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Janet Beard


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Janet Beard Obituary
Janet Marie Beard, 68, unexpectedly passed away on Monday (Jan. 7, 2019) at Newton Medical Center.

Janet was born on Dec. 28, 1950, in Newton to William and Esther (Pitts) Beard. She was a 1968 graduate of Newton High School and a graduate of Bethel College in North Newton.

Janet was a machinist and had retired from AGCO Manufacturing in Hesston.

Janet was a kind and loving person. She was a caregiver for her ailing mother and served as a guardian for one of her brothers. She enjoyed sports, especially Wichita State, KU and NBA basketball and Kansas City Chiefs football. She was a wonderful cook and served many family meals. She specialized in and was known for her barbecue ribs. Janet was a dog lover and had two dogs, Buster and Alley. She loved to fish at East Lake in rural Newton and she proudly served as a Red Cross volunteer for various disaster sites including Katrina and Houston's first flood. Janet and her dear friend, Vera, recently made a trip to the Holy Land. Upon completion, Janet stated that her bucket list was now completed.

She is survived by her brothers, Robert, Ted and Watson Beard; brother-in-law, John Cone; her adopted sister, DeAnn and Will Titus; and her dog buds, Buster and Alley.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, William and Esther Beard; son, Jason Beard; brothers, Bruce and William Beard Jr.; and sister, Barbara Cone.

A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday (Jan. 14, 2019) at The Gathering Church, located at 518 N. Main St. in Newton. A public visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 13, 2019) at Petersen Funeral Home. Friends and family will be at the visitation between 2 and 4 p.m. to greet and share. A committal service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery following the service.

A memorial has been established for the following: Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton, 1400 SE Third, Newton, KS 67114 and The Gathering Church, 318 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Kansan on Jan. 12, 2019
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