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Betty E. McGrew

11 June, 2012 by troy glidden

Betty E. McGrew, 91, of McPherson, passed away at 3:10 p.m. PM, Friday, June 8th, 2012 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital, McPherson, Kansas.

Betty Eileen McGrew, the daughter of William Pendleton and Ruby Milita Marguerite (Hurst) McGrew, was born August 31, 1920, at her parent’s home in Alden, Kansas. She was one of five children born to this union, four daughters and one son, Mary Francis, Betty, Joyce, Richard, and Linda. She attended Alden grade school and was graduated from Alden High School. She then attended Sterling College where she received her B.A. degree. Betty received her M.T. (ascp) from St. Francis Hospital School of Medical Technology, Wichita, Kansas.
Betty began a forty-three year career in the healthcare field as a Microbiologist at Texas State Department of Health for 20 years and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, for 23 years and worked at the Center for Disease Control. She retired as Chief of Diagnostic Products Evaluation Branch of the C. D. C. Betty moved to Wichita, Kansas, after her retirement. Through the years Betty was a member of the Church of Christ in Texas, Georgia, and Kansas. She was also a member of the Women’s Bible Study Fellowship International, Wichita East Chapter.
Betty was a Christian, loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, co-worker, and friend. Her wise counsel, sense of humor, and gracious smile will be missed by those who knew and loved her. Having no children of her own, Betty considered her nieces and nephews as her own and looked forward to those times they were able to spend together. From an early age, Betty had a love of music, She enjoyed going to symphonies, musicals, and was an exceptional pianist. Every time she would come home to visit, everyone would always end up around the piano singing while Betty played all the old time songs everyone knew. She also enjoyed the out-of-doors and nature very much. She would go bird watching or go to the botanical gardens and just spend hours walking and enjoying nature’s beauty. Betty was always thinking of others and helping others. Whether it was through her work, or charities, she was always giving of her time and talent. Betty received several awards through the years. She received a CDC Honor Award Medal of Excellence in honor of exceptional career accomplishment in supervision, standardization, evaluation, and preparation of reference reagents used in laboratory diagnosis of disease. She also received the Elizabeth O. King Award from the Southeastern Branch American Society for Microbiology, “Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible to talent is genius” by Amiel.
Betty was talented in so many areas and she always expected good performance from her family. She will be so greatly missed!
Betty McGrew, 91, of McPherson, passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Friday, June 8th, 2012 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ruby McGrew, brother-in-law’s, Ralph Lipper, Gene Bohnenblust, Douglas Hupp, and a niece, Kathryn Hupp Lewis.
Surviving family members include her siblings, Mary Frances Lipper of Portland, Oregon, Joyce Bohnenblust of McPherson, Kansas, Richard McGrew and his wife Arlene of Atlanta, Georgia, and Linda Hupp Nichols and her husband Dick of McPherson, Kansas; her niece’s, Kate Thompson Scott and her husband Bill and Betty Lynn Grauer and her husband Doug; her nephews, Fred Lipper and his wife Karen, Fred Bohnenblust and his wife Jackie, Bill Bohnenblust and his wife Marsha, David Bohnenblust and his wife Mary, Douglas Hupp and his wife Joanna, Stan McGrew and his wife Marcia, and Greg McGrew and his wife Amanda; many great-nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.
A private memorial service will be held.
Final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Carpenter Place in memory of Betty and they can be mailed in care of the Glidden—Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

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