Elizabeth Kathryn Walter Averill Topeka

Paid family tribute

Elizabeth Kathryn Walter Averill, 83, known to all as Tucker, died early September 5, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Libby Rosen. Tucker spent her last month there surrounded by the love of family and friends.
She was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on March 19, 1926, to Paul and Elizabeth Walter. She married Dr. Stuart Carson Averill in Dixon, California, on August 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1996, after a loving marriage of 50 years.

The Averills came to Topeka in 1953, where Stu took his training at the Menninger Clinic. Tucker was an active mother, helping with scouting, school and neighborhood activities. She was known for her animated reading to children and volunteered as a reader in elementary schools.

Tucker was one-time President of Shawnee County Medical Auxiliary and was known for her warm welcome to those joining the Topeka medical and psychiatric communities. She was active in Winter Wives, several bridge clubs, a sewing club, and Topeka Civic Theatre. At TCT, she played lead roles in “Butterflies Are Free,” “Norman, Is that You?” and other productions. She worked as office manager for Dr. Chester Lessenden.
At the First Congregational Church, Tucker and Stu taught youth Sunday School for many years, and she played in the bell choir and chaired the music director selection committee. She was also a church deaconess and frequently visited shut-ins. She recently resided at Brewster Place.

She is survived by her sons, Timothy Carson Averill (Lauren) of Beverly, Massachusetts; Thomas Fox Averill (Jeffrey Ann Goudie) of Topeka; Richard William Averill (Jeanne) of Lawrence; and by her daughter, Elizabeth Anne (Eric Rosen) of Topeka. Having lost her parents early, and growing up without siblings, she cherished what would become a large extended family, which includes 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Greatie.” In addition, she became family to many through love and connection.
A viewing is scheduled at Penwell-Gabel Midtown Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 7, 2009. Funeral services will be at First Congregational Church, 1701 Collins, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Congregational Church, or to a charity of choice.
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