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Columbia Missourian

Betty Grace Roe, Sept. 4, 1923 — Oct. 23, 2013

October 25, 2013 | 12:13 p.m. CDT

Betty Roe, 90, of Columbia, formerly of New Franklin, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, October 23, 2013, after a short battle with a recurring cancer. She was at home in South Hampton Place in Columbia, where she had resided the last year and a half.

Betty Grace Good was born in Sedalia, Missouri, September 4, 1923, to Thaddeus B. and Ethel A. (Gleason) Good. Soon after, the family moved to New Franklin, where she attended school and graduated in 1941. Betty started her working career as a PBX operator for the Katy railroad in Franklin, Missouri. She worked at several other jobs over the years, including long careers at Montgomery Ward and Toastmaster in Boonville. She continued to work for Toastmaster after they relocated to Columbia, and moved there a short time later. She retired from the Boone County Assessor's office in Columbia.

She was an active member of several organizations, including the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, VFW and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Betty loved spending time with her family and keeping up with all the grandchildren and their children. Even in her later years, she would get down on the floor to play with the little ones. Betty inherited a love for politics from her father. She enjoyed games of dice and cards with the family, and was very active, playing softball well into her fifties. Betty was a very good bowler, playing on leagues and participating in tournaments nationally. She also played bingo, which she enjoyed immensely for many years. Another favorite activity was watching her St. Louis Cardinals.

Betty loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. She had a strength that got her through the tough times in her life and a positive attitude and resiliency that carried her through her health concerns these last years. She was a wonderful example to those around her.

Betty is survived by her three children, Bettie S. (William) Johnson of Columbia, Johnny B. (Debra) Roe of Oklahoma City and Connie J. Smiley of Franklin, seven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents and sister, Patricia Whittenburg.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 27, at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. A private burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin.

Memorials suggested to New Franklin Christian Church.