Betty Jo Boggs, 96, of Columbia, Missouri, went to heaven Monday, June 3, 2019, at Lenoir Woods.

Friends and family were received from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Lenoir’s Epple Chapel. A Celebration of Life immediately followed at 1 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Riverview Cemetery in Arkansas City, Kansas.

Betty Jo was born May 22, 1923, at home near Portland, Kansas, to David Fred Erwin and Frederika Margarete Weyen. She married Kenneth Beeks Boggs on Oct. 22, 1944, in Arkansas City, Kansas. They were married for 52 years.

Betty was a survivor. She grew up in a poor farm community in southern Kansas. She lived through the Dust Bowl, the Depression, World War II and the Korean War.

Betty worked hard as a schoolteacher in a one-room school, in civil service at the Alexander Airbase during WWII and as a real estate broker for 30 years. She was a life member of the Million Dollar Club in real estate sales.

She was active as a deacon, an elder and chairman of a reception committee at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Vincent and D. Fred; her parents; her husband, Kenneth Boggs; her second husband, Leo Blakley; and a daughter, Deena Rae.

Betty Jo is survived by two daughters, Jody Boggs Mow and Janice Boggs Burnam (Mike); one son, Kevin Boggs (Sue); three grandsons, Kirk Farmer (Libby), Weyen Burnam (Ashley) and Alec Boggs; four granddaughters, Allison Farmer Kingsbury (Rob), Kerri Burnam Jones (Fr. Stephen Jones), Danielle Boggs Davis (Tyler) and Rebecca Boggs Hinman (Shae); 16 great-grandchildren, Clive Farmer, Brecken Farmer, Merritt Farmer, Axel Farmer, Pierce Kingsbury, Preston Kingsbury, Davis Kingsbury, Logan Burnam, Lexi Burnam, Lydia Burnam, Colman Jones, Dwyn Jones, Fisher Jones, Serafina Jones, Kennedy Hinman and Savannah Hinman; and two stepdaughters, LeAnn Snavely and Adeana Sallee, and their families.

In addition to her family, Betty Jo was a grandmother, mother, sister and aunt to many who are left to mourn her loss.

The family is grateful to the Lenoir Woods staff, Hospice Compassus, Right at Home and caregiver Rhonda Evans, who all provided outstanding care for Betty.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to LifeSavers Foundation online at or by mail at 561 W. Campbell Road, Suite 101, Richardson, Texas 75080, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri; (573) 449-4153.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

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