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Elizabeth Catherine Terry

Elizabeth Catherine Terry entered heaven’s door on March 27, 2017, just 3 days shy of her 103rd birthday.  She was born to John and Maria Bahm of Cherokee, Oklahoma on March 30, 1914. Imagine the things she experienced and the changes she had been a witness to! Family gatherings were spent by her side, asking questions about the “old days.”

On October 16, 1937 she married Carl Terry and they started their married life living in Kiowa, Kansas.   Two daughters, Mary and Carolyn and a son, Glenn were born there. City Service Gas, the company Carl worked for all his life, transferred them to Satanta, Kansas in 1948.  While there, another son, Steve joined the family.  In 1956, they were transferred to Ottawa, Kansas and daughter Norma completed the family.  In 1965 they were transferred back to the gas plant in Corwin, Kansas and from that location is where Carl retired in 1973, and they moved to Hazelton, Kansas.  In August of 1974 Carl passed away.  

Elizabeth then moved to Kiowa.  She traveled all over Europe, Hawaii and most of the continental U.S.  She took up hobbies of painting and quilting.  She belonged to the BA County Historical Society, German’s from Russia, The BA County Commission on Aging and participated in the community plays in Kiowa.  Active in Kiowa Senior Citizen’s, she led exercises for years. In October of 2014, she moved in with her daughter, Carolyn in Wichita, Kansas.  It was in this home where the Lord called her home.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers; two sisters; husband, Carl; son, Glenn and daughter-in-law, Pam. 

She is survived by one brother, Bobby of Kaw City, Oklahoma; daughter, Mary Wiederholt and husband, Leo of Princeton, Kansas; daughter, Carolyn Bell and husband, Jack of Wichita, Kansas; son, Steve Terry and wife, Mary Jane of Derby, Kansas; daughter, Norma Ricke and husband, Mark of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; seventeen grandchildren; sixty-one great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; dozens of nieces; nephews and many friends.  

She loved her family, gardening, and her hometown.  She was a beloved member of St. John Catholic Church in Kiowa, Kansas. She will be greatly missed.

Vigil for Elizabeth will be Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Kiowa. Viewing will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in  Kiowa.

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


Please accept our condolences on the passing of your sweet mother.
Ridgway Family


Dear Norma,
You don't know me but your mother and my grandmother, Bea (Hockman) Meyer were best friends in H.S. I have thought of your mother often since Bea passed in 2005. Elizabeth was a wonderful lady. You and your family were blessed to have her for the time she was here. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shelley Hickey


Norma and Family,
I just found out about your mother's passing. Please accept my condolences. She was such a sweet sincere person and loved by everyone.
God Bless you.
Lynelle Perry Masche



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