Hillsboro – Alma Elaine (Bevan) Wyatt, 78, was called home to be with her Lord on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Salina, Kansas. Elaine passed away after a long, courageous 20 years dealing with cancer and various treatments.
Celebration of Life Service 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at The Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Lori Schwilling. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Interment to be held at Lost Springs cemetery.
Elaine was born February 2, 1940, to Burl F. and Inez M. (McMillen) Bevan at home on the family farm near Lost Springs, Kansas. She was proud to have lived in Marion County her whole life. She loved her school, her church and her community.
Elaine attended the Lost Springs Public Schools graduating in 1958. She was a member of the last graduating class at the Lost Springs location. After a semester off, Elaine attended Emporia State University for a semester, then returned home to become the school secretary at the Centre Consolidated High School.
Elaine grew up in the Lost Springs Evangelical United Brethren Church which later became the United Methodist Church. In her adult years, she was very active in her church as a Sunday school teacher and planner of church adult and children’s programs. She enjoyed her community and school activities as well. Today if you drive by her home you will see the cross made from hedge wood that her brother had made for one of her church programs at least 40 years ago.
Elaine was determined to keep the original Lost Springs School Alumni banquet going as long as she could. For many years, in spite of her illness, she made sure the banquet was organized from the program to the decorations and meal. Only in the last year did she give in to the fact that she couldn’t keep it going.
Elaine loved people and took care of several friends. She would visit them, take them out to eat and drive them wherever they needed to go, sometimes out of state. She loved planning “get togethers” to eat and visit whether it be for her own family, for a cousin gathering or for teacher spouses of past association.
Sadly, this ended when her health began rapidly declining.
When the Lost Springs church was closed in 1980, Elaine became a faithful part of the Lincolnville church driving to Lincolnville even after she moved to Hillsboro. When that church closed as well, she visited other churches until her failing health helped her to decide to worship with the T.V. Ministry from California.
Elaine married Jim Wyatt, a Centre teacher on August 21, 1960, and to this union three sons were born. Surviving Elaine are: Greg (Cindy) of the Marion County Lake, Stan (Patty) of Meeker, Colorado and Kirk (Jennifer) of Rural Gypsum, Kansas.
Elaine leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren. They were all very dear to her and “step” was never in her vocabulary. They were just her grandkids! They include:
James Wyatt, Wichita, Kansas
JJ (Danielle) Wyatt, Commerce, Texas
Jordan Wyatt, Salina, Kansas
Grace Wyatt, Rural Gypsum, Kansas
Abigail Wyatt, Rural Gypsum, Kansas
Nick Riedel, Emporia, Kansas
Zach Riedel, Wamego, Kansas
Tyler Houser , Tiernan, San Antonio, Texas
Relene (Sean) Harmon, Reid and Hazel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ashley (Randy) Canady, Kenli, C.J., Ryder, Wichita, Kansas
Phillip Griffith (Kaitlyn Moore), Skyler, Salina, Kansas
Quentin (Josie) Wacker, Ellsworth, Kansas
Courtney Mai, Herington, Kansas
Katherine Mai, Manhattan, Kansas
Elaine is survived also by her sisters Ardis (Darrel) Sutton, Salina, Kansas, Mary Ann Walter, Hillsboro, Kansas, and sister-in-law Betty Bevan, Lost Springs, Kansas. Eleven nieces and nephews and their families mourn Elaine’s passing as do many cousins, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Elaine in death were her parents Burl and Inez Bevan, parents-in-law Estel and Elsie Wyatt, brothers Robert B. Bevan and Ray F. Bevan and brother-in-law Robert W. Walter.
Memorials to Central Care Cancer of Newton or The Hillsboro United Methodist Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com