Betty (Harder) Loewen ’56 was born in a farm house in rural Meade County, Kansas, March 9, 1935, to John H. and Elizabeth Harder. Betty received Jesus Christ as her Savior as a young girl. Betty attended her church, grade school and graduated from a parochial high school, as Salutatorian, all within a few miles from her family home. She graduated from Grace University with a degree in Biblical Studies.
She married Merle Loewen in her EMB home Church in rural Meade County, Kansas, in 1956. They moved to Topeka where they both were employed at Menninger Foundation. Michelle Renae was born May 24, 1958, while Steven James joined the family on October 15, 1960.
After Merle graduated from Washburn university in Topeka, they moved to Gardner in Johnson Co. where he began his educational career. Betty was employed for many years as a Medial Receptionist, retiring in 2000 from Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend to spend more time with grandchildren.
Betty enjoyed Scrapbooking with ladies who joined her at First Baptist Church. Betty also made quilts for all of her married granddaughters, along with several baby quilts for great grandchildren. She also hosted a Moms in Prayer Group for a number of FBC woman.
She taught third grade AWANA girls for 24 years at First Baptist Church. The girls were a joy for her as she also baked Christmas cookies with them in our home annually.
She is survived by her husband, Merle, of almost 60 years, Michelle and Greg Bennett of Tulsa, Okla., Steve and Lisa Loewen or Emporia, Kansas, plus 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Betty departed her earthly life after a six-month battle with cancer on December 21, 2015, peacefully to join Jesus as her Savior.