Elizabeth Reed Votaw

Funeral services for Elizabeth Reed Votaw, 85, Lawrence, will be 2 pm Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service at Hesper Friends Cemetery Eudora, KS. A visitation will be from 6-7:30pm Wednesday.

She died Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Elizabeth was born December 28, 1932 in Molino, MO, the daughter of Walter Enoch and Rachel Catharine Latta Leach.

She was passionate about her work at Raney Drug Store 1800 Mass Lawrence KS. From 1965 until they closed in 1982. During that period she was cook and soon became the manager of the cafe.  She was greatly known for her delicious pies. After retiring Elizabeth babysat for her Grandsons and various friends.


Elizabeth enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and sewing.  As well as helping friends any way she saw a need for.

She married Lyle Dean Votaw of Lawrence Ks, on January 5, 1955. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Gardner (Don ‘Red Dog’) of Lawrence, Linda Votaw (J.R. Demby) Lawrence and son Lynn Votaw (Anna) Lawrence. Grandchildren,  Nicholas Nelson, Los Angeles, CA, Casey Nelson (Natalie), Gardner KS. One Great grandson Cam Nelson Gardner, KS

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Lyle Votaw sister, Flossie DeOrnellas and two brothers William Leach and Lawrence Leach.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street Lawrence, KS 66044.