Betty Roe enjoyed bowling, cheering on the Cardinals

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 8:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Betty Roe was an avid bowler, passing her expertise on to her grandchildren.

She taught them how to bowl, later participating in a state bowling tournament with her one of her grandsons.

"She was very involved with the grandkids in a lot of ways, but she especially liked teaching them how to bowl," her daughter Bettie Johnson said.

Betty Roe of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. She was 90.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1923, in Sedalia to Thaddeus B. and Ethel A. (Gleason) Good. They moved to New Franklin soon after, and Ms. Roe graduated from high school there in 1941.

She began her career as a PBX operator for the Katy Railroad in Franklin. Throughout her life, she also worked at Montgomery Ward and Toastmaster in Boonville. She continued to work for Toastmaster when the company relocated to Columbia. She retired from the Boone County Assessor’s Office in Columbia.

She enjoyed playing dice and cards with her family, playing bingo and following politics. She also loved dressing up for Halloween.

"She dressed up as a flapper one year and surprised me at work," Johnson said. "She liked a good laugh, and she was very outgoing."

In the community, she was a member of Ladies Auxiliaries to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

She was also a sports fan and player. She played softball until she was 50, and she loved the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I'm sure she's hating missing the World Series," her daughter said.

She is survived by her son, Johnny B. Roe, and his wife, Debra, of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Bettie S. Johnson and her husband, William, of Columbia and Connie J. Smiley of Franklin; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Her sister, Patricia Whittenburg, died earlier.

Services will be held at the Markland-Yager Funeral Home, 113 E. Broadway, New Franklin, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Visitation will be one hour before the service, and a private burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church, 108 W Broadway St., New Franklin. 

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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