CLAY CENTER, Kan. -- Betty Ellen Chestnut, 90, passed away on December 4, 2020 in Clay Center, Kan.

Betty was born on May 3, 1930 in Washington County, Kansas to Joe and Hilda (Moden) Johnson.

Betty was a graduate of the CCCHS class of 1949.  She worked at Elliot’s Drug store and Rex Theater.  Betty married Richard Chestnut on May 2, 1953.  To this union, Richard brought two sons, Mark and David after the death of his first wife, Eleanor Henry.  They made their home in the 4-Mile community where Betty was a member of the 4-Mile Presbyterian Church and EHU.  They later transferred their church membership to the First Presbyterian Church in Clay Center.  

Richard preceded her in death on January 29, 2012.  

Betty enjoyed gardening, square dancing with her husband and cooking meals for family, veterinarians, silage crews and anyone that visited the house.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy Smart and Delores Tindall; brother, Leon Johnson; daughter in law, Laura Chestnut.

Survivors: daughters, Christine and husband Jim Brinkman of Clay Center, Kan., Patty Chestnut of Clay Center, Kan.; sons, Arlan and wife Holly Chestnut of Clay Center, Kan., Mark and wife Marsha Chestnut of Whitesboro, Texas, David and wife Deb Chestnut of Canton, Kan.; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and sister-in-law, Avis Johnson of Overland Park, Kan.

Graveside services: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Republican City Cemetery in Clay Center, Kan.  The service will livestream at

Minister: Rev. Scott Lingle

Visitation: Tuesday, December  8, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home

Memorials:  First Presbyterian Church or Meadowlark Hospice c/o the funeral home

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