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Juanita K. Laumets
Elkhart, KS

Juanita K. Laumets (Judy) departed from this earth to be present with the Lord Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Morton County Care Center in Elkhart, Kansas. Judy was born August 19, 1912 at Sandy Hook Community in Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Earl and Verna Kahler who were homesteading in the SE corner of Baca County, Colorado where Judy was raised. She and her sister, Helen, attended Pleasant Valley Grammar School in Colorado. When they were ready for high school, they were sent to Elkhart for their education. They roomed and boarded with Mr. And Mrs. Bill Young, parents of the late Velma McClung. The depression and the dust bowl days were clear in Judy’s mind as she saw her parents and neighbors go through some very hard times. Judy graduated in 1931 from Elkhart High School. She worked as a secretary at the school after her graduation. She then attended college in 1935 in Boulder, Colorado. She later graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She also graduated from Washington State College in Pullman, Washington. She graduated with many degrees including a master's degree in home economics. She taught at the college in Washington State and returned to California to teach for many years as a home economics teacher in Sequoia Union High School at Redwood City, California. Judy received many awards, one of which was for outstanding service in 1976 as home economics teacher of the year. This was one of the highest honors to be given. Judy was loved by her students and was often called Mama Laumets, and was a second mother to many of her students. She helped direct their lives, and made it possible for them to have their own careers. Most of all she taught them to cook, as she was a wonderful cook. She could set a lovely table, entertain guest, and prepare the most wonderful food. Everyone wanted her recipes. She collected many recipe books and they are a treasure to those who loved her. Judy came to Elkhart in 1980 to take care of her mother who was in poor health. She grew to love Elkhart and decided to stay. She was very interested in helping develop the Morton County Historical Museum. She spent many hours working in the museum and was an asset to the growth of this wonderful history of Morton County. She also loved belonging to the Coterie Club and gave many interesting programs for the members as she was well read on many subjects. She was loved by her friends and was blessed to have a neighbor, Xyla Bennett, who was so good to look in on her and take her places in her later years. Judy married Endel Laumets in Los Angeles, California in 1955. They had one son, Kristjan Laumets. Two grandsons, Kristjan and Eric Laumets, and two great-granddaughters, Khloe and Jovey. She is survived by her son, Kristjan Laumets of Elkhart, Kansas; two grandsons, Kristjan Laumets and wife Alexis, and daughter Khloe of Arizona, Eric Laumets and daughter Jovey of California; two nieces, Carol Stultz of San Diego, California, Marjorie DeLuca of Cabondale, Colorado; one nephew, Charles Drew of Temple City, California; cousins, Vic Clampitt and wife Marjolyn of Delta, Colorado, Dixie Boaldin and husband Johnny of Elkhart, Kansas, Marsha Olson and husband Larry of Wichita, Kansas, Dave Barlow and wife Barbara of Salimas, California, Janet Barlow of Scotts Valley, California, Bruce Barlow of Red Wood City, California; and many second cousins that called her Aunt Judy. She was preceded in death by her husband Endel in 1998; parents Earl and Verna Kahler; two sisters, Helen Drew and infant sister Marjorie Kahler, and brother in law Jimmy Drew. Judy was so special to the Larry and Marsha Olson family and to Johnny and Dixie Boaldin and their families. It was always known that Judy would be at Johnny and Dixie’s for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. She was loved by each of us and was always an important part of our family. You could always count on her for a funny story, reading, or joke. She had a great sense of humor, and never complained. She really had planned to live to be 100 years old, but God had another plan. We are sure she had peace with his plan. Memorial Service: 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at First Christian Church, Elkhart, Kansas with Pastor Jim Cunningham, Pastor Ron Wilson, and Pastor Larry Olson officiating. Memorials may be given to the Morton County Historical Museum or First Christian Church both in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.

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