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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Vohs (Vervynck)

Saturday, September 11th, 1926 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Elizabeth (Betty) Vohs passed peacefully from this world and back into the arms of her beloved husband, Jim, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Dayspring Assisted Living in Plano, Texas. She was 92 years old. Born Elizabeth Ann Vervynck, September 11, 1926 in rural Gardner, Kansas to Thomas Cecil Vervynck and Mary DeGrande Vervynck, Belgium immigrants, she spent 91 of her years living within 8 miles of her birthplace. Betty graduated from Olathe High School in 1944, with plans to be a “history maker”. Her first job as a lumberyard secretary introduced Betty to James Raymond Vohs, whom she would marry in May 1948. Their only child, Darrell James completed the family in 1949. Though Betty had only one son, her helpful, welcoming spirit and acceptance of people “as is” gained her the title of substitute mom throughout her lifetime. She would listen compassionately, then tell the truth and expect one to do the right thing, but never preach. Her example spoke thousands of words.

When Betty stepped in to assist Bruce Funeral Home/Furniture Store with a temporary bookkeeping assignment in 1958, her gesture began a 28-year career. She retired in 1986 to enjoy travel, especially more frequent visits with her grandsons. Shortly thereafter, Betty assumed the role of full-time caregiver for Jim in his protracted battle with Parkinson Disease, standing faithfully and doggedly by his side for 12 years, until his death in 2002. When she couldn’t get out and about, she began watching sports, Jayhawk basketball and Royals baseball, as a hobby. Betty adjusted to life’s punches with a cheerful, undaunted spirit, living a proud, independent life until age 91, when circumstances called her to move closer to the children.

Betty loved a spotless house, punctual doctors, dining out, daily mass and breakfast with friends. She valued an honest day’s work, devotion to church and family, doing the right thing (correctly, the first time) for no personal benefit, and she possessed a unique, enduring sense of humor. Rubbing shoulders with Betty Vohs has made us all better people.

Betty is survived by her son Darrell J. Vohs and wife Amy; grandson Jacob P. Vohs and wife Debbie; grandson Joshua M. Vohs; great-granddaughters Isabel and Violet Vohs all of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law Doris Vervynck of Gardner, Kansas and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Raymond Vohs; parents Thomas and Mary Vervynck; brothers Henry Victor Vervynck and wife Betty and Thomas Vervynck all of Gardner, Kansas.

Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, Kansas on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., Fr. Adam Wilczak officiating. Rosary will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kansas, with visitation following 5:00-7:00 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson research P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be left at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Rosary at 4:30 pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 10:30am
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Interment

    St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery
    15560 Moonlight Road
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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Posted at 06:10pm
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

Mary (Jensen) Cunningham

Posted at 01:30pm
Betty was a kind and friendly neighbor to me and others that came to our neighborhood. Growing up near her was a treat. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy to Darrell and family.

John M Stortecky

Posted at 12:10pm
The State of Kansas has lost a truly great woman and citizen. She was a wonderful and loving person who made everyone's life more joyful and rewarding. It's my honor to have known her and to love her. She always gave back twice the love she received.

judy anderson

Posted at 06:28am
I will miss Betty living next door for 30 years was a blessing. She always had time to listen on our daily talks with good advice. Working for her she was good at keeping me on my toes. Knowing her made me a better person. The cleaning lady.
Judy Anderson


Posted at 06:17pm
It's never easy losing a loved one. No matter what the age, it's always too soon. At this time may the love of the family and the support of friends bring warm and strength to the family during this sorrow. As time passes may the comfort of fond memories become greater than that of sorrow. Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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