Beverly Laurine (Kring) Cates

Funeral services for Beverly Laurine (Kring) Cates, 90, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2023, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  A burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery in Baldwin City, KS.  She passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Neuvant House in Lawrence.

She was born August 19, 1933, in rural Baldwin City, KS, the daughter of Isaac Milton and Jessie Aileen (Truex) Kring.

She was a homemaker, sold Avon and worked for many years at Weaver’s Department Store in Lawrence.

Beverly was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church and volunteered for the Douglas County Visiting Nurses for over 35 years.  Because of her volunteer activities with VNA, she was nominated for and was selected as the Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer of the Year winner through the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and the Home Care Hero Award from the Kansas Home Care Association. She was active in the North Lawrence Neighborhood Association for years. 

She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities, never missing an opportunity to attend a concert, sporting event or birthday.  Nothing made her happier than talking about their activities and antics.  She was an avid sports fan, watching the Royals, KU basketball and football, Chiefs and most recently Sporting KC.

Beverly married Richard Owen Cates on January 4, 1953, in Vinland, KS.  He preceded her in death on February 28, 2013.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice (Robert) White, son, Rick (Emily) Cates, son-in-law, Bob Lewis; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Lisa), Kristina, Larissa (Brent), Brad (Miranda), Chris (Josha), Robert, Owen, Brandon, Jessica (Jack); nine great grandchildren, Brianna (Sam), Matt (Kaylyn), Conner, Regan, Lilly, Alexis, Harper, Jackie, Jackson and one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Connie Lewis, siblings, Dale Kring, Emmett “Mutt” Kring, James “Jiggs” Kring, Lynette Martin, and Elizabeth “Beth” Shuck.

The family will greet friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Warren-McElwain. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Beverly’s name to Douglas County VNA and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

11 Condolences

  1. Debbie Kring on November 10, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Aunt Beverly was truly an amazing person, setting a lifelong example of giving, integrity, courage, and wisdom!! She had a first class sense of humor and a beautiful smile!!

    We are so very fortunate to have spent her 90th Birthday with her and her family, as well as so many other occasions!!

    She will live forever in our hearts!!

  2. carol Wilcox on November 10, 2023 at 11:52 am

    The world lost a beautiful and caring person when Beverly passed. With her smile and her giving, she could tell you so many things that
    she had done and which children and grandchildren where playing what sport and where and when. A very LOVELY Lady.
    Her helping out in oh so many ways like baking cookies and walking to the places in North Lawrence to collect money for the down and out people in North Lawrence. for Christmas Then when Christmas was over she wrote Thank you cards to the businesses that had given money to help for so many things. She was always willing to help.

    She will be sadly missed but not forgotten.

  3. Joyce and Jerry Cromwell on November 10, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Such a Beautiful lady inside and out! She did so much for so many people and will definitely be missed by many! Thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family at this difficult time!

  4. Tracy Dethloff on November 11, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Rick, My late mother worked with your mom at Weavers. She was very fond of her. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Antonio Wright on November 11, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Wonderful lady, with a “ZEST” for life up to the end! I so enjoyed visiting with Her, on Her weekly hair appointment. She had great love for Her family & “LOVED” seeing Her great grand kids at their games!
    I am thankful to have known Her! Blessings, peace & comfort to all Her caring family, who She greatly appreciated.

  6. Shirley Tarpy on November 12, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Janice, Rick and families, So sorry to hear of Beverly’s passing. I had so many good times with her at our North Lawrence group of ladies. She was the sweetest lady. Always there when you needed her. Thoughts and prayers to her caring family!!

  7. Clint Thrasher on November 12, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Beverly was a wonderfully kind person, always friendly and accommodating. Sharing a passion for KU sports, we talked a lot about them over the years. It was always fun to chat with her about the most current game. I’ll miss those conversations.

  8. Stephanie Mae Thomas on November 12, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    I remember visiting Bev with my parents many times as a child. I referred to her Dad as Grandpa Kring. Such a kind lady. So sorry for your loss. Stephanie, daughter of Steve & Carmen (Whitley) Hobson.

  9. Becky Torneden-Johnson on November 13, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the entire family! She was such a wonderful person and mom would share many of stories about their friendship. May God bring comfort, peace and healing in the days ahead. Becky Torneden-Johnson

  10. Ron Aiken on November 13, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Sorry for your loss Rick and family.

  11. Debra Diehl on November 26, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Janice and Rick: I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your mom. I have the best memories of her and your dad from all the card parties with my grandparents. My grandmother had so many pictures of the couples from those days. She had the best smile. Hugs to you.

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