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Betty Lou Longpine

Published on -9/30/2012, 5:50 PM

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Betty Lou Longpine, Hays, KS, passed Friday, September 28, 2012, at the age of 79. She was born July 24, 1933, in Dalhart, TX, to Ervin and Hazel (Rollins) Barrow.

She spent her childhood in Dalhart and graduated from Dalhart High School in 1951. Her life in the workforce began in Dalhart where she was employed by the SW Public Services. It was there she met her lifelong soulmate Bill R. Longpine. Bill and Betty later married on January 3, 1954, and four years later made Hays their home. Betty always dreamed of owning her own business and, in 1972, her dream became reality when she opened her very own Fashion Two Twenty cosmetic studio. She thrived in the business winning numerous awards, trips and automobiles. She sold the business after 11 years and soon found her next calling in volunteering. She began managing, marketing and buying items for the Hadley Hospital gift shop. She loved all aspects of volunteering, especially that it gave her time to spend with family and friends as well as enjoy her lake house at Cedar Bluff Lake. Betty always was an entertainer! Whether it be at her own home in Hays or her lake house, you could always find her planning her next bridge party, a game of dominoes, backyard pool parties or just family get-togethers. She would do anything to get people together and just have a good time.

In September 1987, her keen business sense was put back to work when she joined her daughter Tonya and opened Mam'Zelles Ladies Apparel. She had always loved making women feel and look beautiful, and was always ready for to visit with all the ladies who came into the store.

Betty retired from Mam'Zelles in 1997 and found a new passion in a special organization, better known as The Red Hat Ladies. She soon found herself as a Queen mum when she brought the club to Hays and starting her own chapter, the "Hays Hat-a-tudes." Everyone who had the privilege to know Betty knew she was a fighter! She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1997, but that never held her back. She was still out and about in Hays whether it was playing bridge, making herself beautiful or just to mingle with others. She handled her illness with grace and dignity down to the last second of her wonderful life.

Betty's survivors include her husband Bill R. Longpine of the home; two sons, Curtis and his wife Renee of Hays; Randy and his wife Carrie of Antonino; and one daughter, Tonya Staab and her husband Brian of Hays; one sister, Marlene Key and her husband Bill of Dumas, TX; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Barrow of Dalhart, TX.

Betty was also blessed with five grandchildren, Tyler Longpine, Brianne (Staab) Sultzer and husband Ryan, Ryan Longpine, Tasha (Staab) Lang and husband Kevin, and Kelsey Longpine, as well as three great grandchildren: Harper and Hudson Sultzer and Ashlen Lang. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Choice Barrow.

Due to Betty's abundant love for the colors red and purple and her Red Hat Ladies always putting a smile on her face, the family asks that we shower her with red and purple and keep that smile alive.

Betty's celebration of life service is at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, Kansas 67601 with Rev. Delbert Stanton officiating. Inurnment will be in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays, Kansas. A visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Thursday, at Cline's Mortuary of Hays.

Memorials to Hays Medical Center Foundation or Parkinson's Disease Foundation in respect to Betty Longpine. Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.

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