Rhetta Jo Noever

Services for Rhetta Jo Noever, 84, Lawrence, will be held at a later date. Rhetta passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Brandon Woods. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.

Rhetta was born on January 4, 1937 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Kenneth B. and Mildred Viola (Lemon) Noever.

She was an administrator in the University of Kansas School of Business for over 40 years and was a Jayhawker through and through. Rhetta was an avid bridge player and she had great joy with the pets she owned over the years.

Survivors include her brother, Kenneth Richard Noever, Lawrence; cousins, Sheri Hamilton, Kansas City, MO and Sally Beeson, Plano, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rhetta’s name to KU Endowment or the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

14 Condolences

  1. Linda Lester on January 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Kenneth, I am so sorry to hear about Retta Jo. Such a beautiful person, I will miss seeing her beautiful smile.
    Linda Lester
    The Etc Shop

  2. Robert Johnson on January 9, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I haven’t talk to Retta for a couple of yrs. I got to know her about 8 yrs. ago and I always enjoy talking to her. She always knew what she wanted and never move much either way, very knowledge person about most subjects. She will be miss.

  3. Debbie McCarthy on January 10, 2021 at 8:23 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Rich!

  4. Teri Hatfield on January 10, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I’m very sorry, Rich. Rhetta Jo was a good and caring person and a dear friend to Agnes. She will be missed by many.

  5. Carol Gardinier on January 10, 2021 at 11:36 am

    So sorry for your loss, Rich. Your sister was a good soul.

  6. Eugenia Leasure Bryan on January 10, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Rhetta Jo will always be a big part of my life, having known her over 70 years. Our friendship lasted long past our school years in many ways. We had fun at the bridge table, with our Lawrence High School classmates and many other lighthearted activities. But the serious and no nonsense manner of leadership and organizational skills allowed the Class of 1955 to have wonderful opportunities to stay in touch not only at reunions every five years but in other ways as well. She was a support in our times of sorrow and happiness in word and deed. A pillar in a world of uncertainty is an image I will always carry in my heart as I think about her presence in my life.

    Rich, please find peace passing all understanding as you too grieve for your beautiful sister. And may her family know that she was a very important person to many, many others with whom her life touched. She will be sadly missed. “Genie”

  7. Frances Ward Long on January 10, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Dear Rich
    Rhetta Jo was a very special person in my life. We shared so many memories beginning in the 7th grade when we met at the Junior High School and through the seasons of our lives. I will miss being able to pick up my phone and give her a call. Pictures in my albums and in my heart will always be with me.

  8. Donna Falkenstien on January 10, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Rich, our hearts and prayers go out to you. May your memories give you comfort. The Falkenstiens

  9. Deb Teeter on January 10, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Rhetta Jo hired me in 1970 to work as a student for her and then I worked with your mother in the financial aid office while I completed my accounting degree. We remained in touch for a number of years until she retired since we both worked on campus. She was a wonderful mentor and friend. My deepest sympathies.

  10. Bob Asher on January 10, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Marie and I send along our thoughts and condolences for the loss of your sister. It is often hard to remember that the dark is always followed by light.
    Warmest regards.

  11. Jenny Johnson on January 10, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Rhetta Jo was a close and beloved friend of my Mother Jane. They spent many happy years together cheering for the Jayhawks and playing bridge and bunco. Rhetta took good care of those she loved, and was always there for Mom. I admired Rhetta for standing up for her beliefs. Rest In Peace sweet friend.

  12. Ed Brown on January 11, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I worked with Rhetta at the School of Business for 2 years when I was a student working on my Accounting degree. She was a delight to know and a real stickler for details!

    My condolences and heartfelt sympathies for all those touched by this special person. May you be comforted by the love of those around you. Rock Chalk, Rhetta and may you rest in eternal peace.

  13. Julie Tesch on January 11, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Rich –
    May the memories you and your sister shared be the comfort to your sorrow.
    Heartfelt sympathies and prayers

  14. Audrey D. Novotny on January 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Rhetta Jo. I first met Rhetta when I moved to Kansas from Pennsylvania in the late 60’s. I applied for a job in the School of Business and Rhetta hired me. We at that time became good friends that has lasted through the years. She will be missed by many. Rest in Peace good friend.

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