Clara “Beth” (Swanda) Lahr was born April 4, 1931 to Emil M. and Pauline (Ashmore) Swanda at Crete, Nebraska. Beth passed through the gates of Heaven on October 7, 2019.

She graduated from Sargent High School in 1949. She also graduated from Hastings Beauty Academy. On October 15, 1950 she married H. Leroy Lahr. They lived in Hastings until 1962 when they moved to Cozad, Nebraska. She owned and operated Beth’s Beauty Shop for many years. In 1986 they moved back to Hastings and she worked at the Children’s Ark until retiring in 2001. She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church serving on different boards and teaching Sunday school. She was a member of the Christian Builders Sunday School Class.

Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents, Emil and Pauline Swanda; and her brother, Mike Swanda.

She is survived by her daughter, Claudia and husband Wayne Rouse; her daughter, Ellen and husband Jim Carlson; her granddaughter, Malia and husband Tom Emary; and her stepson, Gerald Lahr.

Graveside service only will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Hastings, Nebraska on October 12th at 12 p.m. Memorials may be sent to the Nebraska Children’s Home and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

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