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Bette Mary Elizabeth Green, Jan. 18, 1923 — Oct. 2, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 5:19 p.m. CDT; updated 9:35 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bette (Mary Elizabeth) Green died October 2, 2013 at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center, Columbia, MO. Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, MO., where a small family service will be held.

Bette was born January 18, 1923 in Kansas City, MO to Jessie Mercedes Bowser Collins and John Austin 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 November 4, 1943 to staff sergeant Kelly Eldon Edgington, of Sedalia, home on leave between service in Greenland and Iwo Jima.

Bette and Kelly had one daughter, Mary Kay, and one son, David Eldon. Kelly’s work as an air traffic controller took them to Advance, MO, Wichita, KS, then Kansas City, where Bette was a Girl Scout leader and active in PTA. In 1962, they moved to Olathe, KS to be near the new air traffic control center. While in Olathe, Bette worked in the County Clerk’s office and sold real estate.

David was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 1972. Bette and Kelly soon retired and built a home in Kimberling City, MO, where Kelly served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Bette as alderwoman, then several terms as mayor of Kimberling City.

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

Bette 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 jaunts to Las Vegas to play the slots, read biographies and mystery novels, and rooted for the K.C. Chiefs, the Royals, and 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, Caribbean, and her favorite, Alaska.

Survivors are daughter Mary Kay (Edge) and husband Jerry L. Wade, granddaughter Kimberly Sue Wade, husband David R. Bones, and their children, Elliot and Sophia Bones, all of Columbia; step-son Jack Spurgin and wife Karen of Tuttle, OK, and Jack’s son, Mike Spurgin; and step-son James Jay Green and wife Paula of Benton, AR, their son, Eric D. Green of Washington, DC, daughter Stacey C. Fink and granddaughter Brooke Fink of Long Island, NY.

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


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