Prayers and hugs!

  9. Dr. Bill & Jan Miller on July 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our love and prayers go out to you and your families! God bless you in this most difficult time. We love you!

  10. Bev Byroad on July 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

    My sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers go out, remember all the good times.

  11. Demi Draudt and Dawn Burgess on July 5, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Both Demi and I are sending all of thoughts and prayers your way, during this time of mourning. With all of our Love – Demi and Dawn

  12. Tim & Christina Scheer and Family on July 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time. My your heart be filled with joy while remembering the wonderful memories of your mom, grandma, and great grandma!

  13. Tom and Sandy Foshion on July 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    You are all in our prayers and heartfelt sympathy for you and your family.

  14. Short Family on July 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Will miss her sunny smile. Remember 4H & all the activities. May the memories you hold in your heart help with your loss.

    Short family

  15. Janet dalton Bremby on July 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Sending love and prayers

  16. JC and Barbara Lynch on July 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    So many wonderful memories of Betty – church, 4-H – what a great lady. Cherish your memories. Your mother will always be with you.

  17. Laura (Ledbetter) Griffith on July 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Sheryl I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  18. Kathleen & Jeff Johnson on July 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Lisa and Michael our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Know that your mom is at peace now. Love, Kathleen, Jeff, Anya & Alena.

  19. Brenda McGouirk on July 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    So sad for the Byroad Family and good friends. Also sincere sympathy for the entire Kunc family. God Bless

  20. Angela Calef Puckett on July 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Sheryl, Lisa and Brenda,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories involve being on the same bowling team with your Mom. She was so much fun! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.

  21. LAVERNE@MORNA CALEF on July 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.She was a super lady .Remember bowling with her and all of us had a ball. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families .Loved you Betty.

  22. Wanda & Randy Butler on July 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I didn’t know Betty, but I knew about the kind of person she was by knowing one of her daughters. I give thanks to God for the legacy Betty left this world in my dear friend from Flower Mound, TX…Dr. Brenda Byroad whom I know to be one of the most precious ladies I know. My condolences to all the family. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
    Wanda Butler, Flower Mound, TX

  23. Sara Harding on July 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Lisa and Mike, I had no idea that Betty was your mom. She always put a smile on my face when we worked together. She was a wonderful lady and good to so many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sara Harding

  24. Carol Sanderson Cheek on July 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Just read the obit. I am so sorry for your loss. She was always great to me every time I babysitted you three girls. Just know my love and sympathy is with the whole family.

  25. Rhonda Roy on July 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Lisa, I can only imagine what it’s like losing your Mother. Know that I am thinking of you and your family. Be kind to yourself as well as your heart, Rhonda

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