Betty A. Lang

Betty Anne Lucy Maurer Lang, 89, passed away on July 6, 2019, in her hometown of Shawnee, Kansas. Born to Robert and Julia Maurer, of Maurer Road, Betty was the second of four children on a farm in western Shawnee. She attended St Joseph grade school and high school, graduating in 1947.   St. Joseph is where she met her husband of 65 years, Anthony “Tony”  J. Lang II. While her children attended St Joseph, she volunteered for many jobs including “picture lady”. She was a life-long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church serving as a eucharistic minister at noon Mass. 

Tony was truly the love of her life, and that love gave the world five children, many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Together with Tony, they built AJ Lang and Associates, where Betty served as bookkeeper, general manager and as a calming and balancing presence to Tony’s force of nature.

Outside of work and church, she extended her talents and time to the Shawnee civic community. She was instrumental in launching Old Shawnee Days, later named both Pioneer of the Year and Grand Marshall of the Parade.  She was, also, appointed chairwoman of the Shawnee Historical Society for a number of years.

Betty knew how to enjoy life. She traveled the world in planes and on boats and traveled Johnson County with the top down of whatever convertible she was driving at the time. She was known for her incredible luck at finding both good parking and a good deal. Betty’s charm regularly won over strangers; if you left her alone, you’d inevitably come back to discover her chatting with a new friend. She could always sniff out sweets to eat and beds to nap in–and never turned down one or the other when she found them.

The most impressive quality of Betty, though, was how she made other people feel. She mothered and loved her family with a quiet and steadfast fierceness. She was supportive and treated everyone with a kindness that permeated every bone in her body. Even as her health declined, her sweet disposition never wavered, and she was still quick with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. Betty was someone you wanted in your corner, and lucky for you, she was there before you could ask.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony; sister, Rosemary Rusher; brother, Robert Maurer; sister-in-law, Rita Lang Milton; brothers in law, Warren Milton, Jewell Shikles, Ralph Rusher; grandson,  Zachary Freeman; and son in law, Jerry Freeman. She is survived by her five children: Roxanne Lang; Anthony J. Lang III (Sharon Rose); Rebecca Merwald (Jim); Chris Jon Lang (Bobbie); Robert Lang (Mary); sister-in-law, Carol Sue Maurer; and by 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her baby sister, Joan Shikles.


A rosary will be said Wednesday, July 10th, at 5:30 pm, with visitation following from 6 pm to 8 pm at Amos Family Funeral Home, Shawnee.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Thursday, July 11th, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Shawnee.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee.

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9 Comments on “Betty A. Lang”

  1. Washington Family Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, she must have been a phenomenal person considering the fruit she produced with the Lang family (our second family). Love you guys, thinking of you at this time. Sincerely Syreeta, Leonard, Kynnedy and Madisyn (The Washington’s)

  2. Barbara Young Says:

    So sorry for your loss! She sounds like a wonderful woman and I wish I had met her. I do know she has at least one wonderful daughter! My thoughts are with you.

  3. Ralph Textor Says:

    Muf, Jay, Becky, Chris, Robert, & Family,

    God bless you all.

    We sure love Betty & Tony.

  4. Don magerl Says:

    A wonderful lady. Always very positive and a pleasure to be around. Don Magerl, the ring bearer at Tony and Betty’s start of a long wonderful marriage. We’ll miss you

  5. Betty Calcara Says:

    Dear Lang family, you have my heartfelt sympathy during this sad time of Betty’s passing away. The dedication of Betty and Tony to their Catholic faith was such an inspiration to me through the years, giving of themselves in so many ministries at St. Joseph Church. Betty was especially admired by all at the church for her deep devotion to the Eucharist, being a Eucharistic Minister at the Noon Mass for many years. Even when her health was beginning to decline, she was always there to serve the St. Joseph parishioners. Not only was Betty a valued employee at Tony’s business, but also at the same time she had an amazing involvement using her time and talent with the Shawnee community. I know her rewards are great in Heaven for having given so much of herself to others.

  6. Meg Mullen Says:

    Sending my love and prayers to the Lang family. God bless you all.

  7. Senior Helpers Says:

    To Betty’s family.

    It saddens all of us at Senior Helpers to hear of Betty’s passing. The staff, both office and hands on care providers, considered it a privilege and an honor to be of service during the time we were with Betty over the years.

    Good thoughts and prayers for her and the entire family.

  8. Mary Nunnink Owens Says:

    To the Lang Family. Oh how I loved your sweet Mother. Our Moms were such good friends. I have some fun memories of growing up with the Lang kids. And your Mom was my Confirmation sponsor. God bless all of you and hold on to beautiful memories.

  9. Dolores Patton Warren Says:

    To the Lang children & grandchildren,

    Tony and Betty were my first cousins. Tony’s mom, Frances and my mother Theresa were sisters. Betty was such a wonderful, fun loving person and I enjoyed being around both of them. I remember going to their wedding.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven is a better place now that she is there with Tony.

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