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Betty Jean Miller

Betty Jean Miller, daughter of the late William Lewis and Opal Carpenter, was born September 14, 1944 in Texas County, Missouri, and departed this life September 14, 2012 at her residence in Norwood, Missouri, after a long battle with cancer. She was 68 years of age.

Betty grew up in Texas County and attended school in Cabool. She married Harold Strong on September 12, 1962. Three children were born to this union. She and Harold ran a restaurant, a Dairy Queen, and a meat processing plant together. He passed away in 1986.

Betty married Robert “Bob” Miller on May 23, 1989 in Norwood. They enjoyed fishing together and spent many hours gardening.

She also enjoyed cooking and canning. She loved to cook for her family and was always trying to send food home with them. Later in life, she pursued a career in nursing and became a caregiver.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Harold; and one granddaughter, Casey Jo Strong.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Miller; three daughters, Ginger Hunter and husband Dallas of Willow Springs, Missouri, Cheryl Beavers and husband Carr of Willard, Missouri, and Teresa Crisp and husband Wesley of Norwood; two stepsons, Robert Miller III and wife Linda, and Stephen Miller and wife Lynda, all of Springfield, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Tressa Ratterree, Weston Crisp, Becky Ross, Jennifer Nelson, Carr-Lee Beavers, Samantha Beavers, Brandon Hunter, Keshia Polm, and Rachelle Andrus; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her.

A visitation/service was held on Monday, September 17, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Video tribute selections were “Shine On,” “The Grand Tour,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Hello, Darlin’,” and “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes.”

Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

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