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Lavera Mae (Reimer) Towns

June 22, 1926 ~ October 2, 2021 (age 95)


Lavera Mae Towns, age 95, of Hays, Kansas passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Via Christi Village, Hays. She was born June 22, 1926 in Medford, Oklahoma to Peter M. and Susie (Janzen) Reimer. On January 1, 1947 she married Robert Dale Towns. He preceded her in death on February 14, 1989.

Lavera grew up on a farm near Medford, OK where she attended country grade and high school. In 1955, she and Robert moved to Palco, Kansas to farm, living there until moving to Ellis, KS in 2007 then to Hays, KS in 2013. She enjoyed being a homemaker, sewing, baking and especially her family. She had been a member of the Canaan Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Palco.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Karen) Towns of Stratton, Colorado, two daughters, Susan (Bob) Schonthaler of Hays and Brenda (Randy)Gaines of Olathe, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Chad (Jessica) Towns, Megan (Clay) Tallmadge, Byron (Diana) Schonthaler, Alison (Bret) Elley, Stephanie Calvery, Ryan (Andrea) Gaines, Leah (Jeremy) Kirchoff, Robby (Brittany) Gaines; 19 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild as well as one great great-grandchild on the way and a brother, Elmer Reimer of Enid, Oklahoma.

Preceding her in death, her husband, Robert; her parents; two brothers, Herman Reimer and an infant brother, John Marvin Reimer; four sisters, Clara Neuman, Martha Hedrick, Laura Ball, Gladys Taylor and their spouses.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 8, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church, Ellis, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery near Palco, Kansas. Services will be Livestreamed on the Keithley Funeral Homes Facebook Page. To choose this option go to and select the Facebook Live tab at the top of the page. 

Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM all at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601. Friday visitation will be 1:00 PM until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or Prairie Faith Shared Ministry 338 N. 7th street WaKeeney, KS 67672.

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