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Betty Lou Portuese

Betty Lou Portuese Betty Lou Portuese, age 92, of Manhattan, died Tuesday January 22, 2019 at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born on January 23, 1926 in Riley County, Kansas the daughter of Daniel and Edna (Pultz) Clark. She moved to Hunters Island south of Manhattan when she was very young. Her family had a small dairy farm. Her family delivered milk and eggs to families around the area. Betty attended the Hunters Island Grade School. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1944.

Betty met Frank Portuese at an USO Event and on March 31, 1946 in Manhattan they were united in marriage. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1989.

Betty helped Frank with the Portuese Salvage and Home Supply. She enjoyed taking care of the business and her family. She worked at the Kreem Kup in Manhattan for a period of time.

She lived on the Hunters Island area for most all of her life on the family farm and she was a member of the Hunters Island Community Improvement Club for many years. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion in Manhattan. Betty was also part of the Uptown Band, part of the Seniors’ Center, which would play in different places for many different groups. She also in her younger years enjoyed camping at the lake with her family and friends.

Betty volunteered at many places throughout her life, including the Hospice House and the Seniors’ Center. She always loved visiting with people, and playing cards and Bunco at the Seniors’ Center. Betty was a lifetime member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Neighbors of America, Epsilon Sigma Sorority and the Searchers Club, a social club in the Eureka Valley area of Manhattan.

In addition to her husband Frank, Betty was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lonna Lou Portuese, and her longtime friend, Bill Simnett.

Betty is survived by her son Daniel Portuese (Jody), of Manhattan; her grandchildren, Justin Portuese and Julie Parker (Jeff) and her step-grandchildren, Paul Edwards (Shanna) and Susan Edwards (Levi Bellovics), and her seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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