Betty Jane (Barcus) Wagner, age 95, passed away Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, KS. She was born the daughter of Ira (Ike) and Blanche (Dillon) Barcus on March 20, 1922 in Lebanon, Kansas. Betty attended Barefoot Nation, a one room school, then Portis schools through her sophomore year. She transferred to Smith Center for junior and senior years. It was at Smith Center High where she met her future husband, Junior (J.S.) Wagner. Betty and J.S. were married June 9, 1945 at Jacksonville, North Carolina. Betty and J.S. were blessed with three children, Nancy, James and Joel. Betty was a wonderful wife and mother. Betty was a cancer survivor in the 1950’s but never let the surgery or the after effects interfere with her devotion to family and community.
Betty was active in the church, legion auxiliary and school activities. She enjoyed gardening and baking. Her holiday meals were her pride and joy.
Betty is survived by her husband of 72 years (J.S.), daughter Nancy (John) Weber, Oakley KS, sons James (Susan), Topeka KS, Joel (Diane), Manhattan KS, and grandson Greg Wagner, Manhattan KS. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Joey Weber.
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