Inurnment services for Betty Kieffer Lessenden, Lawrence will be 10am. Thursday July 7, 2011 at Pioneer Cemetery, University of Kansas West Campus.
She was born in Lawrence, the daughter of Fred H. Kieffer and Fern Whitsitt Kieffer.
Mrs. Lessenden graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence. Following graduation from high school, she obtained her degree in microbiology from the University of Kansas, and subsequently worked as a microbiologist in Toledo, Ohio. She was known locally as a studio potter for many years.
She married Glenn Lessenden, MD, in 1947, he preceded her in death in 1989.
Mrs. Lessenden was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kansas, Chapter EA of the PEO Sisterhood, and Chapter Phi (University of Kansas) of Alpha Chi Omega. She served as a member of the College Advisory Board for the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for five years. She was formerly a member of the Douglas County Medical Society Auxiliary and the Kansas State Medical Society Auxiliary. She was a long-time member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Lawrence Potter’s Guild, and the Kansas Artists Craftsman’s Association. She was a Lifetime Member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association, and a member of the University of Kansas Gold Medal Club. She volunteered for many years at the Ballard Center and for LINK.
She is survived by her two children, Dr. Glenn A. Lessenden, Jr, DVM, Platte City, Missouri, and Judy Lessenden, MHSA, Overland Park, Kansas. She has two grandsons, Michael and Alan, one great-grandson, Connor, and one great-granddaughter, Rylee, and a sister, Ruth Stohs, Lawrence, Kansas.
There will be a reception following the inurnment at the Depot, (Lawrence Visitor Center) 402 N. 2nd St.
Memorials may be made to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association or the Lawrence Humane Society in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.