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Elizabeth Belle “Betty” Anderson, 84, of Manhattan, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan.

She was born on Dec.10, 1929, in Manhattan, the daughter of John William and Thelma W. (Kelly) Bostick.

Betty was raised in Manhattan where she attended local schools. Her family moved to Stella, Mo., when Betty was in high school. Following her high school graduation in Stella, she returned to Manhattan.

On July 31, 1949, in Manhattan, she was united in marriage to Arnold Theodore “Ted” Anderson.  They made their home in the Deep Creek Community near Manhattan where Ted was a farmer and Betty a homemaker and farm wife. 

In addition to being a farm wife, Betty later in life went to work as a cook for the Derby Food Center at Kansas State University.  She retired from there after more than 30 years of service.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan and the Deep Creek Needlecraft Club in which she served as president in 1993-1995.

Her husband Ted died on April 10, 2010.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and by one sister, Mabel Mitchell, who died on Nov. 11, 2011.

She is survived by three daughters, Cindy Casper and husband Ralph of Manhattan, Jeanette Wells and husband Mike of Wichita and Arlene Jacobson and husband Doug of Havensville; five grandchildren, Eric Casper and wife Emily, Lincoln, Neb., Holly McHugh and husband Kevin, Manhattan, Tim Wells and wife Kristina, Wichita, Travis Wells and wife Meagan, Wichita, Seth Brandon, Havensville; and ten great grandchildren, Nathan, Logan and Kailyn Casper, Lincoln, Neb., Caden McHugh, Manhattan, Brenton and Bennett Wells, Wichita, and Jacksen, Maysen and Annabella Wells and Logan Duree, all of Wichita,.  Also surviving is one brother, James Bostick and wife Franny of Manhattan; one sister, Deloris Cantwell and husband Jim of Onaga; and her sister-in-law, Ruth Davis and husband Bill of Topeka. 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Melanie Martin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Memorials have been established for the First United Methodist Church and for the Deep Creek Needlecraft Club.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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