In Memory of

Arva Lou Bilyeu

December 21, 1929 - February 10, 2024


Arva Lou Bilyeu, 94, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Mrs. Arva Lou Bilyeu was born in Ozark, Missouri on December 21, 1929. On March 28, 1948, she married the love of her life Bill Bilyeu. Together the two owned and operated many businesses throughout their lifetime, including, but not limited to: the Hotel Bothwell, Bilyeu Refrigerated, Bryant Transport, and North Central Truck Lines. Lou was a beloved member of the Lee’s Summit community. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, friend, mentor, and grandma to all that knew her. Lou loved to fish, work in her flower bed and yard, play double solitaire, raise, and cuddle her dogs, dance to music of all genres, watch America’s Funniest Home Videos with a laugh that would bust a gut; but what brought her the most joy was spending time with family, whom she referred to as her “babies”.  She loved everyone with all her heart, and they knew it because she expressed it with the best hugs ever!

She leaves behind her three daughters, Luanna Scott of Austin, TX, Lynn Banks of Blue Springs, MO and Michele Barnes of Lee’s Summit, MO, and is preceded in death by her daughter Kathy Bilyeu. In addition, Lou leaves behind four grandchildren, Joe Uhr of Smithville, TX, Jason Webb of Lee’s Summit, MO, Waylon Webb of Kearney, MO, and Lucy Atwood of Springfield, MO.  She also leaves behind her great grandchildren, Elijah Webb of Springfield, MO, Ethan Webb of Springfield, MO, Taryn Uhr of Smithville, TX, Ava Webb of Lee’s Summit, MO, Myla Webb of Lee’s Summit, MO, Dawson Webb, of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Savannah Webb of Kearney, MO.

Also preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Arva Winfrey; husband, Bill Bilyeu; brother, Edward Huxhold; sister, Lizzie, and granddaughter Ciara Webb.

The visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 10:00 a.m., at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, followed by service at 11:00 a.m.  The burial will proceed at 3:00 p.m., Highland Sacred Gardens, 3600 E. 28th St., Sedalia, MO 65301.

Flower arrangements can be sent to Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, (816)524-3700.

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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Dear Michelle
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. She was truly blessed to have you and Lucy by her side then to meet Jesus. She is now walking with her love and overlooking beautiful sunsets!
May her memory be Eternal💗

She was a strong woman and commanded respect (and fear by me) when I worked on their farm as a 16 year-old boy, hoping to date her daughter. Both her and husband Bill were icons in the community. I’ll be anxious to renew our friendship over on the “other side”.

Michelle, I’m so sorry. She lived a long life and was in great hands with you. It’s so hard to lose your mother particularly one who was your best friend. I know that so well. She will be missed but in your heart forever.

Michele, my friend my classmate. I extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family. I will keep you lifted in prayer. May God’s loving arms comfort you. Love you my friend 💖

Luanna, may God be with you and your family during this hard time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

So sorry for your loss. Aunt Lou was a wonderful sister to my dad. He said many times, “she saved my life.” She was wise and kind. I enjoyed staying up late, talking away the night with Aunt Lou. I wish I could have visited more. Love and prayers to the family. She will be missed.


I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet lady. Remembering the times at your house on Edgewood. Enjoyed them all.
Love and comfort to you and your family.

Mike and Jana Larmer

Oh my goodness, I did not know about this til this very moment. I am so sorry for your loss, dear friend. It is a difficult thing, to lose a parent, and it is a lot to go through.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are certainly with you. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort, and may you feel His presence every moment of every day. His Angels will be all around you to help you and your family at this very emotional and difficult time.
Gods Blessings to you, Lynn.

Just wanted you to know I’m keeping you & your family in my prayers. Love & big hugs

Lynn, Jason and Family,

You all were blessed to have such an amazing woman in your lives. When I met her I could see her in so many ways in you both especially in the way you love family. Some people go there whole lives never meeting people like her let alone to call as Mother and Grandmother her legacy will definitely live on. Praying for you all as you CELEBRATE her life and love each other.

Dear cousins, we are sorry for the loss of Aunt Lou who was a kind and loving person who held her family in the highest esteem. She especially had a great love for my father Ed who she helped raise.
I know she will be greatly missed by not only those close to her but by all she touched in her life with her smile, laugh and kindness. May the Lord give you strength in these difficult days but also the peace of all the wonderful memories and times you shared with this fantastic lady, She will be missed but always remembered kindly and lovingly as Aunt Lou,
Joe and Cheri Huxhold


Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Saturday, February 17, 2024
11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063