On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Elizabeth Ann Mathenia, a loving mother, wife, and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the age of 68, with her husband and two children at her side.
She was born March 12, 1952 in Jacksonville, Florida, on a United States naval base to Alois “Cy” and Mary (Swift) Seiberlich.
In the beginning of her life she moved around a lot as her father served in the military. Soon they settled in Potosi, Missouri, where she grew up. Betty attended a Catholic school for most of her life, but later went to public school and graduated from Potosi High School.
Betty married the love of her life, Larry Gale Mathenia, on February 10, 1973 at St Joachim’s Catholic Church at Old Mines. Together they bought a house and land in Cabool, Missouri, where they raised their two children, Matthew and Melissa. They were blessed with 47 years of marriage.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Seiberlich.
Betty is survived by her husband, Larry of their home in Cabool; a son, Matthew (Elizabeth) Mathenia of Springfield, Missouri; a daughter, Melissa (Brad) Bradshaw of Norwood, Missouri; five grandchildren, Dekota Gale Mathenia, Maddison Elizabeth (Marshall) Osborne, Logan Gale Mathenia, Isabelle Rosemary Graham, and Cloe June Bradshaw; two brothers, Louis (Debbie) Seiberlich of Park Hills, Missouri, and Raymond Seiberlich of Seymour, Missouri; and a sister, Susan Griggs of Farmington, Missouri.
In 2002 Betty found out she had cancer. She battled breast cancer for many years and beat it. Then a few years later she learned that the cancer had spread through her body and over all fought cancer for over 18 years.
Betty had a passion for being outside; she loved her plants, flowers, and gardening. She also loved to travel alongside her husband where they traveled many places. Betty loved her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and looked forward to any quality time with her family and friends.
Betty had a smile that would light up the world. She absolutely loved life and loved living it. Her greatest joys in life were her grandchildren and digging in the dirt. In her last days she loved the vases of flowers Larry would set by her bedside just so she could enjoy and smell them. She was a very private person and would rather be at home outside than anywhere else. But she would drop whatever she had going on to help a friend or family member in need. Those who loved and knew her knew this. And she would stay until her job was done. A neighbor and friend said, “If you turn down M Highway and see a puff of smoke, Betty will be beside it with a rake, and if you don’t like her and her smile you don’t like anything.”
She will be greatly missed but will hold a special place in the hearts of family and friends forever.
The family will host a memorial service at a later date. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.