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Betty J. Van Wey

Betty J. Van Wey, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 and seven days on September 18, 2023, at Medicalodges on Midland in Coffeyville, Kansas. She was surrounded by her loving family.


Betty was born on September 11, 1924, in Angola, Kansas to Byron Humphrey and Gladys O. (Young) Carr. She grew up in the Angola area and graduated from Labette County High School. Shortly after graduation, Betty and her family moved to Coffeyville. It was in Coffeyville that she met the love of her life, Paul C. Van Wey, on January 6, 1950, they were wed at the Lutheran Church in Coffeyville. Their love story would span over the next two decades and they had one son.  Paul preceded Betty in death on December 7, 1970


Betty's long-time employment began at the Prescription Shop in Coffeyville before she later joined McCartney's Office Supply and Service Office Supply until her retirement. Betty was a volunteer in the CRMC Auxiliary for many years. She had a strong work ethic and a genuine desire to serve others.


A faithful member of First Baptist Church for over eighty years, Betty found great joy in her spiritual life. She served as a faithful servant in the church community and was treasured by many as a dear friend. One of the ways she ministered to others was through sending heartfelt cards filled with encouragement, birthday wishes, sympathy messages, or simply letting someone know she was thinking of them.


Betty's love and dedication extended beyond her church community; it also encompassed her family and friends. She cherished every moment spent with them and made lasting memories that will be cherished forever. Her love for her family knew no bounds, and she always held them close to her heart.


Outside of her work and volunteer activities, Betty pursued several hobbies and interests. She faithfully walked every day, recognizing the importance of taking care of her health, strength, and mobility. She also enjoyed bird watching and working in her flower garden. Sunflowers and Black-Eyed Susan's held a special place in her heart, bringing beauty and joy to her surroundings.


Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents, sister Charlene Harris, and brother Robert Carr. She is survived by her son Paul Michael "Mike" Van Wey, granddaughters Jenifer Jean Aguirre and husband Bill Hallum, Heather Griffith, as well as great-grandchildren Mitchell, Christian, and Jesse. She also leaves behind her sister Janice Royer and a host of extended family members and dear friends.


A viewing will be held on September 22, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel located at 2405 Woodland Ave in Coffeyville, Kansas. A memorial service will take place on September 27, 2023, at 1pm at the First Baptist Church on W 9th St in Coffeyville.  The family request donations be made payable to First Baptist Church in Betty's memory and may be left in care of the chapel. 


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