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JoAnn (Betson) McCurdy

Posted 4/12/2018

WaKEENEY – JoAnn (Betson) McCurdy, 87, of WaKeeney, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born Aug. 8, 1930 in Wichita to Ivan and Hilma (Gillcrest) Betson.

JoAnn was a graduate of Bentley High School and went on to attend St. Francis Nursing School, where she graduated as a registered nurse.

On Jan. 13, 1953, she was united in marriage to Wayne McCurdy in Wichita. To this union, three children were born. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage together.

Wayne preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 2002.

Wayne was an insurance agent, and his job took the McCurdy family to many different towns around Kansas, but JoAnn was always able to find great jobs as a nurse. JoAnn enjoyed many hobbies, including playing pinochle with friends and sitting down to read a good book. In her earlier years, JoAnn loved a good fishing and camping trip with family.

Throughout her family and friends, she was known for her “dish scratchers.” She would make them by the dozens for friends and family to use for anything from dishes to cleaning cars.

Music and dancing was a passion of hers; it wasn’t uncommon to find JoAnn and Wayne on the dance floor doing the two-step or swinging to country music.

Of all the things JoAnn loved, she absolutely cherished time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include two children, Mike McCurdy and wife Paula, and Cindy and husband Mark Basgall, all of WaKeeney; daughter-in-law, Marita McCurdy of Overland Park; 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son Robert “Bob” McCurdy.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24 at Schmitt Funeral Home in WaKeeney, with inurnment at WaKeeney City Cemetery.