Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Tribute to My Aunt Delfreda

Veva Delfreda Bateman
(December 17, 1919 - May 24, 2009)

Veva Delfreda Smith

Veva Delfreda (Smith) and Clyde Fred Bateman

Back, l to r: John Franklin and Cecil Eugene
Front, l to r: Shirley, Maxine, Delfreda and Carolyn

The Girls: Delfreda, Maxine, Shirley & Carolyn

Delfreda, Carolyn, Maxine and Shirley

Delfreda and Carolyn

Chuck, Calvin and Delfreda Bateman and Veva and Paul Young

L to r: Carolyn, Eugene, Delfreda, John and Maxine

Veva Delfreda Bateman

Veva Delfreda Bateman, 89, died May 24, 2009, at Mennonite Manor, South Hutchinson.

She was born December 17, 1919, in Barton, Kansas the daughter of Ray and Edna Becker Smith.

She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1938. A longtime resident of South Hutchinson she retired as a secretary from Master Machines.

She was a member of South Hutchinson Christian Church.

On May 19, 1940, she married Kenneth McNees in St. John. He died September 19, 1945. On April 4, 1952, she married Clyde Fred Bateman in St. John, Kansas. He died June 3, 1983.

Other survivors include: a daughter, Veva Young and husband Paul of Burleson, Texas; two sons, Calvin Bateman and wife Nancy of Wichita, and Charles Bateman and wife Betty of South Hutchinson; two brothers, John Smith, and Eugene Smith; a sister, Carolyn Shultz; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth McNees, a daughter, Janice Alumbaugh, and two granddaughters, Tammy Lee Moore and Larissa Davis.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at South Hutchinson Christian Church with Minister Jeff Arnold presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Mennonite Manor, or South Hutchinson Christian Church, both in care of the mortuary.

Visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a personal message for the family.

www.elliottmortuary.com, 26 May 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Genealogists Prayer

Genealogy is my pasttime, I shall not stray,
It maketh me lie down and examine half-buried tombstones;
It leadeth me into still courthouses.
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge,
It leadeth me into the paths of census records and ship passenger lists for my surnames' sake.
Yea, though I wade through the shadows of research libraries
And microfilm readers, I shall fear no discouragement,
for a strong urge is with me.
Curiosity and motivation, they comfort me.
It demandeth preparation of storage space;
For the acquisition of countless documents.
It annointest my head with burning, midnight oil,
My family group sheets runneth over.
Surely, birth, marriage, and death record dates shall follow me
All the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the
House of the Family History Center forever.

-author unknown