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Bette Mary Elizabeth Green served as mayor of Kimberling City

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 5:58 p.m. CDT; updated 11:48 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA — Bette (Mary Elizabeth) Green died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center in Columbia. She was 90.

She was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Kansas City to John Austin and Jessie Mercedes (Bowser) Collins Jr.

She grew up in Sedalia, graduated from Smith Cotton High School and attended business college.

During World War II, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City until her marriage Nov. 4, 1943, to Staff Sgt. Kelly Eldon Edgington of Sedalia, who was home on leave between service in Greenland and Iwo Jima.

The couple had one daughter, Mary Kay, and one son, David Eldon.

Edgington’s work as an air traffic controller took them to Advance; Wichita, Kan.; and then Kansas City, where Mrs. Green was a Girl Scout leader and active in PTA. In 1962, they moved to Olathe, Kan., to be near the new air traffic control center. While in Olathe, she worked in the county clerk’s office and sold real estate.

After the Edgingtons retired, they built a home in Kimberling City, where Edgington served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Mrs. Green as alderwoman. Later, Mrs. Green then several terms as mayor of Kimberling City.

After Edgington’s death on Dec. 31, 1981, Mrs. Green married George Arthur Spurgin, formerly of Tulsa, Okla. They made their home in Kimberling City. After Spurgin's death in 1991, Bette married James Wesley Green of Jefferson City. They bought a home in Jefferson City and lived there until Green's death in 1997. Mrs. Green moved to The Terrace in Columbia, then to Lenoir Woods, where she was a resident for more than nine years.

Mrs. Green had a flair for home decorating and enjoyed the role of hostess. Her guests looked forward to dinners and evening gatherings that often had a holiday theme. At Christmas, she displayed a special tree in every room.

She was an avid gardener and an active bowler and golfer. She took trips to Las Vegas to play the slots, read biographies and mystery novels, and rooted for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Royals, Jayhawks and Tigers. She traveled extensively in the U.S., often stopping in small shops to add to her collection of antique glassware. She especially enjoyed cruising. Her many voyages included trips to Europe, the Pacific, the Caribbean and her favorite destination, Alaska.

Mrs. Green is survived by her daughter, Mary Kay (Edge) Wade and her husband, Jerry; a granddaughter, Kimberly Sue Wade and her husband, David R. Bones, and their children, Elliot and Sophia Bones, all of Columbia; a stepson, Jack Spurgin and wife, Karen, of Tuttle, Okla., and Jack’s son, Mike Spurgin; and stepson, James Jay Green and wife, Paula, of Benton, Ark., their children, Eric D. Green of Washington, D.C., and Stacey C. Fink, and granddaughter, Brooke Fink, of Long Island, N.Y.

Mrs. Green's son, David Eldon Edgington, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 1972.

Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, where a small family service will be held.

The family asks that anyone wishing to honor Mrs. Green and her active life in community affairs do so by donating to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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