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Beverly Ann Laws

July 12, 1936 — November 19, 2021

Beverly Ann (Jeanneret) Laws, 85, passed away Friday, November 19, 2021 at Newman Regional
Health. Beverly was born on July 12, 1936 on a rural Hartford farm, the daughter of Harold and
Evelyn (Storrer) Jeanneret. They had no electricity and no plumbing on the farm. They had
running water when they ran out to the well to get it. She remembered picking up corncobs,
after the pigs ate the corn, to use them for starting a fire to heat the house. She remembered
how they celebrated when the finally got electricity - one light hanging from the kitchen ceiling.
They butchered their own beef and pork and since they had no refrigeration, they rented a
locker in Emporia. They canned almost everything including beef. They used a galvanized
washtub to wash their clothes and for bathing. They would place it in the middle of the kitchen
floor and bring water in from the well. They always had some hot water on the stove to take
the chill off the well water. Beverly attended Harmony District 82, grades 1-8 with one teacher
and no running water. Beverly attended Lamont High and graduated in 1954. Beverly met
Duane during high school in 1953 and they were married at the First United Methodist Church
in Emporia on February 12, 1955. In March of 1960 they moved to a farm southwest of
Hartford where many wonderful memories were created. They became friends with the
families of Kenneth & Shirley Thomas, Richard & Catherine Schmidt and Don and Mary lea
Williamson. They all had young children and enjoyed playing cards and eating homemade ice
cream. They all celebrated every July 4th and New Years Eve together. They bought their first
farm in 1971 southwest of Hartford where they lived until they retired from farming in April,
2018 and moved to Emporia.
Beverly was a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church where she was active serving
as a leader for the high school and adult Sunday school classes for several years. She was a
chairman on the Penny Supper Committee for several years and made the ham loaves and
pressure cooked chicken for the chicken and noodles. Beverly drove a school bus for 22 years
and was the food service director for 18 years for USD 252.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Duane of the home, children Ann White, Gaylene
(Ken) Robinson of Emporia; Samantha (John) Gilligan of Olpe and Jill (Jon)Cook of Topeka and
her special grandson, Spencer Wells of Emporia. She is also survived by her sister, Cherie
Burkhart of Topeka, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were
an infant sister, Wanda, son Gary and her parents Harold and Evelyn (Storrer) Jeanneret.
Beverly will be dearly missed by her family and friends and remembered as a warm and caring
lady who never knew a stranger.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 23,2021 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Jones VanArsdale Funeral
Home in Lebo. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the
Hartford United Methodist Church followed by burial at the Hartford Cemetery. Memorial
contributions to the Hartford United Methodist Women's Penny Supper can be sent in care of
Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

5:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home - Lebo

107 West 6th Street, Lebo, KS 66856

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Hartford United Methodist Church

100 Commercial Street, Hartford, KS 66854

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Hartford Cemetery

, Hartford, KS 66854

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