Laurel Betty “Midge” Kraft

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Laurel Betty “Midge” Kraft on April 20, 2021.

She was the daughter of Arlen LeRoy Anderson and Zola Braid Anderson, born on January 6, 1924 in Buffalo, KS.  The family later moved to Chanute, KS. where she graduated from high school and Chanute Junior College.

She married Loren Duane ”Sonny” Kraft on June 12, 1949 In Lawrence, KS. and had two boys. Laurel taught school in Chanute and again in Lawrence.

Laurel is survived by her two sons, Norman Kraft (Karen) Overland Park, KS. and Roger Kraft (Charles) Montreal Canada; two grandchildren, Leah Kraft-Dawson (Justin) and Cole Kraft (Amanda).

Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.

The family will receive friends from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Wednesday at the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Judy Chadwick...

I knew Midge as an active member of the Lawrence Music Club for many years. I loved talking with her. She was always upbeat, supportive, and interested in the lives of our members. She was a beautiful lady inside and out–in life and in death. She will be missed by many.

From Joe Flannery...

One of the classiest people of her generation, forever dressed to the nines and such an inspiration to her former students, family and many friends. I will always have fond memories of everything she meant to me.

From Gretchen Lister...

My youngest brother Phillip attended Midges preschool in her home. He thrived there and will say to this day it was best educational experience he had! I attended school with Roger whose own impeccable style was greatly influenced by his glamorous mom whose heart was as big as her smile! What great memories!!! My best to her family!

From Nancy Zimmerman...

Midge and Sonny were good friends with our family. She was so much fun to be around, and very kind. We send our condolences to her family.

From Mary Whitaker Davidson...

I agree that Mrs. Kraft was a very well dressed poised woman. I had mostly nuns for teachers and they dressed, well- like nuns. Mrs. Kraft was fascinating for my young 2nd grade eyes to watch as she taught us. It was like a movie star had come to school! She was beautiful inside and out. She was pleasant, encouraging, nice and a great listener.

From Michelle higgins...

You will be missed Ms. Midge

From Marilyn Ice McBride...

I had Mrs Kraft for 2nd and 4th grade.
She was such an inspiration. I admired her and she was also a friend as I grew up. A truly beautiful lady in all ways. She will be missed.

From Christie Barrand Curtis...

Midge was a beautiful, well dressed lady. She always had a smile and something positive to say. She had a great sense of humor too! I’ll never forget our plane ride to Dallas. She will be greatly missed.

From Sherri Dobbins Millsap...

I loved seeing Sonny & Midge come into my family’s restaurant (Chuck Wagon) as they were such a positive & handsome couple. They became friends of my parents, so after my mother died (2012), Midge reached out to me. Midge was a loving and caring lady, in every sense of the word. I will miss seeing her.

From Debbie Shafer...

Midge was quite a lady I loved seeing her come into Walgreens where I worked . She always had a hug for me. She was a sharp dresser She was a real grand lady she always had a smile. She will be greatly missed

From Mary Lou Penny and Susan Penny Schmidt...

We have been longtime neighbors of Midge, and we miss her presence! Our deepest sympathy to each of her family!

From Jeff Blair...

Spent many an hour in the Kraft home as a kid. Was always welcomed and well fed. My sincere condolences.

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