Elizabeth A. "Beth" Krasny, age 77, of Waterville, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Cambridge Place in Marysville.

Beth was born in Leadville, Colorado, to Ira Joseph and Lorine E. (Tryon) Binder. Her parents moved to Waterville and she graduated from Waterville High School in 1957. She attended Emporia State Teachers College for three and half years. She married Fred L. Barr on May 29, 1960. They moved to San Diego, California where Fred was stationed with the US Navy. They had two sons, Todd Joseph, Gregg Loren. Beth stayed home when the boys were little, then worked as a preschool teacher in California and Illinois. She drove a Story Wagon to share stories and books with pre-school children. After Fred’s retirement, the family moved to Waterville. Fred died June 14, 1981. She worked for Marshall County for 26 years and retired in 2005. She married Joe Krasny in 1985, enlarging her family with Joe’s children, Mary, Ed and Bill. Joe died in 2015.

Beth was a writer, poet, letter writer, actress and voracious reader, political activist, clown, certified lay speaker and a story teller. She was active in the United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary, Shakespeare Club, Glory Ringers bell choir and the WUMC Chancel Choir. She was an encourager to many and enjoyed making people laugh, whether dressed as Pockets the clown or not.

Beth was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred, her parents, her baby sister, Jill, and her husband Joe.

Survivors include her sons; Todd (Rosanna) Barr of Castle Rock, Colorado and Gregg (Diane) Barr of Lenexa, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, her step-children; Ed (Alofa) Krasny, Bill (Dana) Krasny, and Mary (Jan) Krasny, three step grandchildren, two sisters, JoAlys Terry of Waterville and Beni Goebel of Lawrence, her extended family of cousins and her Emmaus sisters.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 am, on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the United Methodist Church in Waterville with Pastor Debby Dick officiating. Viewing will be at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Waterville.

Memorials are suggested to the Beth Krasny Memorial Fund, to be determined later, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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