Betty Elaine Messenger

Betty Elaine Messenger, age 87, died on Sept. 5, 2020 at her home in Garden City, KS. She was born on May 20, 1933 at Scott City, KS, the daughter of Devere Augustus and Florence Alice (Beeman) Smith. She married Arnold Lee Messenger on June 24, 1951 at Scott City, KS. He died on January 28, 2013.

Betty graduated from Scott City High School in 1951. She worked alongside her husband ranching, farming, and in various businesses in the Dighton, KS., area before moving to Garden City in 1979 where she pursued a degree in nursing. She worked at St Catherine Hospital as a Registered Nurse until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, volunteered at Garden Valley Retirement Village and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed regularly playing cards with friends, participating in water aerobics at the YMCA, reading, cultivating her garden and keeping in touch with other nurses, classmates and friends.

She is survived by her three children- Evan Shane (Tori) Messenger of Columbia, MO, Tanya Leigh Thayer of Lander, WY, and Tara Lynne (Mark) Boaldin of Garden City, KS, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother- Col. JD Smith, sister- Violet Lamb, grandson- Trevor Messenger and niece- Betty Irene Lamb.

Graveside Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Scott County Cemetery in Scott City, KS. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or St Catherine Hospice in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on September 15, 2020