By The Mercury

Betty (Elizabeth) Josephine (Spangler) Haug, 82, Manhattan, died Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at her home.

The family provided some of the following information.

Betty was born on May 8, 1931 in Okmulgee, Okla., and raised in Chicago. She graduated from St. Nicholas Tolentine Grade School and St. Xavier’s Academy in Chicago.  She attended two years of college at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison. In 1968, she completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State Teacher’s College in Emporia.

Betty began her teaching career in 1951 at Sacred Heart Grade School in Baileyville.  She also taught at Seneca Kansas Public Grade School and St. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School, both in Seneca, before moving to Cottonwoods Falls in 1963.  She taught kindergarten in Cottonwood Falls for 30 years.  In 1993, she retired from teaching after 37 years in education. 

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Strong City before she relocated to Manhattan in 2000.  She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan. 

Betty dedicated much of her time after retirement to volunteer work at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, also as a teacher’s aide at the Catholic school, and the Right-to-Life Center.  She and her husband, Gilbert, dedicated one hour on Saturday evenings at the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel in Manhattan. Betty loved her family dearly and was a huge fan of her Chicago Cubs.  She enjoyed traveling on cruises, seeing Europe and Hawaii, and loved taking trips to Branson, Mo.

Betty leaves behind Gilbert, married 60 years on Jan. 2, 2014; her sons, Mike Haug (Ann) of Salina, and Dr. Steven Haug (Margaret) of Manhattan; and her daughter, Ann Haug McElvain, of Overland Park. Survivors also include her five grandsons, Michael Haug, Salina,  and Joe, Tom, John, and Jim Haug, all of Manhattan; her granddaughter, Kelli Haug Rinehart (Eric), and her great-granddaughter, Charlotte Marie Rinehart of Topeka.  Betty is also survived by her brother, Tom Spangler of Chicago, and her sister, Sister Pat Spangler of Adrian, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler; three brothers, Bob, Bill and Jim, and one sister, Marianne Judith.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.  A Christian Wake Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave., in Manhattan, with the Rev. Don Zimmerman as Celebrant. Private interment will be held at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Betty to the Manhattan Catholic Schools. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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