Bette June Humbard, 87, of Pittsburg, KS died at 10:40 am Tuesday March 27, 2012 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, KS following a short illness.

Bette June Humbard, 87, of Pittsburg, KS died at 10:40 am Tuesday March 27, 2012 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, KS following a short illness.

Bette was born July 19, 1924 in Mulberry, KS the daughter of Walker William and Jessie (Parsons) Graham. She grew up west of Pittsburg and graduated from Girard High School. She worked and attended classes at Kansas State Teacher’s College following high school. On November 19, 1946 she married Merle Gene Humbard in Pittsburg, KS; he preceded her in death on March 3, 2004.

From 1959 until 1968 she resided in Mission, KS, raising her family. She and Merle moved back to Pittsburg to develop Countryside subdivision. She did administrative support for Humbard Construction and later Countryside Realty. Bette enjoyed reading and playing bridge. She also enjoyed women’s golf and other activities at the YMCA. She was very active and pursued many other interests through her lifetime. For the last several years she has resided in an apartment in Via Christi Village.

Survivors include her children Sue Ellen Roit of Parsons, KS, Sarah Humbard and husband Jon Hellebust of Albuquerque, NM and John “Jay” Humbard and wife Robin of Pittsburg, KS. She had 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She had several close nieces and nephews whose presence in her life was treasured. She was preceded in death by her siblings Orville Graham, John “Jack” Graham, Vera Monahan and Mary Mattix.

Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the Salvation Army or the Chicopee Community Center. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath Naylor Funeral Home 522 S Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are by Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.