Betty Lou Monson-Stevens, 76, of Millersburg and Rhineland, Missouri, died May 17, 2020. She was surrounded by her loved ones at home after losing her battle to ovarian cancer.
Betty was born to Henry and Anna Schwabe in Carroll, Iowa, May 26, 1943. She and her nine siblings were raised on a farm in Maple River, Iowa. Betty attended Kuemper Catholic High School and later moved to Carroll, Iowa, to attend cosmetology school.
On July 21, 1962, she married Ronal William Monson, with whom she had four children. Later in life, Betty spent 13 years with Earl Leon Spencer of Millersburg, Missouri, until his passing in 2009. In the last few weeks of her life, Betty married Jerome Stevens in the eyes of the Lord.
Throughout the years, Betty was a hairstylist, cake decorator, baker and a wonderful stay-at-home mother for her children. The last job she had before retirement in 2013 was at Tucker Hall, located at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, where she was known as “Betty the Baker.”
She loved dancing, gardening with exquisite flowers, baking, and loved cross-stitching baby quilts for all of her grandchildren. She especially loved spending time with her kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She may have lost her battle to cancer, but she fought her hardest until the end.
Betty is survived, and will be greatly missed, by Jerome Stevens; her four children, Debbie Monson (Kenny), Tina Ferris (Randy), Ronda Burry (Rusty), and Ronal Monson Jr. (Beth); 12 grandchildren, Ashlea Burry (John), Dillon Meritt (Calli), Johnathan Jennings (Victoria), Nick Monson, Steven Burry (Samantha), Brooke Monson, Luke Burry (Ravyn), Kaylee Jennings, Dalton Meritt (Sarah), Tia Burry, Myranda Spratt (Cody), and Justin Ferris; five great-grandchildren, Makayla Carinder, John Montana Carinder, Raydin Meritt, Dallas Carinder and Riley Meritt.
She will also be missed by her four sisters, Marita Meiners (Bernard), Delores Nagl, Ella Bueltel (Dale) and Janie Hastings (Bill); many nieces and nephews; and special friends Jeanette Spencer Porter (Phillip) and her two children, Ashley Moore (Nick) and Heather Nichols, Penny Rynearson and her son, Casey Miller, MaryAnn Spencer, Leon Spencer and whole the Spencer family.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Schwabe; three sisters, Elaine Hoffman, Marion Bellcock and Dorothy Eickmen, and two brothers, Donnie and Bobby Schwabe.
Betty’s wishes were to have no funeral service but only a celebration of life. Private family graveside and burial will be at a later date in Callaway Memorial Gardens with Fr. Mike Coleman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 700 State Road Z, Fulton, MO 65251 or Ellis Fischel-Wig Program, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251.
Online condolences may be made at www.debofuneralhome.com