Elva Ruth (Abel) O’Berg Kindred

Services for Elva Ruth (Abel) O’Berg Kindred, 94, Eudora will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Eudora United Methodist Church in Eudora. Burial will follow in Eudora Cemetery. The family will greet friends at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the church. Elva died November 16, 2021 at Homestead in Eudora.

Elva was born to Otto and Sarah W. (Neis) Abel on June 14, 1927 on the Abel family farm east of Eudora, KS on the Douglas County line.

Elva was the Director of Medical Records for LMH and retired in 1992. She was a founding board member of the Eudora Nursing Home, currently Medicalodges. She was a life-long member of EUB Church which later joined with the Methodist Church to form the Eudora United Methodist Church. She was active in Eudora United Methodist Women’s Group, Eastern Star, former Scout Leader, member of American Medical Record Association, Democratic Central Committee and many other social groups and organizations.

Elva met this sailor at the Lawrence roller rink and fell in love and married Johnny O’Berg on June 29, 1946. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1970. She later married Louie Lee Kindred in 1985 and he preceded her in death on March 27, 2004.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura L. (Richard) Ward of St. Peters, MO; two sons, Nevin R. (Clydelia) O’Berg of Kimberly, Idaho; James D. O’Berg of Eudora; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her sister, Marion Shutt of Lawrence, KS; and sister-in-law, Mary Abel of Eudora, KS; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Minnie Fesmire, Annetta Wright, Violet Abel; two brothers, O. George Abel and Carl Abel.

The family suggest memorials in her name to Eudora United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

20 Condolences

  1. Ann Breithaupt Basel on November 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    So very sorry for your loss .She was a wonderful lady. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Delbert and Lois Breithaupt And Danny and Ann Basel.

  2. Kathleen Brown on November 18, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    So very sad for all. Elva was a hoot. Always had a fun time when around her. Hugs to all.

  3. Mary Lou Hamlin on November 18, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Elva will be missed by her Happy Hatter sisters, she was one of the original group of her Red Hat club. We will all miss her very much, and always her thoughtful prayer before our meal. R.I.P Elva. God bless you!

  4. Holly Kracl on November 19, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    So sad to see this sweet lady has passed. She touched my life when I was young and I loved seeing her at the senior dinner and play with her Red Hat group. Prayers to all her family and those whose lives she touched like mine.

  5. Bertha Ford Nichols on November 19, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Elva was my dear friend from the day she welcomed me and my family to the Boy Scouts of Eudora. We worked together in Church, Red Hat Club, school and civic groups. We were close friends.and family. I will miss her dearly.

  6. Lois (Holmes) Mersmann on November 19, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Nevin, Laura and Jim,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile and kind word for all. She was so good to visit my mother while Mother was living at the Medicalodge in Eudora.
    May God grant you peace and comfort at this time.

  7. Bonnie Sullivan on November 19, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    I remember Elva fondly from my years as a medical transcriptionist. I’ll never forget the time she came back from her trip to Hawaii with souvenirs for everyone in the department. Such a sweet lady.

  8. Elizabeth Woods on November 19, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    We will miss Elva, her hugs, her prayers, and words of encouragement to everyone.
    Elva was quietly busy in the “background” of things she saw to be done so she did them in church and in the community. Yet she was a woman who would speak up and give a testimony to her faith and love of God.
    I know she has prayed for her family members through the years. She really missed Louie. One day another woman and I were cleaning the Parsonage with Elva. We stopped to rest and Elva talked of Louie, their families, their trips, their love and faith. It was a privilege to be with her listening to those memories. Blessings to each one of you, Elizabeth (Weeks) Woods

  9. John Durkin on November 19, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Laura, Nevin and Jim

    So sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings to you all.

  10. Gary Schulz on November 20, 2021 at 6:33 am

    SO sorry to hear of her passing! What a wonderful lady heart of gold and always a smile!

  11. Mary Tye on November 20, 2021 at 7:20 am

    The world has lost a wonderful person. Over 40 years ago, I walked into Lawrence Memorial Hospital-Elva was the woman that hired me. She introduced me to the world of medical records-now Health Information Management. She fairly managed the department and created an atmosphere that balanced fun and professionalism. She met the challenges of life with an unmatched humor. My deepest sympathies to her family. Blessings to all-she loved you so much.

  12. Linda Sue Anderson on November 20, 2021 at 7:57 am

    It was a pleasure knowing and working with Elva in Medical Records. I was always able to work with her on any work issues I had on the job.
    Condolences to the family.
    Linda and James Anderson.

  13. TRIG OLESON & JEANETTE BORN on November 20, 2021 at 8:23 am

    So sorry for your loss. What a great lady and Mother. I cherish the good times I had growing up with the O’Berg family. RIP Elva.

  14. JUDITH WILSON on November 20, 2021 at 10:17 am


  15. George Catt on November 21, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    “Elvie” was a dear and special friend. My condolences to all of her family.

  16. Brian Winslow on November 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    I have thought of you all so much since i heard Elvie had passed. She was my dear friend and client for well over 35 years. We had so many great times and fun visits. At one time she organized a special birthday party in the Beauty Shop for another client and friend that came right before her every week. (Violet Gerstenburger Flemming) They always enjoyed visiting with eachother so i made sure to have their appts next to each other in the Beauty Shop. One time their appts just happen to fall on Violets Birthday, and as a supprise, here came Elvie with cake, punch, a special gift and all! We had fun. Violet spoke of that supprise party so often. Thats the kind of person Elvie was. She will be greatly missed and we were all so lucky to have had her in our lives. Take Care and God Bless, Brian W.

  17. Marsha Gordon on November 29, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Laura, Nevin & Jim
    We’re very sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a good example for all of us. She was a leader in our community and was always guided by her big heart.
    Bill & Marsha Gordon

  18. Gary Scott on December 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

    My youth sponsor for church youth group. Helped all of us follow the “way of the Lord” by her example. Elva, “saint” among us will be missed, but never removed from all she touched.
    Thoughts and prayers with you.

  19. Vince Weeks on December 9, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Nevin, Laura & Jim

    Linda and I were truly saddened to hear of Elva’s passing. She was such a big part in the Eudora community and always trying to help in more ways. Mom enjoyed being on church committees with Elva. We hope you and your family’s can find comfort in knowing she will be missed by so many near and far.

    Vince & Linda Weeks

  20. Galen Trabant on January 21, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful friend to many, including my parents.
    Galen & Susie Trabant

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