Betty Jane Bennett, age 75, daughter of Lyle and Effie (Gross) Deck, was born on October 20, 1934 in the Flowers community of Texas County, Missouri. Her grandmother was Fanny Flowers Deck.
Betty came into the world in a modest country home on the banks of a clear Ozark stream called Rocky Branch. Just across the branch was Rock Branch School and Rocky Branch Baptist Church. In the mid-1940s this is where Betty gave her heart and soul to Jesus Christ. Shortly after, she was baptized in the Big Piney River.
On March 2, 2010 her soul returned to the Father whom gave it while at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Betty attended school in Springfield; Green Hill near Simmons, Missouri; and Houston High School in Houston, Missouri, where she met Dale Bennett in 1949. Betty fell in love and married Dale on July 27, 1952. To this union a son, Bobby Dale Bennett, and a daughter, Tinya Adkison, were born.
Betty was a devoted wife and mother. She worked at Brown Shoe Factory where Dale also worked in order to provide an education for their children. Betty was a very talented artist, crafter, home decorator and rock mason like her father.
After leaving Brown Shoe, Dale and Betty moved to West Plains, Missouri, where Dale built many beautiful homes. Nearing retirement, they purchased a piece of land on their beloved Rocky Branch and together they built an A-frame home. Betty designed the home, did the masonry rock work and home decorating. They eventually retired and got to enjoy their beautiful home on Betty’s cherished Rocky Branch with waterfalls running behind their house.
In 1978 Betty was re-baptized and rededicated her life to Christ at Full Gospel Church of Thayer, Missouri. She attended many full gospel churches from the Missouri River to Thayer. She last attended Providence Freewill Baptist Church, north of Cabool on PP Highway, at which her son-in-law, Dennis Adkison, pastors with her daughter, Tinya.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Dale Bennett; three brothers, Bobby, Russel and Little Johny; one sister, Francis Kay Stokes; and her parents, Lyle and Effie Deck.
Betty is survived by her husband, Dale; one daughter, Tinya who is married to Dennis Adkison of Cabool, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jewelia Stark of Evansville, Indiana, Craig Coen of Sedalia, Missouri, Chad “Stumpy” Coen of Cabool, Brian Bennett of Springfield, and Jonathan Bennett of Cabool; and five great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Ann Willis of Cedar Creek, Missouri, Linda Durham of St. Louis, Missouri, Sue Silveus of Houston, and Diane Clark of Rogersville, Missouri; and one brother, Jimmy Deck of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dale and Betty’s son Bobby’s ashes were buried cradled in her arm alongside her heart. Both Betty and Bobby Dale left this world due to cancer within nine days of two years apart.
She will be greatly missed and remembered by family and friends.
Services were Saturday March 6,2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Pastor Dennis Adkison and Pastor Joe Williams officiated. Burial was in Wolford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wolford Cemetery.