Virginia (Ginny) Lee Beene

Funeral services for Virginia (Ginny) Lee Beene, 81, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 6, 2015 at Plymouth Congregational Church. Inurnment at Pioneer Cemetery will be at a later date. She passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at her home.

She was born May 27, 1933 in Dodge City, KS the daughter of Harold R. and Hattie Mae (Surface) Certain.

She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, a 50 year member of Prairie Acres Garden Club, a former board member of the following organizations: Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, ICAN, the Boys’ Club of Lawrence, and was a Girl Scout leader. She received degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of the South. Virginia enjoyed gardening, sewing, traveling and spending time with her family.

She was Director of Christian Education and Care Pastor for First Christian Church where she was a member for 48 years. Virginia was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church for 17 years where she directed the Stephen Ministry program. Virginia worked at Stitch On until she retired in the fall of 2014.

She married Douglas L. Beene June 19, 1955 in Dodge City, KS. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Carolyn and husband, Norman Johannsen, Bemidji, MN, Sharon and husband, Victor Gardner, St. Petersburg, FL, and Leslie and husband, Steve Ahlert, Lawrence; one son, Steve and wife, Virginia Beene, Olathe, KS; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Stephen Ministries at Plymouth Congregational Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

11 Condolences

  1. Claudia Kressig on February 3, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Leslie and family, I am sorry for your loss.

  2. Susan & Keith Graham on February 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Steve & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. We send our thoughts and prayers with love. May your wonderful memories help all of you through this sad time.

  3. Mark and Gayla Carr Schmitz on February 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    May God’s comfort and peace be with you during this stressful time. Ginny did many great things for the churches and organizations she worked with.

  4. Karl and Debbie Mueller on February 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Doug, Leslie and family;

    Debbie and I are so sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing. We have such fond memories of both of you when we lived in Lawrence. You are in our prayers.

  5. Julie Trowbridge-Alford on February 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Dear Doug and family: What a sad and seemingly sudden loss. Ginny gave so much of herself and I know how much I and others will miss her.

    You are held in my prayers and thoughts. Best, Julie

  6. Larry McElwain on February 4, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Ginny was an amazing woman. She always worked hard to serve people in her church as well as the community. I had the privilege of working with her in Stephen Ministry over a 20+ year time span in two downtown churches.

    Ginny’s servant heart will be missed and very difficult to replace.

  7. Adele Cocks on February 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Leslie, Ann Marie and Laura-
    I am so sorry to hear about Ginny’s loss. She was quite a woman and will be missed at retreat. You all are in my thoughts at this time.

  8. Fred & Linda Shirk on February 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Doug and family, so sorry to see this in LJW paper, we are down in Florida so will not be able to attend services. Ginny was one hard working lady at church and also at your farm. One great lady, RIP.

  9. Tom Mulinazzi on February 10, 2015 at 9:23 am


    Only God can understand the pain of losing your wife. And right now He is by your side holding you in his love.

    You have my sincere sympathy.

  10. Debi Waggoner on February 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Leslie, Steve & family,
    May God be with you following your loss. Ginny was a wonderful lady who taught so many so much about faith & compassion.

    Debi & Rod Waggoner

  11. Tuesday on July 20, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I’ll take a few off your hands if you have an over abundance. Tomatoes and peppers, and some bal2#&s8i30; basically, anything. I never got around to starting seedlings this year.

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