Betty Lou Kandt passed away peacefully July 24, 2018, at Via Christi Hospital, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Betty cherished faith, family and friends, among other blessings. She took each day one at a time, and was grateful for God’s love and faithfulness.
Betty was born on July 21, 1937, in Wichita to George and Laura Johnson and was raised on a farm near Clearwater. After graduating from high school, Betty enrolled at Kansas State University and completed a B.S. degree in vocational home economics in 1959. Betty began her teaching career in Herington, where she met her husband George. They were married on June 25, 1961.
After teaching in Herington for five years, they moved to Junction City, where Betty worked for 10 years as the Geary County home economics agent. They moved to Manhattan in 1974, and Betty returned to KSU to obtain a master of science degree in family economics. Her final career move was teaching at Fort Riley Middle School as the family and consumer sciences teacher for 26 years, until her retirement.
Betty enjoyed giving programs and testing and judging new recipes for the Kansas Wheat Commission. She enjoyed judging at county and state fairs, participating in church activities at First Baptist Church in Manhattan, and being involved with the Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association. Music was another passion: Betty enjoyed playing the piano and singing in the church choir. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially her delicious pies. She also enjoyed cheering on the Kansas State Wildcats and was a member of the KSU Alumni Association.
Betty is survived by her husband, George; her two sons, George Paul Kandt and wife Heather of Overland Park, and Karl Kandt of Manhattan; one grandson, Owen Kandt of Manhattan; brother, Gary Johnson of Topeka; sister, Patsy Belcher of Wichita; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Laura Johnson.
Her family wishes to express appreciation to her friends for their love and prayers, and to the medical doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who cared for her.
The family received friends on Sunday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
There was a celebration of life service for Betty at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at First Baptist Church of Manhattan, 2121 Blue Hills Rd., Manhattan. Interment took place at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Cemetery in Herington.
Contributions may be made in memory of Betty Kandt to the First Baptist Church of Manhattan; to the Manhattan Area Retired Educators Scholarship Science Fund; or to the Kansas 4-H Foundation for Rock Springs Ranch. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.