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Betty J. Burton Brodersen

Betty J. Burton Brodersen Betty Burton Brodersen, Age 97, died on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born on November 9, 1923 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Glenn and Alice (Shatto) Derr. She was the oldest of six children. Betty graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1942. She was a lifetime homemaker.

Betty and her husband, Roy, were married in San Diego California on November 16, 1944. Following the end of WWII they moved to Manhattan, Kansas where Roy attended Kansas State University. They lived briefly in Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota before returning to Kansas and making Wichita their home for 55 years.

During the war, young Betty worked for Cessna Aircraft in Hutchinson, Kansas building gliders for the military. Betty spent 7 years serving as an aide at OK Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, a job she loved. She was active in Extension Homemakers Unit (EHU), First Presbyterian Church of Wichita, volunteering for many years at the church’s Economy Corner. Throughout her long life Betty was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her favorite word was “joy” and that is what she brought to everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Roy K. Burton and second husband of 5 years, Donald H. Brodersen. She was also preceded in death by her parents and 5 siblings, Clarebelle Wilson, Della Leavitt, Donald Derr, Patricia Miller and infant sister, Marjorie.

Survivors include her two daughters, Roycelene Bloomberg and husband, John of Loveland, Colorado, Karen Day and husband, Chet of Bradenton, Florida, son Kenneth Burton and wife, Joan of Manhattan, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

Due to the pandemic, the Services will be private for the family, but will be livestreamed on the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home’s face book beginning at 9:20 a.m CST, on Wednesday December 16, 2020. Public Graveside Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills-Lyle House Activities Fund, the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund or to the 1st Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, all in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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