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“I first met Maggie and her beautiful mother at Girl Scout Camp in seventh grade. Beth was a fantastic leader, mother, friend and human being. Her...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Sara Cooper - Prairie Village, KS

“I've struggled with this tribute for days now -- largely, I suppose, because I've struggled mightily with Beth's passing. We had been in touch only...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Devin Scillian - Grosse Pointe, MI

“I've been trying to think of an eloquent memorial to add here for Beth. But it's hard because she deserves a really beautiful one. She's influenced...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Ramos - Los Angeles, CA

“I am so sorry to hear about Beth. My heart goes out to Steve, Mary Louise, Susan, Ho and Maggie with the loss of my cousin, Beth. Megan and I will...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Janine Ringwald - O'Fallon, MO

“To Maggie & Kip and the entire family, Daren and I send our thoughts and prayers to you in this time of grief. May the love of friends and family...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Kevin Albert - Shawnee, KS

“My heart goes out to Maggie and her family. I wish you peace and love. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Schaible - Prairie Village, KS

“Beth was a force of nature and her love of theatre was absolutely infectious. I'll never forget meeting her in Oklahoma City (she and David McGreevy...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Amy Wheeler - Seattle, WA

“I really loved Beth. She was one of the finest stage managers I ever worked with, and after she stage managed a couple of shows I directed while I...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Harry Parker - Fort Worth, TX

“I first met Beth at KU, as part of the theater family, of course. As a teacher at East, where her beloved Maggie is a student, I got to see Beth...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jeannette Bonjour - Overland Park, KS

“Beth has been a friend since high school. I will always remember her intelligence and passion. It is with much sorrow I write these words. My prayers...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Willie Williamson Bowness - MO

“I went to school with Beth at KU. I will always remember how smart, witty and driven she was. Such a Talent. We shared many late night coffee...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kelly Christensen - Omaha, NE


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Beth Reiff Niven, 51, of Leawood, KS, passed away August 20, 2012, in Leawood. Beth was born April 25, 1961, in Kansas City. She graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School where she developed a life-long love for the theatre. She went on to graduate from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theatre, and upon graduation was awarded the prestigious Kilty Cane award for excellence within the Department of Theatre. She spent 10 years in New York, NY in her chosen profession, first as a stage management intern at the Juilliard School, and later became a member of the faculty there. While in New York she married Kip Niven. Upon the birth of their daughter, Maggie, the Nivens returned to their native Kansas City. Beth gave her free time to the Girl Scouts and PTA. Her daughter, Maggie, was the light of her life. Beth is survived by her husband, Kip Niven of Kansas City, and daughter, Maggie Niven of Leawood; step-children Jim Niven (Christa) of Raleigh, NC, and Kate Morse (Matt) of New York, NY; parents, Mary and Steve Reiff of Westwood Hills, KS and sister, Susan Ahn (Ho) of Leawood KS. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in Beth's memory to: Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and Missouri, IMO Beth Reiff Niven, 8383 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO., 64133, www.girlscoutsksmo.org Or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Attn: CareCards, 165 W 46th St #1300, New York, NY 10036, www.broadwaycares.org

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