Elizabeth (Bette) Lukens was born Jan. 19, 1922, in Valley Falls, KS. Her parents were Bess Edmonds McLeod and Fred McLeod. She had two sisters, Martha Shultz and Mary Poole. She met the love of her life, Bud Lukens, in high school. After attending KU, Bette joined Bud in CA and they were married in 1942. Bud was drafted and sent to Manila, but luckily he returned unharmed and their marriage lasted 67 years before he died six years ago. They had two daughters, Kathleen Mellor and Cindi Miller; 4 grandchildren Molly Nespor, Betsy Mellor, Brandon Hopkins and Holly Renbarger; eight great-grandchildren; and many close nieces and nephews. Besides family, Bette loved Lawrence, bridge, KU basketball, philosophical discussions and Democrats. We will miss her.
No public services are planned.