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Betty Jane Welch Gruber 1926 - 2015
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NORMAN, Okla. — Betty Jane Welch Gruber died Oct. 7, 2015, at her home in Norman. She was born Jan. 27, 1926, to Elmer and Inez Jane (Jackson) Welch. She married Arthur Carroll Gruber in Hoisington, on Nov. 22, 1944. They lived all over the world, with Art’s work taking them to Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming; Venezuela and South America; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo, Japan; and Cairo, Egypt. They retired in Norman, Okla., to be near their children.
Mrs. Gruber was a member of the Eastern Star, a graduate of the Menninger Bible Course, an excellent seamstress, knitter, and homemaker. She was a Life Master Bridge Player. Betty was an active member of the McFarlin Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; one daughter, Cynthia Jane Gruber Standridge and husband Roy of Lindsay, Okla.; and sons William Kent Gruber and wife Annette of Albuquerque, N.M., and Chris Jay Gruber and wife Kim of Gridley, Calif. She is also survived by six grandsons, Scott Standridge and wife Shanna, Jay Standridge and wife Anna, Matthew Gruber, Jason Gruber and wife April, Lee Standridge and wife Ashley, and Kyle Gruber; and eight great-grandchildren, Allie Standridge, Jake Standridge, Rex Standridge, Garet Standridge, Ryan Standridge, Tate Standridge, Rhet Standridge and Knox Standridge; two brothers, Bob Welch and Jack Welch and wife JoAnn, all of Frankfort, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Barbara Welch of Pensacola, Fla., and Thelma Brack and husband Glenn of Hoisington; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jim Welch; and one sister, Delmoine Welch Capps.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Burial will be in the Hoisington City Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the McFarlin Methodist Church, Norman, OK, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 146, 415 N. Main
Hoisington KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune. Oct. 11, 2015