Diana Elizabeth (Jeffries) Haworth, 73, of Gardner, KS, passed away April 15, 2016 at home, surrounded by her family. Funeral Services will be 11:00 Mon., April 18, 2016 at the Gardner Church of the Nazarene, 16640 N. Moonlight Rd., Gardner, KS. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am before the service at the church. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Gifts in memory of Diana may be made to Gardner Church of the Nazarene, or to Good Shepherd Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Diana was born on February 11, 1943 to Harold R. Jeffries and Marguerite M. (Buell) Jeffries. She was a graduate of Wichita East High School and a 1964 graduate of Wesley Medical Center School of Nursing as an RN. She married Will Haworth on June 6, 1964 and they have four sons and nine grandchildren.
She worked as a Registered Nurse in Medical Surgical at Wesley upon graduation. She also has worked as an RN in doctors offices, Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kansas and as charge nurse in Meade Nursing Home in Meade and Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Hays. She was a commissioned missionary in the Church of the Nazarene with her husband serving in Mexico and Uruguay. She served many years as Church office manager in Hays and in Wichita Eastridge and 15 years on the Kansas District Mission Council in various positions.
Diana loved sewing and cooking. She made various items of clothing for her granddaughters as well as blankets for newborn babies, quillows for family and other interesting items around the house. She loved crafts and enjoyed working on special gifts to remember board members at Christmas and family members on special occasions. She loved her grandchildren… what a blessing they have been to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Marguerite Jeffries. She is survived by her husband, Will of the home in Gardner; her sons, Will and Cathy of Sherman, Illinois, Kevin and Matt of Amsterdam, Holland, Mark and Lisa and Jason and Sara of Olathe, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Rebecca, Robert and Rachel, Jared, Nathan and Allison, Nora, and Braeden and Tyler; her brother, Douglas Jeffries of Clarksville, Arkansas; sister, Lynette Garrison of Wichita, Kansas; her uncle Marvin Lee and Fanny Buell; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends and relatives.
She is known for her faithful service and strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a prayer warrior in the work of the Kingdom, a laborer for the Lord and co-laborer with her husband in ministry, always with a mind for missions and serving others in many ways never mentioned or known… except to the Lord Himself.