Elizabeth Clara Arens, age 96 of Parkville, Missouri, died on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Luke's North Hospital in Kansas City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska with Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, SD. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday at the church.
Pallbearers will be James Arens, Vern Arens, Dave Guenther, Larry Guenther, Don Larsen and Raymond Lenzen.
Elizabeth (Betty) Arens was born in Hartington, NE to John William and Julia Alvina (Peterson) Ward on July 14, 1922. She attended Holy Trinity School in Hartington. Elizabeth married Edmund L. Arens on January 2, 1940 in Hartington. They lived in the Bow Valley and Hartington area until 1951. From 1951 to 1954 they lived in Pickstown, SD; 1954 to 1965 in Manhattan, KS and in the Kansas City, Missouri area since 1965. She was a homemaker and her life revolved around her family. Her interests included depression glass, quilting, traveling, playing cards, dominoes and bowling.
Elizabeth is survived by her children John (wife Rosie) Arens, Kenneth Arens, Kathryn Adolph, Karen Baker and Dee Etta (husband Richard) Prentice, twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, her sister Delores Klima and many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Edmund L. Arens on June 19, 1983 at the age of 70, daughter Edna Marie Hand, son Gerard Francis Arens, twin great-grandsons Steven Alexander Adolph and Ryan Philip Adolph, mother, father, two brothers and four sisters.
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I will always remember the time 20 years ago when I married your Granddaughter Elizabeth how angry you got when I called her Beth instead of Elizabeth. I learned my lesson that day and did have not made that mistake since. You taught your Grandchildren more than anyone will know. You were a very special lady and your memory will live on.
I fondly remember Uncle Ed and Aunt Betty's hot August visit to our family farm east of Orient, SD I was 14 or 15 years old. I was in the field cutting oats to harvest I injured a finger while pulling on a belt. Uncle Eddy looked at my black finger nail and "Said, you 'll be fine."I remember the talking thru-out the house. WE had visitors from K.C.
Deepest sympathy to all children and grandchildren to Elizabeth, She is a wonderful lady and will be missed by many loved ones.
Kathryn Hejna (Arens)
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