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Elizabeth Marjura Putz (Raphael), 90, of Kansas City Missouri, passed away peacefully in her home on November 14, 2022.
This beautiful lady was born January 22, 1932, in Winona Minnesota to Julius and Margaret Raphael and was the youngest of her five siblings. She married Ronald Gene Putz (Fountain City, Wisconsin) on January 5, 1963, in Los Angeles California and together they brought 3 daughters into the world.
Elizabeth graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital Nursing School in Phoenix Arizona in 1955 and began her nursing career in Minnesota. She worked in hospitals and later, together with Ron, managed nursing homes in Ava, Joplin and Kansas City Missouri. She retired from her nursing career providing home health services with the Visiting Nursing Association in the Kansas City area.
Elizabeth had an unwavering faith in God, and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age 19. Over the years, she was very involved with the church, where she served in many capacities, including serving an 18-month mission with her husband in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Elizabeth was a talented pianist, passing her musical talents and love for music on to her children and grandchildren. She taught piano in the Independence area and loved playing the organ and piano for her church ward. Elizabeth was incredibly strong, warm, loving, kind, empathetic, generous, determined, hard working, faithful and loyal. Family meant everything to her; she was the glue that kept everyone together while demonstrating a unique and genuine love for others regardless of differences.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her loving husband Ron, her brothers John Raphael (Helen), Carl Raphael (Jane), and sisters Anna Emmons (Cecil), and Louise Stutzka (Paul). She is survived by her daughters Heidi Putz, Holly Thorup and Lisa Weinkauf (John). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Brittney Smith (Ian), Brad Amen (Maxine), Ashley Duerksen (Kevin), Allison Lujano (Julio), Taylor Amen, Jake Thorup, Chaz Thorup, and 9 great grandchildren.
Services in Elizabeth’s honor will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 10 am Visitation and 11 am Funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5609 S. Norfleet Rd, Kansas City, MO 64133. Burial at Brooking Cemetery, 10004 E 53rd St, Raytown, MO 64133
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care, Independence, MO.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Robin Orton says
I pray the sadness you are feeling now is soon replaced by all the wonderful memories you have of your beautiful Mother.
Nancy Espino says
Heidi, Your Mother was a dear and special person. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Susan Ellis says
What an inspiration your mother was. I don’t think anyone could have a criticism of her. I am confident her loving spirit will be carried on by her children and grandchildren.
Esther Akinola says
My sincerest condolences to you, Ms. Heidi, Ms. Holly and Ms. Lisa. Mrs. Elizabeth, was a reflection of JESUS CHRIST image. I didn’t work with her for long, but my little time spent with her was divine. A well of inspiration and knowledge. So warm, sensitive and beautiful at heart. I am happy she’s in a better place, resting in the bosom of her CREATOR. I miss the hugs, smiles and mostly our Bible study together. Rest on great Soul till on the Resurrection morning ?
Sandy Beck says
Elizabeth was a gem. So pure and full of love. I am grateful to have has her friendship and to learn from her goodness. Elizabeth will be missed dearly. We will feel a hole in our hearts. Sending love to her posterity