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Beverly Ann Whitney

December 24, 2013

Haviland-Beverly Ann Whitney, 80, died December 24, 2013 at South Wind Hospice House, Pratt, Kansas. She was born March 20, 1933 in Coldwater Kansas, the daughter of Harry Alonzo and Emma Mae (Bibb) Richardson. Beverly graduated from Wilmore High School. She was co-owner of the Willieburger Cafe, and later Bev’s Baking both of Haviland. She had lived in Rock, Kansas, Empire, California, Greensburg, Wichita and Haviland since 1958. She was a member of the Haviland United Methodist Church, and Jr. S.O.S. both of Haviland. On November 2, 1951, Beverly married Willard Kay Whitney in Haviland. He preceded her in death February 5, 2013. Survivors include one son Kurt Whitney and wife Kristi, Haviland, two daughters Cindy Nelson and husband Melvin, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Shari Hall and husband Shane, Mullinville, Kansas, six Grandchildren, Lance Nelson and wife Heather, Pratt, Kansas, Ryan Nelson and wife Jessica, Houston, Texas, Lacy Nelson, Enid, Oklahoma, Dustin Hall and wife Cassie, and Preston Hall and wife Kim all of Manhattan, Kansas, and Heidi Dawson, Pratt, four Great-grandchildren, Mia Rose Hall, Lane Hall, Colton Dawson, and Wyatt Hall, three sisters Patricia Dunn, Coldwater, Charlotte and husband Ben Gunter, Louisville, Kentucky, and Loneta and husband Claude Neeley, California. She was also preceded in death by a Great-grandson Mason Hall.
Funeral services and celebration of Beverly’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013 in the Haviland United Methodist Church with Pastors Mark Fillmore and David Crisp officiating. Burial will follow in Haviland Cemetery, Haviland. A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Fleener Funeral Home, Greensburg. Memorials are suggested to the Haviland United Methodist Church, South Wind Hospice and Parkwood Estates, Pratt, all in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.

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2 thoughts on “Beverly Ann Whitney

  1. We are so sorry for your loss, but are fondly remembering Bev today. She was so wonderful to me during my time in Haviland and was a treasured friend to Todd’s mom. I even remember driving down to Haviland from Hays to work Sundays at the Wilieburger after I got my first teaching job. Bev always made Christmas extra special for everyone who worked at the restaurant. I remember her as generous, caring, and the baker of the most delicious cinnamon rolls on the planet!
    With Love,
    Todd and Heather Sazama, Hutchinson, KS

  2. I have such wonderful memories of working for both Bev and Willard. She took such great pride in her Willieburger family and was so generous. Sending home leftover food with us newly married youngsters. A full out Christmas party with gifts for everyone. The running tab that she had forgiven customers who couldn’t pay when going through hard times. She kept in touch with our family after 20 years of absence from Haviland. I loved her like family and am happy that she is with her Savior and to be with Willard again. To affirm what Heather said, she did make the most amazing cinnamon rolls! Thank you Bev for the love and caring you gave to so many!!!

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