Elizabeth L. ‘Betty’ Egan

A Celebration of Life for Elizabeth L. ‘Betty’ Egan, 74, Lawrence, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Unity Church of Lawrence.

Mrs. Egan died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at her home.

She was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Maspeth, N.Y., the daughter of John Matthew and Mary Ryan Staugaitis. She graduated from Thorpe Secretarial School. She married William K. Egan on Sept. 7, 1957, in Queens, N.Y.

She and her husband were honored as Citizens of the Year by the Holbrook, N.Y. Chamber of Commerce in 1990. She also served as president, secretary, and treasurer of the Holbrook Lioness Club and was involved in many of its activities, including the food pantry, community Thanksgiving dinner and the committee for a Drug Free Holbrook. Upon moving to Lawrence, she worked for Laidlaw Transit and at Schwegler School as a paraeducator. She also served as secretary of the Ladies Literary League and was on the Board of the Unity Church in Lawrence. She volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the gift shop and in Mario’s Closet, and at Habitat for Humanity. She enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her friends, children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, John and Gerry Staugaitis.

Survivors include a son, Bill Egan, Sayville, N.Y.; two daughters, Susan Egan and husband Eric Elsinghorst, Lawrence; Diane Trommer and husband Russell, West Islip, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Stephen, Gillian, Sarah, Evan, and William.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. The church requests any floral arrangements be delivered by 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Messages & Condolences

From Diane Larochelle...

To family and friends ,
May Jehovah the God of all tender mercies and love, continue to comfort you in the days, weeks, and months to come.
If it is Jehovah’s will may He grant Betty the opportunity to be resurrected back to life here on the earth where wars ,sickness and death will be a thing of the past. 2 COR 1:3,4

From Kalene Sanders...

We would like to send our condolences to the family. “Miss Betty” was great with our son AJ and he really looked forward to the time that he got with her.

From Gloria Throne...

Oh Betty, Betty, I was so looking forward to getting together with you after your trip. To the family I extend my deepest sympathy – she was a gem! I met her in the therapy pool in about 2002. We met occasionally – we talked on the phone once in while after I moved to Sugar Lake near Atchison in 2004. She was a caring person – an interesting and interested person – May she rest in peace, and may her memory be kept alive in all our hearts, minds and thoughts.

From Frank Schawaller...

I send heartfelt condolences to Betty’s son and daughters and her entire extended family. I loved getting to know Betty through both church and potluck dinners. I was so looking forward to working with Betty on the Board this year. Betty, your “Tell it like it is” honesty and your joie de vivre will be sorely missed. Safe journey.

From Sheri Boxberger-Schwegler Parent...

Betty had such love and patience for the children she worked with at Schwegler. When ever I saw her at school she had a smile on her face.

From Rita Beyer...

Betty was such a compassionate, empathetic woman – gentle but feisty, full of life and spirit. She will be truly missed.

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