Betty McAnany, Age: 91
Feb 7, 1928 -- Aug 7, 2019

Betty McAnany lived life to its fullest for 91 years. She peacefully left this earth on August 7, 2019.

She was born in Mexico City, Mexico on February 7, 1928 to parents Alfonso and Maria Elena Scherer. Betty's given name was Beatriz Elena Scherer, but she was always 'Betty'.

Betty grew up in Mexico City enjoying its cosmopolitan culture and spending weekends hiking in the mountains. She graduated from the Mexico City Feminine University with a degree in Interior Decorating.

In 1948 Betty met a young American, Dick McAnany, from Shawnee, KS who was attending the University of Mexico City on his GI Bill. A three year long distance courtship ended when Dick and his best friend Pat Nieman drove from Shawnee, to Acapulco to see Betty. They were married two weeks later and Betty was off to her life in Shawnee.

Betty and Dick were married for 46 years. They began raising their family of 8 children on Nieman Road in Shawnee and moved to Lake Quivira in 1968. Betty was involved in the Lake Quivira community serving as President of both the Garden Club and the Quivira Golf Association as well as helping with the Junior Golf program and many social events. Numerous trees on the Lake Quvira golf course and the Lake Quivira grounds were planted because of her dedicated passion for enhancing her surrounding landscape.

In 1983 Dick and Betty together began spending winters in Tucson, Arizona establishing a strong network of friends. They enjoyed years of golfing, hiking, exploring the surroundings and hosting countless friends and family visits. In 1997 when Dick passed away, Betty continued spending her winters there until 2016.

With Dick's passing, Betty truly lost the love of her life but continued to fulfill a life of adventure and curiosity by traveling the world with friends and family. No country was too far, no hike was too long, no quest in search for a particular bird was unattainable. As our cherished Matriarch, both children, and grandchildren attentively adhered to any requests such as looking for lost golf balls, exploring new trails and always, no matter the time, would play Gin Rummy for hours. She loved life and found joy in her family, friends and love of nature.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Alfonso Scherer, husband Dick and son, Larry. She leaves her children, Richard (Joanie), Betsy (Roger Vossman), Stephanie (Hal Boyles), Pat (Mel), Tim (Alesia), Phil (Barb) and Paul (Maria). Also dearly missing her will be her 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Both the Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church in Shawnee, Kansas. The Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13th from 4:00-6:00 and the Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00.

A very heartfelt thanks to Betty's wonderful caretakers, Tammy Rieke and Necole Boolin, who were her daily fun companions during her last 3 years. Also special thanks to Compassionate Care Hospice.

 



Condolences

Carl R VanWalleghem Aug 10 ,2019

So sorry for your loss.

Susan Rieke Aug 10 ,2019

Family friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

John and I send our condolences to your family. Betty was a very sweet lady and loved her family. She will be missed!!!!!

Nancy Henke-Konopasek Aug 10 ,2019

Friend ,Munster ,Indiana

So sorry for your loss...Betty and my Mom were co-leaders of our Camp Fire Girls group back in the 60’s...

Pat and Chuck Warner Aug 10 ,2019

Friends ,OVERLAND PARK ,Kansas

We are sad to hear of Betty's passing. Loved her sweet, buoyant personality! We know that she will be greatly missed and trust that your wonderful memories will sustain her love in your hearts. See you soon, Love, The Warners

Lauren Solidum Aug 11 ,2019

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas ,Overland Park ,Kansas

From all of us at Catholic Charities, we extend our sincere sympathies to the McAnany Family. Betty leaves a legacy of selfless service to others as seen in her children and grandchildren. Catholic Charities and many other organizations within our Kansas City community have been blessed by such legacy. Godspeed, Betty!

Joyce Soetaert Aug 11 ,2019

Friend ,Fairbanks ,Alaska

I am so sorry to read about Betty’s passing. The family will continue to be in my prayers. She was the matriarch of a wonderful family that will continue her legacy in what she taught you. She will be missed by all-such a elegant lady.

Roberta Thompson Aug 11 ,2019

Friend ,Cape Fair, Mo. ,Missouri

It was my great privilege to know Betty McAnany. Her eyes sparkled with life and you knew you were in the presence of “a lady.” I am so sorry to read of her passing, but so happy to think she and Dick are together again. She raised a beautiful family. She did her earthly job. Our deepest sympathy to the entire McAnany Family. RIP Betty.

Brian McAnany Aug 11 ,2019

Cousin ,Olathe ,Kansas

Prayers and condolences to all. She was a grand lady.

Brian McAnany Aug 11 ,2019

Cousin ,Olathe ,Kansas

Betty was a grand lady. Prayers and condolences to the family.

Eileen Krauss (Fox) Aug 12 ,2019

Cousin ,Cincinnati ,Ohio

Dear Lake Quivira cousins, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, grandmother & great grandmother, Betty. I remember great times at Lake Quivira with your family. I know she’s in heaven with her beloved Dick & Larry & probably playing Gin Rummy. I’m sorry I can’t be there for the funeral, but know you all will be in my prayers. I hope to see you all in October. All my love, Eileen (Cincinnati cousin)

Marilyn Lane Figuieras Aug 12 ,2019

Friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

To the McAnany Family, Our family was so sorry to hear the news of the passing of Mrs. McAnany. Richard graced our doorway countless times during his youth visiting our brother Joe, and several time as an adult visiting our mother. We will be forever grateful to him, and to his mother for raising such a fine man. Loving thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

Ruth Nelson Aug 12 ,2019

Kansas District 37 Optimist International ,Olathe ,Kansas

On behalf of the Kansas District please accept our condolences for your loss.

David Reeder Aug 12 ,2019

Friend of family ,Mission ,Kansas

I have a lot of fond memories of visiting Paul and the McAnany family through high school and college. I always looked forward to seeing Mr and Mrs McAnany. She alyways, without failure, showed genuine interest in me and what I was doing in my life during high school, through college, and beyond. I really appreciated Mrs McAnany. A classy woman is an understatement. I am truely blessed to have known Betty and the McAnany family. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May God bless and comfort you and your family!

Patrice (Boone) Stills Aug 14 ,2019

Betsy’s classmate in grade school ,Rathdrum ,Idaho

My condolences and prayers go out to you, Betsy, and your whole family. I remember your mother and your home on Nieman rd! She had an amazing good long life. She is enjoying her eternal reward.

Joyce Stufflebeam Aug 22 ,2019

friend ,Blackfoot ,Idaho

Birdsong, birds, bobcats, bridge, Tuesday golf games, the Catalinas, Tubac, that Spanish-German accent---just a few of the wonderful memories I have of my good friend, Betty. I am so blessed to have known her.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Address:
11311 Johnson Drive
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66203
Date:
Aug 13 ,2019
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Address:
11311 Johnson Drive
City:
Shawnee
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66203
Date:
Aug 14 ,2019
Time:
10:00 AM
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