Ulene Havens was born Dec. 3, 1919, at Belleville, to Orville and Minnie Andrews McCarty. She departed this life August 7, 2013, at the South Wind Hospice House in Pratt at the age of 93.
Ulene graduated from Belleville High School in 1938 and shortly after she was united in marriage to Elmer Lauritzen. They moved to Wichita where both were employed in the aircraft industries.
After feeling a call to the ministry, Elmer and Ulene moved to Haviland, to attend Friends Bible College, now Barclay College.
On April 13, 1945 their first child, Carol Lee, was born. In the spring of 1947 they established the Friends Church in Pratt. On May 10, 1949, their second child Diane Kay, was born. Ulene and Elmer later became pastors of Friends Churches in Wichita, Kan., Denison, Texas and Washington, Kan.
After Elmer passed away in June of 1971 Ulene returned to Belleville to care for her mother. Following the death of her parents Ulene moved to Wichita to become secretary to the Dean of Students at Friends University.
On Aug. 10, 1974, Ulene was united in marriage to John Havens, a Friends minister serving the Federated Church at Mt. Hope. They moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1981 to become pastors of College Avenue Friends Church.
Ulene had a special love and gift for teaching in Sunday School, and in Iowa was chosen Sunday School Teacher of the Year of all the Friends Churches in Iowa.
In July of 1981 Ulene and John moved to Pratt to become pastors of the Pratt Friends Church. Ulene was a volunteer at Pratt Regional Medical Center and was in charge of the gift shop for several years. She served a number of years on the Mission Board of Mid-America Friends Churches. She was also active in the Friends' Women's movement and in Camp Quaker Haven Youth Camp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; three brothers, Lee, Keith and Kenneth McCarty; her daughter, Carol Lee King and stepdaughter, Judi Jensen.
She is survived by her husband John Havens of the home in Pratt; her daughter, Diane Fuhrken and husband Steve of Lenexa; one stepson, David Havens and wife Velda of Grand Junction, Colo.; four grandchildren, Tim Fuhrken and wife Kris of Lenexa, Traci Mitchem of Caldwell, Allen King of New Albany, Ind., and Andrew King of Charleston, N.C.; one son-in-law, the Rev. Richard King of New Albany, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Lorna McCarty of Denver, Colo., and many other relatives.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Rd, Pratt. Funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Pratt. Graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Belleville Cemetery, Belleville.
Memorials are suggested to South Wind Hospice, Evangelical Friends Mission or 50/50 Sunday School Class in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.