Betty A. Cares, 85, a longtime Parsons and McCune resident, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at her home in Parsons.
She was born on January 10, 1937, near Pittsburg to George and Alice Huston. She grew up near McCune and attended McCune schools graduating from McCune High School in 1954.
She worked for the Census Bureau in Pittsburg before going to work at the Parsons Commercial Bank in 1955 where she worked for many years. Betty retired in 2002 as Vice President after 47 years of service.
Betty volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Mobile for many years and donated many gallons of blood. She was a member of the Parsons Soroptimist Club and organized meetings with former McCune classmates and Commercial Bank Retirees.
Betty loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed numerous cookouts and fish fry’s at the Neosho River. She also loved supporting all her sons and grandchildren’s activities.
She and Dean Cares were united in marriage on March 20, 1958, at Miami, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2020.
Betty is survived by her sons, Wade Cares, and his wife, Sara of Parsons, Wesley “Wes” Cares, and his wife, Paula of Parsons, and Rene Cares, and his wife, Regina of Dennis; seven grandchildren, Ian Cares, and his wife, Nichole of Parsons, Logan Cares, and his wife, Karlee of Parsons, Brett Cares, and his wife, Bailey of Frontenac, Tricia Page, and her husband, Preston of Erie, Marlee Pugh, and her husband, Sam of Ozark, MO, Tyler Cares, and his wife, Aubrey of Mound Valley, and Bryar Cares, and his companion, Jasmine of Parsons; eleven great-grandchildren, Anthony, Kynzi, Naia, Thea, Payden, Teagan, Trycen, Weston, Kaysen, Jovie, and Krew (due in October), and her faithful companion, “Brandy”. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Rory Cares on July 19, 1980, her brother, Jack Huston, and her sister, Wilma Handshy.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery Patio. Burial will follow the service. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons from 6 to 7 Thursday evening. Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (PALS) and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.