Liva A. Elliott, age 99, of Lenexa, Kansas passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
Liva Elliott, daughter of George E. and Verda B. Yokum Furgason was born on June 22, 1919, near Garnett, Kansas. She was very active in the Happy Hustler 4H Club of Welda, Kansas. One of her accomplishments in 4H was having a Grand Champion colt. She went to the Hutchinson State Fair style show wearing a three-piece suit, which she had made. She served as county 4H president and she also won the Arthur Cappers Silver Loving Cup for outstanding 4H girl.
On September 21, 1942, she was united in marriage to Earl R. Elliott at Colony, Kansas. He entered the service a week later. She continued teaching. She taught school in Anderson County, Tonganoxie, Kansas, and was teaching in Mullinville, Kansas when Earl returned from the service. When school was out Liva joined Earl in Wichita, Kansas, where they made their home. She sold Avon products for many years until she went to work for the Calavan Music Store as bookkeeper. She remained there until the store closed. Later she went to work for the Sensensey Music Co. as bookkeeper, where she remained until her retirement in June 1984.
She joined the Arthritis Water Exercise Club where she kept busy with fund raising craftwork along with baking and candy making. She helped in the office for several years. Often she and Earl, in his wheelchair, spent the entire day at the office when no one else was available. By the time the AWEC dissolved Liva was going to Rose Hill, Kansas to visit her husband in the Lake Point Nursing Center several times a week until his death on August 19, 2002.
In 2008, she moved to The Gardens at Creekside in Olathe to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. In May of 2018, she moved to Silvercrest at College View in Lenexa where she enjoyed playing Bingo with her fellow residents. There she resided until her passing on January 19, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents Verda Yokum and George Furgason, her husband Earl Elliott, and an infant son, Leonard Lee. She was also preceded in death by her sister Nadine Maley.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Kay Molz and her husband David, two grandsons, Chris and his wife, Pam of Olathe, Kansas and Darren, of Gardner, Kansas, and a great-granddaughter, Shianne Molz of Smithville, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 219 S. Oak, Garnett, Kansas 66032. A private burial will be held in the Welda Cemetery, Welda, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.