VERNON, Ohio – Betty Florita Ward Svoboda, 91, a former resident of Chapman, died at the Laurels Nursing Home in Mount Vernon, Ohio on Friday, June 21, 2013.
Betty was born April 13, 1922 in Kansas City, Mo., to J. Lewis and Lois Agnes (Chase) Ward. She attended Border Star Grade School, Southwest High School, Kansas City Missouri Junior College, and Kansas University graduating in 1943. She joined the Navy W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), and served during World War II at Hunter College in New York City, and at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C.
She had worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City Kan., Speer Memorial Hospital, Dayton, Ky., Bethesda National Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. In 1946, she was married to Charles Raymond Svoboda, M.D. They lived in Kansas City, Mo. one year while her husband was an intern. The Army sent them to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and then they were sent to William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas. After two years of Army life, they moved to Chapman.
She raised her family of six children, and spent most of her adult life in Chapman. She had lived with her daughter Rev. Helen Christine Svoboda-Barber and son-in-law Shawn in Gambier, Ohio since 2004.
Betty is survived by her family: Margaret Ellen Thorpe of Lawrence; Janet Sue Svoboda, of Hutchinson; Joyce Marie Svoboda of Seattle, Wash.; Alan Charles Svoboda of Tempe, Ariz.; Rev. Helen Christine Svoboda-Barber of Gambier, Ohio; seven grandchildren, and one sister Lola Dubose of Fremont, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles R. Svoboda, and one son Donald Ward Svoboda.
Funeral services will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Covenant at Fourth and Adams in Junction City, 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Father David Jenkins will officiate.
Inurnment of the Ashes, with Military Honors, will be at the Indian Hill Cemetery at 800 W. Fifth in Chapman, following the service. A reception and visitation will be held at 1101 Killarney Court, north of Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, following the inurnment. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Church of the Covenant in Junction City, or Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church in Gambier, Ohio. Memorials may be sent in care of the Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.