Avis Junele Small Armentrout, 89, went to be with the Lord on August 24, 2019 in Shawnee, KS. She was born June 23, 1930 to George W. & Clara M. (Schlatter) Small in Bellaire, Smith County, KS. She graduated from Iola, KS HS proud member of class of 1948, received a BS & MS from Emporia State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) and taught elementary school mostly in KS for 30 yrs. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister & husband, Gloria (Small) & Richard Land. She is survived by her brother & his wife, Ernie & Norma Small, her son & daughter in law, Bill & Katherine (Johns) Randle, her granddaughter & husband, Kasey (Randle) & Jesse Biehler, her great grandchildren, Breeley & Briggsley, a special niece, Tamera (Land) who was instrumental in her end of life care & husband Randy Keefer, niece & husband, Terri (Land) & John Wells, niece & husband, Rene (Small) & Stan Bartos, niece & husband, Stacy (Small) & Bill Riggins, nephew Barry Land, nephew & wife, Alan & Melissa (Boschert) Land, nephew & wife, Tony & Barb (Becker) Small and numerous great nieces & great nephews. She was a Mom without equal, the best “Gramsbear” ever and a very special “Geat Geat Gamba”. She had a lot of patience for her school kids, a soft spot in her heart for “underdogs” and was a tireless defender of children. These qualities made her a good, caring teacher, which was definitely her calling. Because of her love for children, the family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Small Family Scholarship Fund c/o Feuerborn Funeral Home, Iola, KS. Graveside services will be in Iola, KS at Highland Cemetery Saturday, Oct 5th at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Lloyd Houck.
Nephew ,Overland Park ,Kansas
I'm really going to miss her. She was always good to us kids. Thank God we got to have her as long as we did. Rest in peace. Love you. ❤💚💜💙💛
family friend ,Herington ,Kansas
My son Jesse married her granddaughter Kasey and I will never forget when we first met her she told us that she thought Jesse was the "Cats Meow"! I hadn't heard this saying in years! She always had a smile and a hug for me when we would see each other at the kids bday parties. She was a very unique woman and we had many conversations over the last 10 years or so. I'm sure she's dancing with the angels!