OVERLAND PARK — Berniece “Bea” Pender, 100, of Overland Park, a former Parsons resident, died at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park.
She was born Oct. 15, 1911, in Palestine, Texas, to L.E. “Lee” and Lorena Pet (Stone) Hardeman. The family came to Parsons from Denison, Texas, in August 1923. Her father, L.E. Hardeman, was general mechanical inspector of the Katy Railroad in the 1920s and 1930s and was the chief architect of the Katy Parsons Golf Course and was a city golf champion.
Bea graduated from Parsons High School and attended Texas State College for Women at Denton, Texas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University. She taught in Parsons, Wichita and Kansas City. She was an avid golfer and had at least one hole in one.
On Aug. 14, 1938, she married Wilbur J. “Bill” Pender in Lamar, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 1994.
Survivors include a niece, Jane Sengpiehl of Overland Park; a nephew, Richard Sengpiehl of Lawrence; a cousin, Betty Brashier of Georgetown, Texas; four grandnieces, Adrienne Sengpiehl of San Francisco, Calif., Lillian Sengpiehl of Studio City, Calif., Laurie Davis of Shawnee Mission and Kendra Metz of Lawrence; and a grandnephew, Galen Adams of Emporia; and four great-grandnieces and three great-grandnephews.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Hardeman Sengpiehl and Ora Hardeman Moore; and a grand niece, Julie Rutz Kingman of Raytown, Mo.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.
The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Parsons Area Community Foundation Native Sons and Daughters Fund. These may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.