Betty Bubb Dicus

Betty Bubb Dicus, 78, Topeka, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was born April 3, 1933, at Christ’s Hospital in Topeka, the daughter of Henry A. and Elizabeth Black Bubb. She graduated from Topeka High School and from the University of Kansas in 1955 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She received her fifty year pin in 2003.
She married John C. “Jack” Dicus on February 4, 1956, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. Betty and Jack had a shared passion for Topeka, and worked hard for the betterment of their community. For their commitment, they were awarded the 2009 Nonprofit Leadership Award.
Betty loved cheering on her Jayhawks, and served the University of Kansas in many capacities. She was a member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, The Greater University Fund, and chaired The Chancellor’s Club Advancement Committee for ten years.
She was a lifelong and very active member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
Among Betty’s passions was the American Cancer Society, where she served on the Board of Directors of the Shawnee County Unit (was volunteer of the year in 1982), The Kansas Division where she served as treasurer, and the Heartland Division of ACS. She founded and chaired the first ACS Gala, which continues to generate funds for cancer research and local support services.
Betty was a member of Topeka Junior League for over 40 years and was presented the 1995 Gold Rose Award for outstanding voluntary service in Junior League and community affairs.
She was a loyal and tireless volunteer with the Topeka Symphony. She served for twelve years on the Board of Directors, nine as treasurer. Betty was instrumental in establishing significant fundraising events and was named “Chairman Emeritus” of the Halls Night of Shopping. She was awarded the 2009 TSO Bravo Award for devotion to the Topeka Symphony Society. She served as a director for the Topeka Community Foundation, served on the Stormont-Vail Auxiliary Board and the Mobile Meals Board. She was a past president of the Native Daughters of Kansas, and was a member of the Kansas and National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her involvement in Republican politics included being Precinct Committee Woman, Shawnee County Chairperson, and serving as Chair of the Inaugural Dinner Committee for Governors Hayden and Graves.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Jack Dicus of Topeka; daughter Debbie Dicus Kennedy and her husband Bob of Mission Hills, KS, and son John Dicus and his wife Brenda of Topeka; six grandchildren, Betsy, Tommy and Scott Kennedy, and Ellen, Emily and Laura Dicus.
The Dicus family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Following a private family graveside service at Mt. Hope Cemetery, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603, or to the KU Endowment, KU Cancer Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS, 66160.
Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit